The eyes of world leaders may be on oil-rich Libya, but the United Nations is also focused on another of its top priorities: the issue of the fact that 20% of world's citizens are living without power. In that vein, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon this week visited the Denver area to explore options for bringing electricity to those 1.4 billion people, most rural poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
With the fossil fuels era winding down, renewable energy sources—like solar, wind, geothermal and hydro—could supply nearly 80 percent of the world's power needs by 2050, ultimately cutting greenhouse gas emissions and halting climate change, according to a United Nations panel of 120 researchers. The UN has long called for a public policy push toward cleaner energy alternatives.
The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference that was held in Copenhagen, Denmark last year set achievable standards for countries around the globe to reduce their carbon emissions and help curb greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.
A new study suggests a marked improvement in renewables for 2009, claiming that over half of Europe and the America's new energy production came from sustainable sources.