Global green bonds more than doubled in 2016, led by China

Climate Finance The world’s biggest carbon-emitter raised $36.2 billion for bonds to meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets. That pushed the global value of green bonds issued last year to a record $93 billion, up 120 percent from 2015. Moody’s Investor Services said green bond issues could more than double again in 2017, to $206

Last large wild places on earth continue to shrink

And the size of the remaining intact forests globally has fallen by 7 percent since 2000, mostly due to the encroachment of agriculture and timber operations. Large swathes called “intact forest landscapes” contribute more to conservation by capturing carbon and supporting ecosystem diversity than smaller forest segments. Brazil recently pledged to restore 22 million hectares

Norwegians back d.light to expand ‘pay-as-you-go’ solar in Africa and Asia

Climate Finance Norway’s largest pension fund and its state-owned investment fund took a $5 million equity stake in d.light, one of the largest of the new crop of off-grid solar providers targeting the more than one billion people, mostly in Africa and Asia, who lack access to reliable electricity. The investment is the latest in

Norwegians back d.light to expand ‘pay-as-you-go’ solar in Africa and Asia

Norway’s largest pension fund and its state-owned investment fund took a $5 million equity stake in d.light, one of the largest of the new crop of off-grid solar providers targeting the more than one billion people, mostly in Africa and Asia, who lack access to reliable electricity. The investment is the latest in a line

Thai photovoltaic plant will duck U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar panels

Climate Finance The Chinese-Canadian firm Canadian Solar has secured $210 million in loans to build a PV production plant in eastern Thailand. Most of the facility’s product will be exported to North America, where the U.S imposes tariffs on PV cells produced in China, including by Canadian Solar. Canadian Solar’s Thai facility would circumvent these.

UAE commits $163 billion to renewable energy

Climate Finance The United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s leading oil producers, is aiming to generate close to 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050. The fossil-fuels dependent country has the eighth highest per capita CO2 emissions in the world. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two biggest emirates, have been ramping up

Conservation investment reaches $8.2 billion

Climate Finance A couple years ago, environmentalists were excited that $5.1 billion had been invested in conservation efforts since 2004. The latest number: $8.2 billion, a 62 percent jump. A new report from Forest Trends also found that $3.1 billion committed for sustainable food and agriculture, habitat protection, clean water initiatives and other conservation projects