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Eco-geeks hold open source alternative to UN climate talks

Eco-geeks hold open source alternative to UN climate talks

In reaction to the failure of COP21, POC21 has brought together a network of 100 plus designers, makers and eco-geeks to innovate a new breed of sustainable lifestyle products. In the unusual setting of an ancient French castle, 12 selected projects have spent the last five weeks developing portable solar power systems, low-waste self-filtering showers, […]

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Learning event: Climate-smart agriculture in the field – planning, implementation and upscaling

Learning event: Climate-smart agriculture in the field – planning, implementation and upscaling

All interested participants are welcome to join the online learning event ‘Climate-smart agriculture in the field – planning, implementation and upscaling’ during the month of October 2015. The event consists of two webinars and a facilitated online discussion taking place during the whole month of October. The content of the event is targeted at agriculture and climate change […]

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Does Our Military Know Something We Don't About Global Warming?

Does Our Military Know Something We Don’t About Global Warming?

Every branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s perspective is significant in how it views climate effects on emerging […]

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Valuing Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Columbia River Basin

VALUING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

When decision makers undervalue the benefits we derive from nature, they underestimate the full costs to society of converting natural resources to uses that destroy or degrade natural capital. Recognition of the benefits of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) by policy makers is therefore an important step in formulating effective natural resources policy that is […]

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Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

The U.S. solar industry is on course for a new growth record in 2015, according to a new report that finds that solar photovoltaic installations now exceed 20 gigawatts in capacity and could surpass an unprecedented 7 gigawatts this year alone across all segments. A gigawatt is equivalent to 1 billion watts and can power some 164,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy […]

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Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Green buildings and better infrastructure would not only spur economic growth but also cut carbon emissions equal to India’s annual output. Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management – could save as much as $22tn and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of […]

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Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

As lawmakers consider new measures to combat climate change, researchers at UC Berkeley released a study saying stronger renewable energy requirements would lead to new jobs. California law requires the state to get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2020. A bill by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) would […]

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Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Local governments in Canada are on the front lines of climate change impacts, but the cost of adapting infrastructure to flooding and other climate-driven challenges is a barrier to implementation. This report, developed by ACT through a project supported by Natural Resources Canada under the program of the Economics Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform, the […]

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