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Germany Pledges $1 Billion to UN Green Climate Fund

Germany’s is the first national GCF commitment, with Chancellor Merkel pledging the funds during the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin last week. Some 35 national ministers met in Berlin for the two-day conference, paving the way forward toward a new global climate treaty.

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China Issues EV, New Energy Vehicle Mandate

Instituting another measure to reduce carbon emissions and toxic air quality, China’s national government is requiring that at least 30%, of new cars purchased by local government bodies, public institutions and publicly funded organizations’ between 2014-2016 be EVs or “new energy” vehicles.

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EPA Proposes New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants

In accordance with Pres. Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA is proposing new refrigerants with lower global warming potential that also don’t harm the ozone layer.

A climate change cost benefit analysis clearly show the unacceptable cost of inaction and the overwhelming benefit of action on climate change

Acting to Combat Climate Change: A Cost Benefit Analysis

We are getting a much clearer picture of the costs associated with climate change and the benefits of action to combat it.  While adding up the costs of a warmer world is no easy feat, economists are increasingly quantifying the risks associated with climate change. The price tag associated with global warming includes the costs associated with extreme weather, declining global food stocks, degraded ecosystems, the loss of biodiversity,…

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Small businesses are driving economic growth in part through adoption of green energy

Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth through Renewable Energy

Economic growth is often a result of small businesses pushing the adoption of technological advancement coupled with the drive for efficient operations. Small businesses in America are the powerhouses that drive the economy. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, they make up over 99 percent of all employer firms and account for 64 percent of all new private…

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GCF proposes yet another climate finance program. Is this really what is needed?

GCF Board Meets to Launch Yet Another Climate Finance Vehicle

The 24-member board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Green Climate Fund (GCF) is meeting at its recently established headquarters in Songdo, South Korea this week to hammer out the details that will see the climate fund become fully operational. Over four years in the making and with a goal of raising $100 billion in capital…

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AWEA meet amid soaring growth in wind installation and continued uncertainty regarding leadership in Congress

U.S. Wind Industry Gathers Amid Record-Setting Construction, Market Uncertainty

More wind power capacity is under construction today than at any time in industry history, the AWEA highlights in its Q1 2014 market report, but the outlook is being dimmed by ongoing uncertainty over US energy policy. Upon completion, they’ll generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 4 million average U.S. homes.