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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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Sustainable Tourism in an Unstable Political World

Sustainable Tourism in an Unstable Political World

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the UN General Assembly has declared, but as Donald Trump takes over the helm of the United States with his natural resources extraction agenda, and the European Union gets used to the idea of life without Great Britain, can sustainable tourism thrive?

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USA: 100% Renewables by 2050?

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More than 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses are calling on Congress to support a shift to powering the United States entirely with renewable energy by the year 2050.

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167 Nations Act to Protect Biodiversity

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To safeguard the full spectrum of diverse living creatures, the UN Biodiversity Conference opened December 2. By the time the final gavel struck early Saturday morning, 167 countries had agreed on long- and short-term actions.

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Stock Exchanges Adopt Sustainability Reporting

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As many as 21 more of the world’s stock exchanges could introduce sustainability reporting standards before the end of the year, bringing the total number to 38, says an official with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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Healthy Leadership

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“The ambition of healthy leadership can be compared to the ambition of healthy people, healthy communities or a healthy environment. ” International expert in ethics and leadership Dr. Erny Gillen discusses the importance of Healthy Leadership and how Pope Francis’ Leadership principles can lead the way.

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Europe’s ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

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To keep the EU competitive as renewables displace fossil fuels – shaking up global energy markets – the European Commission has proposed a new package of measures to “equip all European citizens and businesses with the means to make the most of the clean energy transition.”

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Undercover Detectives Battle Eco-Crime

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Despite its impressive name, the Environmental Investigation Agency is not a government agency but a small nonprofit that has become one of the world’s most effective conservation groups. Based in London, EIA operatives go undercover to catch environmental criminals (Eco-Crime) and bring them to justice.

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BioNurse: Generating Spaces for Life

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A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has won the first-ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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American Voters Fill Congress With Female Firsts

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The incoming Congress is set to be the most racially diverse in history. A total of 38 women of color will serve in the 115th Congress. Nine newly-elected women of color, all Democrats, will enter Congress on January 3, 2017 – three in the Senate and six in the House.

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COP22: Paris Climate Pact ‘Irreversible’

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In the early hours of Saturday morning in Marrakech at the COP22, more than 190 governments agreed to the Marrakech Action Proclamation, which sends a strong message of global unity towards taking effective action to limit climate change.

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