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Ethiopia plants over 350 million trees in a day, setting new world record

In a record-breaking day this week, at the Gulele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia launched an historic tree planting campaign. Over 350 million trees were planted in an ambitious move to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change. The event is part of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Green Legacy Initiative. It aimed at planting 200 million trees in a

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Insider Perspective: Key takeaways from the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the UN’s central platform for follow-up and review of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), took place at the UN headquarters in New York City from 9 to 18 July 2019. The event gathered some 2,000 representatives from UN member states, civil society,

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New roadmap to maximize the forest sector’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Eleven leading member companies from the Forest Solutions Group (FSG) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have issued a Forest Sector SDG Roadmap today. Its aim is to maximize the sector’s contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help unlock the business opportunities that present themselves on

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Put solar on all new and renovated buildings in the EU to help fight climate change!

SolarPower Europe has unveiled its new campaign: all new and renovated buildings in the EU should have solar installed – on residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The aim of the campaign is to have a requirement for solar on all new and renovated buildings introduced into EU legislation. Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO

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Wind energy is more important than ever to power economic development and achieve global climate action goals

There is now more than 591GW of wind power capacity installed globally in 91 countries, with continued growth predicted as wind power is quickly becoming one of the cheapest energy sources availableWind power is contributing to global development and climate goals by creating jobs, decreasing carbon emissions, stimulating local investment

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World Green Building Council to shine a light on building lifecycle as campaign focus for World Green Building Week 2019

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) will use the 10th annual World Green Building Week (23-29 September 2019) to focus on end-to-end carbon emissions created across the building and construction industry, highlighting the need for the sustainable production, design, build, use, deconstruction and reuse of buildings and their materials. Today, buildings and construction

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Solar-based hydrogen technologies provide new opportunities to decarbonise Europe

SolarPower Europe and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism has held a high-level workshop exploring solar-to-hydrogen business models and how these technologies can contribute to a carbon-neutral Europe.  Speaking at the workshop, Klaus Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Director-General, DG ENERGY, European Commission said: “The Commission is not picking the winners of energy

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Sustainable Rice Landscapes Initiative to reduce environmental footprint of rice production

A major new consortium has announced the Sustainable Rice Landscapes Initiative (SRLI), an agreement to deliver smart and sustainable agri-solutions for rice farmers and supply chains supported by a USD $50 million funding proposal. Announced at the opening of the 2019 Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture in Bangkok, the SRLI

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