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Clean Energy Investing Grabs World Attention

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“Energy investments now face unprecedented uncertainties, with shifts in markets, policies and technologies,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency. “But the bottom line is that the world is not investing enough in traditional elements of supply to maintain today’s consumption patterns, nor is it investing enough in cleaner energy technologies to change course.”a

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Refugees Celebrated on Their Special Day

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World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20, honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of refugees who have had to flee their homelands due to conflict or natural disaster. Vulnerable and in need, trapped between intolerable conditions at home and a perilous journey to an uncertain future, refugees are often misunderstood and maligned.

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Learning to Invest With Impact

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“Purpose is not a mere tagline or marketing campaign; it is a company’s fundamental reason for being – what it does every day to create value for its stakeholders. Purpose is not the sole pursuit of profits but the animating force for achieving them,” wrote Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of Black Rock, the world’s largest asset manager.

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Clean Air, Stable Climate: ‘The Battle of Our Lives’

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Worsening levels of air pollution throughout the world are closely linked with the global climate crisis, warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres Wednesday in a video message to mark the 45th annual World Environment Day, with its theme Beat Air Pollution.

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Syrian Refugees End Ramadan With Joy and Longing

Caroline Kennedy; Sara, a Syrian refugee studying to be a hair stylist; and Abir, a student in Maximpact's Online Language class; Portadown, Northern Ireland, April 17, 2019 (Photo courtesy Caroline Kennedy via email)

Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Tuesday, marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, during which the faithful abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, pray and practice charitable giving.

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Immigrant Skills Top Family Ties in New U.S. Poll

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By a wide margin, a majority of Americans are in favor of altering U.S. immigration policies to place less emphasis on family reunification and greater weight on admitting English speakers with high-level skills, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday.

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Women and Men Give Differently

Graphic showing the different ways of charitable giving by women and by men created by The Women’s Philanthropy Institute, 2019. Posted for media use.

When planning campaigns, wise fundraisers take into account the real differences in the ways in which women and men give to charitable organizations. “From motivations to causes to behavior, women and men demonstrate different giving patterns,” finds new research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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Redesigning Refugee Camps for the Digital Age

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A Syrian refugee living in a Jordanian camp, or an immigrant to the United States, will have multiple associations with place enabled by digital technology,” says Professor Rana Abudayyeh from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design. “They may live in a new environment, but they carry archival memories and images of their home with them on smart devices…

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Solar Power Comes of Age Across the World

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Solar is already the world’s fastest-growing power generation source, and the future looks bright for the widescale adoption of solar power. As this decade nears a close, the national trade association for the U.S. solar industry has designated the next decade The Solar+ Decade.

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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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