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EVENT ALERT: The GREEN Network at The GREEN @ Lincoln Center (Sept. 3, 2021)
By admin August 31, 2021

  Are you a New York-based Sustainability professional? Are you stuck in front of the screen and sick of all-day Zooms? Fully vaccinated and eager to connect/network with your peers in real-life? We thought so. On behalf of The Bassiouni Group, TBG Purpose and CSR Leaders, we would like to invite you to the “GREEN

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Nile River Dam Dispute: Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan
By admin August 16, 2021

The dispute over the Nile water use is not new because Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan have depended on its water for centuries. The first agreement for the Nile River water utilization was in 1929. This agreement has granted Egypt an annual water allocation of 48 billion cubic meters and Sudan 4 billion cubic meters out

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Consumers Increasingly Seek Sustainable Products Online Searches for Sustainable Products Increased by 71%
By admin August 6, 2021

Consumers are increasingly seeking sustainable products and they overwhelmingly support Sustainability and brands that “deliver on the pursuit of purpose and that drive a culture of sustainable innovation are the frontrunners”.  Scroll below for more. Click here to access TBG’s Sustainability/CSR solutions and services. Per the World Wildlife Fund: “Globally, the popularity of online searches

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COVID in Africa: Latest News; Johnson & Johnson “Sisonke” Vaccine Trial
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Bookmark this page for the latest COVID-19 news in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa has largely avoided the devastating impact of the preceding COVID-19 waves due to a variety of reasons per our blog archive.  The situation is more precarious now given limited vaccine rollout and the Delta variant. However, Johnson & Johnson, which offers the single-shot

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Global Hunger Increases: COVID-19, Conflict, Climate Disasters Undermine Progress Towards SDG2 (Zero Hunger)
By admin July 28, 2021

Global Hunger Increases under COVID-19, Conflict, Climate Disasters The Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger aims to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030. Global progress towards achieving Zero Hunger has been steady over the last few years — with some great achievements such as the proportion

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Cryptocurrencies in Africa: Advantages and Disadvantages
By admin July 22, 2021

  Cryptocurrency Boom in Africa Cryptocurrencies are rising in popularity across Africa. According to data from US blockchain research firm: Chainanalysis, monthly cryptocurrency transfers rose by 55% in 2020 with South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria leading in digital currency usage. Hyperinflation, economic instability and a predominantly young population are amongst the many reasons for growing

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Lebanon Financial and Economic Crisis in 2021
By admin July 19, 2021

  The current financial and economic crisis in Lebanon is grabbing the world’s attention. Lebanon has been sinking into a severe economic crisis since 2019. The country’s caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, appealed to the international community and the United Nations on July 6 to intervene and prevent unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. This comes after the

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Carbon Market: Financing Solutions for Sustainable Development
By admin July 13, 2021

The science of climate change is simple. When we emit greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide, more heat gets trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere, raising global temperatures and destabilizing the climate. Global temperatures started to rise during the Industrial Revolution and scientists have long predicted drastic consequences if we hit the 1.5°C mark. WMO Secretary-General Prof.

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Climate Emergency: Global Warming, Heatwaves and Natural Disasters
By admin July 12, 2021

Climate Emergency: An extreme heatwave has severely impacted parts of North America in the past few weeks — highlighting the growing dangers of Climate Change. Hundreds of people may have died as a result of the “heat dome” in Canada and certain U.S. states. According to health officials, heat-related fatalities have been linked to more

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Ethiopia: Tigray, Civil War, Famine
By admin July 8, 2021

                          The situation in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, has gripped the headlines over the last few months as one of the largest countries in Africa slipped into a potential civil war. Ramesh Rajasingham, the UN’s Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator,

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TBG Welcomes the Summer/2021 Internship Team
By admin June 24, 2021

We are now celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Bassiouni Group’s Internship Program and we are excited to introduce you to our Summer/2021 Internship Team from Columbia University/SIPA: Luna Xu — MPA  2022 (Energy & Environment Policy Concentration) Abdulaziz Alhumud — MIA 2022 (International Finance & Economic Policy Concentration) Xiaoming Zhong — MIA 2022 (Economic

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The Delta Variant: What You Need to Know About the New COVID Strain
By admin June 18, 2021

The Delta Variant (also known as the B.1.617.2 strain), is a highly dangerous and contagious COVID-19 strain that is now the dominant strain around the world. First identified in India, where it led to a huge and unprecedented wave of infections, the Delta Variant also ravaged the United Kingdom, where it now comprises 91% of

