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Oxford Examines Africa Mobile Payments and Sustainable Water Finance

Leveraging the popularity of simple, text message-based mobile payments and wireless POS terminals could make it easier for water utilities in Africa to obtain sustainable finance to expand and improve water infrastructure and services, according to a new study from Oxford University.

Nepal Communities Turn to Solar-Energy Storage Microgrids for Sustainable Local Development

Declining costs and growing familiarity are fueling growth or renewable energy storage-based microgrids in remote communities around the world. Three villages in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains flipped the switch on three PV solar microgrids this week.

Eco Highlights Green Climate Fund Challenges Ahead of Board Meeting

The new study highlights what’s working and what isn’t, as well as suggestions for improving the UN’s main vehicle for funding climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

Mimicking Nature, Suriname Permeable Dam Project Prevents Coastal Erosion

A Suriname university professor and students are building permeable dams along the Surinam coast, reclaiming land and facilitating mangrove reforestation that protects coastal areas and communities from erosion.

Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Ground Zero for Sustainable Development

Acknowledging the broad-based value Quintana Roo’s diminishing forests afford society, state Governor Roberto Borge Angulo announced a 15-year strategic plan to restore 700,000 hectares (1,729,000 acres) of forest. With ongoing expansion of the tourism-driven Maya Riviera economy, prospects for success hinge on the ability to reconcile tensions and conflicts of interest inherent to notions of sustainable development.

An island in the Maldives slowly succumbs to a rising sea

U.S Doubles It’s Commitment to Climate Adaptation

It’s “crunch time” here in Paris as the deadline for an historic climate agreement is now just just hours away. With release of the latest draft text this afternoon the issues of loss and damage and adaptation remain among the core issues left for ministers to hammer out by Friday. In a speech on Wednesday afternoon Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States…

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Press Release: 11 Donar Countries Pledge Additional $250 Million for Adaptation

We’re on the ground in Paris for the duration of the COP21 climate conference. Negotiations actually started last night, but today is the opening with nearly 150 head-of-state arriving for the opening ceremony. Announcements are coming quickly as the official conference gets underway. Following is a press release from 11 donor countries, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,…

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