International

Cleaning NATO’s EcoWaste in Afghanistan

Large quantities of hazardous waste material have accumulated in Afghanistan during more than eleven years of NATO presence and operations in the country. Gearing up retrograde activities now that combat operation “Enduring Freedom” has drawn to a close, NATO must now comply with international standards to dispose of this hazardous ecowaste appropriately. The huge scale …

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John Kerry’s Economics of Climate Change Denial

Thanking the government of Peru for hosting the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP20, John Kerry applauded the delegates for their hard work to bring global warming under control. Approving the draft text of the climate treaty in Peru was a critical stepping stone to the agreement that must be reached in Paris next year. …

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Lima COP20 Climate Delegates Approve Draft Treaty

Concluding the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome. Praising the delegates, the UN chief congratulates the COP20 for paving the way to a “universal, meaningful” climate agreement in 2015. For 12 days, the 196 Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), known also as Conference of the Parties …

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Clean Energy Growing Strong in Canada’s 1st Annual Report

In the past five years, investors have moved $25 billion into Canada’s renewable energy sector, propelling a 37 percent employment increase. So says a newly-released report celebrating pollution-free electricity capacity increasing in Canada by 8 gigawatts. Put another way, this is enough to power 2.7 million Canadian homes. Released by Clean Energy Canada on Tuesday, …

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Canada Launches World Premier Carbon Capture & Storage Site

Canada’s Boundary Dam power station just helped the world reach a historic milestone along the way to achieving a low-carbon future. With SaskPower’s announcement of the world’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) system completion, the International Energy Agency (IEA) offered congratulations. Saskatchewan, Canada, is the site of the 110MW retrofit of SaskPower’s Boundary …

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Energy’s Future in Light of US-China Climate Pact

With the new targets set last week between China and the United States, President Obama superseded the U.S. target of 17 percent reduction in emissions by 2020, made in Copenhagen in 2009. The new target reduction aims for 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and aligned with a plan for reducing U.S. emissions by …

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IKEA Expands Solar Sales to Eight New Countries

IKEA Group lately announced it will expand its residential solar sales from Britain into the Netherlands and Switzerland before the end of this year. The offer will expand to a further 6 countries within the coming 18 months. “We know that our customers want to save energy and live more sustainably at home,” said Peter Agnefjäll, …

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World Food Program in DRC Says, “Let Them Eat Cash”

Life in Mole Refugee Camp in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been dramatically changing in the last few months for 13,000 refugees from Central African Republic. When the World Food Program (WFP) decided to end food distributions, and introduce cash grants instead, somebody should have guessed all hell could break loose. The …

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Investing in Global Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the ultimate fountain of life. It funds our economy and our future, securing the foundations of all of Creation. Investing in a healthy and resilient environment is not optional. Treating the natural world with respect is the only way to improve human existence, and insure social and economic progress. In short, investing in …

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Global Finance: Transparency and Corruption Addressed in Open Letter to G20 Leaders

Hosting the G20 in 2014 has presented Australia with many valuable opportunities to influence the global economic agenda. Transparency in global finance is an opportunity many world transparency champions are hoping to see included on the agenda of the G20 Leaders Summit this weekend in Brisbane. The G20 Leaders Summit will see more than 4,000 …

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Netherlands Investing €20bn to Fight Rising Sea Level

Recently unveiling a multi-billion-euro, multi-decade plan to counter rising sea levels, the Netherlands is investing proactively to mitigate risks from global climate change. Surging seawater is the biggest environmental threat to this European nation, much of which lies below sea level. Environmental Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, presenting the plan to parliament, called it “a …

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China Wind Farm Maintenance a $3bn Annual Market by 2022

The largest wind energy market in the world, China currently has more than 100GW of operational wind capacity. This is equivalent to around 65,000 wind turbines currently in service, and China is steadily connecting more than 30 additional turbines to the system daily. Costs for maintaining and operating China’s wind turbines are currently running at …

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UN Marks 69 Years with Lang Lang, Sting & Int’l Youth Orchestra

On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.” The anniversary of the 1945 inauguration of the UN Charter is observed annually on 24 October. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five …

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Diaspora Contributes $413B in Remittances to Global Economy Each Year

One of the most overlooked drivers of the global economy is the money sent from the large number of people around the world who work abroad, the so-called remittances which go to their families and villages. Each remittance, taken on its own, may not seem like very much, but when added together, the money sent …

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