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Women Innovators Empower the World

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Four innovative European women won rich prizes last night at a ceremony in Brussels in celebration of International Women’s Day March 8. All winners have recently founded or co-founded a successful company based on their groundbreaking ideas.

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Tropical Forests Thrive on Radical Transparency

Tropical Forests Thrive on Radical Transparency

Commodity production drives two-thirds of tropical deforestation worldwide, asserts Trase, a new online information and decision-support platform aimed at improving the transparency, clarity and accessibility of the commodity supply chains that drive tropical deforestation.

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Europe’s ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

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To keep the EU competitive as renewables displace fossil fuels – shaking up global energy markets – the European Commission has proposed a new package of measures to “equip all European citizens and businesses with the means to make the most of the clean energy transition.”

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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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EU Emissions Deal Founders on Flexibilities

EU Emissions Deal Founders on Flexibilities

The European Commission and Parliament are trying to enact ambitious targets to cut air pollution, but Europe’s largest federation of environmental groups warns that EU Member States have agreed on a weak directive that puts industry interests before people’s health.

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Indonesia, EU License Legal Timber Trade

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President Donald Tusk will promote trade in legally produced timber between the European Union and Indonesia through the start of the first Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing plan.

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EU Warns of Toxic Toys, Clothes

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Buyers beware! The European Commission has published new figures showing that last year more than 2,000 dangerous products triggered EU-wide alerts. Coping with the threats involves stemming the rising tide of products bought online from outside the European Union.

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World Will Run On 5G Broadband by 2020

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5G Broadband, the fifth generation of wireless network technology, will speed the uptake of smart transportation, sustainable urban environments, home automation, emergency response, intelligent shopping and e-books, among other applications.

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Closing the Loop: EU Quarrels Over Circular Economy Plan

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The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Package it says will help European businesses and consumers contribute to “closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use. But Members of the European Parliament are critical of the new package.

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