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holding this conference in international law and policy in the polar regions in cooperation with UN institutions and other partners."

Says Konrad Ostrerwalder, UN Under Secretary-General and Rector of UNU: "As the ecosystems of the Arctic are affected by climate change, so too will the inhabitants be affected, because of their heavy reliance on the natural resources of the Arctic.

"It is important that voices of the indigenous and other peoples of the Arctic be heard in the course of the development of government policies at all levels."

Conference funding has been provided by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Monaco Permanent Representation to Scientific, Environmental and Humanitarian International Bodies, the Dutch International Polar Year Committee, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNU-IAS, the University of Akureyri and the Town of Akureyri.

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The Greenbang Special Report : Producing the start up index

Posted by Greenbang on September 9th, 2008

Introduction

Take one planet. Add a rising human population. Stir in a food crisis, a growing dependence on fossil fuels and devices that feed off them. Whisk in some fears of energy security, price hikes, and sprinkle with some shrinking supplies of oil. Add a lot of carbon and cook for 50 years.

It’s not exactly a recipe for success…

There’s much work to be done to slow or perhaps reverse the effects of this mess. We at Greenbang look at the business, technology and innovation approach to answering just a few of these problems.

There has been an explosion in alternative energy technologies and green business that has kicked off the clean tech revolution. A report by the United Nations Environment Programme says that investment in energy-efficiency technology reached a record $1.8 billion in 2007, a 78 percent increase on 2006.

The main drivers for this impressive growth are: climate change is real and business and society know it - so being green is cool (at the moment). At the same time energy prices are soaring, yet businesses still need to be profitable, so that means cutting costs while increasing sales. As a result, people are looking for technologies that cut energy bills, on economic and ecological grounds.

Looking forward, the demand to make the world a cleaner place isn’t slowing. By 2020, the sector will be worth over $600 billion, says the UNEP. Meanwhile global temperatures and fossil-fuel prices show no signs of cooling so investment in innovative

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