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Nations Pledge Billions to Protect Planet

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This is “a critical moment for the future of our planet and its people,” Naoko Ishii, CEO and chair of the Global Environment Facility, told the opening session of the GEF Council Sunday in Da Nang. The GEF is a major impact investor in environmental programs worldwide.

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Refugees Depend on Trees

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To help regenerate forests in areas hosting displaced people and refugees where heavy reliance on wood fuel puts forests and woodlands in jeopardy, two UN agencies have published a new handbook promoting sustainable livelihood opportunities through community-managed forests.

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Vote for 2018 Young Champions of the Earth

A healthy reef in Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge, located 1,305 nautical miles south of Honolulu. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Public domain.

Mohamed Abdirahman, 29, of Hargeisa, Somaliland established his own tree-planting program in 2015, the same year he graduated from the University of Hargeisa with a degree in Environmental Science. He is now one of 35 finalists worldwide in the contest for the 2018 Young Champions of the Earth prize.

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Biodefense as Synthetic Biology Comes of Age

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Synthetic biology expands the possibilities for creating new weapons, such as making existing bacteria and viruses more harmful, while shortening the time needed to engineer them, warns a new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Climate Change Could Shock Global Food Markets

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The warming climate is likely to result in increased volatility of grain prices, maize production shocks and reduced food security, finds new research published Monday in the U.S. journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

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Tidal Wave of Support Lifts World Oceans Day

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To celebrate World Oceans Day, on June 8, nations throughout the world showed an unprecedented commitment to healthy, thriving oceans and seas, free from plastic pollution, say officials at UN Environment, based here in Nairobi.

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7 Steps in the Sales Cycle

7 Steps in the Sales Cycle

Sales people drive revenue, communicate the Company’s messaging and often bridge the gap between the organization and its target customers. Ultimately, great sales teams with quality executive leadership create phenomenal companies because “a rising tide lifts all boats” within the company.

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Europe Bans Plastics for Ocean Health

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The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

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Climate-Healing Strategy Emerges From Messy Waste

The five-step process of transforming wet organic waste into renewable natural gas is straightforward. (Image courtesy World Resources Institute) Creative Commons license

U.S. companies and municipalities are now making good use of wet waste materials by converting them into renewable natural gas … It’s an emerging strategy to slash greenhouse gas emissions by turning wet organic waste into a low-carbon vehicle fuel.

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