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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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President Biden Welcomes Refugees, Reversing Trump Policy

An internally displaced Yemeni woman and her daughter look over the capital city of Sana’a, Yemen. August 2017 (Photo by Giles Clarke courtesy UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Posted for media use

“We face a crisis of more than 80 million displaced people suffering all around the world,” President Joe Biden told diplomats at the U.S. State Dept. Friday, setting the stage for an about-face on U.S. refugee policy. While the previous administration imposed travel bans, separated families and built border walls, Biden signed an executive order “to begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program to help meet the unprecedented global need.”

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2021: World Turns to Clean Energy as Prices Fall

Mecktilda and Stefano became local agents for Global Cycle Solutions, a solar energy provider, in their village near Mwanza, Tanzania.  A year later, they had sold over 200 solar kits and earned enough to cover their children's school fees. August 25, 2015 Tanzania (Photo by Russell Watkins courtesy UK Department for International Development) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the formation of a global coalition aimed at providing sustainable energy for one billion people within this decade. Announcing the global sustainable energy coalition, Dr. Rajiv Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, said, “Our success will empower millions of people to participate in a modern economy, growing economic opportunity for us all.”

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‘Humanity’s Highest Aspiration’ Under Attack

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Basic human rights, the birthright of every person on Earth, are “under assault,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned delegates from Member States Monday on the opening day of the UN Human Rights Council’s current session in Geneva. “Human rights are our ultimate tool to help societies grow in freedom.”

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Children, Hope of the World, At Risk

Children of trainee carpet weavers at an in-house kindergarten at the Afghan Bazar Carpet Company in Mazar-e Sharif, in northern Afghanistan's Balkh Province. December 3, 2019 (Photo courtesy International Labour Organisation Asia-Pacific) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Young people are his greatest source of hope, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the world in his New Year’s message today. “From climate action to gender equality to social justice and human rights, your generation is on the frontlines and in the headlines,” he said. “I am inspired by your passion and determination.”

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Weak COP25 Outcome Disappoints, Despite Achievements

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses thousands of delegates from around the world, opening the UN’s annual climate conference, COP25, Dec. 2, Madrid, Spain (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

Climate negotiations lasting 16 days have failed to find common ground on international carbon trading rules, one of the important issues at the UN’s COP25 climate summit in Madrid, which wrapped Sunday with a weak accord despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition.”

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UN Strives to Secure Human Rights of Children

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More than 5.4 million children are detained around the world, human rights experts said on Monday, blaming “aggressive” State counterterrorism measures for the spike in youngsters held for alleged links with armed conflict or national security concerns based on their social media posts.

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Global Investors for Sustainable Development

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Thirty influential corporate leaders have agreed to cooperate over the next two years in an effort to free up trillions of dollars from the private sector to finance the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations announced Wednesday.

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UN Gathers Strength for Sustainable Future by 2030

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The first United Nations summit on the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development closed on a hopeful note Thursday, with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed of Nigeria declaring that the two-day event had been a reminder of “the boundless potential of humanity to create a better future for all.”

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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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Clean Air, Stable Climate: ‘The Battle of Our Lives’

A student cycles to school wearing a mask to protect him from the smoke from burning peat that blankets the city of Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. October 16, 2015 (Photo by Aulia Erlangga / CIFOR) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Worsening levels of air pollution throughout the world are closely linked with the global climate crisis, warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres Wednesday in a video message to mark the 45th annual World Environment Day, with its theme Beat Air Pollution.

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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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Catalytic Capital Consortium Meets SDG Funding Gap

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today launched the Catalytic Capital Consortium, allocating US$150 million to address financing gaps in impact investing, targeted to funds and intermediaries not suitable for conventional investment.

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