21 Mar 2014
Here you will find a round-up of all the recent news and events in mechanisms from around the world.
- Climate adaptation and good development are two sides of the same coin, according to IIED's Fawad Khan and Simon Anderson.
- Companies are looking to the home and car industries to bring solar panels and water filters to emerging markets in developing countries.
Photograph: Rafiq Maqbool/AP. Source: The Guardian.
- A new website is offering a global view of small hydroelectric projects in Africa, making it easier to access reliable information.
- Last week, Steven Macatonia said: 'Fairtrade isn't enough.' But the Fairtrade Foundation answers the criticisms and explains how it isn't that simple.
- New research warns against a carbon grab - a similar problem to the ongoing land grab issue - as the UN and the World Bank prepares for Carbon Trading under REDD+.
- Eight months after China announced it would go on a solar-buying spree, the solar-panel industry is starting to pick up.
- Chinese companies have offered up a fresh idea to help pollution-weary travellers while cashing in on public concerns over dirty air at the same time -- smog insurance, AFP reports.
- Beijing officials bring forward the deadline to create the world's first thorium-fuelled facility - in otherwords, uranium-free nuclear plants - in attempt to break reliance on fossil fuels and combact smog.
- IIED's James Mayers and Xiaoxue Weng write about an upcoming meeting between Chinese policy-makers and international forestry experts where they will discuss draft guidelines affecting how Chinese businesses involved in the timber trade can operate.
UK and Europe:
- EU have set October deadline to agree 2030 climate goals.
- A new report from Greenpeace argues that an overhaul of energy infrastructure could cut the cost of renewable energy, saving billions.
- Land owners, financiers and food outlets are united in a pledge to commit to air quality improvements for London.
- Innovations for equity in smallholder Payment for Ecosystem Services: bridging research and practice - a conference hosted by IIED in Edinburgh that explored the latest thinking on how to make schemes that compensate protectors of natural resources fairer and more inclusive.
United States of America:
- To help Americans prepare for the impact of global warming, the White House has unveiled a new website to make climate data widely available to citizens, companies and local governments.