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New Design Makes Net Zero Housing Affordable, Speeds Up Construction

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Tim Ehlic, Alexandra Bly
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A partnership between Toronto’s Ryerson University and The Endeavour Centre has come up with a design for a 1,100-square-foot, two-story home that produces zero net carbon emissions and energy use, uses no toxic construction materials, produces no landfill waste, and costs no more to build than a standard home of the same size.
 
The ZeroHouse “is a fully functional and sustainable home that’s different in what it achieves and how it looks and feels,” The Atmospheric Fund reports.

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Fight against malaria stalling and could reverse, warns 2017 World Malaria Report

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Catherine Cheney
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A community health worker shows a family how to hang an insecticide-treated bed net in Bonsaaso, Ghana. Photo by: Direct Relief / CC BY-NC-ND

SAN FRANCISCO -- Between 2015 and 2016, there were 5 million more malaria cases globally, and Rwanda saw the greatest increase in malaria cases, with nearly a million people contracting the mosquito-borne disease, according to the World Malaria Report, released on Wednesday. The report also warned progress in fighting the virus has stalled and could reverse. ... Read more about Fight against malaria stalling and could reverse, warns 2017 World Malaria Report

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World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

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William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsome, Mauro Galetti, Mohammed Alamgir, Eileen Crist, Mahmoud I. Mahmoud, William F. Laurance, 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries
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Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. ... Read more about World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

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World Hasn't Had So Many Refugees Since 1945, Report Says

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Caroline Alexander
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The world hasn’t had so many refugees or internally displaced people since 1945, and numbers are expected to increase, according to an Australian research center.

About 1 percent of the global population, or about 73 million people, have been forced to leave their homes amid a spike in armed conflict over the past four years, the Institute for Economics and Peace, which compiles the Global Peace Index, said in a report published on Wednesday. ... Read more about World Hasn't Had So Many Refugees Since 1945, Report Says

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Child deaths fell below 7 million in 2011 but 19,000 boys and girls under 5 still die daily

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UNITED NATIONS — The number of children under the age of five who die annually fell below 7 million in 2011, but the U.N. children’s agency says about 19,000 boys and girls are still dying every day from largely preventable causes.

A report released Wednesday night by the United Nations Children’s Fund said that four-fifths of under-five deaths last year occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. ... Read more about Child deaths fell below 7 million in 2011 but 19,000 boys and girls under 5 still die daily

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UNDP: Poverty down in Latin America and the Caribbean - BBC News

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More than 56 million people have been lifted out of poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A new UNDP report says poverty levels in the period from 2000-2012 fell from 41.7% to 25.3% of the population.

But despite the progress, it warned that some 200m people, or 37.8% of the population, remained vulnerable.

The UNDP has called for more investment in social protection programmes.

It calculates poverty as living with less than $4 (£2.40) a day. ... Read more about UNDP: Poverty down in Latin America and the Caribbean - BBC News

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World Economic Forum warns of dangers in growing inequality, extreme weather

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DAVOS-RISKS/:World Economic Forum warns of dangers in growing inequality

* Ahead of Davos meeting, forum warns of "lost" generation

* Widening wealth gap ranked as top global risk in 2014

* Extreme weather next most likely cause of major shocks

* Threat of fiscal crises significant, but danger receding

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Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth

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Chelsea Harvey
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The human handprint on the natural world has become evident in all too many ways in recent decades. The changing climate, the decline of wildlife and the loss of forests and other natural landscapes — all of these factors have led many scientists to conclude that we’re living in a new age they’ve dubbed the “Anthropocene,” in which the planet is dominated by human, rather than natural, influences. ... Read more about Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth

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Kale or steak? Change in diet key to U.N. plan to end hunger by 2030

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Reuters.com - BY CHRIS ARSENAULT
Kale grows on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 7, 2013. REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE
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ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In trendy, hipster London or New York, it's all about juicing, vegan diets and snacking on kale crisps. Thousands of miles away, in Nairobi or Bogota, the middle classes are more likely to reach for roasted goat or a juicy steak.
 
Later this month, world leaders are set to endorse a U.N.

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Existing poverty index ‘ideal for assessing the SDGs’

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Pablo Correa
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[CARTAGENA] The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index, which is a tool for measuring acute poverty, should be used to monitor compliance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a conference has heard.
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