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World Environment Day 2021: Generation Restoration
By admin June 5, 2021

Today, June 5th, is World Environment Day. The theme is Ecosystem Restoration (#GenerationRestoration). Scroll below for more information. TBG’s Commitment The Bassiouni Group’s President, David Solomon Bassiouni, is part of #GenerationRestoration through his role as an advisory board member at Highland Carbon, which maintains of the most exceptional Carbon Offsetting programs in the world —

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Most Vaccinated Countries (Updated: June 2, 2021)
By admin June 3, 2021

Interested in finding out which countries are making the most progress in terms of the COVID vaccine rollout? Here are updated lists ranking the most vaccinated by total population and percentage of population vaccinated. Table A: Total Population Vaccinated Country Total Pop. Vaccinated 1. United States 296.4m 2. India 213.14m 3. Brazil 68.24m 4. United

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The Tulsa Race Massacre: 100 Years Later
By admin June 1, 2021

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre which resulted in the destruction of the economically prosperous Black community in the Greenwood district (also called Black Wall Street) — a horrific event that still resonates to this day. Click below for the NBC story: “Just decades after slavery in the United States left

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Shell Loses Climate Case and Oil Majors (Chevron, Exxon) Make Key Climate-Related Changes
By admin May 27, 2021

Shell lost a major climate case today and other Oil majors (Chevron, Exxon) were forced to make key climate-related changes. Click below for more. Per AFR: “Royal Dutch Shell has been ordered by a Dutch court to slash its emissions harder and faster than planned, dealing a blow to the oil giant that could have

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Bitcoin and Tesla: What Happened and Why is Bitcoin Environmentally Harmful?
By admin May 19, 2021

What’s going on with Bitcoin and Tesla? Tesla just announced that it would stop accepting Bitcoin as payment — after months of Elon Musk hyping the cryptocurrency.  It seems that Musk  is still intent on Tesla holding onto its $1.8B Bitcoin investment per his “diamond hands” tweet. So what happened? Did Musk see the sunlight?

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President Biden’s Key Address to Congress: Key Takeaways
By admin April 29, 2021

President Biden delivered his first address to Congress on Wednesday night — and sought to underline his accomplishments in the first 100 days while also laying out an ambitious agenda for his “Build Back Better” economic recovery program — branding the Infrastructure Plan as the “Blue Collar Blueprint”. Per ABC: “As promised by the White

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Earth Axis Shift: Climate Change has Shifted the Earth’s Axis
By admin April 28, 2021

Climate Change has shifted the Earth’s axis. That’s right. The Earth’s axis has shifted due to melting glaciers, an ever worsening situation that has “redistributed enough water to cause the location of the North and South Poles to move eastward since the mid-1990s.” According to USA Today: “Climate change is likely the cause of a

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India’s COVID Crisis: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help
By admin April 26, 2021

India has been gripped by a spiraling COVID-19 crisis. As noted in The Conversation: “There is no doubt that a humanitarian emergency is unfolding in India right now. India is a catastrophic example of a population that has certainly not reached herd immunity against COVID-19. The stories of a collapsing health system are numerous, with

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Biden Climate Summit: Key Takeaways
By admin April 24, 2021

On April 22-23, President Biden convened the  Leaders Summit on Climate  — a 2-day summit with 40 global leaders in an attempt to galvanize global Climate Action, recommit key nations to the Paris Accords and reassert U.S. leadership on the world stage and climate issues. On Day 1 of the Summit, the leaders of Brazil,

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Pace Since 1983
By admin April 1, 2021

Per the Associated Press: U.S. manufacturers expanded in March at the fastest pace in 37 years, a sign of strengthening demand as the pandemic wanes and government emergency aid flows through the economy. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said that its measure of factory activity jumped to 64.7 last

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U.S. Infrastructure and the Biden Infrastructure Package: What You Need to Know
By admin March 31, 2021

U.S. infrastructure is a lot like American democracy – it’s deeply damaged, fragile, and need of urgent (well overdue) repair. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the U.S. secured a “C-” grade on the latest Report Card — a slight improvement from the 2017 grade of D+ — and the ASCE pointed

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COVID-19 Vaccine News: March 13, 2021
By admin March 13, 2021

Please scroll below for the latest COVID-19 vaccine news (updated weekly). NOTE: TBG’s COVID-19 Team,  provides a comprehensive and integrated package of  COVID-19 Solutions covering Public Health, Testing and Tracing, Crisis Management, Research and Data Management, and PPE Supplies. To get access to the Team, just send an email. US surpasses 100M vaccinations; IRS begins sending first round of $1,400

