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  1. Small businesses unprepared for pandemic-sized climate shock ‘every decade’

    - UN News

    A story from UN News

      Small businesses which make up more than half of the global workforce were 2.5 times more likely to go under than larger firms in the first months of COVID-19, the International Trade Centre (ITC) said on Wednesday, warning that the impact of climate change could cause pandemic-scale disruption “every decade”.

  2. Great Barrier Reef in danger, UN World Heritage Committee draft report finds

    - UN News

    A United Nations body is recommending that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be included on a list of world heritage in danger, according to a draft report issued on Monday, a move which has been heavily criticized by the Australian Government.  

  3. Three Million in Three Years: Jamaicas Tree-Planting to Tackle Climate Change

    - Inter Press Service

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun 22 (IPS) - By the time he is finished, Dr. Satyanarayana Parvataneni expects he will be responsible for planting over 200,000 tree seedlings in Jamaica. It is an effort driven by a desire to preserve the planet for the next generation, as well as the one of the largest contributions to date to a national effort to plant three million trees in three years.

  4. Sowing Water: A Cuban Farm's Bid for Sustainability

    - Inter Press Service

    HAVANA, Jun 21 (IPS) - Cuban farmer José Antonio Casimiro found in the ageold technique of sowing water an opportunity to meet his farm's water needs and mitigate the increasingly visible effects of climate change.

  5. FROM THE FIELD: Restoring Dutch ‘green deserts’

    - UN News

    A story from UN News

    The Western Peat Meadows of the Netherlands look like classic Dutch countryside (cows, windmills and green fields), but the views mask a significant loss of biodiversity, caused by intensive farming methods. As the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration begins, a local organisation is planning to restore 100 million of hectares of land, across the world.

  6. Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

    - UN News

    The negative environmental impact of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has been widely covered in the press in recent weeks and months, and their volatility has also been flagged as a cause for concern. Nevertheless, the UN believes that blockchain, the technology lying behind these online currencies, could be of great benefit to those fighting the climate crisis, and help bring about a more sustainable global economy.

  7. Education Cannot Wait for Refugee Children in Crisis, says Yasmine Sherif

    - Inter Press Service

    NEW YORK, Jun 19 (IPS) - With financing, the number of out-of-school refuges could be reduced to zero, Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) says, as the world commemorates World Refugee Day.

  8. To Fund Grand Inga Using Green Hydrogen, Equity and Ethics Matter

    - Inter Press Service

    PARIS, Jun 18 (IPS) - Visions of Grand Inga, a proposed massive hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) powering much of Africa, have excited energy experts, investors, and governments for decades.  The announcements this week by the Australian companyFortescue Metals Groupand its chairmanbillionaire Andrew Forrestof their plans to develop Inga for green hydrogen exports brings this vision a little closer to reality. 

  9. The Energy Revolution Is Here: How to Be Part of It

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (IPS) - The industrial revolution took 100 years. The digital revolution, two decades. The next global revolution, the energy revolution, has already begun. But how fairly and how fast it happens is the biggest challenge of our time.

  10. Call for Political Belt-tightening to Prevent Drought Becoming the Next Pandemic

    - Inter Press Service

    BHUBANESWAR, India, Jun 17 (IPS) - June 17 is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. A new report shows that climate change, overuse and conversion for agriculture, cities and infrastructure, which also drive drought and desertification, have already degraded one fifth of the planet’s land area.

    “Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic and there is no vaccine to cure it.”

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