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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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China takes lead in renewable energy investment
China's now the world's biggest investor in green energy, according to the latest annual report on renewable energy investment trends from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Last year, a record $211 billion was invested in renewables, says the report, about a third more than the $160 billion invested in 2009, and over five times as much as in 2004.

$72 billion was invested in developing countries, compared with just $70 billion in developed economies. In 2004, by contrast, new investment in developing countries was a quarter that in developed ones.

China's new investment in renewables rose 28 percent to $48.9 billion, putting it top of the world league. But South and Central America rose 39 percent to $13.1 billion, while the Middle East and Africa more than doubled their new investment to $5 billion.

Government research and development climbed over 120 per cent to well over $5 billion, as more of the 'green stimulus' funds promised after the financial crisis arrived in the sector. It's a good sign, says UNEP executive director Achim Steiner.
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