Indian solar sector wary of China as protectionist policy nears an end

When former prime minister Manmohan Singh launched India’s National Solar Mission in 2010, he wanted to build a domestic manufacturing base.“If the mission is to...

Fiji presidency must not fail climate change victims at “Pacific COP”

When the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in the southern Pacific struck the Fiji Islands on the afternoon of 20 February 2016, I was in...

Egypt faces water insecurity as Ethiopian mega-dam starts filling

“The land has become very dry,” observes Mahmoud Abo Khokha, a farmer from Al Monofeyya governorate, in Egypt’s Nile delta. “Drought is no longer...

Brazil’s Temer extends amnesty to Amazon land-grabbers

Land-grabbing follows a well-established pattern in the Brazilian Amazon. First, you invade a public vacant land, clear the forest as fast as you can, plant pasture,...

Norway, France urged to block DR Congo forestry project

International and Congolese NGOs are calling for a sustainable forestry project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to be withdrawn, warning it will lead...

Climate Weekly: China spreading coal in Africa

It’s easy to get carried away with the idea that China and the EU are going to bite their thumbs at Donald Trump’s US and...

Scientists say east Africa will get wetter, so why is it drying out?

The long rains, one of two wet seasons that quench the thirst of the East African region, failed this year for the second time...

China signed African coal deal days before Xi low emissions pledge at G20

Chinese president Xi Jinping endorsed a G20 plan calling on development banks to support poor countries to lower their emissions, just days after his own development bank...

UN climate fund criticised for accrediting growing list of private banks

Civil society organisations warn that the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) decision this week to accredit more private banks will disadvantage poor countries. Speaking to...

Hope and anger in Bangladesh as Unesco reverses coal plant opposition

At the site of one of the world’s most controversial coal projects, a fence topped with barbed wire surrounds a few pre-fabricated huts.Rice paddies...

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