Despite long, sleepless, negotiation nights, the domestic political changes of many parties, and the frustration of matching a tight schedule with an array of side events, COPs tend to be a place for hope. Marrakech is no exception.
Sometimes you need to drill downward to move forward. Turkey is tapping geothermal heat under the earth’s surface in an effort to meet the country's targets for renewable energy generation.
Geothermal power harnesses the earth’s heat to generate electricity. It’s a low-carbon, reliable, renewable energy source that has been in use for over 100 years. It’s a baseload source of energy, meaning it does not depend on the sun shining, the wind blowing, or the capacity of batteries. That’s why Turkey is exploring new sites for geothermal power plants.
The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will the join the conversation at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, as the momentum built at COP21, is harnessed by the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The CIF will participate in three flagship events on November 14:
10 - 11:30 AM, Salle 2, Africa Pavilion (Blue Zone), No Risk, No Reward, co-organized with the African Development Bank. The session will explore the role of de-risking investment in realizing groundbreaking renewables projects in Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Urgency is a word often associated with climate change. The scale and urgency of the climate crisis demands scaled-up action to prevent a range of future—and current—consequences: from extreme weather events, to poor air quality affecting the health of millions and shifting weather patterns jeopardizing agricultural production and water supplies.
Urgency, though, is not typically a word associated with evaluation or learning.
When we gather in Marrakech for the UN Climate Conference (COP22) next month, days after the Paris Agreement goes into effect—with ratifications from 83 countries accounting for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions secured—we have an important opportunity to remind ourselves of recent climate data.
As climate change continues to wreak havoc, the resilience of countries to withstand and recover from its impacts has become even more pressing.
The latest session of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Learning Series showcased some of the opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation presented by modern earth observation (EO) technologies.
The concept of transformation is one we spend a lot of time thinking about in climate and development. The scale of the challenge demands that we think seriously about both systemic and sustainable changes.
Many African leaders and policy-makers are currently gathered in Washington DC for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings and climate action is high on their agenda. The CIF’s Program Manager Mafalda Duarte offers some reflections of the CIF’s work with Africa.
When it comes to climate change, Africa is both on the frontlines and at the forefront.
Forests are having a bit of a moment right now. Hot on the heels of their inclusion in the Paris climate agreement, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry giving a keynote speech at the Oslo REDD Exchange and 800,000 citizens of Utter Pradesh setting a new world record for planting nearly 50 million trees in one day, forests are high on the agenda for those attending Climate Week in New York City.
A greener future depends on the widespread adoption of low carbon technologies. Through the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris climate agreement, world leaders have outlined a transformative agenda which heralds a shift from a fossil-fuel based global economy to one that is low carbon and climate resilient. And funding this future means we need to think in terms of trillions not billions.