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The MDBs’ alignment approach to the objectives of the Paris Agreement: working together to catalyse low-emissions and climate-resilient development

The global development agenda is at a pivotal point. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set new development aspirations, and the Paris Agreement has raised ambitions for addressing climate change.

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COP24: New Research Reveals the Banks and Investors Financing the Expansion of the Global Coal Plant Fleet

Katowice, December 5, 2018 While the latest IPCC and UN Emissions Gap reports both issue stark warnings on the need for an accelerated phase-out of coal power, the global coal plant fleet is still expanding. At today’s press conference during the UN Climate Summit in Katowice, Urgewald, BankTrack and 26 NGO partners released new research identifying the banks and investors backing a frightening pipeline of new coal projects. “In the 3 years since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, coalfired capacity has grown by over 92,000 MW, and coal plants totaling over 670,000 MW are still in the pipeline,” warns Heffa Schuecking, director of the German NGO Urgewald.

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Shifting financial flows to invest in low carbon development

Following the introduction to a multi-consortium initiative known as Shift SEA, with a focus on Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, the panelists will share their national context, progress-to-date and plans for next year.

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Air pollution is killing 1 million people and costing Chinese economy 267 billion yuan a year

Two pollutants were found to cause an average 1.1 million premature deaths in the country each year and are destroying 20 million tonnes of rice, wheat, maize and soybean.

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Print Notification Regarding Business Policies Pertaining to Sustainability

Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”) recognizes that climate change is a major issue shared by all of humanity. It is a problem that threatens the co-existence of the global environment and society, a problem that has an enormous effect on Marubeni’s business and its shareholders, and a problem that Marubeni believes must be dealt with swiftly. Therefore, as part of Marubeni’s promotion of sustainable management, and in order to contribute fight global climate change, Marubeni has established new business policies (hereinafter, “Policies”) regarding its coal-fired power generation business and its renewable energy generation business.

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Call for Submissions: APWLD Feminist Fossil Fuel Free Future Sub Grants

Deadline has been extended to 14 August 2018

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Is there a need for a Clean Air Act in Southeast Asia?

If one of the benefits of reducing air pollution is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, why is there no effective Clean Air Act on a regional and national level?

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Backed by Banks, Vietnam Embraces Dirty Coal

A petition calling on several major Singaporean banks to end their funding of thermal power plants in developing nations like Vietnam and Indonesia has shed light on the complex, transnational nature of financing for such projects.

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Southeast Asia: hotspot for renewables or dumping ground for coal?

In the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), renewables contributed 8% to final energy consumption in 2014. Since then, the share renewable energy has only slightly increased whereas fossil fuel-powered generation is the main source for new power plants. Lars Blume and Nguyen Thi Hang illustrate why momentum in Southeast Asia is changing.

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More than 20 Countries Launch Global Alliance to Phase Out Coal

The United Kingdom and Canada are leading a new global coal alliance aimed at accelerating clean growth and achieving the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power.  More than 20 countries, including ...

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