Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Climate Change:

The Switch to Renewable Power is a Battle We Cannot Afford to Lose (The Guardian)

Adnan Z. Amin, director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena)

Since the final gavel fell at the Lima climate talks earlier this month, discussions have centered on one question: what did the talks actually accomplish?

After two weeks of intense negotiation, governments settled on a draft text that will hopefully lead to a successful global climate deal in Paris next December. While opinions vary regarding the success or failure of the outcome, there is another story emerging outside the negotiation room.

This year’s conference represented a highly-significant shift in the positive momentum to act on climate change. While negotiators engaged in contentious debates, businesses, non-governmental organisations and local authorities stepped forward to present their own climate initiatives and committed to more action on the ground.

In this shift, renewable energy took center stage.

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