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A former regional diplomat argues the answer is yes. Ronald Sanders, who is also a senior research fellow at London University, says such legal action would require all Small Island Developing States (SIDS) acting together.

He believes the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be amenable to hearing their arguments, although the court’s requirement that all parties to a dispute agree to its jurisdiction would be a major stumbling block.

“It is most unlikely that the countries that are warming the planet, which incidentally now include India and China, not just the United States, Canada and the European Union…[that] they would agree to jurisdiction,” Sanders told IPS.

A new World Bank–supported business hub, the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), was launched on March 27, 2014 in Addis Ababa to support pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change while creating jobs and improving livelihoods.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27 March 2014 — A new World Bank–supported business hub, the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), was launched today in Addis Ababa to support pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change while creating jobs and improving livelihoods. First of its kind in the country, the center will help over 3.1 million Ethiopians increase resilience to climate change and is expected to create more than 12,000 jobs in the next ten years.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it committed US$2.8 billion for projects that address climate change, sustainable energy and environmental sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean last year.According to its annual Sustainability Report, a detailed overview of its progress in investing in and safeguarding sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean, the figure represents 20 per cent of the bank’s overall lending last year.The report, issued on the side of the IDB´s Annual Meeting in Brazil, notes that the figure puts the IDB on target to meet its goal of 25 per cent by 2015.

In Jamaica and Suriname, two award winning businesses are transforming the lives of those living in under-served and off-grid communities. By implementing sustainable energy solutions they promote self-sufficiency, job creation,  provision of 24/7 electricity and increased economic development. Selected from a pool of 189 proposals, these enterprises are two among the eight winners of the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest. They received grant funding, technical and business development support to turn their ideas into financially sustainable businesses, helping solve the energy problems facing the Caribbean.The Family Garden, JamaicaFollowing the success of the first solar-powered Family Gardencommunity project in Jacks Hill, a bigger, more urban area wants to set-up this hydroponic farming initiative to create more job opportunities and enrich their community. The original premise of the enterprise was to unite communities by introducing solid foundations for good sustainable farming practices, provide employment and a reliable electricity supply. The Jacks Hill community as with many others had been using the traditional ‘slash and burn’ method to clear land to farm, yet the side effects from this practice lead to soil erosion, flooding and land slippage. The continual cycle of destroying potential farming plots and other bad agricultural practices lead to many villagers leaving to seek work elsewhere. The Family Garden project in Jacks Hill produced more than forty jobs and created solid links between local businesses: hotels and restaurants buying and ordering produce grown on the farm.

Jamaica-born real-estate entrepreneur and inventor Phillip Scott says he is now weighing his options in relation to selecting partners for the commercialisation of a fuel-system booster and energy source, which he has created and patented both in Jamaica and the United States.

He said offers for partnership have been coming from oil companies both within and outside the United States, as well as Jamaican government officials for the invention dubbed 'Elhydro Power', a hydrogen-based fuel system, which functions both as a generator and fuel-system booster using electrolysed water to produce mechanical and electrical energy.

DR ARUN Kashyap, United Nations coordinator and resident representative, has urged stakeholders to 'walk the talk' in ensuring that sustainable energy is achieved.

 

Speaking with The Gleaner following the United Nations Development Programme Greening Launch, which was held at its St Andrew offices last week, Kashyap said there needs to be a concerted effort in bringing the energy bill down.

"We have been talking a long time about promoting renewable energy and we all have to do our part in making this a reality. Jamaica will never get out of debt until we change our energy paradigm," he declared.

TOKYO: Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double crunch in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the United Nations said on Friday.In a report published on the eve of World Water Day, it said the cravings for clean water and electricity were intertwined and could badly strain Earth's limited resources."Demand for freshwater and energy will continue to increase over the coming decades to meet the needs of growing populations and economies, changing lifestyles and evolving consumption patterns, greatly amplifying existing pressures on limited natural resources and on ecosystems," the report said.

First Solar inc. shares soared 20.57% to their highest level since September 2011 on Wednesday as investors applauded better guidance and early success in its strategic switch to large-scale power plants.

First Solar said its recent partnership with general electric co. has started to bear fruit: The two companies will cooperate to develop a cheaper and more efficient utility-scale solar power plant design.

CARIBBEAN economies have fell behind other small developing economies around the world in terms of competitiveness.

The observation was made by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Regional Manager Gerard Johnson yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Carribbean Competitiveness Forum at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

"We used to be out in front in terms of productivity, living standards and growth and that is no longer the case. The fact is that our productivity has gone stagnant, exports flat, public debt has gone up trying to make up for that and our living standards have fallen," Johnson said. He supported his assessment with the competitiveness index of the World Economic Forum and the World Bank Doing Business report, which suggests that countries in the region are falling behind in terms of its competitiveness policy and regulatory reform.

A Focal Point Network has been established to support the Government's implementation of provisions under the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan across the public sector and the wider society.

The network, comprising 27 representatives from ministries, departments and agencies, will collaborate with the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change to implement the provisions.

Speaking at the network's launch, on Wednesday at the ministry's New Kingston offices, principal director of the Climate Change Division, Albert Daley, said its establishment represents "partial fulfillment" of requirements under the Climate Change Policy Framework.

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