AMY GOODMAN: On Monday, France and India launched an international alliance to deliver solar energy to some of the planet’s poorest. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the initiative. NARENDRA MODI: One must turn to sun to power the future. As developing world leaps billions of people into prosperity, our hope for a sustainable planet rests on a bold global initiative. It will mean advanced countries living in a carbon space for developing countries to grow. It will create unlimited economic opportunities that will be the foundation of the new economy of the century. This is an alliance that brings together developed and developing countries. AMY GOODMAN: While India is pushing solar energy, it’s also heavily promoting coal power. India is expected to open a new coal plant every single month until 2020 as the country plans to double its coal production. Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the world’s wealthiest nations to help the developing world adapt to a changing climate.
The Washington Post: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is encouraging the world to ensure its water supplies are protected and available to all.
Francis noted the United Nations was marking Sunday as an occasion to draw attention to water’s importance.
He quoted St. Francis of Assisi, who inspired his choice of name as pope, in praising water for its usefulness and purity.
Francis intends to detail his views on the environment soon in an encyclical, a Vatican position paper reserved for important matters.
Speaking to the public in St. Peter’s Square, the pope called water “the most essential element for life” and said “humanity’s future depends on our ability to care for it and share it.”
He encouraged governments to ensure that water supplies are protected and accessible to all.
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