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As the UN Turns 75, Countries Should Embrace a Shared Vision of a Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Future 18.9.2020 WRI Stories
As the UN Turns 75, Countries Should Embrace a Shared Vision of a Fairer, Safer and More Sustainable Future Comments|Add Comment|Print75 years after its founding, the United Nation's core mission to solve global challenges holds true. Photo by Mat Reding/Unsplash This year is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations — an institution created in the wake of World War II, when the world was looking to emerge from a tragic era filled with conflict and political and economic turmoil. The U.N. was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery 16.9.2020 WRI Stories
Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoastal communities, which heavily rely on the ocean economy, are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Nilantha Ilanguamuwa/Flickr The ocean economy, which contributes upwards of $1.5 trillion in value added to the global economy, was particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a projected loss of $1.9 billion for international shipping carriers alone. Coastal communities were hardest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans 15.9.2020 WRI Stories
Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans Comments|Add Comment|PrintElectric vehicle charging stations, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons Governments have already announced $11.8 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than three times the amount spent in response to the Great Recession of 2008-09. While most of it will prioritize healthcare and direct support to the unemployed, about 30% of stimulus packages are being spent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery 11.9.2020 WRI Stories
4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintMany on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis are also most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Photo by Omotayo Tajudeen/Pexels The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable —providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 10.9.2020 WRI Stories
Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintRooftop solar panels in Kunming, China. Photo by Matthijs Koster/Flickr Following the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), and its serious social and economic impact, China has started to stimulate its economy in an effort to recover. Provinces have announced their investment plans, in which new infrastructure plays an extremely important role. This infrastructure will also profoundly affect the development of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems 10.9.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems Meredith Storton Thu, 09/10/2020 - 02:00 The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the inequities and fragility of our industrialized food system and accelerated the movement to create strong regional food systems that support local growers, provide food security, give communities agency over their food supply and yield environmental benefits. These systems will remain out of reach, though, unless we address persistent, decades-old structural issues. Price pressures continue to challenge the viability of decentralized food systems and communities of color continue to be underserved — as farmers, food chain workers, supply chain entrepreneurs and consumers. We need to change both who we fund and how we fund if we want to create equitable, thriving regional food systems. What will it take to achieve such massive shifts? RSF Social Finance has been reflecting on that question as we wind down our Food System Transformation Fund, a pooled loan fund ...
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Activists, nurses union demand $157 million cut from Cook County sheriff’s office budget next year: ‘Black life is a priority’ 10.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A coalition of activists and union members rolled out a “Budget for Black Lives” on Wednesday that proposes to cut the Cook County sheriff’s office budget by $157 million amid a national debate over policing and incarceration systems.
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Community leaders, tradesmen on Labor Day decry lack of Black representation in union apprentice programs: ‘We don’t have anything to celebrate’ 8.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Tradesmen and community leaders gathered Monday to call for a serious overhaul of policies they believe permits discrimination against Black workers in the construction industry.
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Affordable housing loan program aims to boost Chicago’s South and West sides 3.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is set to join an affordable housing lender on Thursday to announce a big loan program designed to improve the city’s stock of inexpensive apartments. The Community Investment Corporation’s launch of its $330 million, five-year loan pool for private landlords to renovate or purchase units comes as the mayor seeks to gain traction for her own ambitious “Invest South/West” commercial program designed to improve struggling neighborhood shopping districts on the South and West sides using city money to jump-start private investment.
