New Report Shows Potential of Renewables as a Reliable Power Source in Refugee Settlements

On-site renewable energy solutions can cost-effectively supply refugee communities with low-cost, reliable electricity, according to the findings of a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in cooperation with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. There are currently almost 26 million refugees in the world today. Unreliable energy exposes …

South Africa Gets Go-Ahead to Increase Black Rhino Trophy Hunting

South Africa has won permission to almost double the number of black rhinos that can be killed as trophies after arguing the money raised will support conservation of the critically endangered species. The decision was made at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) after receiving support from …

Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun

The proliferation of plastic pollution has led to concerns over its impact on marine life and human health as the toxins it absorbs and emits move up the food chain. Now, a new study reveals yet another potential plastic hazard: It releases greenhouse gasses. The study, published in PLOS One …

IAAF Joins Race to Beat Global Air Pollution Crisis

The UN Environment and the IAAF have announced a new partnership to address the issue of air quality which is leading to 7 million deaths across the world. The partnership will be supported by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) who will be working to create an air quality …

UNECE 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-3 November 2017. Among other agenda items, participants will discuss, ‘International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, follow-up actions for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The discussions …

Geneva Airport to Ramp up Solar Energy Production

Geneva’s Cointrin airport is to install solar panels across 50,000m2 of roof space in a new project announced by officials on Thursday. Around a dozen roofs on airport buildings have been marked out for solar panels, the airport’s director André Schneider told the press. Together, the proposed surface area is …