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    Focus On Sustainability, Clean Energy The Green Climate Fund is finally getting some legs. The big question now is what direction it will pursue. Local ownership, sustainability and a firm commitment to clean energy are a few of the apparent priorities. … Continue reading

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    Economic Incentives Must Change On Many Levels By Laurie Goering, Thomson Reuters Foundation Dealing with climate change and its risks will require not only technical responses like drought-resilient crops and higher sea walls but also reshaping economic and political incentives that … Continue reading

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    Neighborhood Green Space Good For Mental, Physical Health Studies have shown that natural environments can enhance health. But how much could a tree in the street or a nearby neighborhood park improve our health? Several scientists examined this issue by studying … Continue reading

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    Fecal Contamination In Water Threatens Health Of Athletes By Brad Brooks, AP Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and … Continue reading

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    Coastal Cities Unprepared For Extreme Storms By Nick Stockton, Wired After the storm, after the flooding, after the investigations, the US came to realize that what happened to New Orleans on August 29, 2005 was not a natural disaster. The … Continue reading

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    Global Warming Threatens Business As Usual Six major U.S. banks are urging world leaders to adopt a strong agreement to slash carbon emissions and tackle climate change. The coalition warned in a letter Monday that warming global temperatures and related … Continue reading

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    Singapore Pays Price For Bungle In Indonesia’s Jungles Illegal burning of Indonesian rainforest to make room for palm and paper plantations has left neighboring countries choking on smoke. Many hope the latest crisis will lead to stricter policies. More than … Continue reading

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    Schools, Factories Close As Millions Of Vehicles Forced To Park Beijing has issued its first pollution red alert as acrid smog enveloped the Chinese capital for the second time this month. The alert will begin at 7am on Tuesday and should … Continue reading

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    Environmental Concerns Have Economists’ Attention Forced migration and climate change are the biggest risks facing the global economy this decade, according to 750 experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum. The warning was published in the 11th edition of WEF’s Global Risks … Continue reading

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    Environmental, Social and Economic Issues Tightly Connected By Gro Harlem Bruntland In the early 1990s, when I was Prime Minister of Norway, I once found myself debating sustainable development with an opposition leader who insisted that I tell him the … Continue reading

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    Brain Disease Fastest Growing Cause Of Death Neurodegenerative disease is a global epidemic among people and other mammals. Mismanagement and misinformation around the world are fanning the flames and putting millions of people in harm’s way. Anywhere from 50-100 million … Continue reading

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    Municipal Sewage Spreading Brain Disease In 1972, the world realized that dumping millions of tons of sewage sludge into the oceans killed entire underwater ecosystems. Some nations stopped the dumping immediately, while others did not. The U.S., for example, finally passed … Continue reading

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    Droughts, Floods, Growth Testing Municipal Water Management The threat of a water crisis is looming for hundreds of millions of the world’s inhabitants, as climate change, water management challenges and demographic shifts are disrupting water’s ecosystem. As a result, many … Continue reading

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    Most Cities Failing On Sustainability Cities around the world are failing to meet the needs of their people, according to the inaugural Sustainable Cities Index. However, on a broad scale that measures people, planet and profit, Frankfurt is the world’s most … Continue reading

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    Program Will Include Urban Forestry The Kilimanjaro region of East Africa is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Millions of people and several endangered species depend on the snows and rains of Kilimanjaro for survival. As land use encroaches … Continue reading

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    Wastewater Treatment Plants Weapons Of Mass Destruction? As the Zika virus and other brain ailments soar around the world, it’s time for cities to take an honest assessment of their role in the emerging crisis. It’s right under their nose. … Continue reading

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    Chromium-6 In Hundreds Of Wells Across U.S. In the film Erin Brockovich, the environmental crusader confronts the lawyer of a power company that polluted the tap water of Hinkley, Calif., with a carcinogenic chemical called chromium-6. When the lawyer picks … Continue reading

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    Greenhouse Gas Reductions Critical In Battle Against Climate Change The landmark global climate change deal brokered in Paris cleared an important hurdle this week when it secured enough official support to go into effect, but experts say the biggest hurdle … Continue reading

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    Cities A Massive Problem, Opportunity By Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme On behalf of UNDP, welcome to the launch of the UNDP Sustainable Urbanization Strategy. As we meet here in Quito today for the Habitat III conference, … Continue reading

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    Air Pollution An Extreme Threat To Public Health By Mike Ives, The New York Times The World Health Organization said Tuesday that 92 percent of people breathe what it classifies as unhealthy air, in another sign that atmospheric pollution is … Continue reading

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