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Human Activity Driving Mass Extinction
By admin May 22, 2019

Pollution, global climate change, and growing income inequalities are major problems in the world. There is another issue that needs greater attention: extinction. Saving our planet is necessary for the present and future generations. We have a great responsibility to correct the negative environmental impact to slow the rate of extinction. According to the Intergovernmental

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Climate Action on Earth Day
By admin April 22, 2019

  Happy International Mother Earth Day where this year’s theme is “Protecting Our Species.” Peace activist John McConnell, US Senator Gaylord Nelson, and environmental activist Denis Hayes contributed to the creation and worldwide celebration of Earth Day. Numerous activities are taking place today to clean-up trash, plant trees and flowers, conserve energy, and use alternative

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The Pros and Cons of Carbon Capture
By admin April 9, 2019

The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that in 2040, 60 percent of primary energy generation will still come from fossil fuels, despite acceleration in renewable generation, as fossil fuels currently satisfy 81 percent of today’s primary energy demand. In many debates, this is where Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) is seen as a means of

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Ecosystem Restoration Gets a New Spotlight with UN Declaration Decade
By admin March 11, 2019

Humans have an impact on the environment, for better or for worse. Destruction, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, pollution, the list of harmful effects humans have on the planet can seem endless. So, what are some positive actions humans are taking to reverse the damage done to the planet? The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed

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The Green New Deal: ‘Green Dream’ or the American Future?
By admin February 12, 2019

Last week, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced the bill “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal (GND).” This bill calls for a ten-year mobilization plan that will eventually allow the United States to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by making aggressive moves toward cleaner forms

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Climate Change and the Government Shutdown: What’s the Link?
By admin January 22, 2019

The US Government’s shutdown, which began in December of 2018, will be entering its 32nd day come midnight on Tuesday. Its effects are being felt by the estimated 380,000 federal employees that were furloughed or are working without pay, as well as by federal courts, and even small businesses. Now, in addition to its social

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Towards a Climate-Neutral Future: Europe Commits Itself to New Targets and Increases Cleantech Investment
By admin December 3, 2018

    In 2015, European Union (EU) leadership committed to reducing domestic emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030. Promises to roll out initiatives to minimize global temperature increases and adopt national climate actions plans (INDCs) were also notable elements of the accord. As of November 2018, the European Union’s Climate Action Tracker (CAT)

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When Technology Meets Agriculture: Can We Expect More?
By admin October 9, 2018

Nowadays, agricultural technology is no longer an obscure niche. The blockchain in agriculture and food supply chains markets will be worth over $400 million in the next five years, according to a new report authored by Reportlinker last Thursday. The boom of agriculture technology can be explained by Demand and Supply Law. The population growth

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Can the Global Climate Action Summit Continue the Fight on Climate Change?
By admin September 27, 2018

San Francisco’s Global Climate Action Summit has brought together leaders and citizens from around the world to celebrate achievements of states, regions, climates, and various other stakeholders. Concomitantly, the summit has also served as a launchpad for deeper global obligations and has escalated action to prevent further climate change and uphold the Paris Agreement. California’s

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Environmental Refugees – the Greatest Refugee Crisis of Them All?
By admin July 11, 2018

With climate changes exceeding most forecasts and communities already suffering, the future of our environment has been difficult to project. The UNHCR states that since 2008, an average of 22.5 million people have been displaced due to climate- and weather-related events. Climate change is expected to create the world’s largest refugee crisis, with tens of

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The Challenge of GHG Emissions: Assessing the Solutions
By admin July 10, 2018

Behind the struggle to address global warming and climate change is the increase in greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.  According to a 2017 PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency report, in 2016, total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (excluding those from land use) increased to about 49.3 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent with carbon dioxide accounting for 72%

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The Reality of Living Amid Climate Change
By admin July 9, 2018

In the last week, headlines have been full of devastating news on extreme weather events linked to climate change and sea level rise. A heat wave skyrocketed energy demand on the Los Angeles grid, leaving tens of thousands without power; in addition to wild forest fires due to drier conditions that have once again forced

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The Poverty-Environment-Development Nexus: Implications for Sustainable Development
By admin July 3, 2018

The Poverty-Environment Initiative, a global UN enterprise that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages, has produced exciting new knowledge drawn from the last ten years of specific UN interventions in 23 countries in Africa, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. The term ‘poverty-environment-development nexus’ refers to the mutually inclusive linkages

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NASCAR, Talking Animals, and Closing the Protection Gap
By admin February 22, 2018

Many Americans will recognize brand jingles, talking geese and gecko mascots, red umbrellas, and NASCAR race-car drivers endorsing insurance brands. These insurance companies provide help to individuals and businesses to manage and mitigate risks. The traditional insurance market operates as a pooling of resources (through premiums) from its policyholders and pays affected policyholders who experience

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The G20: A Brief Overview
By admin July 13, 2017

            Not since the G20 London Summit in 2009, set against the backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis, has the meeting of the world’s 20 major economies garnered such widespread attention, intrigue, and tension. This year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted her contemporary heads of state in Hamburg for a

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Rebuilding After El Nino
By admin April 18, 2017

Southern Africa’s ecosystems and natural resources are at risk with temperatures rising, scarce water supplies, and severe droughts. The effects of El-Nino, that ended early 2016, still have not been dealt with and have continued to leave the region with continuous problems. The natural disaster was ranked as one of the top three since 1950.

