COP21: ‘Never have the stakes been so high’

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World leaders opened pivotal climate talks Monday in Paris, saying the stakes are too high to end the conference without achieving a binding agreement to help slow the pace of global climate change. “A political moment like this may not come again,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders gathered for the conference. “We have never… Read more »

France – COP21 live special: ’12 hours for the Planet’

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On the eve of the COP21 talks in Paris, FRANCE 24 brings you a special night of programming dedicated to the climate, with previously unseen reports and interviews, interspersed with some of the best moments from “Down to Earth”, our weekly show exploring innovations by people around the world committed to sustainable development. Renewable energy, agriculture and… Read more »

Microsoft announces 175 megawatt wind project in Illinois is now operational

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Just over a year ago, Microsoft announced its largest wind purchase to date: a 175 megawatt (MW) wind facility outside of Chicago that would generate more than enough energy to fully power Microsoft’s Chicago data center. Today, we’re proud to announce that the Pilot Hill Wind Project is up and running—delivering clean, renewable energy that will power that facility for… Read more »

Earth’s climate entering new ‘permanent reality’ as CO2 hits new high

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The Earth’s climate will enter a new “permanent reality” from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a historic milestone, the head of the UN’s weather agency has warned. The record concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere were up 43% since pre-industrial times, said the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),… Read more »

Energy efficiency and climate Protection – BDL-Report 2015

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Energy efficiency and climate Protection

German aviation is reducing its specific energy consumption from year to year. In 2014, the airlines achieved an all-time record by reducing fuel consumption to an average of 3.64 litres of kerosene per 100 passenger-kilometres. In this Aviation Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Report 2015, the German Aviation Association (BDL) presents the key indicators as… Read more »

Landscaping Project Highlights Global Water Crisis

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International firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a meadow with sunken pathways for China’s International Garden Expo 2015. As part of China’s International Garden Expo, Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a temporary meadow, named “Where the River Runs,” sited for Wuhan, China. The installation, which contains sunken pathways and hidden meeting places, allows… Read more »

Nissan begins tests on Leaf-based IDS prototype

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Nissan Leaf-based autonomous prototypes have been sighted on Japanese city roads earlier in the week. While the Nissan IDS concept at the Tokyo Motor Show is a far more comprehensive look at what the future may bring for the automaker’s self-driving initiatives, the company is working on slowly but surely getting the technology out to production… Read more »