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Top Countries Leading the Way in Solar
Contribution by Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel ( As scientific research continues to prove that our choices for how we power our lives has a significant impact on the health of our planet, more countries are making the shift towards renewable resources. Solar power systems are now popping up across the globe at an astounding rate due to […]
claudia.florowski Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:39:59 +0000
Book Review: Springer „Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation“
During the last weeks, we had a closer look at the ‘Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation’ published by Walter Leal Filho at Springer. The Handbook is the ambitious equivalent of the Encyclopedia Britannica on Climate Change and Global Warming with the simple goal to provide a comprehensive overview of how to handle climate change – […]
claudia.florowski Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:15:30 +0000
Getting on the Renewables Train
REN21 @ COP21, Paris, France Renewable energy and energy efficiency are central pillars for decarbonising the energy sector. Moreover they hold collectively the greatest potential for addressing the climate crisis in a sustainable, decentralised and cost-effective way. Despite the world’s recent annual average of 1.5% increase in energy consumption, and an average 3% growth in […]
laura.williamson Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:08:34 +0000
The Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto Urges Tailored Climate Knowledge for All
In mid-September the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB) released a Manifesto to save us from drowning in all the climate change-related information that is out there. As society is only now grasping the full extent to which our lives, jobs and environment are sensitive to a changing climate, effective decision making is needed more urgently […]
claudia.florowski Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:58:28 +0000
South Africa is organising the first ever International Renewable Energy Conference on the African subcontinent. Abbreviated IREC, the conference is in its sixth instalment with previous hosts including Bonn, Germany (2004), Beijing, China (2005), Washington, USA (2008), Delhi, India (2010), Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013). SAIREC is a high-level political conference hosted by the South African government, together with the Renewable […]
laura.williamson Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:44:45 +0000
Plugging into the Climate Knowledge Grid
“We are not far away from the climate talks in Paris and I’m frightened by the information overload that awaits people there. How will they cut through it all?” This question, posed by Geoff Barnard at the Open Session of the Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group workshop, cuts through to the raison d’etre of knowledge […]
Florian Bauer Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:48:48 +0000
Connecting climate knowledge – talking about a revolution
A contribution by Geoff Barnard from CDKN. Geoff Barnard is Knowledge Management Strategy Advisor for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and Chair of the CKB Steering Group. CDKN has supported the work of the CKB Group from the outset. Here, Geoff introduces the CKB Group’s latest initiative: a Manifesto on climate knowledge. A […]
claudia.florowski Mon, 18 May 2015 11:56:27 +0000
Africa is the Place to Be!
   Interested in contributing to REN21’s production of renewable energy and energy efficiency status report for southern Africa?  Let us know by completing this Expression of Interest  form. Don’t forget that the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) will be held 4-7 October in Cape Town. Applications for hosting a side event at SAIREC […]
laura.williamson Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:03:02 +0000
How People Are Using Solar to Live Off the Grid in the US
Guest contribution by Tim Smith, For some people, living off the grid is a conscious decision; given the choice between energy independence and an electricity bill, they get all the energy they need from a free, renewable, environmentally-friendly source. For others, living off the grid might be the only choice. Whether you’re a suburban […]
claudia.florowski Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:21:10 +0000
An Entry-Level Pay-As-You-Go Lamp is the First Rung of the Energy Ladder
Contribution from Victoria Arch, Angaza Design What is the role of the solar lantern in energy access? In July of last year, I attended an Engineering for Change Webinar called “Off Grid Technology Perspectives, The Case of the Solar Lantern” that explored this question. The webinar included thoughtful, context-setting presentations from Guarav Manchanda of One […]
claudia.florowski Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:29:16 +0000