The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world's largest solar thermal plant, has produced its first output of energy with its Unit 1 station synchronized to the power grid for the first time.
Over the last decade, thanks to EU funding, almost 14 million pupils could go to primary school, more than 46 million people had food security, and more than 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health workers.
The gross domestic product (GDP) in Saudi Arabia registered a record growth in the last five years to reach SR2.66 trillion in 2012 compared to SR1.95 trillion in 2008, according to a government report.
The United States produces way more apples than Americans eat and this year, even more so. Exports are more important than ever and that means ironing out a trade dispute with China, a growing market for US fruit.
The European Commission has succumbed to heavy lobbying from the electric heating industry and is set to approve an energy labeling scheme that misrepresents its appliances' true efficiency performance.
Warning that "we cannot accept a rising tide that floats only some boats and leaves many to drown," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on business leaders to do even more in conjunction with the United Nations to promote sustainable development worldwide.