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Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Europe 'falling behind' in green investment race
Europe is in danger of falling behind in the green investment race, new research shows, after a bumper year for renewable energy around the world.

Last year, green investment surged by one-third to a record $211bn (132bn), with a huge boost coming from investment in China, particularly in windfarms. Almost $50bn of the total came from China, an increase of more than one-quarter on 2009, confirming the country as the world's green energy powerhouse.

Growth was also strong in other parts of the developing world, including India and Latin America. In Europe, by contrast, financial sector investment dropped by one-fifth to $35bn. However, the headline figure masks a brighter picture when it comes to small-scale renewables in Europe, particularly solar power in Germany.

Connie Hedegaard, Europe's climate chief, has called for a much greater proportion of the EU's budget to be devoted to climate related spending, which would help Europe retain some of its edge in the rapidly growing green economy.

Source: Guardian
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