While the world has around $80 trillion in assets held by pension funds, insurance companies and other institutional investors, majority of it is invested short-term, posing a challenge to promote global development, says the United Nations. According to the report Financing for Development: Progress and Prospects, the current system rewards...
By Ben Deighton The scale of the task is immense: at least half the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services, according to the 2017 World Bank/WHO report monitoring progress on universal health care. This year, World Health Day has been dedicated to furthering the provision of universal health...
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer – the troposphere, 8-14 kilometers above earth – ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health. Wikimedia Divya Pandey,, AXA Research Fund; Lisa Emberson, University of York, and Sofie Mortensen, Stockholm Environment Institute Ozone is a well-known and interesting gas. It is thought of...
By Megan Darby, Climate Home News Talks on a climate target for international shipping looked fragile on Friday, with countries deeply divided a week before the deadline. Campaigners warned the draft level of ambition at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting was out of line with the Paris Agreement goal to hold global...
While at least half the world’s population do not have coverage for full essential health services, the World Health Organisation made a strong call for universal health coverage, in the wake of World Health Day, marked on Saturday. According to the organisation, there are about 100 million people who live...
by Mike Gaworecki, Mongabay There are currently more than 550 PES programs active around the world in developed and developing countries alike, and more than $36 billion in annual transactions have been made through these programs, according to a study published last month in the journal Nature Sustainability. Researchers...
By Tania Rabesandratana The technologies needed to curb food losses after harvests exist, and the first thing farmers need to adopt them is awareness that the problem can be solved. “Reasonable investments” and the right business models to develop markets, engage entrepreneurs and ease access to finance can then create a...
Solar photovoltaics are now the world’s leading source of new electricity generation. US Air Force Andrew Blakers, Australian National University and Matthew Stocks, Australian National University Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly getting cheaper and more abundant – so much so that they are on track to entirely supplant fossil fuels...
Agricultural commodity prices have been rising for the last two months -- averaging 172.8 points in March, 1.1 per cent higher than in February-- driven by the price rise of cereals and dairy products, the Food and Agriculture Organization. The prices of cereals increased by 2.7 per cent (165.6 points) and...
A group of Canada geese stand on railway tracks with smokestacks in the background at Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ont. Divesting in fossil fuels can not only help combat climate change, but can also increase investors’ returns, according to a new analysis. THE CANADIAN PRESS Olaf Weber, University of Waterloo and...

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