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

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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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Thomson Reuters Foundation
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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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Energy Policy Information Center (EPIC)» EPIC Archive » Electric Vehicles: August 2014 Market Snapshot

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This month, SAFE and the Electrification Coalition are excited to release our first monthly market snapshot, which covers the latest data on electric vehicle sales, charging infrastructure, fuel prices, and more. Click the infographic below to view full size.

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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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Food Trade and Self-Sufficiency | Vital Signs Online

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Gary Gardner
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Imports of grain globally increased more than fivefold between 1960 and 2013 as more nations turned to international markets to help meet domestic food demand.1 (See Figure 1.) For some countries, the imported share of domestic grain consumption has risen substantially.2 In 2013, more than a third of the world’s nations—77 in all—imported at least 25 percent of the major grains they needed.3 This compares to just 49 countries in 1961, an increase of 57 percent over half a century.4  (See Table 1.) ... Read more about Food Trade and Self-Sufficiency | Vital Signs Online

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World Can Achieve Climate Goals, With All 10 Billion People Prospering

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Rona Fried
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It can feel overwhelming and even futile when we hear targets like zero emissions by 2050, while population reaches 10 billion and the world’s economy triples in size – how can we possibly stay below 2°C temperature rise?
 
A new tool shows it is possible to meet this goal while ensuring everyone has a good standard of living. People can have the food they need, live in comfortable homes, and even travel.

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