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How Much Are Trees Worth to Megacities?

In a metropolis teeming with shuffling crowds, cranes and high-rises aren’t the only things that ought to be reaching skywards. Megacities—those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people—would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the upcoming issue of …

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Mobi Bikes: Will Bike Share Make Vancouver a World-Class City?

After many delayed attempts at bringing bike share to Vancouver, British Columbia, Mobi Bikes finally launched in July of 2016, with 1,500 bikes and 150 planned stations. Vancouver is the 5th city in Canada to embrace bike-sharing, and Mobi is the second largest bike sharing program in the country, only behind …

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UN Global Compact Provides Platform for Business Leaders to Take Action on the SDGs

(New York, 20 July 2017) – The United Nations Global Compact brought together leaders from business with representatives from Government, the UN, civil society and academia to highlight private sector commitment to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) – the …


US needs White House Climate Change Council to protect lives and economy

The new national Climate Change Council would coordinate and prioritize domestic protection as well as foreign humanitarian and national security-related planning for climate change resilience across cabinet-level federal agencies. read more Powered by WPeMatico

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Join Us in New York on September 23 & 24!

The 3rd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development will take place at Columbia University in New York, USA, on September 23 and 24, 2015. This year’s conference theme is Implementing the SDGs: Getting Started, adn the conference will immediately precede the UN SDG Summit. The aim of the conference is …

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From Addis Ababa: Sustainable Development Goals Within Reach

By Teresa Fogelberg This is an exciting year for sustainability policy across the globe. 2015 will see the creation of the U.S. government’s National Action Plan for Responsible Business Conduct, as well as Chile introducing a reporting requirement for large companies, a step the EU took last year. This is …

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Businesses to Help Finance Sustainable Development

Image Credit: Wikimedia by Mike Hower Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the corporate community “to be our partners in supporting and financing this agenda” at a global conference on financing for development. The International Business Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was tasked with finding resources for a 17-point, …

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Global Compact Companies Send Clear Message in UN General Assembly: More Businesses Need to Take Responsibility for Achieving a Better World

New report shows that sustainability is rising on the business agenda (New York, 25 June 2015) – On the third and final day of the United Nations Global Compact’s 15th anniversary event, global business leaders met with Governments in the historic UN General Assembly Hall to demonstrate the growing, strategic …

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Ten Quick Takeaways from Laudato Si’

By Anthony Annett 1. The encyclical strongly affirms the climate science and the gravity of the environmental challenge. The pope states clearly that the recent global warming is due to greenhouse gas emissions, caused mainly by human activity. He delves into the science, and even discusses risk factors like ocean …

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International Regional and Local Leaders Call on Cities to Bind Together for Justice and Climate Action

by David Thorpe Around 200 representatives of local and regional governments from over 35 countries and all world continents participated in the UCLG Executive Bureau meetings that took place between 10 and 12 June 2015 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, focusing on the Post-2015 development programme and the New Urban Agenda. The …