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Our Drying Planet

Our Drying Planet

“The water crisis is sneaking up on humanity unawares. People turn on the tap and assume clean, safe water will always flow. But the reality is that supplies are already critical for 4.2 billion people – over half the world’s population…”

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Fintech Goes Green

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A UN-backed app is transforming green finance. At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, the UN Environment Programme and Ant Financial Services Group, the Chinese online and mobile financial services provider, unveiled the Green Digital Finance Alliance.

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Stock Exchanges Adopt Sustainability Reporting

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As many as 21 more of the world’s stock exchanges could introduce sustainability reporting standards before the end of the year, bringing the total number to 38, says an official with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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COP22: Paris Climate Pact ‘Irreversible’

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In the early hours of Saturday morning in Marrakech at the COP22, more than 190 governments agreed to the Marrakech Action Proclamation, which sends a strong message of global unity towards taking effective action to limit climate change.

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Climate Denier Trump Wins

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The surprising election of Donald Trump, a Republican and climate denier, to the White House on Tuesday changes the global balance of power on climate change.

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US$100 Billion to Finance Climate Triage

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Finance is always a hot issue at UN climate talks, and this year’s 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will focus even more intently on financing – this time to support the first global greenhouse gas limitation pact.

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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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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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Sustainability Takes Flight

Sustainability Takes Flight

Every day around the world, more than 100,000 civil aviation flights take off and land – safely for the most part. Now, the global agency responsible for overseeing civil aviation is working to improve the industry’s sustainability.

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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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Gates Offers $80M to Close Gender Data Gap

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Compared to the lives of men, little is known about the lives of the world’s women – how much time they spend on unpaid work, if they own land, if they can get credit, which programs meant to help them are succeeding.

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2050 Climate Adaptation Costs: $500B a Year

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By 2050, the cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries could balloon to $500 billion a year, five times greater than previous estimates, warns a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme.

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Carbon Pricing Gathers Momentum

Carbon Pricing Gathers Momentum

“There is a growing sense of inevitability about putting a price on carbon pollution,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the eve of the April 22 signing ceremony at UN Headquarters of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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