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Departing U.N. climate chief on Paris, Trump and aiming high

When Christiana Figueres took on the leadership of the United Nations secretariat on climate change, the diplomatic collapse of the Copenhagen Summit was fresh in everyone's minds. Now, just over six years later, she prepares to leave office riding high on a wave of global enthusiasm following the first global agreement

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Companies Unprepared for Low Carbon Economy Will Lose

Report to Financial Stability Board Companies that do not plan for the inevitable low-carbon economy resulting from climate action sparked by the Paris Climate Change Agreement risk considerable financial losses and drops in value, argue a pair of leading economists from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Nicholas

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Governments and Companies Jointly Scale up Clean Energy

Governments and companies meeting at the at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in San Francisco last week pledged to work together to massively and rapidly scale up renewable energy in order to combat climate change. At the meeting, a "Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Campaign" was launched, with the objective to deploy

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Renewables Competitive in Many Countries

Today REN21 said it published the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy. It said its Renewables 2016 Global Status Report reveals that renewables are now firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy in many countries around the world. 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable

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G7 Leaders’ Declaration Addresses Paris Agreement

Includes Agreement to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025 At a meeting in  Ise-Shima, in Japan, G7 countries said they would take the necessary steps to secure rapid ratification, acceptance or approval of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement. In their joint statement, the leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France,

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Meeting the world’s infrastructure requires huge investments

Around the world, fulfilling basic human needs such as access to water, sanitation or electricity means having the infrastructure required to do so. The investment necessary to build or upgrade existing infrastructure seems overwhelming, but the G20 is working to meet the challenge, with the help of private investors. Tackling global

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Climate change will wipe $2.5tn off global financial assets: study

Losses could soar to $24tn and wreck the global economy in worst case scenario, first economic modelling estimate suggests The economic impact of climate change could play havoc with the world economy, according to an LSE study. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters Climate Change could cut the value of the world’s financial assets by $2.5tn

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America is Building a Clean-Energy Economy with Unprecedented Momentum

Last week, President Obama visited an advanced battery factory in Jacksonville, Florida. As part of the clean-energy revolution that’s creating jobs and making our planet safer and more secure at the same time, this factory makes cutting edge energy-storage technology that will continue to help integrate new power sources into the

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Cleantech Innovation Set to Take Off Under China’s New Five Year Plan

Ahead of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and annual National People’s Congress this week where China’s 13th Five Year Plan will be finalized, Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, explains the importance of China’s focus on clean tech innovation – and why it is the central theme

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