For Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are parallel to the work she is doing to make her city 100 per cent clean-energy powered, by 2032. Salt Lake City boasts the first two “net-zero” fire departments in the US and is currently building the first police department that is 100 per cent renewable-energy driven as well as an energy-neutral international airport. Mayor Biskupski spoke to UN News's Liz Scaffidi.
The hydraulic extraction of natural gas — or "fracking" — produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it’s not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, says a new UNCTAD report, which describes natural gas as a “bridge fuel” for States aiming to move to renewable energy sources. Janvier Nkurunziza, UNCTAD’s Chief of Commodity Research and Analysis, talked to Daniel Johnson about the report’s findings.
None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity.