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Turkey Helps Syrian Refugee Girls Avoid Child Marriage

“Young girls who have fled conflict and instability in rural Syria in search of a more peaceful and dignified life in Turkey can find themselves still at risk from a harmful traditional practice their families have brought from their homeland,” warn three women and a man writing for the Turkish Red Crescent …

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Energy Efficiency Is the ‘First Fuel’

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“Energy efficiency is the single most effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions,” the Washington, DC-based nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy told a congressional hearing on climate change earlier this year. The group urged lawmakers to prioritize energy efficiency to stabilize the warming climate.

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Common Framework Helps Europeans Trim Food Waste

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Every year about 20 percent of the food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, while 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal every second day. Now, based on a new methodology, EU Member States will be expected to fight food waste by collecting and sharing information…

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Families Displaced by Multiple Indian Ocean Storms

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This cyclone season in the Indian Ocean Basin has been exceptionally fierce, with 15 storms, including nine intense cyclones, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). At least a million people had to be evacuated from stricken coastal areas in India, while over a thousand died in eastern African countries.

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Europe Boots Mining Into the 21st Century

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The European Union is already one of the world’s major consumers of minerals and metallic raw materials, and demand is expected to grow quickly. The EU wants to mine those minerals and raw materials on its own territory, but at the same time would like to avoid invasive, destructive mining practices that have given the industry a bad reputation throughout the world.

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Children Alone Walk a Rough Road to Asylum

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Unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States face long dangerous trips without their parents or guardians. Sometimes they travel more than 1,000 miles and cross several borders on foot, by bus, or on top of freight trains. Desperate for a chance at a better life, they face exploitation, violence and death.

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Earth Day 2019 Touches a Billion People

Earth Day is no longer just one day, April 22. Its spilling over into a week of actions worldwide pressing for respect of the Earth; it has even begun to fill the entire month of April. This year is the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, and the whole Earth Day network is working up to a crescendo of activity for the 50th anniversary in 2020.

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UK: 10,000 Refugees Reunited With Their Families

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Ten thousand people separated by war and persecution have been reunited with their families in the United Kingdom under a British Red Cross and International Organization for Migration family reunification program, the agencies declared last week. Ninety percent of the arrivals have been women and children joining husbands and fathers.

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‘Tsunami of E-waste’ Could Mean Decent Jobs

The “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day throughout the world, should be quickly converted into a source of decent work, the United Nations labor agency says, following its first-ever meeting on e-waste. Converting obsolete devices and harvesting the valuable metals inside can protect communities and environments…

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