Urging governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to have high ambitions for investing in green economy, the UN chief said those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future. “Renewables are now cheaper than coal-powered energy in dozens of developed and...
Global construction industry needs to improve its energy efficiency levels to achieve targets set under the Paris climate agreement, says a new  research report. The Global Status Report 2017, from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, says that the energy intensity per square meter of buildings needs to improve 30...
By Pete Lewis Mncedisi Dlisani (left) worked at Western Areas drilling holes for dynamite. This exposed him to a large amount of dust. He has TB and spent nine months in hospital. He did not receive his monthly wage to send to his wife, Nokwakha (right). Two years later, he...
Arms and military services sales by world's top 100 arms manufactures have increased by 1.9% between 2015 and 2016, and it is the first year of growth after five years of consecutive decline in their sales, says Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The total sales by these companies equalled...
By Megan Darby, Climate Home News The shipping industry will be urged to align with international climate goals under a declaration to be launched at a climate summit in Paris next Tuesday. The intervention puts shipping emissions on the agenda for some fifty heads of state expected to attend president Emmanuel Macron’s anniversary meeting for...
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has called out social media giants like Facebook as these platforms are used by smugglers' to lure West African migrants. "We think it's time for some grown-up responsibility by the social media companies writ large for their platforms which are clearly having a very...
 by Bram Ebus, Mongabay Venezuela today is gripped by a catastrophic economic crisis, born out of corruption on a vast scale, government mismanagement and a failed petro-economy. In 2016, President Nicolás Maduro announced the opening of the Orinoco Mining Arc, a vast region in the southern part of the...
D P L Simon/Shutterstock.com Dani J Barrington, University of Leeds and Jamie Bartram, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill About 4.5 billion people – more than half of us on our crowded planet – do not have safe sanitation. By this we mean a toilet, at home, one which...
The World Bank has made the second repayment of bonds -- of US$ 9.6 million -- issued under an innovative Pilot Auction Facility (PAF), an instrument to encourage investments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While the bank gave bond holders option to redeem them in exchange for carbon credits they...
China has developed world's first all-electric cargo ship, and the 2,000-metric-ton ship, launched at Guangzhou, now runs in the inland section of the Pearl River. The ship can travel up to 80 kilometres (approximately 50 miles) after being charged for two hours, with a maximum speed of 12.8 kilometres per...

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