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EU Companies Must Meet Year-End Energy Audit Deadline

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Under the European Union’s primary law to boost energy efficiency – and meet the EU target of cutting energy use by 20 percent by 2020 – all companies with more than 250 employees must conduct an energy audit within a common framework once every four years. The next deadline for compliance is December 5, 2019.

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EU Gathers Evidence to Prevent Food Waste

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Each year around 20 percent of food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, causing unacceptable social, environmental and economic harm. Meanwhile, some 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal, including meat, chicken, fish or a vegetarian equivalent, every second day. There are many ways to prevent food waste.

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Hotter, Drier UK Launches ‘Love Water’ Campaign

Parched fields in Somerset, England, August 6, 2018 (Photo by Steve Keiretsu) Creative commons license via Flickr.

The United Kingdom is famous for its rain, which has inspired poets as well as weather forecasters, but now the British public is being asked to help the country protect its water resources for future generations. The campaign was launched July 31 by more than 40 environmental groups, charities, water companies and regulators with the slogan “Love Water.”

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Microfinance Borrowers Gain Access to Impact Capital

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From its head office in Zurich, the international impact asset manager responsAbility Investments has closed a US$175 million securitization of loans to microfinance institutions and those that finance small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets. Some 30,000 small businesses and 5.6 million microfinance borrowers will benefit.

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Hungry, Desperate Migrants Flee Climate Pressure Cooker

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Migration and climate have always been connected throughout human history, but today the impacts of the human-made climate crisis are likely to extensively change the patterns of human settlement says Dina Ionesco, head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the UN International Organization for Migration.

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Energy Poverty Can Follow Shift to Renewables

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Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but they do so at the expense of increased inequality, according to a new study from Portland State University.

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Court Battle Brewing Over Trump’s New Asylum Limits

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent inspects a drainage tunnel that runs from Nogales, Arizona to Mexico. (Photo by Josh Denmark courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Public domain.

Refugees traveling through third countries to the U.S. southern border are now barred from seeking asylum in the United States if they did not apply for, and were denied, protection from persecution or torture where it was available in at least one third country on the way.

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