January 22, 2018 | |Every year, governments spend at least $400 billion making it cheaper to buy oil, gas, coal and other fossil fuels. That sum could buy about four billion solar panels or pay for the global eradication of malaria four times over.
Subsidies for fossil fuels finish! Sub-subsidy mining is the profound fruit for the financing and implementation of Agenda 2030
October 2, 2017 | German Watch |(Originally written in German, below is a preview of translated copy) Reduction and redistribution of fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) is a profound fruit for the financing and implementation of the global sustainable development targets (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030. First, FFS reform has a broad support base ranging from sustainable development to radical Advocates of free market and lean state enough.
Does the Data Security Risk of a Billion Indians Handing Over Biometric Information Outweigh the Benefits?
September 3, 2017 | Newsweek |The ominous changes at Ryan Sequeira’s workplace began in early 2015. First came the biometric machines, two on every floor of the New Delhi office where he worked as an architect for a government think tank. Then, about a month later, they did away with sign-in sheets—instead, employees had to clock in and out on the new machines by scanning their fingerprints and keying in their Aadhaar numbers.
Media Coverage: Chinese Coal Miners Will Need 2.3 Million New Jobs by 2020: Cutbacks in Mines
September 1, 2017 | The Asia Pacific Journal |
Between 2008 and 2010 the government identified 69 “resource depleted cities” of which 19 – more than one quarter – are in the northeastern provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang. Once the heart of China’s heavy industry, the country’s northeast is in trouble; its oil fields and steel mills are struggling, and its coal mining sector is in chronic decline.
August 2, 2017 | India Spend |In 2013 and 2014, India provided subsidies worth $16.9 billion/year (Rs 1.08 lakh crore/year) to produce energy from fossil fuels, mostly through support for state-owned or controlled enterprises.
Media Coverage: India's ambitious new energy policy draft tries to bridge dreams, reality
June 13, 2017 | Bloomberg |
What’s good for Indonesia’s fiscal chiefs is proving a headache for the central bank. President Joko Widodo’s push to phase out electricity subsidies that have drained the budget of billions of dollars is boosting prices in the economy and threatening the bank’s 3 percent to 5 percent inflation target.
April 13, 2017 | IISD SDG Knowledge Hub |Phase-out and reallocation of fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) is a low-hanging fruit for financing and implementing SDGs. First, it has a diverse support base of both sustainable development advocates and “government downsizers.” Second, instead of requiring financing like many sustainable development policies, it could free up hundreds of billions of dollars for implementing multiple SDGs.
April 10, 2017 | Climate Home |UK prime minister Theresa May visited Riyadh in early April with the intent of “deepening a true strategic partnership” and “helping to wean Saudi Arabia off oil dependency”. That’s rich. In the North Sea oil fields, Britain is propping up a dying industry. Multi-billion tax breaks, supplemented in the 2017 budget, are given at the expense of diversifying the economy towards lower-carbon energy sources.
Media Coverage: Clearing the air in India and China
March 24, 2017 | India Climate Dialogue |
Poor air quality has become a major political concern in both countries. In the 1990s, India had some success in improving air quality in Delhi through higher emissions standards for vehicles. But in the 21st century, air quality in India nationwide has continued to deteriorate, and some reports now suggest that it is discernibly worse than in China.
Media Coverage: Behind the pageantry, Obama and Trudeau try to build a shared legacy
March 10, 2017 | iPolitics |
The White House South Lawn became a stage for a festive celebration of renewed relations between Canada and the U.S. Thursday morning, as the leaders of both countries sought to leverage the brief overlap between their time in office into a deep, structural shift in the relationship. During a welcome ceremony, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared Canada-U.S.