Investment in renewable energy hit a record US$286 billion (256 billion euros) in 2015, more than half of which came from developing countries for the first time, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.
The U.S. dollar rose against the yen and euro Friday in Asia, boosted by growing speculation the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates again soon after a pick-up across world markets over the past month.
European stock markets slid on Thursday following losses across Asia and on Wall Street caused by a fresh slump in oil prices, analysts said.
The U.S. dollar strengthened against its major peers on Thursday as fresh signs emerged that the U.S. Federal Reserve could raise key interest rates as early as next month.
Oil prices struck a muted tone Thursday, with the U.S. benchmark sliding further after a jump in stocks last week added to concerns of a lasting world supply glut.
Oil prices eased Wednesday as traders reacted calmly to the Brussels attacks and kept their eye on global oversupply ahead of a crucial producers' meeting in Qatar next month.
The safe haven yen rose in Asia against the American dollar and the euro on Wednesday, after deadly bombings in Brussels claimed by the Islamic State group left around 35 people dead.
Global uncertainties will shave around 0.1 percentage point off growth in Germany this year, but Europe's economic powerhouse remains in a moderate uptrend, an expert panel said Wednesday.
European stocks rose Wednesday, largely recovering the losses that had followed the deadly bombings in Belgium, while Asian markets mostly fell moderately.
Tokyo stocks rose sharply on Tuesday, fueled by weakness in the yen, but broader Asian markets were subdued as last week's rally waned.