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IRENA Report Underscores Need to Maintain Clean Energy Supportive Policies, Funding

A testament to the viability and overwhelming growth of renewable energy capacity on a global scale was offered last week in an annual report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The document shows the world added more than 260 gigawatts (GW) last year, exceeding the previous year's expansion by close to 50 per cent. IRENA's annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that renewable energy's share of all new generating capacity rose considerably for the second year in a row. More than 80 per cent of all new electricity capacity added last year was renewable. Solar and wind accounted for 91 percent of that new growth. The upsurge occurred in spite of the economic slowdown caused by the COVID pandemic, with renewables' rising share of the total being partly attributable to net decommissioning of fossil fuel power generation in Europe, North America and Eurasia. Total fossil fuel additions fell to 60 GW in 2020, down from 64 GW the previous year, highlighting a continued downward trend of fossil fuel expansion. China and the United States were the two outstanding growth markets last year. (Read more…)

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Farmers Seek Bigger Voice in Addressing Global Food System Issues

In its ongoing effort to ensure that the voice of U.S. farmers, ranchers and forestland owners is being heard in food system discussions that are continuously taking place on the world stage, Solutions from the Land (SfL) and a group of collaborating agricultural organizations this week held a "dialogue" for producers, who shared their experiences, insight and recommendations in anticipation UN Food Systems Summit (FSS) expected to be held this fall. Those who actually work the land and forests have been woefully underrepresented in the global negotiations, a shortfall that SfL has been working to overcome. Perhaps the clearest and most-important result of the dialogue was evidence that the farmer voice is essential in development of food and agriculture policy. Food-system success is inseparable from farmer success. Farmers make the investments and bear the risks of each year’s production. They are directly responsible for food products and are often the ones affected by hunger and malnutrition worldwide. These points lead to a singular conclusion: farmer success equals food system success. (Read more…)

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