Inspiration from the New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference

Judging by the headlines, this year has been a roller-coaster ride on the climate change front. On the one hand, the Paris agreement that emerged from last year’s historic UN climate talks came into force much earlier than many had expected. On the other hand, populist votes in the US and Western Europe have made it abundantly clear that their governments need to spend more policy attention on their native workers. This dampened expectation for government follow-through in key countries, notably the United States. Scan below the fold, however, and you’ll find more-positive stories, stories about companies continuing the momentum …
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China’s energy finance footprint

Renewable energy investment in China reached US$ 102.9 billion in 2015, according to the UNEP. That was 36% of global investment – more than the US, the UK and Japan combined. But China’s energy finance footprint is larger than the Middle Kingdom itself, explains Content Director Deepali Srivastava in her latest Forbes column. For its twin development banks are now the largest provider of energy finance in the world. China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China together provided US$ 13.5 billion a year from 2007-14 in energy finance to foreign governments, which is more than the World Bank provided …
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Re-examining the story of climate change

Conventional wisdom places the Industrial Revolution at the heart of the climate change crisis. It was a period when Western nations harnessed fossil fuels to power factories, middle-class consumers discovered consumerism – and, of course, carbon dioxide emissions began to rise. Or so the story goes. Our Contect Director, Deepali Srivastava pokes holes in that narrative in her most recent Forbes column. She sat in on a spirited conversation between Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, and historian Naomi Oreskes, and came away convinced that imperialism had as much to do with climate change …
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