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The understated Michelle Obama

News from India - 26. January 2015 - 6:50
Her India wardrobe is a pretty backdrop to Modi’s ‘satrangi’ headgear

ENB Summary of CGRFA15 | 19-23 January 2015 | Rome, Italy | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 26. January 2015 - 6:12
IISD Reporting Services covered the fifteenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), from 19 to 23 January 2015, from FAO headquarters, in Rome, Italy.

44 cities energizing the charge against climate change

News from WWF - 26. January 2015 - 1:00
Gland, Switzerland – Forty-four finalists from countries around the world have been selected in this year's Earth Hour City Challenge. The annual event rewarding cities for inspiring actions on climate change takes on special significance this year as a new global climate treaty is readied for agreement.
 
This marks the third year that WWF is recognizing cities for helping build a sustainable and safe energy future. An expert jury will now review the actions and commitments reported by these cities and identify one sustainability leader per country for the National Earth Hour Capital Awards to be presented on 9 April in Seoul, South Korea.
 
"Cities are leading the way toward a fair, climate-resilient future. While national governments have largely talked about solutions, real changes are being created everyday from the solar streetlamps to the clean transit systems of the world's cities," said Carina Borgström-Hansson, Lead for WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge.
 
The Earth Hour City Challenge works to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition toward a sustainable future powered by renewable energy. WWF is convinced that these cities can act as a source of inspiration for countries as they refine their positions for the climate negotiations set to take place in Paris in December.
 
We Love Cities
WWF encourages people all over the world to show their support for the impressive efforts that cities are making toward sustainability, and to participate in the We Love Cities campaign beginning today. For the next eight weeks, web visitors are invited to vote for their favorites among the finalist cities, and to share what they love about these cities via photos and videos. The public is also welcome to submit suggestions for how the cities can become even more sustainable.
 
"Cities are innovation hotspots that are creating solutions to put the world on track for a climate-safe future. To help them succeed, we urgently need supporting action from policy-makers, businesses and financial institutions that are prepared to slam the door on fossil fuels and open it fully for a renewable future," said Borgström-Hansson.
 
WWF works closely with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in mobilizing cities to join the challenge and enabling their reporting through carbonn Climate Registry (cCR).
 
"Cities are constantly finding new ways to tackle climate change and scale up their climate actions. Many of these actions are already showcased on ICLEI's carbonn Climate Registry," says Gino Van Begin. "Through our partnership with WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge, more cities have been inspired to set ambitious climate targets, report against these targets, and provide an excellent example of what is possible not only for other cities, but also for the global climate community. "
 
Last year's global winner was Cape Town, South Africa, recognized for demonstrating how low-carbon development and climate change mitigation can be accomplished while simultaneously addressing other development priorities. Special mention went to Chicago, Copenhagen, Seoul and Stockholm for ambitious, innovative and comprehensive climate strategies and action plans.

This year's finalists represent 16 participating countries and were selected from a total of 163 entrants. The following 44 cities have all exhibited an impressive dedication to the creation of sustainable cities, and are clear contenders for the title Earth Hour Capital 2015:

Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Canada: Edmonton, North Vancouver, Vancouver
Colombia: Bucaramanga, Monteria, Santiago de Cali
Finland: Espoo, Lahti, Tampere
France: Besançon, Nantes, Paris
India: Pune, Rajkot, Thane
Indonesia: Balikpapan, Jakarta, Semarang
Malaysia: Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam
Mexico: Puebla, Hermosillo, Toluca
Singapore: Singapore
South Africa: Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane
South Korea: Changwon, Seoul, Wonju
Spain: A Coruña, Córdoba
Sweden:  Eskilstuna, Gothenburg, Västerås
Thailand: Hatyai, Khon Kaen, Mapammarit
United States: Cleveland, Evanston, Seattle

Rise of the new angel investor

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 21:08
In the last two years, LetsVenture has emerged as the largest online platform for start-up funding

Building another pipe dream?

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 21:00
Do we have a proper plan for the NOFN that will enable people living in rural India to access government services?

Tax carbon now

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 20:41
India should be taking the lead in the international community on the carbon tax issue since it has already taken the first steps

Winds of change

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 20:25
Given the opportunities available to both sides, this could well be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between India and the US

Time to reset India-US relations

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 19:54
Diplomatic ties between India and the US are looking at a second life. Rarely do such opportunities present themselves

The US in the South Asian equation

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 17:33
To change awkward US-India relations, Obama should draw out how India wants to use its leadership position

Independent but connected

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 17:23
A multi-aligned India will require a more nuanced foreign policy approach than ‘you are with us or against us’

Unbundling the Food Corporation of India

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 17:08
It is high time that India’s foodgrain management is decentralized

Time to move out of Diggi?

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 17:02
However much the country’s biggest literary show is now associated with Diggi Palace, it may be necessary to start thinking of the future

Haste can lead to waste in tax savings

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 15:59
These are some mistakes made when you’re in a rush to complete your tax saving investments

The PKC legacy in Icra

News from India - 25. January 2015 - 14:57
A rating company’s biggest challenge is to maintain its independence and Icra’s P.K. Choudhury has done that well

ENB Summary of the 1st Intergovernmental Negotiation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda | 19-21 January 2015 | New York, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 25. January 2015 - 5:46
IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS), through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), has covered the First Intergovernmental Negotiation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, from 19 to 21 January 2015, from UN headquarters, New York, US

ENB Summary of the Fifth session of the IRENA Assembly and Associated Events | 16-21 January 2015 | Abu Dhabi, UAE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 24. January 2015 - 12:44
IISD Reporting Services has covered the Fifth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Assembly and Associated Events, from 16-21 January 2015, from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/irena-irenaa5/

ENB vol. 25 - Oceans

News from IISD - 24. January 2015 - 9:09

ENB - Library Volume 09

News from IISD - 24. January 2015 - 8:31

ENB Volume 31 - IPBES

News from IISD - 24. January 2015 - 7:43
International Institute for Sustainable Development - Reporting Services (IISD RS), Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Biodiversity, Ecosystems, IPBES

IISD Summary of the IRENA Events at WFES | 19-21 January 2015 | Abu Dhabi, UAE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 24. January 2015 - 6:13
IISD Reporting Services has covered the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Events at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), from 19 to 21 January 2015, from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/irena-irenaa5/

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