Northern America

Guest Article #110: Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? [viewed]

Are biofuels a smart technology that can help solve the looming energy crisis or are they a threat to an already compromised global food and water security? Some thoughts on the climate change, food security and biofuels nexus. Two visions, who is right?

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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NATO Stresses Climate Change Impacts on Security [viewed]

nato5 September 2014: Heads of State and Government participating in the Wales Summit of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the principal political decision-making body of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), have declared that climate change and increasing energy needs will shape the Organization's future security environment and could significantly affect its planning and operations.

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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WMO Launches Weather Reports from 2050 [viewed]

WMO1 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has asked television weathermen and women from all over the world to prepare a daily weather report for the year 2050 depicting likely local impacts of global climate change.

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US, Hawaii Announce Aloha+ Challenge for Sustainability [viewed]

1sep.sids1 September 2014: The Aloha+ Challenge has been announced in Apia, Samoa, following its launch in Hawaii, US, on 7 July 2014. The joint sustainability commitment includes targets on: clean energy transformation; local food production; natural resource management; waste reduction; smart growth and climate resilience; and green jobs and education.

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USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Global Resilience Partnership [viewed]

usaid-rockefeller-foundation20 August 2014: The Rockefeller Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a fund intended to build the resilience of disaster-prone communities in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The initial investment of US$100 million will fund the best ideas and innovations resulting from a Resilience Challenge open to academic, non-profit and private sector entities.

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Event: Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development,' the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit will address a variety of bilateral issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology, including multi-stakeholder discussions on new collaborations in the areas of: renewable energy; green buildings and sustainable cities; decentralized energy access; shale gas; and climate change. The Summit, hosted annually since 2009 by TERI North America and Yale University, brings together senior political representatives, leading policy makers, researchers and corporates from the two countries. The 2014 Summit will coincide with the Indian leadership's visit to the US.  

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First US-Africa Summit Addresses Energy, Food Security [viewed]

us.africa.summit6 August 2014: The US-Africa Summit, which brought together over 50 Heads of State from Africa and US President Barack Obama, addressed, inter alia: promoting inclusive sustainable development; expanding trade and investment ties; engaging young African leaders; and expanding cooperation on peace and security. The Summit also featured sessions on resilience and food security in a changing climate, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

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World Bank Announces US$5bn for Power Generation in Africa [viewed]

power.africa5 August 2014: The World Bank has committed US$5 billion in technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries partnering with US President Barack Obama's Power Africa Initiative. The support will consist of direct financing, investment guarantees and advisory services for project preparation, with the aim of creating 2.5 GW in new electricity generation capacity.

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