Revealed: Vatican Bank Officials Tied to Fossil Fuels

Two Vatican Bank board members have financial links to the fossil fuels industry, with one reported to have donated to a leading climate sceptic organisation, according to an Energydesk investigation. The news comes with the trouble-hit institution still reeling after two board members unexpectedly resigned in May, citing concerns over …

UN Secretary-General Invites All Member States to Event on 21 September

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to …

NASA Images Show the Amazon Could be Facing an Intense Wildfire Season this Year

Conditions created by the strong El Niño event that warmed up Pacific waters in 2015 and early 2016 altered rainfall patterns around the world. In the Amazon basin, that meant reduced rainfall during the wet season, plunging some parts of the region into severe drought. According to NASA, the Amazon …

More than 8 Million People Were Employed Worldwide in the Renewable Sector

A boom in solar and wind power jobs in the US led the way to a global increase in renewable energy employment to more than 8 million people in 2015, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). More than 769,000 people were employed in renewable energy …

Solar Panels Study Reveals Impact on Earth

Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology monitored a large solar park, near Swindon, for a year. They found that solar parks altered the local climate, measuring cooling of as much as 5 degrees Centigrade under the panels during the summer but the effects varied …

USAID Administrator Smith Announces New Energy Assistance to Ukraine

Last month  on 15th June, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced during her meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman several new programs designed in partnership with the Government of Ukraine to further energy sector and judicial reforms in Ukraine. These programs are part of …

Informal Energy Council in Bratislava

EU Energy Ministers and Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union,  met for the Informal Energy Council in Bratislava, Slovakia on 12 – 13 July. Governance of the Energy Union were on top of the agenda, alongside a discussion on what type of financing is needed for the EU …