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European Union Horizon 2020 Program Aims to Bridge Public Climate Smart Sustainable Energy Financing Gap

EU Horizon 2020 PROSPECT intends to reach out and faciitate hands-on, peer-to-peer learning and information exchange to at least 180 local authorities across Europe in the next three years.

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NEW 4.0 Project Could Mark a Major Milestone for Germany’s Energiewende

Launched this month by Germany’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, 60 NEW 4.0 project partners aim to build an open, distributed platform that will demonstrate the feasibility and substantive benefits of relying entirely on renewable energy resources.

European voters rejected austerity in favor of growth. What will that mean for sustainable development in the US?

European Elections and Sustainable Development in America

In Europe, voters have chosen growth over austerity and this has implications for the U.S. economy and sustainable development. The Greek and French electorate’s rejection of austerity will have a dramatic effect on European spending, including investments in sustainability. These changes can also be expected to reverberate across the Atlantic. In France, Francois Hollande’s presidential victory has derailed Nicholas Sarkozy’s austerity…

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Enviro News Wrap: Fracking Causes Earthquakes in Ohio; Exxon Plans on High Oil Prices; American Enterprise Institute’s Trouble with Math

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Fracking in Ohio is getting closer to being linked to the recent bout of earthquakes. Other States in the US are weighing the costs and benefits as more experienced is gained in the fracking industry. On a related note, don’t let the…

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The Durban Platform emerges in post-conference sessions

Last Minute Save at COP17: Durban Delegates Set Path to 2020 Emissions Reduction Treaty, Green Climate Fund

It took three days of non-stop negotiating but UN climate change treaty delegates in Durban in the end managed to agree on the 3 major issues on the agenda. While there’s no shortage of criticism, the last-minute deal does pave the way for a legally binding UN emissions reduction treaty to go into effect in 2020, as well as setting up funding mechanisms and organizational structure for the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund.

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Corruption Undermines Environmental Protection

Corruption is a major global problem that has a direct impact on efforts to manage the world’s resources and combat climate change. Countries in South Asia, northern Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are among the most corrupt places in the world. Other countries are by no means exempt as corruption is pervasive around the world. The most recent Transparency International report pointed out…

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