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World leaders pledge 513 bln USD to sustainable development

World leaders pledge 513 bln USD to sustainable development
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 22, 2012 -- Xinhua

 

Some 513 billion U.S. dollars in funding has been committed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to achieve a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.

In a press release posted on the UN's website, Ban said he was encouraged by the nearly 700 concrete commitments - totally 513 billion dollars-registered at the conference from governments, business, industry, financial institutions and civil society groups, amongst others. ... Read more about World leaders pledge 513 bln USD to sustainable development

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Dambisa Moyo: 'The world will be drawn into a war for resources'

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Decca Aitkenhead
Dambisa Moyo: 'The world will be drawn into a war for resources'
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The controversial writer and economist on why she believes the economic rise of China, combined with the west's complacency, leaves us facing a future of terrifying global instability ... Read more about Dambisa Moyo: 'The world will be drawn into a war for resources'

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U.S. will lead new effort to cut global warming from methane, soot

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Brian Vastag
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With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, the United States and five other countries are starting a new program to cut other pollutants — including methane, soot and hydrofluorocarbons — that contribute to global warming. ... Read more about U.S. will lead new effort to cut global warming from methane, soot

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Can game theory save the UN climate talks?

Can game theory save the UN climate talks?
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German academics have used the mathematics behind the strategic behaviour of countries to propose a way though the myriad impasses

Delegates at the Bonn climate in June 2010. Photograph: UNFCCC/IISD RS

America will never sign up, but the EU will if China does, which is unlikely if Africa doesn't. No nation wants to go it alone but Russia doesn't want to do anything, and the poor want the rich to absorb all the costs but the rich will only agree to sign if the poor do more. ... Read more about Can game theory save the UN climate talks?

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Weather Disasters Keep Costing U.S. Billions This Year

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Mary Wisniewski
Weather Disasters Keep Costing U.S. Billions This Year
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Blizzards. Tornadoes. Floods. Record heat and drought, followed by wildfires.

The first eight months of 2011 have brought strange and destructive weather to the United States.

From the blizzard that dumped almost two feet of snow on Chicago, to killer tornadoes and heat waves in the south, to record flooding, to wildfires that have burned more than 1,000 homes in Texas in the last few days, Mother Nature has been in a vile and costly mood. ... Read more about Weather Disasters Keep Costing U.S. Billions This Year

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UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information

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Matt Ball
UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information
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The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to establish a committee on global geospatial information management in order to enhance international dialogue and cooperation on spatial data infrastructures. The UN recognizes the benefits of geospatial information for application to humanitarian, peace and security, environmental and development challenges as well as to responses to climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, famines, population displacement, and food and economic crises. ... Read more about UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information

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Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms

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Fiona Harvey
Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms
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European fisheries chief hopes phasing out 'discarding' and agreeing plans with member states will preserve Europe's fish stocks

The biggest shake-up of European fisheries regulation in four decades was unveiled on Wednesday in Brussels, intended to preserve dwindling fish stocks.

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