Five Stories: India and France Launch $1 Trillion International Solar Alliance

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/1/15).

  1. 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.”
  2. Pope Francis says that the world is heading towards “suicide” if strong action to stop climate change isn’t agreed on now (Reuters).
  3. 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.”
  4. The Guardian reports on “new generation wave energy,” and discusses whether it can provide “one third of Australia’s electricity.”
  5. 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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