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Transforming Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors on Sunday in Baden Baden, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced a record US$57 billion in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three years.

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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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Disaster Risk Reduction: Wetlands Keep Us Safe

Disaster Risk Reduction- Wetlands Keep Us Safe

The frequency of natural disasters worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years and their frequency is expected to increase due to climate change. Ninety percent of natural hazards are water related, so wetland protection is essential for reducing these risks.

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Bionic Leaf Makes Liquid Fuel From Sunlight

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Scientists at Harvard have developed a technology that mimics the way leaves produce energy from sunlight, water and air. A device about the size of a credit card, the “bionic leaf” includes a solar panel. When placed in water, it uses energy from sunlight to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Investing in Water for Life

Investing in Water for Life

Water scarcity is a top risk to global prosperity and ecological integrity. But creative impact investment solutions, such as Water Sharing Investment Partnerships, can shift water back to the environment, while supporting irrigated agriculture and meeting urban needs, finds new research presented during World Water Week in Stockholm.

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Hope for the Hungry

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Hundreds of millions of people throughout the world go to bed hungry while at the same time, a third of the world’s food is wasted, say the number-crunchers at the United Nations food agencies. But there is hope for the hungry.

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Achieving Urban Water Security

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Numerous cities around the world are at risk of water insecurity – the inability of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate supplies of good quality water – as a result of climate change and the various impacts of urbanization.

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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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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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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TIPS FOR EARTH DAY AND BEYOND

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Act Local, Think Global: Three Ways to Ignite Positive Environmental Change  Arlington, VA – Friday, April 22, 2016 – In observance of Earth Day, the international conservation organization Rare is offering up three easy ways you can be a catalyst for global change. The strain on the Earth’s natural resources poses an increasing threat to […]

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Jordan’s Refugees Must Drink

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Jordan, one of the world’s driest countries, is dumping much of its water into the sand – allowing 76 billion liters a year to flow from broken pipes, according to an assessment by the nonprofit aid organization Mercy Corps.

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Building in Many Shades of Green

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Increasing consumer demand has pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a parallel increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, now expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.

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