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167 Nations Adopt New Urban Agenda

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Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, as delegations adopted the New Urban Agenda, a new framework that details how cities should be planned and managed to best achieve sustainability.

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Green Bond Market Shoots Up

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The green bond market reported a worldwide milestone in August when aggregate green bond issuance topped US$150 billion for the first time since the World Bank issued the inaugural green bond in 2008.

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Investors Assess Their Climate Risks

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Investors are being put on notice that some mutual funds and exchange traded funds labeled “sustainable,” “ecology,” “green” or “integrity” may actually have very high carbon footprints.

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Paris Climate Pact ‘Unstoppable’

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The Paris Agreement on climate change is set to enter into force on November 4, less than a year after it was adopted by world leaders. With the ratifications now deposited, enough countries have approved the landmark accord to trigger its implementation.

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Climate Change Takes Its Toll

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Climate Change – Monetary losses caused by natural disasters in the first half of 2016 were “significantly higher” than the corresponding figures for the previous year, although fewer people died in these events, according to a report by the German insurance and re-insurance firm Munich Re.

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IUCN Conservation Congress: Planet at the Crossroads

IUCN Conservation Congress- Planet at the Crossroads

“The IUCN Congress will set the course for using nature-based solutions to help move millions out of poverty, creating a more sustainable economy and restoring a healthier relationship with our planet,” said World Bank Group president Jim Kim, as the conference opened in Honolulu September 1.

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Carbon Budgets Ignore Trees on Farms

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Globally, 1.2 billion people depend on agroforestry farming systems, especially in developing countries, the World Bank calculates. Yet, trees on farms are not even considered in the greenhouse gas accounting framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Children Sue for Climate Justice

Children Sue for Climate Justice

A pioneering constitutional climate change lawsuit is being brought by children, ages 8-19, against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Eugene.

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Turning CO2 Into an Asset

TURNING CO2 INTO AN ASSET

As the climate heats up, scientists and engineers are finding new ways to lessen the impact of fossil fuel combustion on the climate – both by sequestering the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted and by producing electricity with this most prevalent greenhouse gas.

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Ranking the Top 10 Global Green Cities

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, whose city is the greenest of them all? The mirror held up by the corporate strategy consulting firm Solidiance reflects the answer in a new report that compares the performance of 10 global cities and their green buildings.

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Rio Summer Olympics ‘Embrace’ Sustainability

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A new set of sustainability measures to support the greening of the Rio Summer Olympic Games were agreed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee as far back as 2013. The “Embrace” Rio 2016 plan is based on three pillars: Planet, People and Prosperity.

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India, World Bank Empower Sunshine Nations

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A new global focus on renewable energy to avert climate change got a burst of financial power in June as the World Bank Group signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance – 121 countries led by India – to mobilize US$1 trillion in investments by 2030.

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In Search of a Water-Wise World

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Water scarcity is a real and present danger for the two-thirds of the global population – four billion people – who live without enough water for at least one month of each year. Half a billion face severe water scarcity all year round.

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World Environment Day Goes Wild for Life

World Environment Day Goes Wild for Life

The environmental concerns of the 1970s – industrial pollution of air and water, oil spills, toxic dumps, pesticides, loss of wilderness and biodiversity – inspired people to set aside two distinct days each year for activities aimed at saving the planet. World Environment Day 2016

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