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SolarCity to Offer Solar Home Loans, Forms New Project Fund

SolarCity is now offering homeowners loans to install PV systems. The downstream solar company also announced it is setting up a new project fund with Honda.

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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genomes in Bid to Thwart Leaf Rust

Now in the public domain, genome maps for Coffee arabica and coffee eugenioides could boost climate change adaptation efforts across the world’s coffee belt. That includes breeding coffee plants resistant to coffee leaf rust, which is decimating production, as well as the livelihoods of farmers, their families and communities.

Apple sustainability: an industry leader addresses its environmental impact

A Greener Apple

Apple has long been a technological leader and now they are morphing into a sustainability leader. On September 9, Apple unveiled a couple of new iPhones, a smartwatch device and a payment system. This is an important launch for Apple as its market share is declining. In 2012, it had a dominating 25 percent share of the smartphone market. As…

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Renewable Energy the Focus as UN Climate Investment Funds Expands

CIF member countries gathered in Montego Bay to share knowledge and experiences as the international community ramps up efforts to spur low-carbon development pathways.

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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.

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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