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COVID-19 News: March 9, 2021
By admin March 9, 2021

COVID-19 news: The COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) pandemic continues to pose serious challenges to health systems, governments and the population at large.  Staying on top of the latest COVID-19 news and information is critical. With that in mind, we will continue to provide regular updates via this blog and our COVID-19 Response Team. Global Numbers: 117m

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Celebrating International Women’s Day (2021)
By admin March 8, 2021

In marking International Women’s Day (2021), The Bassiouni Group honors girls and women all around the world and restates its commitment to a world where women and girls, everywhere, must have equal rights and opportunity, and are able to live free of violence and discrimination. This past year has been difficult, and it was particularly

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What are the Pros and Cons of Wind Power?
By admin February 23, 2021

What are the pros and cons of Wind Power? We were prompted to publish this blog following the Texas snowstorm/power grid failure. If you recall, Gov. Abbott of Texas falsely claimed that wind turbines were to blame for the power grid failure. Of course, this is totally untrue. Texas primarily relies on Fossil Fuels and

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Why did the Texas Grid Fail?
By admin February 22, 2021

Why did the Texas Grid fail? For the last week, millions of Lone Star residents were forced to deal with a major power grid failure following a severe winter storm. As the BBC notes, “millions of people in the state, which rarely experiences such low temperatures, have been struggling to cope with the lack of

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NASA Lands Perseverance Rover on Mars
By admin February 19, 2021

NASA successfully landed its Perseverance Rover on Mars. Per CNN: The NASA Perseverance rover safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth, the agency confirmed at 3:55 p.m. ET Thursday. The rover landed itself flawlessly, according to the mission’s team. “Percy,” as the spacecraft is affectionately called at mission control, sent back

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Why are Indian Farmers Protesting? What You Need to Know
By admin February 5, 2021

Why are Indian farmers protesting? For the last few months (since September, 2019), farmers all across India have engaged in mass protests. As the New York Times notes: “More than 60 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people still depend primarily on agriculture for their livelihood, though the sector accounts for only about 15 percent of

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Covid Toll in U.S. Remains Enormous, but Cases Are Falling
By admin February 4, 2021

The daily COVID toll in the U.S. remains enormous but cases are falling.  Per the New York Times: “The past few weeks in the United States have been the deadliest of the coronavirus pandemic, and residents in a majority of counties remain at an extremely high risk of contracting the virus. At the same time, transmission seems

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AstraZeneca Vaccine is 75% Effective for 90 Days after Single Shot: Study
By admin February 3, 2021

A single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is 76% effective for up to 90 days after vaccination, a new study out of the U.K. suggests. Article below via Daily News: University of Oxford researchers published a study Tuesday in Preprints with The Lancet, indicating that the first of the two prescribed doses affords a formidable

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Fifteen Sustainability Terms You Should Know
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Here are fifteen Sustainability terms you should know. via Architectural Digest: “The former U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin, who designed his own home in a palm tree sanctuary he planted himself on the island of Maui, once said, “Our hope is not a thing in the future; it’s a way of seeing the present.” That’s a

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COVID Vaccines to Ship to Retail Pharmacies Next Week
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COVID Vaccines: The U.S. will begin shipping doses of the Covid-19 vaccine directly to retail pharmacies next week, as the Biden administration expands how and where Americans can get inoculated. The initial shipment of 1 million doses will go to 6,500 stores starting Feb. 11, said Jeffrey Zients, the Biden administration’s Covid-19 coordinator.States were left

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Black History Month
By admin February 1, 2021

Black History Month: As one of the few African-American-owned consulting firms, we take special pride in marking the first day of Black History Month in the U.S. As part of our month-long celebration of Black History Month, The Bassiouni Group (TBG) and TBG Purpose and will be showcasing inspirational Black icons via our Instagram (@TBGPurpose)

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Myanmar Coup: Aung San Suu Kyi Detained as Military Seizes Control
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As reported last night (via BBC): “Myanmar’s military has seized power after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders. Troops are patrolling streets in major cities and communications are limited. The top army commander is now in charge and a one-year state of emergency has been declared, army TV announced.” For the

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Future Investment Initiative 2021 — Recap
By admin January 27, 2021

  The Future Investment Initiative (#FII) Conference got underway today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and it was an excellent first day. Congratulations to the FII Institute and the Public investment Fund in Riyadh and around the world for assembling such great panelists and content. Great to see the ongoing implementation of Vision 2030 and and

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Biden Inaugurated as the 46th President & Harris Inaugurated as First Female Vice-President
By admin January 21, 2021

Per NPR: “President-elect Joe Biden became President Biden at noon Eastern time, after he took the oath of office to become the nation’s 46th commander in chief. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts conducted the swearing-in ceremony. Biden placed his hand on a family Bible. There ceremony took place on the West Front of the U.S.

