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Convincing Investors to Unlock Africa's Green Energy Potential

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

MARRAKECH, Nov 16 (IPS) - Lowering investment risks in African countries is key to achieving a climate-resilient development pathway on the continent, say experts here at the U.N.-sponsored Climate Conference.

Opposition to Oil Pipeline in U.S. Serves as Example for Indigenous Struggles in Latin America

Friday, November 11, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Nov 11 (IPS) - Canadian activist Clayton Thomas-Muller crossed the border between his country and the United States to join the Native American movement against the construction of an oil pipeline, which has become a model to follow in struggles by indigenous people against megaprojects, that share many common elements.

Stronger Collaboration for Greater Energy Access in Asia Pacific

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bangkok, Oct 26 (IPS) - The emergence of new ideas, technological advancements and innovative market-driven financing solutions has lent confidence to the idea that universal access to energy services is attainable. This is particularly good news in the Asia and the Pacific region, where, despite making significant contributions to global growth and poverty reduction since 2000, nearly half a billion citizens still have no access to modern energy, principally in rural and far-flung areas. Three-quarters of these people live in South Asia alone. Some 70% of the Pacific island households are un-electrified, a level similar to sub-Saharan Africa. The lack of electricity and clean cooking options marginalizes predominantly remote and slum communities who are trapped in energy poverty, preventing them from stepping on the first rung of the ladder to prosperity.

Few Families Overcome Forced Displacement by Hydropower Plants in Brazil

Monday, October 10, 2016

PORTO VELHO, Brazil, Oct 10 (IPS) - The construction of mega-hydropower plants in Brazil has been a tragedy for thousands of families that have been displaced, and a nightmare for the companies that have to relocate them as required by local law.

Making Policy out of Scientific Bricks, not Straw

Monday, October 03, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 03 (IPS) - Given the enormity of the challenges confronting humanity, the world's investment in science, technology and innovation is woefully inadequate.

Wave Energy on the Horizon in the Pacific Islands

Friday, September 30, 2016

CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 30 (IPS) - Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But only this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, are they now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region.

Fossil Fuels: At What Price?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

OSLO, Sep 07 (IPS) - We often read comparisons between the prices of solar energy or wind energy with the prices of fossil fuels. It is encouraging to see that renewables are rapidly becoming competitive, and are often cheaper than coal or oil. In fact, if coal, oil and natural gas were given their correct prices renewables would be recognized as being incomparably cheaper than fossil fuels.

Olympic Games End Decade of Giant Mega-projects in Brazil

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 03 (IPS) - An era of mega-events and mega-projects is coming to a close in Brazil with the Olympic Games to be hosted Aug. 5-21 by Rio de Janeiro. But the country's taste for massive construction undertakings helped fuel the economic and political crisis that has it in its grip.

New Alliance to Shore Up Food Security Launched in Africa

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

CAPE TOWN, Aug 02 (IPS) - As over 20 million sub-Saharan Africans face a shortage of food because of drought and development issues, representatives of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) met in Johannesburg to forge a new parliamentary alliance focusing on food and nutritional security.

Lessons from Germany for Latin America’s Energy Transition

Monday, August 01, 2016

DÃœSSELDORF, Germany, Aug 01 (IPS) - Germany has been undergoing an energy transition for over 20 years, and it can offer valuable lessons to Latin America with regard to promoting renewable energy and moving towards a low-carbon economy.

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