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Are Droughts A Key Indicator Of Climate Shifts?

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Maximpact Sustainability News and Articles, August 27, 2022 – Summer 2022 brought the worst droughts in 500 years. 47% of European countries is in “warning” condition, announcing soil has dried up and 17% are in “alert” showing signs of stress in vegetation. Europe has never seen in this lifetime such droughts.

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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 (Maximpact.com 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 (Maximpact.com 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 (Maximpact.com 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 (Maximpact.com 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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Sunny Abu Dhabi Signs Multiple Clean Energy Deals

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, January 26, 2022 (Maximpact.com 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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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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Refugee Olympic Athletes Play for Medals in Tokyo

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini trains at The Olympic Training Center Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein, the support and service facility for all Olympic athletes from this region of Germany. 2020 (Photo courtesy Yusra Mardini) Posted for media use on Instagram

For the second time in its history, a Refugee Olympic Athletes Team is competing at an Olympic Games. With members from 11 countries, including Syria, South Sudan, Iran and Afghanistan, this team does not march behind one country’s flag, and no national anthem is played for them.

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Climate-Safe World Means Millions of New Energy Jobs

Sun glints off one of the many solar panels atop the IRENA headquarters building in Masdar City, UAE. A 1,000 m2 solar photovoltaic rooftop system produces 305,000 kWh of electricity annually in addition to solar hot water. The renewable energy output of the building covers about 10 percent of the building's energy demand. 2015 (Photo courtesy IRENA) Posted for media use

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 19, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – “We have no time. The window is closing and the pathway to a net-zero future is narrowing.” With these warning words, Francesco La Camera, who heads the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), opened his Foreword to IRENA’s latest analysis, “World Energy Transitions Outlook.”

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Decent Living for All Need Not Cost the Earth

Homeless people camping on the sidewalk in Denver, Colorado, June 3, 2021 (Photo by Daniel Moskowitz) Creative Commons license via Flickr)

LEEDS, UK, July 2, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – Securing decent living standards for everyone on Earth while fighting climate breakdown will require fundamental economic changes, according to new research led by the UK’s University of Leeds.

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Reluctant to Migrate, Afghans Face Drought, Conflict, Covid

Hand pump in northern Afghanistan funded by ECHO, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, was installed in 2011 to address the impact of an earthquake and floods in the district. It is the only access the community has to clean drinking water. July 12, 2012 (Photo by Malini Morzaria courtesy ECHO) Creative Commons license via Flickr

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 14, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – “The sky has stopped raining on us, the earth has stopped growing grass for us, and eventually the government has also stopped helping us,” said Abdul Baqi, 67, who was displaced to Qala-e-Naw, in Afghanistan’s Badghis province during a previous drought in 2018-19. He fears what will happen to his family in the coming months.

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