At the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila yesterday, Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao said it could not rule out funding coal power as there is 'no other option' for some countries in Asia. Protesters outside the event called on ADB to draw up a time-bound phase-out plan for coal financing.
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Communities vulnerable to climate change have the most potential to be climate adaptation leaders, and have a central role to play in accelerating climate change solutions, writes World Resources Institute's Jessica Arriens.
For decades, most of the major economies have relied on a form of capitalism that delivered considerable benefits. But systems do not work in isolation. Eventually, reality asserts itself: global trade tensions reemerge, populist nationalists win power, and natural disasters grow in frequency and intensity.
Large developed countries often continue to finance new fossil-fuel projects in small island states that are disproportionately affected by climate change. Donors and lenders should instead help these islands to become laboratories for testing innovative clean-energy technologies.
On a mission to convey the environmental crises unfolding around the world, British news outlet The Guardian has altered its style guide, spurring other media organisations to consider switching to terms such as climate emergency or breakdown. How else can the media effectively tell the story of climate change?