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How Resource Effenciency Could Finance Ambitious Climate Action
By admin March 31, 2017

Photo by Anthony Ingram The International Resource Panel, a group of experts in natural resource management hosted by the UN Environment, published a report earlier this month demonstrating how using our natural resources more efficiently would allow an annual economic benefit of up to $2 trillion per year by 2050. The Group of Seven (G7)

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Climate Change Refugees
By admin January 24, 2017

In the country of Bangladesh, climate change is taking a toll on the population. Climate scientists have gathered that heat-trapping gases due to extreme burning of fossil fuels will begin to crank up the temperature, melting the earth’s ice and thus raising the sea levels. This leaves large areas without crops or agricultural supply as

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Living and Dying in the Anthropocene
By admin December 21, 2016

Climate change news is something we come across nearly every day. Many of us are painstakingly aware that the ocean level is expanding and the planet is becoming drier. Many issues arise from climate change including food security and overcrowding in addition to the changes in the weather. So have people permanently changed the planet?

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Rethinking Ethiopia’s Land Management System
By admin December 13, 2016

In the past few years, African governments have strongly committed to tackling climate change. They have begun to actively react against visible environmental changes that today keep threatening local communities, in particular farmers’ lands. Through the Bonn Challenge and others initiatives, African governments are creating new initiatives to both prevent and rebuild from climate disasters.

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Africa’s Lack of Energy Needs a New Approach to Renewables
By admin November 22, 2016

By the end of COP22 in Marrakech, 111 nations will have signed up to the Paris Climate Change Agreement (COP21), contributing to probably one of the most important commitments to date: fighting climate change and halting its long-term consequences. While the negotiations in Paris focused mainly on establishing targets and the main obligations that countries

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Avocados may not be as Green as they look
By admin October 3, 2016

Avocados have become a staple in our modern diets. What was once an exotic fruit today has become a trendy add to our everyday recipes; whether smashed, crushed or sliced on toast, it is without doubt a fruit which is savoured all across the world. This particular fruit has not only become part of our

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Greenland’s Ice is Melting Seven Percent Faster than Previously Thought
By admin September 29, 2016

The same hotspot in Earth’s mantle that feeds Iceland’s active volcanoes has been affecting scientists’ calculations of ice loss in the Greenland ice sheet, causing them to underestimate the melting by about 20 gigatons (20 billion metric tons) per year. According to a new study in the journal, Science Advances, the hotspot softened the mantle rock

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Climate Change and its Impact on the Coffee Industry
By admin September 2, 2016

Coffee shortages has become a recently popular subject in the field of trade and investment, especially under increasing climate change, which has begun to affect the quality and quantity of the world’s most favorite beverage. An article from Business Insider this week noted that the global coffee supply is currently at risk, with shortages already

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Bringing a Drop of Hope to Combat Desertification
By admin June 22, 2016

Last Friday, on World Day to Combat Desertification, a new report conducted by the International Resource Panel revealed that 24 billion tons of fertile soil and 15 billion trees are lost each year due to land degradation, affecting nearly one fourth of the world’s total global land area. Even more, it is estimated that 800

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Beijing Experienced Worst Air Pollution of the Year
By admin December 3, 2015

      As China’s president attends the international climate conference in Paris (COP21), Beijing recorded its worst air pollution of the year this past Monday and Tuesday. The smog was so heavy that people can barely see anything from a block away. The tiny poisonous PM 2.5 particles reached as high as 600+ micrograms

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The Possibility of a New Global Agreement on Climate Change
By admin September 24, 2015

This week is Climate Week New York, a week with a series of climate change related events aimed to highlight how climate action and low carbon growth will benefit the global economy without compromising our future generations. It is also a week when business and government leaders take the opportunity to showcase their commitments to

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Norway Divests from Coal
By admin June 4, 2015

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the richest in the world at USD $900 billion and claiming about 1 percent of the world’s stocks and bonds, dropped over 50 coal companies in 2014 due to the threat of climate regulations. These include companies such as mining firms and utilities that have at least 30 percent of their

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