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Solar Thermal Technologies to Take Precedence at Clean Energy Expo China 2011

Beijing, China – As one of China’s key focus in clean energy, the sustainable development of solar thermal technologies will receive significant emphasis at Clean Energy Expo China with the debut of the integrated Solar Thermal China 2011exhibition and conference. The event organizers are riding on the Chinese government’s initiatives in promoting both solar thermal heating and solar thermal power as an alternative source of energy by introducing a comprehensive thematic showcase and conference program.

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Climate Bonds: Insights into Investment Opportunities for a Low Carbon World

Most of us would understand why there is a need to move towards a low carbon economy and why huge financial investments are required. The challenge before us is the short-time frame in which investments need to be mobilized in a systematic manner. We need investment tools that act as a catalyst in this transformation process.

ThinktoSustain.com interviews Sean Kidney, Chair, Climate Bonds Initiative, to understand the potential of climate bonds as an investment tool, and related issues and challenges.

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Making Biofuels Production More Sustainable

The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), a leading multi-stakeholder initiative that supports the development of sustainable biofuels, launched its global certification system during the World Biofuels Markets Congress in Rotterdam on March 22, 2011. Here is the Joint Statement released on the occasion:

“As international environmental organizations, we welcome the launch of the new RSB certification system, as we believe that it is crucial for biofuels to be produced in a way that is consistent with sustainable land use choices and natural resource management, contributing to both positive economic and social development.”

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The Cancún Agreements: Good or Bad for Climate Change?

On 11 December 2010, in Cancún, Mexico, the Cancún Agreements on Climate Change were adopted by 193 nations during the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 6) to the Kyoto Protocol.

With these new developments, many consider Cancún as an important milestone in the history of climate change talks under the UNFCCC. The authors took on the opportunity to revisit the lessons of Cancun to best understand and find ways for moving . . . → Read More: The Cancún Agreements: Good or Bad for Climate Change?

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Emerging Economies Boost Earth Hour 2011 Participation

The symbolic action of turning lights out for an hour in an expression of concern for the environment is in the process of being officially observed in thousands of communities across 134 countries and territories on all continents.

“We are seeing a boom in participation in many of the world’s emerging economies this year, an encouraging sign as these countries begin to take an increasingly prominent place on the world stage,” said WWF International Director General Jim Leape, present at India’s official switch off event at India Gate in New Delhi.

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Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards for 2011 Announced

New Delhi – Food Packaging major Tetra Pak, Auto sector giants TVS Motor Company and Kirloskar Oil Engines; Textile leadersWelspun and Ginni Filaments; and IT majors Infosys and Cognizant were amongst 16 large and small Indian corporate that bagged the Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards for 2011.

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Earth Hour 2011 Gets Support from World Leaders

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon leads a host of world and civic leaders supporting Earth Hour 2011 as a powerful symbol of a shared wish for a sustainable and secure future.

“All over the world individuals, communities, businesses and governments are creating new examples for our common future – new visions for sustainable living and new technologies to realize it,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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Forest Climate Fund of World Bank Slammed for Sidelining Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dalat, Vietnam – A new report launched March 23 at the 8th meeting of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) reveals that the Bank is not fulfilling its promises to protect the rights of forest peoples.

“Smoke and Mirrors: A Critical Assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility” by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and FERN exposes the World Bank’s failure to uphold its commitments on human rights and its engagement in never-ending changes to its social and environmental policies, weakening its accountability to affected communities and the public.

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Climate Change and Rapid Urbanization Threaten Fragile Water Resources in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar / Bangkok – Climate change and rapid urbanization are threatening fragile water resources in Mongolia, where more than half of the inhabitants have no access to clean water, says a report released today by the Mongolia Water Authority and the UNEP.

According to the “Urban Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mongolia”report, extreme temperatures and natural disasters such as droughts, flooding and heavy snowfalls are becoming more frequent and annual average temperatures have increased by 2.1°Celsius since the 1940s.

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Climate Change and Rapid Urbanization: Africa to Face Water Crisis

Cape Town / Nairobi – Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa’s landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water & sanitation services, says a new UN report on major cities in Africa, released March 21 in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of World Water Day 2011.

According to the Rapid Response Assessmentby the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, urban centers in Africa are growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.

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