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Solar boom in China powers growth in clean energy investment

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever. Solar investment globally amounted to $160.8 billion in 2017, up 18% on the previous year, with just over half of the world total ($86.5 billion) spent in...

Climate fears drive car maker’s woes

A recent report published by CDP (previously Carbon Disclosure Project) has found that global car makers are subject to increasing scrutiny about their emissions following the VW scandal last year. The report, which looks at the top 15 car makers globally, contrasts the woes of seven automakers,...

COP21: What has been achieved in Paris climate talks so far?

COP21 is currently taking place in Paris with global leaders convening to talk all things climate. The first draft of a global agreement on climate change has been negotiated amidst cautious optimism for the final week of talks ahead, the Guardian newspaper reports.  Key discussion points...

Road to Paris COP21 Series – Part 2: Climate Risk

  Part 2: Climate Risk I was at an event recently where the ‘point person for carbon’ from a well-known bank told me 10 degrees of warming was not such a big deal because “there are other places in the world where it is already 10 degrees...

French Development Agency and L’Oreal debate environmental financing

Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the French International Development Agency, hosted speakers including L'Oreal, to debate the state and private sector's roles in financing environmental. The debate is timely given the recent commitments as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to leverage private sources of...

Sustainable Development Summit and Climate Week NYC

New York has had a busy week. The last few days saw the city play host to the annual UN general assembly and Sustainable Development Summit as well as Climate Week NYC. At the UN the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally agreed by global leaders. The 17 goals lay out...

The Guardian & fossil fuel divestment

Many of our readers are no doubt already aware of The Guardian's 'Keep It In the Ground' campaign, encouraging the divestment of fossil fuels and prompting debate around the topic through their extensive coverage. This week, however, saw the paper publish an alternative view with...