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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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Corporate Generosity Lifts Refugees Out of Crisis

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Far from acting like the high-hat, hard-hearted corporations often mocked in the media, many companies are offering to support refugees who have lost everything with training, education, jobs, and investments. There are about 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world today, of which more than 25 million are considered refugees.

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UN Appeal Asks $920 Million for Rohingya Refugees

Within a bamboo hut in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Rohingya refugee Syed Hossain, 27, lifts his shirt to display the blisters on his side. An outbreak of chickenpox has infected some 5,000 Rohingya in the vast Kutupalong settlement.

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Cyclone Idai: A Terrible Climate Warning

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At the close of Africa Climate Week, five days hosted by the Government of Ghana, Manuel de Araújo, mayor of the seaport city of Quelimane, Mozambique, told delegates how his region is suffering the catastrophic impacts of climate change right now.

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Leaders Vow ‘Radical Shift’ to Save Degraded Planet

Things are changing quickly at the UN’s environmental agency. As evidence mounts of the devastating effects of human activity on the health of the planet, a global clamor for even swifter action arose at an important meeting of the world’s environmental leaders earlier this month.

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Logging Violations Mar International Day of Forests

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Ten European Union traders in six EU Member States are importing timber from a logging company in Democratic Republic of Congo that has been penalized for ignoring forest and labor laws, a new report from Global Witness reveals, as the world celebrates the International Day of Forests.

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Refugee Gardens: Hope Planted in Exile

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In this, the eighth year of the Syrian War, life in Syrian refugee camps is undermined by trauma, poverty and homesickness. Yet in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, green sprouts of hope are shooting up.

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Catalytic Capital Consortium Meets SDG Funding Gap

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today launched the Catalytic Capital Consortium, allocating US$150 million to address financing gaps in impact investing, targeted to funds and intermediaries not suitable for conventional investment.

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Women Everywhere Seek Equality, Balance

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International Women’s Day has two themes this year. The theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” addresses infrastructure, systems and frameworks constructed in line with a male-defined culture. The theme #BalanceforBetter inspires action to drive gender balance.

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Your business could be paying 40% more for its energy than it needs too.

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Each dollar you save on your energy bill is another dollar on your bottom line. Except this dollar is a rather special dollar. First of all, it’s a dollar that did not require additional labour to produce or a new manufacturing plant to make. Statistically speaking 50% of your energy saving potential required little or […]

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