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Green Climate Fund Disburses Hope

Green Climate Fund Disburses Hope

Just three days before he left office on January 20, U.S. President Barack Obama transferred a second installment of US$500 million to the Green Climate Fund, based in South Korea’s Songdo International Business District.

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Positive Impact Finance Stands on Principles

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Nineteen global banks and investors, worth a total of US$6.6 trillion in assets, have agreed on a set of standards for financing sustainable development framed as the first-ever Principles for Positive Impact Finance.

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Tropical Forests Thrive on Radical Transparency

Tropical Forests Thrive on Radical Transparency

Commodity production drives two-thirds of tropical deforestation worldwide, asserts Trase, a new online information and decision-support platform aimed at improving the transparency, clarity and accessibility of the commodity supply chains that drive tropical deforestation.

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Banks Feel Pipeline Pressure Points

Banks Feel Pipeline Pressure Points

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Seattle City Council punished Wells Fargo Bank for investing in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline by taking away about $3 billion in city business annually.

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Fintech Goes Green

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A UN-backed app is transforming green finance. At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, the UN Environment Programme and Ant Financial Services Group, the Chinese online and mobile financial services provider, unveiled the Green Digital Finance Alliance.

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Disaster Risk Reduction: Wetlands Keep Us Safe

Disaster Risk Reduction- Wetlands Keep Us Safe

The frequency of natural disasters worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years and their frequency is expected to increase due to climate change. Ninety percent of natural hazards are water related, so wetland protection is essential for reducing these risks.

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Ethical Travelers Shape World’s Largest Industry

Ethical Travelers Shape Worlds Largest Industry

Each year, Berkeley-based nonprofit Ethical Traveler searches the world to find the 10 most ethical destinations that beckon visitors with forward-thinking policies, excellent tourism infrastructure, outstanding natural beauty, and welcoming cultures.

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E-Waste Piles Proliferate in Asia

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The volume of discarded electronics in East Asia and Southeast Asia rose nearly two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast both in total volume and per person measures, new United Nations research shows.

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Top 10 U.S. Carbon Market Trends of 2017

Top 10 U.S. Carbon Market Trends of 2017

The Climate Trust, a nonprofit that specializes in mobilizing conservation finance for climate benefit, announced its fourth annual prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in the coming year.

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Hopscotching Through Davos 2017

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World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab welcomed participants to the 47th Annual Meeting today with the thought that despite the “disruptive economic and political models,” now underway, the meeting can construct a positive vision for the future.

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First Flight ‘On Wings of Waste’

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Pilot Jeremy Rowsell made history this week by flying a light plane across Australia from Sydney to Melbourne, using blended fuel – 10 percent derived from plastic waste blended with 90 percent conventional fuel.

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Record Year Ahead for Consumer Tech Industry

Record Year Ahead for Consumer Tech Industry

White-hot consumer enthusiasm for the Internet of Things and quick adoption of emerging technologies will drive the U.S. consumer tech industry to $292 billion in retail revenues in 2017, finds new research from the Consumer Technology Association.

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