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US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson at the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Photograph: Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images

Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, signs a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to extend scientific cooperation in the Arctic region

May 12, 2017 — Environmental campaigners were given some hope that the US may stick to its commitments under the Paris climate change treaty when Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, signed a commitment to protect the Arctic and extend scientific co-operation. Continue reading US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

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The Tamera site covers 330 acres in southern Portugal and is home to 200 people. Photograph: Nigel Dickinson

Tamera’s ecology experts transformed an area at risk of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world

March 7, 2017 — The land undulates upwards into gentle hills, cradling nooks of fertile terraces growing sweetcorn, sunflowers and tomatoes, before rolling down into tranquil lakes. It looks like a natural Edenic paradise on earth. But 20 years ago this land was arid and barren, and farming was a struggle. Continue reading Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

All north Indian cities fail to meet air quality standards, report finds

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A schoolgirl crosses a road shrouded in haze in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Greenpeace study estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and cuts country’s GDP by 3%

January 13, 2017 — Not a single city in northern India meets international air quality standards, according to a Greenpeace report that estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and takes 3% off the country’s GDP.  Continue reading All north Indian cities fail to meet air quality standards, report finds

Poor countries urge fast action on Paris deal to stop catastrophic warming

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A young girl stands outside her home where her family’s kitchen was swallowed up by the sea on Diamniadio Island in Senegal’s Saloum Delta. Photograph: Jane Hahn/AP

As the climate agreement is ratified, developing nations warn that money pledged is still nowhere near enough to adapt to expected sea level rises

October 31, 2016 — UN back-slapping for the record speed at which the Paris agreement on climate change has been ratified this week has been tempered by the reality that the new treaty will not stop Continue reading Poor countries urge fast action on Paris deal to stop catastrophic warming

Are local efforts to save coral reefs bound to fail

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This photo provided by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, taken in February 2015, shows coral after bleaching in American Samoa, when the XL Catlin Seaview Survey responded to a NOAA coral bleaching alert. Devastating bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a rare worldwide crisis, scientists announced, predicting it will likely get worse. (XL Catlin Seaview Survey via AP) Photograph: XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AP

Two recent reports on the state of the world’s coral reefs appear to contradict each other. But which is right?

August 2, 2016 — Over the last six weeks, scientists have published two major reports on coral reef resilience that appear to contradict each other. The first – “Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs” Continue reading Are local efforts to save coral reefs bound to fail

UN Chief Launches First Report To Track Sustainable Development Goals

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The report provides an accurate evaluation of where the world stands on the 17 Goals, using data currently available to highlight the most significant gaps and challenges.

NEW YORK (July 21, 2016) — Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that Continue reading UN Chief Launches First Report To Track Sustainable Development Goals

Data Revolution – Key Challenges in Measuring Progress on the SDGs

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Shachi Somani, the only Indian female cyclist participating in the HERO MTB Challenge 2015 and cyclist Gurman Reen raised a flag to represent Goal 4, Quality Education, in India, to support the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Credit: Ashish Sood

Opportunities and challenges in measuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

July 9, 2016 — In 2015, the UN, its member states, and millions of citizens around the world came together in an unprecedented way to draw up a “to-do list” for the world – identifying measurable goals and targets for addressing today’s biggest challenges. Known as the Continue reading Data Revolution – Key Challenges in Measuring Progress on the SDGs

Invest in people to sustain growth in Asia-Pacific

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PEOPLE POWER. Investing in education will help sustain growth in the region according to a UNDP study. Photo by Joshua Ruizo

If countries do not start planning for this demographic change, they will miss out on a unique opportunity to boost growth and investments for the future, says the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its latest Regional Human Development Report

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 26, 2016) — Nations in the Asia-Pacific region should capitalize on the rapid growth and development of its fast-changing population if they want to achieve sustainable growth. This was the key recommendation of the United Nations  Continue reading Invest in people to sustain growth in Asia-Pacific