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Costa Rica: World’s First Carbon-Neutral Country

Costa Rica- Worlds First Carbon-Neutral Country

The inauguration ceremony for President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, celebrated Tuesday, May 8, was carbon neutral for the first time in Costa Rican history, a harbinger of larger plans for the future of this forward-looking Central American nation.

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Insurance Industry Wakes Up to Ocean Risks

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Unprecedented changes occurring in the oceans signal the urgent need for a multi-sectoral approach, with businesses, governments and the insurance industry working together, finds a new report presented at the world’s first Ocean Risk Summit.

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Nations Step Up Climate Action Ambitions

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“We need to dramatically increase our ambitions. We are witnessing the severe impacts of climate change throughout the world,” said Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa of Brazil, at a news conference in Bonn.

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Smoky Cooking Kills Millions

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Cooking with charcoal indoors emits smoke that is fatal to millions of people every year, according to new data released Wednesday by the World Health Organization. WHO says, in total, household and outdoor air pollution result in “an alarming death toll” of eight million people a year.

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What Rubbish! Europe’s New Waste Rules

Tagged wheelie bins in London, England, July 16, 2017. (Photo by Tee Cee) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The European Parliament has formally approved higher recycling targets and new measures to reduce waste across Europe. Environment ministers from all 28 EU countries are expected to approve the agreement in the coming weeks.

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Maximpact Offers Language Help for Refugees

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“I want to help” is “Ana bady asa’ed” in Arabic, the language of much of Syria. This simple translation illustrates the steep learning curve Syrian refugees face trying to re-start their lives in an English-speaking country…

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Seven Brave Activists Win Goldman Environmental Prize

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The Goldman Environmental Foundation Monday announced seven recipients of the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists, the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize. The honor comes with a no-strings-attached award of US$175,000 per recipient.

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Earth Day 2018 Targets Plastic Pollution

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Celebrated on Sunday, April 22, this year’s Earth Day theme is End Plastic Pollution. Poisoning marine life, disrupting human hormones, littering beaches, clogging waste streams and landfills – waste plastics threaten to overwhelm the planet.

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UN Defends Rights of Environmental Defenders

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UN Environment is making a stand against the ongoing threats, intimidation, harassment, and murder of environmental defenders around the world, with the establishment of the new UN Environmental Rights Initiative

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Pacific Gyre Could Be Plastic-Free by 2028

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A new ocean cleanup prototype is being deployed on the North Sea today. With it the nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup prepares to launch the first ocean plastics cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer.

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Restoring Ruined Lands Reverses Trail of Misery

Excessive erosion on the U.S. Prairie. An inch of soil can take hundreds of years to form, but it can be swept away in a few seasons. Sediment loads in rivers silt up fish spawning beds, degrade drinking water quality, and cause silting of productive estuaries and reservoirs. March 27, 2017 (Photo by Rick Bohn / U.S. Fish & Wwildlife Service) Public domain

Human activities are degrading lands throughout the world, undermining the well-being of billions of people, driving mass migrations and violent conflicts, species extinctions and climate change, finds a new comprehensive assessment.

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