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A Progress Report on the Sustainable Development Goals

Four years ago, in 2015, the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. These are 17 goals around improving health, welfare and the environment that members of the United Nations agreed to achieve by 2030. The SDGs, as they are known, built upon a previous set of global goals, called the Millennium Development Goals, which expired

2019-07-20T12:16:53-05:00Tags: |

The Key to Achieving Environmental Sustainability Goals

Companies increasingly believe that addressing environmental sustainability is a strategic and integral business imperative. This is evidenced most recently by the volume of companies with Earth Day announcements including going carbon net neutral or eliminating plastic packaging. Yet, only four percent of companies are successful in achieving their environmental sustainability goals, according to Bain &

2019-07-19T09:28:54-05:00Tags: |

‘Planting green’ cover-crop strategy may help farmers

Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers. The approach -- known as planting green -- could help no-till farmers counter a range of problems

2019-07-02T09:45:56-05:00Tags: |

5 things you should know about the impact of burning trash

Burning trash has a long history in the United States, and municipal solid waste incinerators have sparked resistance in many places. As an environmental justice scholar who works directly with low-income and communities of color, I see incineration as a poor waste management option. Although these plants generate electricity from the heat created by burning

2019-06-28T08:09:11-05:00Tags: |

U.S. beekeepers: highest winter losses ever recorded

Beekeepers across the United States lost 40.7% of their honey bee colonies from April 2018 to April 2019, according to preliminary results of the latest annual nationwide survey conducted by the University of Maryland-led nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership. Honey bees pollinate $15 billion worth of food crops in the United States each year. The survey

2019-06-26T06:17:31-05:00Tags: |

Four Things You Should Know About Sustainable Cooling

Asia is home to five of the top nine countries with the biggest populations facing significant cooling-related risks: India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia. This year’s Innovate4climate (I4C) will have a priority focus on how to deliver sustainable cooling to keep people, food and medicines safe. First, cooling is vital for both health and prosperity

2019-06-24T07:31:05-05:00Tags: |

How Ecopreneurs Alleviate Poverty in Africa

Ecopreneurship is on the rise in Africa, creating local solutions to alleviate poverty and various environmental problems ailing the different countries on the continent. An “ecopreneur” is exactly what it sounds like, an entrepreneur whose business focuses on creating or selling sustainable goods or services. For those stuck in poverty, ecopreneurship could be the empowering

2019-06-19T03:40:19-05:00Tags: |

Generation of learners on inclusive green economy

As population numbers continue to grow and material resource use rises to unprecedented levels, the limits of today’s dominant model of economic growth have become increasingly apparent: extraction of material resources, including biomass, fossil fuels and non-metallic minerals has tripled since 1970, reaching an approximate 90 billion tonnes in 2019. A comprehensive overview of alternative

2019-06-13T14:57:13-05:00Tags: |

Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of Asian Russia and work out

2019-06-11T07:11:45-05:00Tags: |

Small increases in rainfall may cause widespread road outages

As more rain falls on a warming planet, a new computer model shows that it may not take a downpour to cause widespread disruption of road networks. The model combined data on road networks with the hills and valleys of topography to reveal "tipping points" at which even small localized increases in rain cause widespread

2019-06-05T20:07:14-05:00Tags: |

Americans consumer 70,000 particles of microplastics per year

Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although plastics have made life easier in many ways, disposing of the materials is a growing problem. Now, researchers in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology estimate that the average American consumes more than 70,000

2019-06-05T19:57:44-05:00Tags: |

Equator Prize 2019 winners announced..

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners announced today the winners of the 10th Equator Prize, recognizing 22 local and indigenous communities from across the world. The winning organizations, which showcase innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges, will be honored at a celebratory gala on 24 September in New York.

2019-06-05T07:34:40-05:00Tags: |

“We are walking on”..

Before moving to Los Angeles and initiating a successful career in music production with Shania Twain, Wyclef Jean, Shakira and many other artists, Sadaharu Yagi grew up in the Japanese town of Kitakyushu. In the 1960s, the city faced huge environmental problems—and the highest levels of air pollution in the country. It did, however, turn

2019-06-04T09:52:08-05:00Tags: |