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Low-Carbon Farming for Climate, Food and Profit

Brazilian farmers examine their soybean crop. 2015 (Photo by Lisa Rausch courtesy University of Wisconsin, Madison) Posted for media use

Morocco’s state-owned OCP Group, one of the world’s largest producers of phosphate fertilizers, has partnered with agtech companies and Brazilian growers for a first carbon farming and certification project. The project in the state of Mato Grosso will cover cotton, soybeans and corn, three common Brazilian crops for which vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest have been cleared.

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COP27: At-Risk Nations Celebrate New Climate Loss, Damage Fund

Young people stage one of many demonstrations in support of loss and damage reparations to be paid by rich countries that are major emitters of greenhouse gases to poorer countries that emit little climate pollution but suffer rising sea levels, fierce storms and other climate damages. November 19, 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (Photo by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis) Posted for media use

Overwhelmed by storms, drought, and rising seas, stressed out developing countries won creation of a fund for loss and damage at the UN’s annual climate conference, COP27. More than 45,000 participants gathered in this resort town at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula to negotiate implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate, build coalitions, solve problems, and find financing.

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10 Essential Climate Science Insights for 2022

Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of Palestine, with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

As world leaders, scientists and diplomats at the United Nations’ annual climate conference, COP27, struggle to agree on how to manage the extremes of climate change, global scientists presented the 10 essential scientific climate insights of the year as guideposts to negotiation.

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Novel Electronics Boost Solar Panel Power

Solar Park 2.0 on Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Campus North. 2022 (Photo by Markus Breig courtesy Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) Posted for media use

“We want to increase the power output of photovoltaic facilities under unfavorable conditions, such as shade, dirt, or aging, and to optimize the efficiency and power yield,” says Nina Munzke at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She aims to boost the efficiency of solar power with the latest in artificial intelligence and electronic solutions.

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Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

BONN, Germany, October 23, 2022 – Meetings, gatherings, conferences, summits, festivals, forums, caucuses, councils – large and small, events can be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. Now a new, free online tool offers user-friendly solutions that can be used to lower greenhouse gas emissions and help reach climate goals.

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Billions of Scrap Tyres Roll Slowly Toward Recycling

Scrap tires (Photo by GST HBK via Wikipedia)

October 17, 2022 ( Sustainability News) – A billion end-of-life tires are generated every year and there are currently four billion such tires in landfills and stockpiles worldwide, according to a study by the Tire Industry Project for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development published in May 2021. Current estimates are even higher, reaching 1.5 billion waste tires a year according to the World Economic Forum.

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Fighting the Food and Fertiliser Crisis

Fighting the food and fertiliser crisis

By Sunny Lewis for MaxImpact The May 20 issue of The Economist forecasted a foreboding future of mass hunger and malnutrition from a battered global food system dependent on wheat from Russia and Ukraine. Together, these two countries produce nearly 30 per cent of the world’s traded wheat where 26 countries around the world get […]

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Debborah Johnston and Sarah Alou

August 8, 2022 – Sarah Alou, 24, arrived in Northern Ireland from war-torn Syria with her parents and brothers in 2017 after spending years in refugee camps in Turkey, has become Portadown’s first Kurdish graduate after passing her professional exams in the town’s Hair and Beauty Academy.

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Are Droughts A Key Indicator Of Climate Shifts?

Image Source: Fresh Google News "Fire and Drought FNG news"

Maximpact Sustainability News and Articles, August 27, 2022 – Summer 2022 brought the worst droughts in 500 years. 47% of European countries is in “warning” condition, announcing soil has dried up and 17% are in “alert” showing signs of stress in vegetation. Europe has never seen in this lifetime such droughts.

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Earth Day 2022: Local Investments for Global Change

Colombia's President Ivan Duque of Colombia, center, rings the Closing Bell to showcase Colombia's new Green Taxonomy Plan, the first in Latin America, while Colombian government officials applaud. New York City, April 11, 2022 (Screengrab from video courtesy New York Stock Exchange) Posted for media use

The environmental movement hasn’t always embraced the language of investment, although it may have depended on donations, which are a type of investment, too. But this year, the Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet,” because, as the Earth Day organization puts it, “a green future is a prosperous future.”

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Mutant Enzyme Debuts at World Plastics Summit

University of Portsmouth Professor John McGeehan at the Diamond Light Source, July 29, 2016 (Photo courtesy Dr. John McGeehan) Creative Commons license via Wikipedia

MONACO, April 13, 2022 ( Sustainability News) – “The plastics pollution crisis is one of the most urgent challenges of our time,” warned Professor John McGeehan as he co-chaired the very first World Plastics Summit last week at the Novotel Monte Carlo Hotel as part of Monaco Ocean Week 2022.

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