India and China, Full Speed Ahead in Climate Change Mitigation

While the United States is wondering what will happen next on climate change mitigation in their country, both India and China have recently unveiled very ambitious plans to fight local air pollution and global climate change. According to an article from the Guardian, India plans nearly 60% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027. ThisContinue reading “India and China, Full Speed Ahead in Climate Change Mitigation”

How Climate Change Impacts Our Water Supply

The water cycle, the process by which water circulates through the planet’s atmosphere and waterways, helps make life here on Earth possible. Climate change, however, caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions, is disrupting that process. It’s creating a vicious cycle in which higher temperatures, changes in rainfall and water contamination cause environmental consequences that make globalContinue reading “How Climate Change Impacts Our Water Supply”

Renewable Energy, a Rising Tide

Leading the surge is China, which already has a huge advantage in its current position at the front of the pack. China has not only vastly expanded its domestic investment in renewable energy, it is plowing record sums into renewables markets overseas. As our report noted, China put $32 billion into foreign renewables projects in 2016Continue reading “Renewable Energy, a Rising Tide”

Accelerating Growth to End Poverty without Damaging the Environment

There is consensus that extreme poverty and hunger must be eradicated by 2030 through accelerated, inclusive and equitable economic growth without damaging the environment. This calls for sustainable and integrated, balanced and simultaneous implementation of economic, social and environmental dimensions without one dimension gaining at the expense of others, as agreed at the Rio+20 ConferenceContinue reading “Accelerating Growth to End Poverty without Damaging the Environment”

Cambodia’s Experiment With Responsible Tourism

In Cambodia, local communities open their homes to visitors as part of community-based tourism. While most visitors to Cambodia are still struggling to find the perfect spot to capture the sunrise of Angkor Wat among the crowd, some have already heard the call of the local community and found their tranquility there. Over the past few years,Continue reading “Cambodia’s Experiment With Responsible Tourism”

Wind and Solar Costs Are Plummeting: Now What Do We Do?

For years, debates about how to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation were framed as trade-offs: What is the cost premium we must pay for generating zero-carbon electricity compared to fossil fuels, and how can we minimize those costs? Fortunately, the holidays came early this year for renewable energy: In investment company Lazard’s annual reportContinue reading “Wind and Solar Costs Are Plummeting: Now What Do We Do?”

IDB Approves US$100mn Loan for Chile’s Sustainable Energy Sector

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$100mn loan to the government of Chile to finance a sustainable energy program. Objectives of the program include simplifying the rate structures and processes of natural monopolies; fomenting competition in the generation and transmission segment; and promoting the development of renewables and energy efficiency, IDB said in aContinue reading “IDB Approves US$100mn Loan for Chile’s Sustainable Energy Sector”