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Renewable Energy and Efficiency in Southern Med and Eurasian Nations

A new research report from the IEA reveals the challenges holding back investment in and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies across southern Mediterranean nations and aspiring EU member nations in Eurasia.

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Infographic: LEED is Changing How Building Are Built in the U.S.

A thriving, sustainable future depends in large measure on our built environment. According to the World Health Organization, in 1960 only 34 percent of the global human population lived in cities. In 2014 the urban population had swelled to 54 percent, while the total population grew from a little more than 3 billion people to more than 7 billion today. The…

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Council on Foreign Relations Addresses Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

Energy politics is the main obstacle preventing governments from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, according to a recent Council on Foreign Relations workshop. Fossil fuel subsidies are exacting a high toll on societies worldwide, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, hindering sustainable development and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ocean Health, Biodiversity Loss Among Top Challenges Facing Humanity

Wealth and gender inequality also loom large as challenges to resolving key challenges facing societies worldwide, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. Composed of leading scientists from around the world, the group issued a report upon conclusion of its third meeting in Kuala Lumpur this week.

2015 picks up where the Millennium Development goals end. A watershed moment for sustainable development

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why 2015 is a critical year for global sustainable development. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals set in place in 2000, to be replaced with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September. In July Heads of State, government…

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Costa Rica Makes Use of New Climate-Smart Agriculture Tool

Tropical forest conservation has been a hallmark of Costa Rica’s ecosystems-based development model. Now, Costa Rican farmers are making use of a new climate-smart software tool developed by the World Bank and UN FAO to enhance output as well as enhance resiliency and reduce GHG emissions and environmental degradation.

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Notables Commemorate Sustained Construction of First U.S. First High-Speed Rail System

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is joining California Governor Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail Authority board members and other in Fresno to commemorate the milestone, one that is expected to bring substantial long-term economic and environmental benefits across the Golden State.