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COVID-19 Has Changed Our Freshwater Use. We Need To Be Careful
Buoyed by an increased prevalence of lockdown-related good-news stories, such as tales of clearer Vancouver skies and Venetian canals, our general assumption is that the current limitations on human movement will ultimately result in a significant net positive effect for our environment.
As global protectionism grows, Canada must look for new ways to operate
While the main instruments of the economic rescue have been fiscal and monetary interventions, trade has played a major role, but it’s uncertain what trade will look like when the pandemic is over.
Plunging solar energy prices spell bright future for clean electricity
Solar energy has fallen in cost faster than experts predicted. How did electricity from photovoltaic panels get so cheap?
Covid-19: Emergency measures and investor-state arbitration claims
The unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic has re-kindled debates around the appropriateness of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in bi- and multi-lateral investment treaties.
Banana sector embracing sustainability
Voluntary sustainability standards are increasingly being used by banana producers as challenges including disease and climate change mount.
This Coal Plant Endangers Forests, Wildlife, People. And India Doesn’t Even Need It, Experts Say
The price of solar-powered electricity has reduced since the Khurja power plant was conceived, and is now 14% lower than that of coal-fired power, making India the cheapest renewable energy market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Is Palm Oil Bad? The Consequences On Wildlife And The Environment
With more and more people turning vegan for animal wellbeing and the climate, questions concerning the planet’s most consumed vegetable oil are on the rise.
How to raise an easy $1 billion per day for the Covid-19 recovery
A temporary tax hike on gasoline and diesel is one of the fairest, greenest ways to fund post-pandemic economic stimulus packages.
New study a call to action for Myanmar’s mangroves
A new study by the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that mangrove deforestation in Myanmar is taking place at a faster rate than previously estimated.
Coronavirus Vs Climate Change: After-Effects Of The Pandemic
The highest priority for all the governments right now is to first tackle the global coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects.
SDG setback 'tremendous' as COVID-19 accelerates slide
Crucial global goals to reduce hunger and poverty and curb climate change have gone backwards or stalled, the United Nations Secretary-General warns in a new report, as the COVID-19 outbreak moves from being a health crisis to becoming the “worst human and economic crisis of our lifetimes”.
6 Reasons Why Coal Reforms Are Misdirected
On Saturday, finance minister (FM) Nirmala Sitharaman announced sweeping reforms in the coal and mining sectors. Earlier, only captive consumers with end-use ownership could bid.
New advocacy group joins push for green recovery from COVID-19's economic shock
The independent "task force on a resilient recovery" includes individuals who are already prominent in the discussion around moving toward a greener future.
Federal plan to redirect $50M in surplus food not as simple as it sounds
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $50 million surplus food purchase program last week, it seemed like a win-win. But what the food sector wants to get rid of isn't necessarily what charities need.
Double whammy of corona and crude oil prices on renewable energy sector
Covid-19 is pushing many sectors into uncharted waters. As the chorus for social distancing rose across the globe, many governments imposed stringent containment measures.
After the oil crash, we need a managed wind-down of fossil fuel production
To meet climate goals and avoid further market chaos, governments need to plan the decline of coal, oil and gas production, with support for workers.
Africa must not let disputes with foreign investors undermine its Covid-19 response
There is an imminent threat of claims arising from emergency measures, so countries should review how investor-state disputes are handled.
How India Can Make Its Economic Recovery Clean And Sustainable
In reviving its economy post-COVID-19, India could turn a crisis into an opportunity by resetting its energy spending to favour clean energy, enabling citizens to continue enjoying the unprecedented clean air and blue skies bestowed by the lockdown.
Risk & Return: Adaptation in the Developing World
When we focus on developing countries, only 19 percent of climate finance from OECD countries to developing countries goes toward adaptation. While this is better than the global average, it’s still far below what has been promised and what is needed.