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Report: Clean, Distributed Energy is the Next Frontier of Electricity Competition and Energy Job Growth in Texas 2.9.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Report: Clean, Distributed Energy is the Next Frontier of Electricity Competition and Energy Job Growth in Texas
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5 Pillars for a Green and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 2.9.2020 WRI Stories
5 Pillars for a Green and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintWoman in face mask on subway. Photo by Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis is likely to push tens of millions of people back into poverty and undercut efforts to improve human well-being around the world. And as bad as things are, this is only a preview of how the climate crisis and the destruction of nature will threaten our economies and societies. Yet we have all the means... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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What does 'climate risk' actually mean? 31.8.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
What does 'climate risk' actually mean? Joel Makower Mon, 08/31/2020 - 02:11 If you stick around the world of sustainable business long enough, you’re sure to see an immutable march of memes — terms that rise up and become popularized, often without agreed-upon definitions. Then, over time, they become used, and overused, to the point where they lose much of their meaning. Or, at least, they can mean whatever you want them to mean. Some of those memes get traction — “zero waste” and “net zero” are two relatively recent examples that are having their moment. Others come and go — “responsibly sourced” anyone? Now comes “climate risk,” a term that has been kicking around for years — I first wrote about it back in 2013 — but that has risen to a point where major financial and governmental institutions around the world are baking it into their policies and programs. Last week, for example, the UK government proposed mandatory climate risk-related governance by large pension plans, to be disclosed in line with ...
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Merger of two Black-led banks aims to help break a painful cycle 27.8.2020 LA Times: Business

Los Angeles' Broadway Federal Bank and Washington, D.C.'s City First Bank are merging to form the largest Black-led bank in the U.S.

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Applying science and healthcare principles to soil wellness can help our planet 27.8.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Applying science and healthcare principles to soil wellness can help our planet Poornima Param… Thu, 08/27/2020 - 01:00 Basic human health principles tell us that we should diagnose before we treat and that we should test before we diagnose.  From annual physicals and screenings to blood tests and imaging exams, providers and specialists have many new tools and resources to address the health issues we experience in real-time and to prevent new issues from arising. For example, our deepening understanding of DNA helps us discern how drugs, medication, multi-vitamins or treatment plans work differently in patients — creating a brand-new frontier, personalized medicine. Today, by leveraging advancements in technology and new medical discoveries, we are able to treat and prevent diseases and enhance our quality of life, health and wellness. Take the influx of at-home genetic testing kits that provides data on food sensitivities, fertility and predispositions to disease. These same principles of human ...
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3 Climate-Resilient Food Solutions for Smallholder Farmers 25.8.2020 WRI Stories
3 Climate-Resilient Food Solutions for Smallholder Farmers Comments|Add Comment|PrintAs climate change continues to affect crops worldwide, research and development for climate-resilient crops can prove crucial for smallholder farmers. Photo by Rajesh Ram/Unsplash Communities across the Global South are facing a hunger crisis — one that existed before COVID-19 hit and has since gotten worse. In Southern Africa, record-breaking droughts and floods destroyed crops on a large scale early this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Pennsylvania legislators seek to protect workers, ratepayers and our climate 25.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
As Gov. Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) move forward to advance meaningful climate action in Pennsylvania, legislators are also stepping up with a new complementary bill. Last month, state Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa introduced legislation with 17 of his colleagues that charts a course to a cleaner, more sustainable power […]
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Four reasons why investing in clean energy is essential for rebuilding the economy 25.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
As federal lawmakers continue to debate different approaches for jump-starting our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must also consider how the investments we make today can be designed to avoid the worst environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change in the long run. Amid much disagreement, one promising area of […]
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City picks sites in Austin, Auburn Gresham and Englewood for its Invest South/West program 24.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The city has identified the first three sites it wants to develop under Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Invest South/West program, which aims to distribute $750 million in Chicago grants geared toward sparking investments on the South and West sides.
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How to Use Forests to Fend Off a Water and Energy Crisis in Colombia 20.8.2020 WRI Stories
How to Use Forests to Fend Off a Water and Energy Crisis in Colombia Comments|Add Comment|PrintColombia's forests, including the Sumapaz Páramo landscape, can play a critical role in the nation's water and energy systems. Photo by Alejandro Bernal Ph/Shutterstock An old Colombian saying goes: “en abril, lluvias mil,” meaning “it rains a lot in April.” But that was not the case this year. This April, precipitation levels in Colombia were 40% less than expected, well below the historical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Going Low-Carbon Can Help Brazil Build Back Better 17.8.2020 THE CITY FIX
Brazil faces a fundamental choice of how to address the convergence of multiple crises it is now seeing: health, economic and environmental. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and multiplied the risks and weaknesses in our societies and economies, disproportionately impacting poor ...
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