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Earth Day 2022: Local Investments for Global Change

Colombia's President Ivan Duque of Colombia, center, rings the Closing Bell to showcase Colombia's new Green Taxonomy Plan, the first in Latin America, while Colombian government officials applaud. New York City, April 11, 2022 (Screengrab from video courtesy New York Stock Exchange) Posted for media use

The environmental movement hasn’t always embraced the language of investment, although it may have depended on donations, which are a type of investment, too. But this year, the Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet,” because, as the Earth Day organization puts it, “a green future is a prosperous future.”

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Mutant Enzyme Debuts at World Plastics Summit

University of Portsmouth Professor John McGeehan at the Diamond Light Source, July 29, 2016 (Photo courtesy Dr. John McGeehan) Creative Commons license via Wikipedia

MONACO, April 13, 2022 ( Sustainability News) – “The plastics pollution crisis is one of the most urgent challenges of our time,” warned Professor John McGeehan as he co-chaired the very first World Plastics Summit last week at the Novotel Monte Carlo Hotel as part of Monaco Ocean Week 2022.

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Monaco Ocean Week Buoys the Blue Economy

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MONACO, March 26, 2022 ( Sustainability News) – The millionaires, scientists and sailors of Monaco have been laser focused this week on ocean conservation as the heartbeat of the “blue economy.” Just concluded, Monaco’s annual Ocean Week offered, in the words of host HSH Prince Albert II, “a unique framework for exchanges, meetings, experiments and openness.”

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Fleeing for Their Lives, Ukrainians Become Refugees

People wait to cross from pro-Russian separatists' controlled territory to Ukrainian government controlled areas in Stanytsia Luhanska, the only crossing point open daily, in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, February 22, 2022. (Photo by Voice of America) Public domain

KYIV, Ukraine, February 23, 2022 ( News) – Children in eastern Ukraine must navigate one of the world’s most mine-contaminated stretches of land. Every day, they live, play, and go to and from school in areas littered with landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other deadly explosive remnants of war, UNICEF warned on Friday.

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Plastic Medical Waste Floods the Planet

U.S. Navy nurses don personal protective equipment before treating a COVID-19 patient in U.S. Naval Medical Center San Diego, August 4, 2020 (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg courtesy U.S. Navy) Public domain

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 16, 2022 ( News) – Medical waste from the coronavirus pandemic is accumulating around the world, threatening human and environmental health, revealing the need to improve waste management, and accelerating planning for a global treaty on plastics.

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Water Reuse Community Explores Unconventional Sources

Survival of all living creatures depends on fresh, clean drinkable water. Ta Kuti village, Niger State, Nigeria. September 13, 2010 (Photo by Arne Hoel courtesy World Bank) Creative Commons license via Flickr

LONDON, UK, February 10, 2022 (ENS) – Drought is a fact of life for more than two billion people on Earth who face severe water shortages. The crisis has led water scientists to explore the reuse of non-traditional sources such as stormwater, brackish aquifer water, and municipal reclaimed water.

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Sunny Abu Dhabi Signs Multiple Clean Energy Deals

Caption: People gather in the distinctive courtyard of the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology. (Photo courtesy World Scholarship Forum) Posted for media use

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, January 26, 2022 ( News) – Clean energy projects are springing up across a vast area of the world – from Eastern Europe and the Middle East, through Central Asia and as far east as Indonesia – founded on the work of Masdar, the renewable energy company based in Abu Dhabi.

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15 Cities Each Win a Million in Global Mayors Challenge

One of the first female whirling dervishes in Istanbul. September 2, 2020 (Photo by Tugba Gokduman courtesy Sisterhood digital magazine) Posted for media use

NEW YORK, New York, January 19, 2022 ( Sustainability News) – Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the 15 winning cities of the 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge, a worldwide innovation competition that supports and spreads the most promising ideas from cities large and small.

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Refugees Around the World Struggle to Survive

Syrian refugee boys engage in literacy lessons at the UN Women Oasis in Jordan's Azraq refugee camp, developed and operated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in conjunction with the Government of Jordan for refugees of the Syrian Civil War. (Photo: Christopher Herwig / UN Women) Posted for media use

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 14, 2022 ( News) – A giant fire broke out on January 10, sweeping through refugee dwellings in Cox’s Bazar on the southeast coast of Bangladesh, site of the world’s largest refugee camp. The damage is extensive, refugees had to breach barbed wire fencing to reach safety, and 5,000 are now homeless.

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NGOs: Active Listening Unlocks Creative Powers

Facial expressions can communicate active, empathetic listening without words while the speaker is talking. Oregon Department of Transportation's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, NGO, September 11, 2019 (Photo courtesy Oregon DOT) Creative Commons license via Flickr

WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2022 ( News) – The world of work has been entirely transformed by the coronavirus pandemic over the past two years, but one thing has not changed – the importance of active listening – to employees, to volunteers and to members of the community affected by an organization’s activities.

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Finding Microbes That Feast on Plastic Waste

Beach plastic collected in one week on a beach in Ayrshire, Scotland, February 10, 2020 (Photo by Beth Moon) Creative commons license via Flickr

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, December 30, 2021 ( News) – Is it possible that waste plastic – so toxic, so pervasive – could just – disappear? If so, this feat will likely be accomplished by microbial enzymes, creatures so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye.

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Lemon Juice, Coal Ash, and Rare Earths

Duke Energy stores 16.4 million tons of coal ash at the Roxboro Steam Station, which sits on the shores of Hyco Lake, a man-made reservoir located in North Carolina's Roanoke River Basin near the Virginia state line. The polluting Roxboro plant was shut down in March 2021. (Photo courtesy Southern Environmental Law Center) Posted for media use

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, November 29, 2021 ( News) – A harmless food-grade solvent is being used to extract valuable rare-earth metals from environmentally hazardous coal waste, reducing the amount of coal ash without damaging the environment and at the same time increasing supplies of a scarce and critically important resource.

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Geopolitical Chess Game Uses Refugees as Pawns

At least 50 percent of the migrants stranded between Belarus and Poland are women and children, according to Safa Msehli, the UN International Organization for Migration's Crisis Communications and Advocacy Officer. November 23, 2021 (Photo courtesy Human Rights Watch) Posted for media use

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 24, 2021 ( News) – The high-tension conflict over refugees at its border with Belarus has prompted the European Union to propose measures today to prevent and restrict the activities of transport operators smuggling or trafficking people into the EU.

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COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact Keeps 1.5°C Goal Alive

Negotiating through the night under replica of Planet Earth in the COP26 venue, delegates clarify talking points for the next day.  Glasgow, Scotland, November 2021 (Photo by Kiara Worth courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin) Used with permission

The UN climate conference COP26 concluded late Saturday night with a deal among 196 governments to forestall catastrophic climate change that hinged on a surprise development. Minutes before the final decision on the text of the Glasgow Climate Pact was taken, India proposed a weaker version of the language on coal.

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