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Investors Embrace China

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More than 80 percent of investors globally plan to increase their organizations’ allocation to investments in China over the next 12 months, finds a new survey undertaken by a specialized team within the 175-year-old London-based “Economist” magazine.

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Mastering the E-Waste Merry-go-round

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Since becoming Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2014, Houlin Zhao has upgraded his mobile phone three times, and, he says, every time, the old mobile was recycled or donated to charity for further use. But this is not the case for all mobile phones around the world.

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Riding Electric Vehicles Into the Hi-tech Future

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Imagine the joy of driving your zero-emissions electric car for 1,500 miles (2,414 km) without stopping to recharge the battery. Until now that has been impossible for any type of vehicle anywhere in the world, but late last month an ex-British naval officer signed a multi-million pound deal…

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Youth Leaders Clear the Way to Eco-Sanity

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At this moment, young people under the age of 30 are motivating the world’s seven billion people to adopt environmental responsibility across the planet in many ways – in the courts, in the streets, and by engineering innovative solutions to persistent problems.

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Waste: Source of Wealth and Conflict

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In what environmentalists have labeled a “global waste shell game,” Indonesian officials have been caught approving re-exports of illegal U.S. waste shipments to other Asian countries instead of returning them to the United States as promised.

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Green Climate Fund Seeks Financial Stability

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On a stretch of land along the Incheon city waterfront reclaimed from the Yellow Sea, lies the brand new Songdo International Business District. But Songdo is more than just a business district, it’s a smart city built from scratch just 30 kilometers southwest of South Korea’s capital city, Seoul.

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Community Solutions – effecting real change

UN Sustainable Development Goals

It’s become more critical than ever to find solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. From challenges around energy, waste and water, to the growing refugee crisis, communities need to find positive ways to address these complex issues, and to start building a more sustainable future.

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Dealing with the world’s waste crisis

The world's waste crisis

While the world produces billions of tonnes of rubbish every year, it is estimated that only 16% of this is recycled while a massive 46% is disposed of unsustainably. As the amount of waste they produce increases, countries do not have the appropriate systems in place and are struggling to deal with the efficient collection and disposal of waste.

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Turning the Plastic Tide

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Around the world, almost one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. As the environmental impact of that plastic tide swells into a political issue, packaged goods sellers and retailers, pressured to stem the flow of single-use bottles and containers, are coming up with new ideas and technologies to solve the problem.

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Global Investors for Sustainable Development

Global Investors for Sustainable Development

Thirty influential corporate leaders have agreed to cooperate over the next two years in an effort to free up trillions of dollars from the private sector to finance the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations announced Wednesday.

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Maximpact Equips Job-Seeking Refugees With English Online

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Waleed, a Syrian refugee living in Northern Ireland, was a structural engineer and architect in his native land. After fleeing the deadly threats and upheaval of war, he suffered PSTD and social isolation, but through Maximpact’s live, online pre-entry English classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Waleed has made great progress in learning English and in social interaction.

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Singapore Tops New Global Smart City Index

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Singapore has been named the world’s smartest city in 2019 by the first edition of the new IMD Smart City Index 2019 which ranks 102 cities worldwide. Right now the 10 smartest cities are, in order of rank: Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva, Copenhagen, Auckland, Taipei City, Helsinki, Bilbao, and Dusseldorf.

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Making municipalities more energy efficient

Maximpact blog energy efficient municipalities

It is estimated that 60% of all energy used is wasted due to inefficient systems. Municipal buildings and services have a huge energy savings potential, which can reduce their overall energy consumption and energy costs. Artificial intelligence (AI) can help municipalities solve a multitude of problems by identifying where energy is wasted and thereby making them more efficient and helping them convert into smart cities.

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Prejudice Impairs Efforts to End Statelessness

Stateless father Mivtar Rustemov, 48, and his daughter Lirije Rustemov, 13, in the city of Skopje, capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, now known as North Macedonia. 2017 (Photo courtesy UNHCR) Posted for media use

Hate speech and “damaging forms of nationalism” that have found “a new legitimacy in public discourse” present serious threats to efforts to eradicate statelessness, despite growing public awareness of the problem, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi warned on Monday.

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