US tops global clean energy investment rankings


By Mark Kinver

The US has regained top spot from China as the biggest investor in clean energy in 2011, according to global rankings.  The table, published in a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, showed that US invested more than $48bn (£30bn) in the sector, up from $34bn in 2010.  China slipped to second place, the authors reported, with investment only increasing by $0.5bn to $45.5bn.  Globally, overall financial backing in clean energy technologies hit a record $263bn, up 6.5% from 2010 levels. Continue reading US tops global clean energy investment rankings

Indigenous consultation law implemented

Latin America Press

Questions remain over how law will be applied and enforced.  Peru’s government on April 3 implemented a law that requires indigenous communities to be consulted on projects that affect them, an issue that has drawn attention over recent years as social and environmental conflicts over extractive industries such as mining have grown large and occasionally violent. Continue reading Indigenous consultation law implemented