World Bank keeps investing in fossil fuel projects – DW
While the World Bank's leadership often extol the virtues of renewable and sustainable investments, the practice can be a little different. In Africa, more than twice as much funding has been provided to fossil fuel projects as renewables. Is hypocrisy writ large, or the bank trying to clean up a dirty industry the continent is still dependent on?
This floating solar farm is a dam clever climate change weapon – WIRED UK
Thailand's Sirindhorn Dam has produced hydroelectric power since the early 1970s. As the country looks to increase its renewable energy provision, the site became an unlikely addition to the solution. Not by increasing the output from the dam, but by using it as a site for a solar farm.
ULEZ: How does London’s new emissions zone compare? – BBC News
London has introduced a new layer of environmental protection and charging intended to reduce pollution in the heart of the UK's capital. How does the "Ultra Low Emission Zone" compare with other projects around the world?
Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account – CNET
Ongoing concerns about Facebook have surfaced again. Deactivating an account has become a common way to disengage from the social network for a while without losing connections, history and images. However, while most people would assume this would stop Facebook tracking them, it seems the company still does. As expected, this is all explained in the overly complicated "terms & conditions".
How Google is building ‘world’s most sustainable cloud’ – SiliconANGLE
Using "the cloud" instead of hosting servers on site is an easy way to reduce energy consumption. Google is making it even easier to see overall power reduction through smart energy use and baking sustainability into the design of its data centres.
Navajo Nation Embraces Renewable Energy As Era Of Coal Power Comes To An End – CleanTechnica
A Navajo tribe in Arizona faced a stark choice: take over running of a coal fired power station, or transition to a green economy. The Navajo Generating Station has existed on land leased from the tribe for decades, but when the lease runs out at the end of the year its furnaces will fall silent. As with much in America, the economic benefits from the plant haven't been spread fairly into the tribe, so while they're concerned about jobs and short-term impacts, they've taken a longer term view. In place of coal will come solar, and with it some tribal peoples will be connected to the grid for the first time.
Environmental experts stress need for adopting renewable energy sources – thenews.com.pk
Karachi, Pakistan, is facing a 150 megawatt power shortage, risking brown-outs and disruption. Added to that, pollution from fossil powered fuel generation is causing problems for the health of citizens and the local ecosystem. A cross-expert group has called on the local government to invest in renewables, and it seems there's external aid and funds ready to help make the transition.
Almost 2 in 3 institutional investors abide by U.N. sustainable goals – Pensions & Investments
"Impact Investing" may not have hit the mainstream yet, but institutional investors are taking note. Two thirds of these funds are aligning with the UN's sustainable goals, but there remain significant barriers, including reliable data and concerns about "greenwashing". Funds are likely to increase their ESG investments though, as performance of these shares is expected to outperform more traditional stocks.
Charcoal Chamber of Commerce launched to ensure sustainable forest – Ghana Web
Wood fuels account for more than 60 per cent of total energy used in Ghana while the rural population dependent on wood energy, firewood or charcoal for cooking is greater than 90 per cent. To tackle issues in the supply chain and reduce the environmental impact, a new trade association has been launched. It's aim is to support the sustainable use of Ghana's woodland for energy, manage forestry land more effectively and reduce waste and pollution in the supply chain.
‘Monumental’: Chicago Commits to 100% Renewable Energy by 2040 – Common Dreams
Chicago has become the largest US city to join the Siera Club and commit to using 100 per cent renewable energy. The city council has committed the city to 100 percent renewable energy in buildings by 2035 and electrification of the city's bus fleet by 2040. However, the resolution is non-binding, so it will fall on the usual political negotiations and campaigning to ensure it is becomes a reality.