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Zayed Future Energy Prize Rewards Pioneers

“Driving the Global Energy Transformation” was the theme of the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week held in January, and highlighted by the presentation of the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards, worth US$4 million.

Taking Action on Youth Employment

Maximpact Training Network presents one of it’s partners Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE), one of Jordan’s leading youth employment organizations. Based in Amman, Jordan EFE operates across Jordan, particularly in under-served areas in Irbid and Zarqa. They creating opportunities and empowering youth in the Middle East & North Africa.

Global Wealth Grows, Inequality Gap Widens

“Growth will be short-term if it is based on depleting natural capital such as forests and fisheries. What our research has shown is that the value of natural capital per person tends to rise with income,” says Karin Kemper, senior director, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at The World Bank.

Institutional Cooking Stoves in Uganda

Part of the Maximpact mission includes assisting worthwhile projects to raise awareness. Today we would like to introduce one such project, ‘The Dissemination of Improved Institutional Cooking Stoves to Primary and Secondary Schools in Uganda’. The initiative is helping to improve the lives of children and their communities, while reducing emissions through the distribution of improved institutional cooking stoves.

Sustainable Finance European Style

An EU-wide label for green investment funds, a European standard for green bonds, and a classification system to provide market clarity on what is sustainable are recommended in the final report of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, published this week.

EU Circular Strategy Incorporates Plastics

All plastic packaging on the market across the EU will be recyclable by 2030 under the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics adopted by the European Commission earlier this month, “A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.”

Stress in the workplace is a real problem

Stress in the workplace is a real problem. When you become aware of the high percentage of people reporting excessive stress levels at work in the United States, it’s easy to understand why more than a third of employers offer stress management and reintegration programs, to minimize the financial and health impacts excessive stress causes.

Which U.S. States Care About The Planet?

Energy companies, around the globe are paying attend to environmental issues, as much as countries, states and cities are showing a renewed interest in green energy.
Amigo Energy a electric company from Texas recently ran an analysis of Google Trends data and state statistics related to the planet and environmental issues.

How do NGOs change people’s lives? Read Joyce Mary’s heartening story

Joyce Mary’s story is a heartening one. It shows how a little help can go a long way when there are people as enterprising and entrepreneurial as she. And the vast majority of people in poor communities in Africa have this amazing ability to be business people in their own right. Joyce Mary talks about her “business dream coming through” with the help she got from WOWNI.

E-waste Proliferates as Incomes Rise, Prices Fall

Last year, the world generated e-waste – everything from end-of-life refrigerators and TV sets to solar panels, mobile phones and computers – equal in weight to 1.23 million fully loaded 18-wheeler heavy-duty freight trucks, enough to form a line from New York to Bangkok and back.

World Leaders Pledge Pollution-free Planet

“With the promises made here, we are sending a powerful message that we will listen to the science, change the way we consume and produce, and tackle pollution in all its forms across the globe,” said Dr. Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Costa Rica’s environment minister and president of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly.

Arab Oil & Gas Industry Opens to Women

Dr. Meena Marafi holds one of the few senior jobs occupied by women in the Arab oil and gas industry, but her talent is recognized across the sector. As executive director of the Petroleum Research Center at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research she won the title of 2017 “Woman of Achievement.”

Faith in Finance

First the numbers. Financial investors and leaders of more than 30 faith traditions representing over 500 faith investment groups from eight religions with some three trillion dollars in assets, will meet in Zug this month.

Local People Know Best

Standard ways of measuring community well-being and sustainability used by global organizations may be missing critical information that could lead to missteps in management actions, finds research that emerged this week.

Biochar: ‘Black Gold’ With a Hundred Uses

Biochar can help address many environmental challenges, as people in Norway are just now discovering. This form of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage reduces the need for fertilizers, may lead to better crop yields and can remove heavy metals from the soil.

What’s That in Your Fruit Salad?

A pregnant woman eating a salad of fresh fruit grown by conventional agriculture in the European Union may think she is providing healthy nourishment to her future baby, but in fact she might be exposing it to a cocktail of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

High-Powered California Governor Leads on Climate

As President Donald Trump has abdicated his leadership on climate change by denying the legitimacy of the results produced by 99 percent of the world’s climate scientists, by defunding low-carbon efforts and embracing fossil fuels, and by declaring he will pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, someone else has stepped in to lead on this crucial issue – California Governor Jerry Brown.

Is Climate Change to Blame?

Contemplating the destruction and suffering that four ferocious hurricanes have brought to the Caribbean over the past four weeks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres blames it on climate change.

Empowering Cities With the New Urban Agenda

Regions, cities, towns, localities – this is where people live and as local people they want their voices heard not only locally, but nationally and around the world. Now, they are making new strides towards recognition and power by implementing the New Urban Agenda.

Conflict-Free Diamonds May Still Be Flawed

In its latest annual Sustainability Report, the world-famous 180-year-old New York luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. details its progress towards environmental and social responsibility, even as evidence surfaces that the conflict diamond trade still exists.

Sustainability Reporting Framework 101

Reporting framework helps organisations to have a checklist about how much and what quality of data is needed for sustainability reporting. It can help organisations to measure, understand and communicate their economic, environmental, social and governance performance, and then set goals, and manage change more effectively.

Drier Than Dry, Dry to the Bone

Conflict, drought, displacement and disease are driving vast humanitarian crises in dryland areas of Africa and the Middle East, just as governments that are Parties to the UN Conference to Combat Desertification meet this week and next in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.

Tips on How to Build Your Online Business – One Step at a Time

The Internet connects 3.4 billion of us every day. Unfortunately, this massive amount of traffic comes with the serious risk of being drowned out in a sea of noise. Growing your online business in this environment is arduous, to say the least, and takes sustained and concentrated effort. You may have access to hundreds of thousands of potential customers, but so does everyone else.

Week for a Water Wise World

Cool, clear, delicious water – there’s no substitute for the one substance on which all life depends. Yet, often there is too little clean water, or too much. These problems, and their solutions, are in the spotlight right now at World Water Week in Stockholm.

Seafood Giants Partner for Sustainable Oceans

For the first time, 10 of the world’s largest seafood companies have formed a new global coalition aimed at ending unsustainable practices, such as overfishing, slavery at sea and destructive impacts on ocean habitats and marine species.