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The Global Peace Index - data visualisation – Vision of Humanity

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Following last week’s launch of the Global Peace Index report, the media have been busy producing visualisations based on the Global Peace Index data. The following are a selection of innovative presentations from the World Economic Forum, Statista, EPLO and the Indy100.

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Could wind power ever meet the world’s energy needs?

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Brad Plumer
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At the moment, wind power supplies about 4.1 percent of electric power in the United States. Still a bit player. Yet there's a whole lot of untapped wind left in the world. Wind whipping through the Great Plains. Wind gusting off the shores. Wind circulating high up in the sky. So what would happen if we tried to harvest all of that wind?

 

Horns Rev 2, the world's largest wind farm, 30 km (19 miles) off the west coast of Denmark (Reuters). ... Read more about Could wind power ever meet the world’s energy needs?

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7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste in the Food System

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March 22, 2013 is the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. In honor of this important anniversary, this week we are highlighting 7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste. Please visit the Food Tank website each day over the next week for posts focused on innovations around water. 
 
Although the earth has 1.4 billion cubic kilometers of water, only 0.001 percent of that is accessible for human consumption and use. And 70 percent of water is used for agricultural purposes.

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Deforestation in the Amazon on the rise again

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São Paulo, 30 November 2016 - Amazon deforestation increased 29 percent from the numbers released for last year, according to data released by the Brazilian government yesterday. Brazil is losing control over the destruction of its forests because of poor policy decisions and may now have difficulty reaching its climate agreement targets. ... Read more about Deforestation in the Amazon on the rise again

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World Bank: clean energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

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Rachel Kyte
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It is the development conundrum of our era. Extremely poor people cannot lift themselves out of poverty without access to reliable energy. More than a billion people live without power today, denying them opportunities as wide-ranging as running a business, providing light for their children to study, or even cooking meals with ease.

Ending poverty requires confronting climate change, which affects every nation and every person. The populations least able to adapt '€“ those that are the most poor and vulnerable '€“ will be hardest hit, rolling back decades of development work. ... Read more about World Bank: clean energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

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World Bank to inject $5 billion into Power Africa Initiative

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HARRY MISIKO
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The Word Bank has announced a $5 billion (Sh435 billion) support package for the US-led Power Africa Initiative in six countries, including Kenya.

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim on Tuesday told US-Africa Business Forum of the ongoing US-Africa Leaders Summit that the support would be in the form of direct financing, investment guarantees and advisory services for project preparation. ... Read more about World Bank to inject $5 billion into Power Africa Initiative

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Sustainable future dependent on energy industry support, warns World Energy Council

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–       Report’s rankings reveal most countries struggle to balance energy needs

–       Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom achieve ‘AAA’ ratings under new scorecard system

–       World Energy Congress to agree the agenda for change next month in Korea

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2013 – The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if United Nations development goals are to be met, warns a report launched today by the World Energy Council (WEC). ... Read more about Sustainable future dependent on energy industry support, warns World Energy Council

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OECD: Developing Green Cities Key to Sustainable Future

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Lisa Bryant
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PARIS '€”  By the middle of this century, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, posing a major environmental challenge. But a new report shows how developing "green" cities can generate growth and lead to a more sustainable planet.

About half the world's population lives in or near cities. These urban centers also generate about two-thirds of our greenhouse gas emissions. So it may seem alarming to hear the planet's urban population will likely more than double by the end of the century.
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It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

There's no silver bullet to sustainable development, but to avoid conflicts, disasters and damage to ecosystems, water agenda must advance on political arena

Every year on 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. But this year is different. It will go to history as the year when we set the course for the future. ... Read more about It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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