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Northern Ireland Envisions Its First Environment Strategy

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The head of Northern Ireland’s Environment Agency, David Small, is inviting the public to help draft Northern Ireland’s first Environment Strategy. “We want the public to help us identify the solutions to protect, preserve and enhance our environment and are very keen to ensure our plans accurately reflect what it is we all want to achieve for this and future generations,” he said.

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Climate Action Summit Yields Trillions in Funding

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned world leaders not to come to his landmark Climate Action Summit with beautiful speeches alone, but to present plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050. So what was promised at Monday’s event at UN Headquarters in New York?

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Youth Leads the Way on Climate Action

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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of the new book “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference,” arrived in New York on August 28 after two weeks crossing the Atlantic on a carbon-neutral racing sailboat to take part in the UN Secretary General’s annual Climate Action Summit September 23. By sailing, she avoided the carbon emissions of air travel from her home in Sweden.

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EU Companies Must Meet Year-End Energy Audit Deadline

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Under the European Union’s primary law to boost energy efficiency – and meet the EU target of cutting energy use by 20 percent by 2020 – all companies with more than 250 employees must conduct an energy audit within a common framework once every four years. The next deadline for compliance is December 5, 2019.

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Hotter, Drier UK Launches ‘Love Water’ Campaign

Parched fields in Somerset, England, August 6, 2018 (Photo by Steve Keiretsu) Creative commons license via Flickr.

The United Kingdom is famous for its rain, which has inspired poets as well as weather forecasters, but now the British public is being asked to help the country protect its water resources for future generations. The campaign was launched July 31 by more than 40 environmental groups, charities, water companies and regulators with the slogan “Love Water.”

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Hungry, Desperate Migrants Flee Climate Pressure Cooker

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Migration and climate have always been connected throughout human history, but today the impacts of the human-made climate crisis are likely to extensively change the patterns of human settlement says Dina Ionesco, head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the UN International Organization for Migration.

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Resilient Infrastructure Investments Could Save Trillions

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Investing in more resilient infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries would yield a net benefit of US$4.2 trillion, with $4 in benefit for each $1 invested, finds a new report from the World Bank and its Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

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Energy Efficiency Is the ‘First Fuel’

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“Energy efficiency is the single most effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions,” the Washington, DC-based nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy told a congressional hearing on climate change earlier this year. The group urged lawmakers to prioritize energy efficiency to stabilize the warming climate.

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Cyclone Idai: A Terrible Climate Warning

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At the close of Africa Climate Week, five days hosted by the Government of Ghana, Manuel de Araújo, mayor of the seaport city of Quelimane, Mozambique, told delegates how his region is suffering the catastrophic impacts of climate change right now.

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Leaders Vow ‘Radical Shift’ to Save Degraded Planet

Things are changing quickly at the UN’s environmental agency. As evidence mounts of the devastating effects of human activity on the health of the planet, a global clamor for even swifter action arose at an important meeting of the world’s environmental leaders earlier this month.

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Logging Violations Mar International Day of Forests

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Ten European Union traders in six EU Member States are importing timber from a logging company in Democratic Republic of Congo that has been penalized for ignoring forest and labor laws, a new report from Global Witness reveals, as the world celebrates the International Day of Forests.

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Asia-Pacific Business Aligns With Natural World

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Advancing green business across Asia and the Pacific is “…a win–win for all stakeholders, but requires mobilizing vast resources of private capital and innovative management approaches,” the Asian Development Bank (ADB) concludes in a new working paper on “The Business of Greening: Policy Measures for Green Business Development in Asia.”

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World Economic Forum Envisions a New World Order

Swedish student climate activist Greta Thunberg told the World Economic Forum, "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." January 22, 2019, Davos, Switzerland (Photo courtesy World Economic Forum) Posted for media use.

Even before the World Economic Forum started at Davos on January 22, the scene was set for environmental issues to suck up most of the energy at the conference. The annual Global Risks Report 2019 declared that humanity was “sleepwalking its way to catastrophe”…

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