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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:13
Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s leading cities injecting sustainability into its planning. In 2011, Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20% of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: the city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from. Rio officials tried taking inventory... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:29
According to a UNICEF statement released on December 8, an estimated 230 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts. Over 15 million children have been affected by the armed conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. These conflicts have created a domestic and international refugee crisis with many forced... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:19
In an effort to create more space for trees, Grenoble, France has become the first city in Europe to ban sidewalk billboards, France 24 reports. The city in the French Alps made the decision after projecting that billboard revenue would dip from €645,000 ($793,000 U. S.) in 2014 to €150,000 ($184,000 U. S.) in 2015 following the introduction of digital versions that display multiple messages.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 - 15:15
The United World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is “working flat-out” to support the Philippines Government's humanitarian response to Typhoon Hagupit which could possibly impact more than 30 million people. “Food, trucks or satphones [satellite phones] – we will provide whatever is needed to help the people of the Philippines as this situation unfolds,” Praveen Agrawal, WFP... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:25
Today the World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) launched the first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a COP20 event featuring mayors and officials from cities around the world. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:55
British economist Milton Friedman once warned that if you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years you’d have a shortage of sand. Whether governments or free markets are to blame, it is possible to deplete abundant resources such as Irish rain. Now thanks to global obsessions with concrete icons, fracking and poor resource management, even places such as Saudi Arabia are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:42
Al Jazeera reports that Typhoon Hagupit has claimed at least three lives so far after making landfall on the east coast of Samar island on Saturday night. The storm has destroyed many homes and caused flooding in coastal communities across a broad area of the eastern and central Philippines. Areas hit include Leyte and the city of Tacloban. Last year Supertyphoon Haiyan claimed more than 7,350... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 - 10:19
By Thalif Deen Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has refused to jettison any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by an Open Working Group of member states: goals aimed at launching the U.N.’s new post-2015 development agenda through 2030. In a new report synthesising the 17 goals, Ban said he was “rearranging them in a focused and concise manner that enables us to communicate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 - 09:46
The world is rapidly reaching global water crisis mode with nearly one billion people lacking access to clean potable water. But a new solar-powered invention by award-winning British company Desolenator can turn seawater into drinking water – and may turn this dire situation around in a hurry. Desolenator’s machine uses patented technology that can transform salt water and other un-potable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 - 09:10
There are signs that India is serious about confronting urban air pollution that by some estimates is more toxic than China’s notorious smog. Michael Greenstone, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, writes in the New York Times that there’s a “high chance” India will make serious pollution reduction commitments during global climate talks going on now in Lima, Peru. India may be... Read more