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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Ban: Governments must fund low-carbon energy sources


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Ban: Governments must fund low-carbon energy sources
Governments need to allocate adequate funding for green investment, said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general. Without the proper funding for low-carbon energy sources, "we will lock ourselves to bad long term investments which will make it impossible to hit the Sustainable Development Goals and put ourselves at risk of costly climate change," Ban said. Responding to Climate Change (U.K.) (1/23)
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