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“Together for Youth, With Youth”

AfricanYouth

To ensure a sustainable future, the European Union and the African Union are solidifying their decade-old financial and structural cooperation in order to support young people and women.

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Insuring the Vulnerable in a Warming World

PhilippinesTyphoonDamage

Between 1980 and 2015, more than 60 percent of the people who lost their lives as a result of climate-related extreme weather events had an income of less than US$3 a day, according to the reinsurance company Munich Re in 2016.

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Latin America’s Top 100 Sustainable Companies

Latin America's Top 100 Sustainable Companies

A new corporate sustainability index that assesses companies operating in Latin America and the Caribbean based on their corporate governance and environmental and social performance has just released its first listing of the Top 100 companies in the region.

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COP23 Fertilizes Climate-Smart Agriculture

HarvestGrapes

New commitments and initiatives in the agriculture and water sectors were announced as nearly 200 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) hosted by the government of Fiji in Bonn, November 6-17.

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Arab Oil & Gas Industry Opens to Women

Arab Oil_ Gas Industry Opens to Women

Dr. Meena Marafi holds one of the few senior jobs occupied by women in the Arab oil and gas industry, but her talent is recognized across the sector. As executive director of the Petroleum Research Center at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research she won the title of 2017 “Woman of Achievement.”

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Climate-Neutral COP23 Aims for Sustainability

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, which opened Monday and continues through November 17 under the presidency of Fiji, gives nations an opportunity to showcase their own climate actions at this “climate-neutral” event.

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Faith in Finance

St. Michael's Church, Zug, Switzerland, September 2014 (Photo by Patrick Nouhailler) Creative Commons license via Flickr

First the numbers. Financial investors and leaders of more than 30 faith traditions representing over 500 faith investment groups from eight religions with some three trillion dollars in assets, will meet in Zug this month.

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Local People Know Best

FirstNation

Standard ways of measuring community well-being and sustainability used by global organizations may be missing critical information that could lead to missteps in management actions, finds research that emerged this week.

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Biochar: ‘Black Gold’ With a Hundred Uses

Biochar

Biochar can help address many environmental challenges, as people in Norway are just now discovering. This form of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage reduces the need for fertilizers, may lead to better crop yields and can remove heavy metals from the soil.

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What’s That in Your Fruit Salad?

Fruits and vegetables for sale at Le Marché de Noailles, Marseille, France, October 1, 2014 (Photo by kixmi71) Creative Commons license via Flickr

A pregnant woman eating a salad of fresh fruit grown by conventional agriculture in the European Union may think she is providing healthy nourishment to her future baby, but in fact she might be exposing it to a cocktail of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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