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SDG Data Portal Launched for Asia-Pacific | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

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29 March 2017: The Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership has launched the SDG Data Portal, showing the current status and progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 58 member states of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). ... Read more about SDG Data Portal Launched for Asia-Pacific | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

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This graphic shows how vulnerable every type of job is to automation

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There are lots of concerns that technological innovation like robots and artificial intelligence will destroy jobs. ... Read more about This graphic shows how vulnerable every type of job is to automation

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Here's what happened to sea levels the last time Earth was this warm

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HISTORIC HEAT Sea levels were 6 to 9 meters higher than present-day levels the last time Earth’s climate was this warm, new research suggests. Similar sea level rise today would submerge many coastal areas (red). JOHN C. KOSTELNICK (DATA), GSFC/NASA (VISUALIZATION)

The last time Earth's thermostat was cranked as high as it is today, sea levels were high enough to completely drown New Orleans (had it existed at the time), new research suggests. ... Read more about Here's what happened to sea levels the last time Earth was this warm

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Understand COP21 in these 7 graphics

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Today marks the third day of COP21, a key milestone in the global effort to combat climate change. For the next two weeks, representatives from more than 190 countries will work towards creating a legally binding and universal agreement that spells out how countries will cooperate on climate change for decades to come. A strong Paris agreement can send the signal to the world that the global transformation to a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy is underway. ... Read more about Understand COP21 in these 7 graphics

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Why Paris will be a Peace Conference - before the wars begin

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A failure to cap greenhouse gas emissions will not just bring on climate shocks, but also worldwide instability, insurrection, and resource wars, writes Michael T. Klare  In this sense, COP21 in Paris should be considered not just a climate summit but a peace conference as well '€“ one taking place before the wars begin. ... Read more about Why Paris will be a Peace Conference - before the wars begin

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Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

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Image copyright WATERISLIFE/Kristine Bender Image caption The next stage is to test the books in larger trials where they are used by local residents

A book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water has proved effective in its first field trials.

The "drinkable book" combines treated paper with printed information on how and why water should be filtered.

Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through. ... Read more about Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

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Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

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Humanity is rapidly depleting a third of the world's largest groundwater aquifers, with the top three most stressed groundwater basins in the political hotspots of the Middle East, the border region between India and Pakistan, and the Murzuk-Djado Basin in northern Africa.

Making matters worse, researchers say in a pair of new studies, we don't know how much water is left in these massive aquifers '€” which water resources scientists often refer to as Earth's water savings accounts. ... Read more about Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

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Why Social Progress Matters

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Michael Porter
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CAMBRIDGE - Economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and improved the lives of many more over the last half-century. Yet it is increasingly evident that a model of human development based on economic progress alone is incomplete. A society which fails to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunity for many of its citizens is not succeeding. Inclusive growth requires both economic and social progress. ... Read more about Why Social Progress Matters

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UN: Record Amount of E-Waste Generated

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A record amount of electronic waste was generated last year, according to a United Nations University report.

In 2014, 41.8 million tons of e-waste - mostly cell phones, refrigerators, washing machines and other domestic appliances - were dumped around the globe. Less than a sixth of that was properly recycled said the report prepared by the U.N.'s education and research branch. ... Read more about UN: Record Amount of E-Waste Generated

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