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World Bank Group Climate Finance Rises to Record High Levels

The World Bank Group financed a record-high $20.5 billion in finance for country-level climate action in fiscal year 2018. All told, 32.1 percent of the global development bank group’s financing had what’s termed climate co-benefits. That exceeds a target of 28 percent by 2020.

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Rotary Club Helps Fund Innovative Reforestation-Agricultural Development in Haiti

Creating a tree nursery is the first phase of a program, and possibly a global grant, that will see local, smallholder farmers plant and care for trees in return for seed, tools and training.

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Germans Take to the Streets, Urge Government to Do More to Phase Out Coal Use

Germans took to the streets in Berlin, Hamburg and other major German cities late last month urging their government to ramp up efforts to eliminate coal use. The demonstrations took place as a national commission charged with charting a path towards eliminating coal met for the first time in Berlin, Deutsche Welle reported. Successfully transitioning from fossil fuel and nuclear…

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US Tops Ranks of G7 Governments Failing to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

G7 governments continue to provide billions of dollars to subsidize fossil fuel production and use despite pledges to phase them out completely by 2025, according to the G7 Fossil Fuel Subsidy Scorecard.

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Clean Energy Microgrid Installed at Wisconsin Nature Preserve

Electrical systems design and engineering construction specialist Faith Technologies and Schneider Electric have built what’s billed as a “state of the art”, clean energy microgrid at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin. It stands to reason that an organization responsible for environmental stewardship of a nature preserve wants to minimize its carbon and overall environmental footprint. It appears…

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The human fingerprint of freshwater decline

Human Fingerprint Evident in Below Trend Freshwater Availability

The trend in freshwater availability in mid-latitudes worldwide appears below trend due in large part to climate change and unsustainable groundwater depletion, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Getting Paid to Practice Climate-Smart Agroforestry

The World Bank BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes has developed a methodology for accounting for carbon emissions across diverse landscapes, the first of its kind.