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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on August 28th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

This is part of the AlterNet (The Thomson Foundation of Reuters) collection of news.

INDIA: Across India, remote villages are becoming equipped with solar power, and a solar installation target has been met months ahead of time. But some experts say the government could use renewable energy much more effectively to support sustainable development. Meanwhile, new research argues that India’s high subsidies for polluting fuels like diesel and kerosene place a heavy burden on public finances and are compromising investment in clean energy alternatives, while removing them would hurt the poor less than commonly feared.

CLIMATE FINANCE: The board of the U.N.’s fledgling Green Climate Fund has agreed at a first meeting topick a headquarters this year as part of a plan to oversee billions of dollars in future aid to help developing nations fight global warming. Discussions have yet to be held on the controversial issue of how to raise $100 billion a year from public and private sources – the target for 2020. Ahead of the meeting, civil society groups said the fund should be managed in a way that is transparent and accountable to poor communities likely to be hit hardest by climate change. Separately, Norway’s environment minister has urged Brazil and Indonesia to avoid backtracking on policies to protect tropical forests, saying up to $2 billion in aid promised by Oslo hinges on proof of slower rates of forest clearance.

UN CLIMATE TALKS: The United States, Japan and the EU will come under pressure this week to pledge billions of dollars a year from 2013 to help the world’s poorest nations fight climate change, as negotiators from more than 190 countries meet to advance talks on a new global climate pact. Delegates will gather for a week-long U.N. meeting in Thailand from Thursday to agree a work plan towards signing in 2015 a new pact that would force all nations to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases starting in 2020.

IRRIGATION: Farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly taking up small-scale irrigation schemes as drought threatens the security of food supplies, a report by the International Water Management Institute says.

ARCTIC: The world’s Arctic ice cap has shrunk to a new low, surpassing a record set only five years ago, and is expected to keep retreating for a few more weeks, according to U.S. data.

Also:

What’s next for the Green Climate Fund? – World Resources Institute

Basic water, sanitation and hygiene essential for food security – WaterAid

Wanted: better bridges between science and aid efforts – SciDev.Net

Climate change ‘may boost South-East Asian agriculture’ – SciDev.Net

Irrigation scheme helps harvest in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland – World Food Programme

and we did not resist:

VIDEO – Isaac churns in Caribbean, threatens Republican Convention – Reuters

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