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Climate Change Ecological Transition

The 2021 Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System (Chad A. Smith, David M. Hart, ITIF)

To meet growing global demand for energy services while averting the worst consequences of climate change, the world must accelerate clean energy innovation. Western Europe contributes most to this global process. The United States has faltered. And China has a long way to go.

The 2021 Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System | ITIF

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Climate Change Ecological Transition

Accountability for Climate Catastrophes (Vinod Thomas, Project-Syndicate)

While the evidence linking greenhouse-gas emissions to climate change has been clear for some time, public engagement with the issue remains low. But showing the link between emissions and extreme weather could motivate more people to demand that governments and companies reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Accountability for Climate Catastrophes by Vinod Thomas – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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China Climate Change Ecological Transition

China steps towards a coal-free future (Huw Slater, East Asia Forum)

On 21 September 2021, China’s President Xi Jinping announced to the UN General Assembly that China would stop building new coal power plants abroad. The commitment aligns China with a global trend away from international financing of coal and is a significant step towards greening the Belt and Road Initiative.

China steps towards a coal-free future (eastasiaforum.org)

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Climate Change Ecological Transition

Enhancing climate change resilience through self-protection, public investment, and market insurance (Matthew E. Kahn and Somik V. Lall, Brookings)

Given that global greenhouse gas emissions are likely to continue to rise in the coming decades, we must invest in resilience. We have three different adaptation strategies. We can invest in self-protection to reduce our risk exposure; this includes migrating away from areas that are prone to hazards or taking proactive steps such as putting a home on stilts to reduce risk exposure. The second is to rely on government investment in spatial protection strategies such as seawalls and levees. A third strategy would be to purchase insurance to guarantee that we receive a payment if a disaster occurs.

Enhancing climate change resilience through self-protection, public investment, and market insurance (brookings.edu)

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Ecological Transition

Sustainable transport key to green energy shift: UN Secretary-General (UN News)

The three-day UN Sustainable Transport Conference, which opened on Thursday, will examine how transportation can contribute to climate response, economic growth and sustainable development.

In remarks to the opening, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underlined what is at stake.

Sustainable transport key to green energy shift: UN Secretary-General | | UN News

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Ecological Transition

Cautious Optimism on the Road to Glasgow (Kemal Derviş, Project-Syndicate)

With the crucial United Nations COP26 climate-change summit fast approaching, recent positive developments in green-energy technologies provide grounds for hope. But two caveats point to the need to intensify multilateral cooperation.

Cautious Optimism on the Road to Glasgow by Kemal Derviş – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Ecological Transition

Biodiversity commitment builds hope for ‘living in harmony with nature’ (UN News)

The Kunming Declaration, adopted at the end of the UN Biodiversity Conference’s latest High Level Segment, which took place in Kunming, China, calls on the States Parties to act urgently on biodiversity protection in decision-making and recognise the importance of conservation in protecting human health.

Biodiversity commitment builds hope for ‘living in harmony with nature’ | | UN News

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Ecological Transition

Finance Ministers hold key to COP26 success: UN Secretary-General (UN News)

Addressing members of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, he highlighted their critical role as the conference date fast approaches.

“Your decisions and actions in the coming weeks will determine whether the global economic recovery will be low-carbon, resilient and inclusive or whether it will lock-in fossil fuel-intensive investments with high risks of stranded assets,” he added.

Finance Ministers hold key to COP26 success: UN Secretary-General | | UN News

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China Ecological Transition

Financial sector should respond to increasing threat from biodiversity degradation: experts (Zhang Hongpei, Global Times)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said China will take the lead by investing 1.5 billion yuan ($233 million) to establish the Kunming Biodiversity Fund, marking the latest effort by the world’s second largest economy to address the increasing biodiversity degradation.

Financial sector should respond to increasing threat from biodiversity degradation: experts – Global Times

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