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The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is the largest event of the year for those working on climate change. This year attention turns to Qatar , the host of the 18th of these major conferences.
Ecological Economics - Global governance for sustainable energy: The contribution of a global public goods approach1. Introduction 2.
16 July 2012: The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced a new database, called the Transparent Cost Database (TCDB), which collects cost and performance estimates for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The information is expected to facilitate corporate benchmarking, academic research and public decision making. The TCDB provides information on both historical and projected technology cost, and performance estimates for vehicles, biofuels, and electricity generation.
News From the Environment Nordic Co-operation No.11 May 2012: The Nordic prime ministers have decided that Nordic co-operation will concentrate its resources and focus on the green economy for the next few years. This will entail investments in areas such as education and research, energy efficiency, green public procurement, waste treatment and the integration of environmental and climate aspects into development aid - Halldór Ásgrímsson Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers. Download publication (free) 2538Kb Publication date May 29, 2012
This book provides a succinct, readable, and engaging narrative and analysis of the 20 year history of GEF projects. While the Rio +20 conference provided the initial rationale for the book, it is intended to have lasting value for anyone interested in issues about the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, or about the institutional framework for sustainable development. As the intended readers are interested non-professionals, the book also draws on the tangible experience of GEF projects in the field and offer compelling and pertinent stories that demonstrate the GEF's accomplishments, evolution, and future challenges. The book consists of an analysis of 20 select projects that illustrate the key lessons emerging from the 20 years of work by the GEF, plus an introductory overview and a conclusion.
A green economy is about a different way of doing things. It is about recognising that our economies need to be guided by different goals, they need to be sustained by different activities, and they need to deliver different results. The Green Economy Pocketbook: the case for action describes a vision for change.
Debate continues in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world about whether the forces of the marketplace can be harnessed in the interest of environmental protection, in particular, to address the threat of global climate change.
[Photo: The Inclusive Wealth Index captures the value of natural resources, which are being depleted by human activities such as deforestation, in evaluations of economic growth.]
Final Report Costs of Inaction Presentation Costs of Inaction RETD initiated this project to advance the understanding of the “Costs of Inaction”, i.e. the costs of climate change adaptation, damages and fossil fuel dependence. A quantitative estimate was developed as well as a better understanding of the knowledge gaps and research needs.