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Low-Carbon Farming for Climate, Food and Profit

Brazilian farmers examine their soybean crop. 2015 (Photo by Lisa Rausch courtesy University of Wisconsin, Madison) Posted for media use

Morocco’s state-owned OCP Group, one of the world’s largest producers of phosphate fertilizers, has partnered with agtech companies and Brazilian growers for a first carbon farming and certification project. The project in the state of Mato Grosso will cover cotton, soybeans and corn, three common Brazilian crops for which vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest have been cleared.

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COP27: At-Risk Nations Celebrate New Climate Loss, Damage Fund

Young people stage one of many demonstrations in support of loss and damage reparations to be paid by rich countries that are major emitters of greenhouse gases to poorer countries that emit little climate pollution but suffer rising sea levels, fierce storms and other climate damages. November 19, 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (Photo by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis) Posted for media use

Overwhelmed by storms, drought, and rising seas, stressed out developing countries won creation of a fund for loss and damage at the UN’s annual climate conference, COP27. More than 45,000 participants gathered in this resort town at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula to negotiate implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate, build coalitions, solve problems, and find financing.

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10 Essential Climate Science Insights for 2022

Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of Palestine, with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

As world leaders, scientists and diplomats at the United Nations’ annual climate conference, COP27, struggle to agree on how to manage the extremes of climate change, global scientists presented the 10 essential scientific climate insights of the year as guideposts to negotiation.

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Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

BONN, Germany, October 23, 2022 – Meetings, gatherings, conferences, summits, festivals, forums, caucuses, councils – large and small, events can be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. Now a new, free online tool offers user-friendly solutions that can be used to lower greenhouse gas emissions and help reach climate goals.

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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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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
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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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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 (Maximpact.com 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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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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World Shaken By ‘Terrifying’ Climate Science Report

The Dixie Fire is an active wildfire in Butte, Plumas and Lassen Counties, California, named after the road where it started. The  largest single wildfire in the state's history, by August 11 the fire had burned 505,413 acres (204,533 ha) and destroyed several small towns. Smoke from the Dixie Fire caused unhealthy air quality throughout the Western United States. August 8, 2021 (Photo courtesy CALFIRE) Creative Commons license via Flickr

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 9, 2021 (ENS) – Wildfires, drought, floods, extreme weather across the globe – climate change is already here – widespread, rapid and intensifying. Some of the changes now happening, such as sea level rise, are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years, warns a new expert report.

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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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Recycled Polyester Challenge Draws Global Fashion Brands

Polyester yarn is often used in fabric blends. This yarn is 20 percent silk, 20 percent cotton and 60 percent polyester. (Photo courtesy Scheepjes Secret Garden) Posted for media use.

Competitive fashion industry executives from throughout the world convened by the UN Climate Change agency have reached a consensus. They agree that a concerted recycling effort across the sector could cut waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put the fashion industry on track to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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President Biden’s Ambitious Earth Day Climate Summit

President Joe Biden is hosting world leaders from countries large and small in a virtual global meeting on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Photo date: February 25, 2021 (Photo courtesy National Governors Assn.) Creative Commons license via Flickr

President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to participate in a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate he is hosting today, Earth Day April 22, and on April 23. His goal – to inspire agreement among the global community of nations on how to address the planet’s rising temperature, which is causing extreme weather events, glacial melt, sea-level rise, drought and wildfires around the world.

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Plant-centric Menus Offer Human & Planetary Health

Each year a bunch of heritage varieties of vegetables and fruits are grown in this backyard garden. July 31, 2010, Schiltern, Niederösterreich, Austria (Photo by Brigitte Rieser) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Designing and introducing children to sustainable school lunches that are climate friendly, nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate – lunches they enjoy – does that sound impossible? Researchers at Stockholm-based Karolinska Institutet have done it. Their study shows a new lunch menu resulted in a 40 percent reduction in climate impact with no increase in cost or decrease in consumption.

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A Balancing Act: Climate Change Control Without Water Stress

A bioenergy field trial in Wisconsin is evaluating how switchgrass, Miscanthus, corn stover, poplar trees, and native prairie grasses stack up against each other. (Photo by Gregg Sanford / Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Creative Commons License via Flickr

To avoid serious water scarcity, future biomass plantations for energy production and carbon emissions control will need sustainable water management, researchers from Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research show in a new study. Otherwise, irrigation of biomass plantations may increase global water stress more than climate change.

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