Electric cars are so popular in the Netherlands that it would not be uncommon, say, for a Tesla to roll up as a taxi outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. And it is not tough to find charging…

Qiyang Xu, Jie Li |

Riddle us this. In what country are... 450 million ceiling fans already in use, 40 million new ones sold every year? 350 million fluorescent tube lights already in use, 10 million new sold every…

Ashok Sarkar, Amit Jain |

When you ask young people from developing countries what they want for their country, they often say opportunity. The next generation wants jobs and knowledge; they want to be connected to the…

Anita Marangoly George |

Also available in: Arabic | French | Spanish Rows of solar panel at a thermo-solar power plant in Morocco. (Photo: Dana Smillie / World Bank)Over the past several years much has been written about…

Sameh Mobarek |

Also available in: Arabic | French | Spanish In 2015 the world saw great momentum for climate action, culminating in a historic agreement in December to cut carbon emissions and contain global…

Andy Shuai Liu |

What are some stories that caught your attention in 2015?   They are ones that focus on people, data and events tied to sustainable growth, climate action and efforts to end energy poverty.   As…

Andy Shuai Liu |

  Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Bala who was born in a small village in Pavagada Taluk, Karnataka, where, agriculture was the main source of income—much like in many other…

Amit Jain |

Really – let’s. It’s a fact: Indoor air pollution from cooking with solid fuels including wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and crop waste in open fires and traditional stoves is the fourth…

Anita Marangoly George |

Last month, I met an obstetrician in India and in the course of conversation, asked her how many babies she had delivered.   “After ten thousand babies, I stopped counting, ” she said.   Naturally…

Amit Jain |

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa are among the world’s largest emerging economies. And in the past five years, all have made substantive shifts towards lower-carbon…

Nicholas Keyes |