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UN panel calls for end to extreme poverty by 2030

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Edith m. Lederer
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A high-level U.N. panel recommended an ambitious roadmap Thursday to tackle the world's major challenges, from climate change to equality for women, with a key goal of ending extreme poverty everywhere by 2030. ... Read more about UN panel calls for end to extreme poverty by 2030

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A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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Rachel Nuwer
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Water, or the lack thereof, is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. As temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent, the threat of dwindling water resources worries not just environmentalists and governments but companies and their investors, too. ... Read more about A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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Map of the Day: The World You Want, After 2015 | UN Dispatch

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Mark Leon Goldberg
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The United Nations and partners have launched an interesting exercise to poll the world’s citizens on their top priorities, policies and views as world leaders shape a global development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire in 2015.

They are calling this project MY World, and it includes an interactive web page, SMS, platform, telephone and offline survey to target as many people as possible around the world to weigh in on their top priorities. (It’s in all six official UN languages, naturally.) ... Read more about Map of the Day: The World You Want, After 2015 | UN Dispatch

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Averting Climate Change May Cost $700 Billion a Year

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Alex Morales
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About $700 billion a year of new spending on renewable power, low-carbon transport and energy efficiency is needed to meet the United Nations goal to cap temperature rises, a report for the World Economic Forum showed.

That cash is needed in addition to the $5 trillion a year countries must spend on infrastructure for agriculture, transport, power and water through 2020, according to a report released today by the consultant Accenture Plc (ACN) for the forum’s Green Growth Action Alliance. ... Read more about Averting Climate Change May Cost $700 Billion a Year

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UN: Developing countries face higher risks from mercury

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A marble of mercury is seen after an illegal gold-washer found gold in the river in Ouanary, French Guiana on April 18, 2010. Communities in developing countries are facing increased health and environmental risks linked to mercury exposure, the United Nations Environment Programme said.

Communities in developing countries are facing increased health and environmental risks linked to mercury exposure, the United Nations Environment Programme said Thursday. ... Read more about UN: Developing countries face higher risks from mercury

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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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Associated Press
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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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The era of 'biological annihilation'

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John D. Sutter, CNN
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(CNN)Many scientists say it's abundantly clear that Earth is entering its sixth mass-extinction event, meaning three-quarters of all species could disappear in the coming centuries.

That's terrifying, especially since humans are contributing to this shift. ... Read more about The era of 'biological annihilation'

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Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

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Tess Riley
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A relatively small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could hold the key to tackling climate change

 

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world'€s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. ... Read more about Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

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Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed | Inter Press Service

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Tharanga Yakupitiyage
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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 3 2017 (IPS) - World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said a UN specialised agency.

During its biennial conference held in Rome, Italy from 3-8 July, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noted that the world is facing it’s worst food crisis since World War II.

World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said FAO: the world is facing its worst food crisis since World War II ... Read more about Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed | Inter Press Service

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