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Water Reuse Community Explores Unconventional Sources

Survival of all living creatures depends on fresh, clean drinkable water. Ta Kuti village, Niger State, Nigeria. September 13, 2010 (Photo by Arne Hoel courtesy World Bank) Creative Commons license via Flickr

LONDON, UK, February 10, 2022 (ENS) – Drought is a fact of life for more than two billion people on Earth who face severe water shortages. The crisis has led water scientists to explore the reuse of non-traditional sources such as stormwater, brackish aquifer water, and municipal reclaimed water.

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World’s E-Waste Heavier than China’s Great Wall

A mountain of discarded e-waste stands at a Recupel collection point in Belgium. Recupel organizes the collection and processing of discarded electro-appliances in Belgium and says, "There are 50 times more valuable metals and minerals in e-waste than in the ores extracted from mines." (Photo courtesy Recupel) Posted for media use

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 14, 2021 – Today, on International E-Waste Day 2021, waste management experts are asking households, businesses, and governments to get more dead or unused electronic devices to facilities where they can be repaired or recycled to recover precious metals and reduce the need to mine new resources.

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Escaping Migrants Sell What They Have: Their Bodies

A sailing yacht in the North Sea, August 15, 2020 (Photo by Ronnie Robertson) Creative Commons license via Flickr

What’s that in the distance? A yacht? Are you thinking, “Oh, those lucky wealthy people playing on their pleasure boat?” Well, you could be wrong. The people below decks are often migrants desperate to escape violence or natural disaster in their home countries.

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Afghan Evacuees Welcomed Warmly in the West

A U.S. Marine comforts an infant while they wait for the child's mother during an evacuation at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. August 22, 2021 (Photo by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara) Public domain

LONDON, UK, September 7, 2021 (Maximpact.com Sustainable News) – A UK government effort, dubbed Operation Warm Welcome, is ensuring Afghans evacuees receive support to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education and integrate into local communities. The United States is welcoming too, but differently.

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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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Coronavirus Pandemic: Robots to the Rescue

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Healthcare providers around the world need all the help they can get to stay healthy themselves while they support whole communities recovering from the coronavirus. Often now, from China to Singapore, from Spain to the United States, the help they are getting comes from robots.

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The Race for Rare Earths

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The European Union is aiming for a reliable supply of rare earth minerals and so is everyone else in Brussels this week for the EU’s fourth annual Raw Materials Week. Adding to the urgency of securing supplies, across the Atlantic, the United States and Australia Monday signed their own rare earth mining and supply agreement.

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Investors Embrace China

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More than 80 percent of investors globally plan to increase their organizations’ allocation to investments in China over the next 12 months, finds a new survey undertaken by a specialized team within the 175-year-old London-based “Economist” magazine.

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World’s Forests Going Up in Smoke

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Chile has replaced many of its native forests with plantation forests to supply pulp and timber mills that produce paper and wood products. As a result, highly flammable non-native pine and eucalypt forests now cover the region.

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Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean

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Famous Hawaiian swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku always warned, “Never turn your back on the ocean.” He wanted people to guard against the physical danger of being hit by a wave from behind, and he wanted humans to show respect for the ocean – a warning that today is more urgent than ever.

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The True Cost of Tourism

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This year, for the first time, the world’s tourism footprint has been quantified across the entire supply chain – from flights to food to souvenirs – and revealed as a gigantic contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Seven Brave Activists Win Goldman Environmental Prize

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The Goldman Environmental Foundation Monday announced seven recipients of the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists, the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize. The honor comes with a no-strings-attached award of US$175,000 per recipient.

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The Cancer Risk of Carbon Capture

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China has decided to develop and implement carbon capture and storage (CCS) on a massive scale. But there is a problem. The process of capturing carbon can lead to the formation of carcinogenic chemicals.

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