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Writing from the EU Development Days in the wake of Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to praise the many Americans who are doing such great work in the off-grid and renewables sector – from universities such as Berkeley, Columbia and Pittsburgh, to institutions/foundations such as USAID, Rockefeller and.  Gates. From states, cities and such as Maine, New York and San Francisco to Tesla and Google. You will find updates from several of them in this week’s edition.

Meanwhile at EDD, we are delighted with the reception the project is getting and look forward now to our joint event with EASAC , June 20th on Smart Rural Development.

Smart Villages has also throughly enjoyed the Asia Clean Energy Forum, where we gave presentations on energy nexuses and innovative off-grid work in Asia. Our “speed dating” Knowledge Networking session was a lot of fun – great to interact with so many energy innovators in Asia and beyond! Check our the session’s launch–with music and dancing!–on Facebook.

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Tanzania Reaffirms Support
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania supports the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The minister of State in Vice President`s Office Union and Environment), Mr January Makamba said the deal aimed at pushing forward a world agenda to reduce impacts of climate change. […]

Deogratius Kamagi – TheCitizen (03.06.17)How Withdrawal Affects India
In his 27-minute speech announcing the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change, President Trump mentioned India only twice (well, thrice, but the third time was a repeat for rhetorical effect). The dumbed down message was: India was a big polluter, India was not doing and was not expected to do much on climate change under the Agreement, and India was asking for lots of money in return for little action. […]

Arunabha Ghosh – HindustanTimes (02.06.17)AfDB Commits $12 Billion For Energy Over Next 5 Years
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) will spend Sh1.2 trillion ($12 billion) to enhance electricity access to over 350 million people in Africa in the next five years. Under the New Deal on Energy for Africa’ strategy, the bank will also leverage between Sh4.5 trillion and Sh5 trillion ($45-50 billion) respectively from the private sector to light up and power Africa. […]

Nicholas Waitathu – MediaMaxNetwork (05.06.17)

The World Reacts
US president Donald Trump announced on June 1 that he will withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement. The US now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries opposing the accord. Trump’s decision upset many, including some of his supporters in the fossil-fuel industry. […]

Akshat Rathi – Quartz (02.06.17)

America’s Own Verdict
Donald Trump said that America would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, an agreement between 196 countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. In a speech delivered in the White House Rose Garden, Mr Trump said that the pact would have imposed a heavy economic burden on America and intruded on its sovereignty. […]

Economist (05.06.17)

Malaysia Fully Committed
Scientific evidence has indicated that in the next 83 years, Malaysia would have already been severely affected by global warming. According to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, high emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) from vehicles and other machinery is changing the climate and now, it becomes unpredictable. […]

Chen Ai Shih – BorneoPost (04.06.17)

Modi To Go Beyond Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have said their countries will cooperate in the fight against climate change, just days after the US withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. […]

Geert De Clercq – Independent (03.06.17)


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TheHerald (02.06.17)Sierra Leone Eyes Mini-Grid Based Infrastructure With DFID And UNOPS Assistance
GulfNews (07.06.17)Clean Coal Still On The Agenda For Africa
Elisabeth Wiebusch – TheMarketMogul (02.06.17)

Policy Clarity And Technology Transfer Key To Energy Security Says Nigeria’s Saraki
Sanni Onogu – AllAfrica (02.06.17)

New Push For Rural Electrification In Zambia
Christine Chisha – Daily-mail (04.06.17)


Pittsburgh And Paris Form Own Climate Deal
Anne Hidalgo and William Peduto – (07.06.17)Kauffman Scoops Solar Champion Prize
Kelsey Misbrener – Solar Power World (06.06.17)US Take On New REN21 Report
Chad Tudenggongbu – TheHill (06.06.17)
Another Major Solar Installation By IKEA In US 
Kelly Pickerel – Solar Power World (05.06.17)

Science & Technology

New Solar Tech Breakthrough On The Horizon Claim US Researchers
Molly Lempriere – Power-Technology (05.06.17)Massive Electric Vehicles Push In India
Aditi Shah – Reuters (05.06.17)Biomass Carbon Emissions 115% Less Than Natural Gas Says US Study
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New EU-Brazil Advanced Biofuels’ Research Project Starts
AltEnergyMag (05.06.17)

Latest Biomass Boiler Survey Launched
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Dimethylfuran Promoted As Ethanol Alternative
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Rockefeller Impact In India
Shawna Hoffman – Rrockefellerfoundation45,000 To Get Renewable Energy In Vanuatu From World Bank Funded Project
Maciej Heyman – Military-technologies (01.06.17)Kerala Claims To Have Electrified Every Household
IndiaTimes (01.06.17)

India Needs Solar Power For More Than Just Lighting Says New Study
GulfNews (01.06.17)

Indian Solar Power Player Mera Gao Power Raises $2.5 Million On Singapore Impact Exchange
DealStreetAsia (02.06.17)

Solar Powered Health Centres Thrive In India
Ramya Patelkhana – NewsByteasapp (02.06.17)

Boom To Bust For Indian Solar Businesses
EconomicTimes (05.06.17)

Plans For Australia’s First Off-Shore Wind Farm

Nepal Signs Mega Hydro Deal With Chinese Supplier
TheHindu (05.06.17)

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