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April 22, 2009
On Earth Day, world turns attention to renewable energy

Wednesday marked Earth Day, and the focus around the world is on renewable sources of energy.

One of Germany’s biggest energy companies, RWE, is about to invest $650 million to build wind farms in Poland. Poland now relies overwhelmingly on coal to produce its electricity, but has launched a major new initiative to power itself using so-called lean energy sources.

Olav Kjorven, director for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Development Policy, joins Martin Savidge to discuss how sustainable development can be encouraged in very poor countries and how, given the current global economic crisis, to counter those who say these it’s simply too costly to “go green.”

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