Five Stories: India and France Launch $1 Trillion International Solar Alliance
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/1/15).
- The Financial Times reports: “India and France have launched a global alliance to mobilise $1tn worth of investment towards developing solar power around the world, focused on tropical countries that are sun-rich but cash-poor. The International Solar Alliance aims to have 121 signatories, including the US and China, as well as a long list of developing countries situated between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.”
- Pope Francis says that the world is heading towards “suicide” if strong action to stop climate change isn’t agreed on now (Reuters).
- Eugene Robinson writes in the Washington Post: “As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world’s biggest economy gets left behind.”
- The Guardian reports on “new generation wave energy,” and discusses whether it can provide “one third of Australia’s electricity.”
- Joe Romm of Climate Progress wonders whether Bill Gates’ “Breakthrough Energy Coalition” can “become truly useful.” According to Romm: “…such funding isn’t what is most needed now. It won’t be of much if any help to the Paris negotiators or to the folks in India who have to make a decision today between coal plants and renewables.”
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