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Trump is Impeached for Second Time
By admin January 14, 2021

Per CNN: “The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in a swift and bipartisan condemnation of the President’s role inciting last week’s riot at the US Capitol.” “The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump exactly one week after rioters forced lawmakers to flee from the very chamber

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Companies Take Firm Stance and Pull Back Political Giving Following Capitol Violence
By admin January 12, 2021

Corporate America is taking a firm stance in response to the violent, insurrectionist attack on the Capitol on January 6. From NY Times: “Days after a pro-Trump mob attacked the United States Capitol, some of America’s biggest companies said they would pause political giving as they rethink their support of certain lawmakers and their own

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Democrats Introduce Article of Impeachment against Trump
By admin January 11, 2021

Per CNN: “House Democrats formally [unveiled] their resolution to impeach President Donald Trump on Monday at 11am, January 11, 2021, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s riots at the US Capitol.” “The single impeachment article, which [was] introduced at 11 a.m. ET when the House [gaveled] in Monday, points to

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Statement on January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill Terrorist Attack & Riots
By admin January 8, 2021

The Bassiouni Group unequivocally condemns the insurrectionist, terrorist attack that took place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. This was not a “peaceful protest”. This was an intentional effort, incited by Pres. Trump and many other political figures such as Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, to disrupt the halt the peaceful transfer of

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Georgia Senate Runoffs: Democrats and Republicans Battle for Critical Seats
By admin January 5, 2021

The much-anticipated Georgia Senate runoffs take place today and promises to be a nail-biter as the Biden agenda rests on flipping back the Senate blue with victories by Ossoff and Warnock winning over Perdue and Loeffler respectively. Indeed, Democrats are pointing to record early turnout so far (over 3m including over 100k new voters who

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UK Enters National Lockdown to Combat COVID-19 Resurgence
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The UK has now entered its third national lockdown with England following Scotland’s lead. Per the New York Times: “Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a strict new national lockdown on Monday as Britain’s desperate race to vaccinate its population risked being overtaken by a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that was on track to overwhelm

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In Taped Call, Trump Pressured Georgia Officials to Overturn Election
By admin January 4, 2021

Per CNN: “President Donald Trump pushed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to overturn the election results after his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, according to an audio recording of a phone call obtained by CNN and first reported by the Washington Post.” “In excerpts of the stunning one-hour phone call Saturday,

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This Common Habit Could Make Your COVID Risk Much Higher, Doctors Say
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According to Yahoo/Best Life: “Life in the time of the coronavirus pandemic has taught us plenty of new healthy habits that can help keep us safe. But even if you’re wearing a mask and social distancing in public and regularly washing your hands, there’s one common habit that you may not even realize is putting

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This Is the “Strongest, Most Consistent” Sign You Have COVID, Study Says
By admin January 3, 2021

Per Yahoo/Best Life: “There few symptoms more popularly associated with COVID than cough, fever, and shortness of breath.  But a new international study suggests that there is another set of symptoms that can reveal a case of coronavirus with far more accuracy: a loss of taste or smell. According to the study, which has not

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New COVID Strain Emerges in UK: What You Need to Know
By admin December 22, 2020

  A new, highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) strain — with reportedly 70% more transmissibility — has been detected in the UK and it may already be in the U.S. Many countries have already temporarily suspended travel to/from the UK. Here’s what you need to know. CNBC: “The new coronavirus strain that was first detected in

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COVID-19 & Mental Health: It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
By admin December 17, 2020

This is a different tack from our usual focus on business, politics etc but it’s necessary to sometimes take a step back. With that in mind, we just wanted to speak to you (wherever you are in the world) and let you know that it’s okay not to be okay as we continue to fight

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Vaccine Day: First Vaccines are Delivered in the U.S.
By admin December 14, 2020

Vaccine Day! Today marks the first COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States and the first vaccine took place in New York City, which was the hardest hit. Frontline healthcare workers around the country are now receiving shots. Read some key excerpts below. New York Times: “The first coronavirus vaccination in the United States took place

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