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Brutal Weather Hits Extremes

FireStTropez

France today activated the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism as forest fires ravage southern regions of the country, threatening the resort of St. Tropez and the island of Corsica. French authorities have requested firefighting aircraft, and EU support is already on its way.

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Mimicking Nature to Defeat Climate Change

ElephantSibuya

Five teams of entrepreneurs from around the world have been chosen to participate in the newest cohort of the world’s only business accelerator program dedicated to bringing nature-inspired solutions to market.

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The Story of Joyce Mary

The Story of Joyce Mary

War On Want Northern Ireland (WOWNI) is a small, independent International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) based in Belfast Northern Ireland. This year, 2017, it celebrates 56 years of working with poor communities in Africa.

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First Mover Banks Come Clean on Climate Risk

CitiGroupCenterChicago

Eleven of the world’s most influential banks have committed to work with the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to promote climate transparency in financial markets. The banks will develop analytical tools to strengthen their assessment and disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities.

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G20: Isolated on Climate, U.S. Empowers Women

G20- Isolated on Climate_U_S_ Empowers Women

Leaders of the G20 countries came to Hamburg July 7-8 and after a tense meeting during which the United States stood alone in its rejection of the Paris Agreement on climate, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G20 nations would not attempt to conceal the dissent in their ranks.

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Cleaning Up Space Waste, Gecko Style

At least 20,000 pieces of space debris larger than a softball are orbiting Planet Earth. (Image courtesy NASA) Public domain

At this moment, there are more than 20,000 pieces of debris larger than a softball are orbiting the Earth, traveling at speeds of 17,500 mph, fast enough to damage a spacecraft. Scientists have now designed a way to grab them based on the way geckos climb walls.

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A Sixth Scenario for Europe: The NGO Vision

BrusselsForest

Non-governmental organizations across the European Union have just issued their alternative vision for the future of the EU, as the bloc moves forward without Britain, as a group of 27, rather than 28 member states.

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Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

As all grocery shoppers know, many meats, breads, cheeses, cakes and cookies come wrapped in plastic to prevent spoilage. But plastic films are not great at keeping foods fresh, and some plastics can leach harmful compounds into the food they’re supposed to protect.

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Women Worldwide Reap Crowdfunding Benefits

CahnKaren

Crowdfunding has been growing exponentially, with over $2 billion raised in the United States in 2015 alone. Now, women-led crowdfunding projects are enjoying success through this new path that allows them to realize their dreams.

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Going Circular By Design

Going Circular By Design

“Circular material use and smart products design hold a promise of substantially reducing the environmental burden of production and consumption, but it requires fundamental shifts in our resource use patterns,” finds a new report launched at the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 in Helsinki.

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Oceans Inspire Global Call to Action

PrincessVictoriaSweden

Ending the United Nations’ inaugural Ocean Conference on a wave of enthusiastic determination, the 193 UN Member States Friday agreed on a Call to Action listing specific measures to restore health to Earth’s degraded oceans by 2030.

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