Global Development

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Asia's Cities Could Save the Planet

New urbanites need greener buildings to live and work in.<p>The world’s cities will add 2.5 billion more residents by 2050, more than half of them in Asia. The effect of this great migration on climate change will depend in part on what kind of homes, factories and office buildings they live and work …

Climate

China is building 30 'sponge cities' to combat climate change

<b>SPONGE CITIES</b><p>China is taking the repercussions of climate change seriously. One consequence of our warming world is increasingly frequent and more …

Climate

New IUCN report on lessons for implementing Eco-DRR in 6 countries

<b><br>PEDRR Shoutout:<br>IUCN releases EPIC report – Solutions from Nature</b><p>IUCN has released a new report called ‘Ecosystems protecting infrastructure and …

Red Cross

How the Internet of Things and Smart Cities can help meet the SDGs

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>As cities grow, they also need to ensure …

Smart Cities

15,000 Scientists Just Said Humanity Is Pretty Much Doomed

Work day got you down? Looking for a mid-week pick-me-up or a respite from the dumpster fire that is 2017?<p>This isn’t it.<p>More than 15,000 scientists …

Climate Change

The killer responsible for more yearly deaths than AIDS, malaria and TB combined

A MAJOR study published last month in the Lancet, a British medical journal, found that there is a global killer responsible for more yearly deaths than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined: pollution.<p>The problem is pervasive, affecting every country on the planet. It is expensive, costing the …

Climate

Droughts wipe out enough to feed 81 mln people - World Bank

"This is an example of a poverty trap"<p>By Alex Whiting<p>ROME, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Droughts wipe out enough produce to feed 81 million …

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Depok: The Front Line in Indonesia’s Fight Against Waste

<i>In a country infamous for being the second-biggest contributor of plastic waste to the oceans, a city in West Java has achieved a close to 100</i> …

Recycling

The Ten Principles

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a …

Rights & Freedoms

Regreening the planet could impact carbon levels as much as ending oil use

Carbon Emissions<p>As the world becomes increasing aware of how human activity contributes to global warming, more countries are putting forth efforts …

Climate

The true cost of a plate of food: $1 in New York, $320 in South Sudan

Research reveals the stark inequality that drives the global hunger crisis, with the poorest people paying more than they earn in a day for a single meal<p>The world’s poorest pay more than a day’s wages for a single plate of food, according to a report from the World Food Programme, which reveals …

World Food Program

Plant more trees to combat climate change: scientists

OSLO (Reuters) - Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday.<p>Natural climate solutions, also including protection of carbon-storing peat lands and …

Climate Change

Sustainable enterprises and jobs – World Employment and Social Outlook 2017

The <i>World Employment and Social Outlook 2017: Sustainable enterprises and jobs</i> provide figures and analysis on small and medium sized enterprises …

Worker's Rights

Ozone layer under attack again says new study

It is expected to prevent 280 million cases of skin cancer, approximately 1.6 million skin cancer deaths, and more than 45 million cases of cataracts …

Climate Change

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Energy

Why Japan Wants Your Junk

There's treasure to be found in the world's trash.<p>For 30 years China has recycled more cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and old computers than any other nation. By doing so, it's saved millions of tons of resources and indirectly funded thousands of recycling programs and companies globally. But …

Sustainability

There’s a Climate Bomb Under Your Feet

Long before most people ever heard of climate change, scientists divided a patch of Harvard University-owned forest in central Massachusetts into 18 …

Climate Change

Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure

Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality.<p>Think of a tree-lined street in the midst of a busy city. It feels like something of …

Cities

The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018 | World Economic Forum

Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the prospects for a sustained economic recovery remain at risk due to a widespread failure on the part …

Economics

Sustainable tourism can advance global development

“This year’s celebration comes at a very special time,” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at the …

Tourism

Why buy the cow when you can biofabricate the milk for free?

Thought to have been Lord Krishna's favorite animal, the cow has achieved a uniquely sacred status in India. Their slaughter is prohibited through most of the country, beef consumption is largely outlawed as well and woe be the unlucky soul accused of breaking those taboos. In the US, however, …

Agriculture

Meet a new circular vision to maximize value from waste

Ball Corporation and others weigh in on the WWF's Cascading Materials Vision's potential to bind them with municipalities and manufacturers on a path …

Sustainability

The power of data in driving sustainable development… Is solid waste the low hanging fruit?

The data revolution is upon us and the benefits, including improving the efficiency of corporations, spurring entrepreneurship, improving public …

Sustainability

Hotels, catering and tourism sector

The hotels, catering and tourism sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. It is also among the top-job creating sectors …

Worker's Rights

Indian Designers Built A Genius Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity, And It Can Save Lives

Pairing up with Deki Electronics, also based in India’s capital, the Ant Studio team used a circular metal frame to bind hundreds of terracotta clay …

COP 22: Three New Ways to Help Cities Reach Their Climate Goals

With the Paris climate agreement in full force, Cities – responsible for two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and 70 percent of energy …

Climate

Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

Goal to limit warming to 1.5C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change was seen as unreachable, but updated research suggests it could be met if strong action is taken<p>The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows.<p>The 1.5C …

Climate

Mighty Mangroves of the Philippines: Valuing Wetland Benefits for Risk Reduction & Conservation

Mangroves are weeds; if you give them half a chance they grow in some of the most inhospitable environments; with their knees in seawater and their …

Conservation

Recycling is changing: What business needs to know

Understanding demographic shifts is just one way to ensure a successful recycling program.

Recycling