May 4, 2012 – (via The World Bank) By embarking on a low-carbon growth path, China’s cities can help reach the country’s targets for reducing the energy and carbon intensity of its economy, and become more livable, efficient, competitive, and ultimately sustainable, says a new World Bank report released today. Cities contribute an estimated 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gases. With China set to add an estimated 350 million residents to its cities over the next 20 years, the case for urgent action is strong. Continue reading>> or read the full report here>>.
May 1, 2012 – (via EIN News) Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group, will pay an official visit to China from 16 to 19 May. During her visit, Miss Clark will hold high-level discussions with state leaders and senior government officials on future collaboration with UNDP, as well as the major outcomes of the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference, expected to be the largest event in the history of the United Nations. The Rio+20 Summit, to take place at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20-22 June, will present an historical opportunity to define sustainable pathways to a safer and more equitable world for all. Continue reading>>
May 1, 2012 – (via the Global and Mail) China is outpacing Canada in determination to tackle climate change and rein in greenhouse gas emissions, says Maurice Strong, a long-time environmentalist and secretary-general of the first global Earth Summit 20 years ago. Continue reading>>
April 26, 2012 – (via The Mainichi) A conference of international experts and environment ministers in the Swedish capital on Wednesday urged world leaders gathering later this year in Brazil to discuss world’s sustainable development to “stop talking and start acting.”
The 12-point “Stockholm Call for Action” plan was presented to a top representative of the U.N. at the end of a three-day conference on sustainable development. Continue reading>>
March 20, 2012 – (via BusinessGreen) - World’s biggest polluter spends £4bn a year on wind and solar power generation in single region as it aims to cut fossil fuel use. Continue reading>>