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The Paris climate summit must go beyond mere declarations of intent

[By Christian Gollier,Jean Tirole] As the Paris 2015 climate talks get under way, the fear is growing that this international conference will be reduced to a simple list of good intentions. Current negotiations based on voluntary “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs) allow participants to make attractive promises and claim victory when, in reality, their primary use will be to keep ...

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Wealth in waste? Using industrial leftovers to offset climate emissions

[The Conversation] More than a billion tonnes of potentially toxic, bleach-like waste is produced and piled in landfills every year, with often devastating effects. And yet most people haven’t even heard of these “alkaline wastes”. We want to change this. Our research has identified nearly two billion tonnes of alkaline residues that are produced in the world each year, most ...

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Let’s make sure that cleaning up the world’s water doesn’t send our climate targets down the gurgler

[Peter Fisher | The Conversation] Much of the world still lacks clean, safe water. Progress on sanitation is falling far short of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The scale of the problem is highlighted by India, where half the population – some 665 million people – still defecate in the open, and where most sewage, even from toilets, is dumped ...

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Let’s Talk About Rhinos

[By Fernanda Dobal ] Last month I went on safari. It was a trip I had wanted to take for as long as I can remember. I left New York bubbling with excitement, and after 24+ hours of travel, I arrived at a beautiful South African reserve. Each day, we would wake up before the sun and drive into the ...

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In this special opinion piece, supermodel and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment Gisele Bündchen pens her experiences from her travels in Kenya

Opinion: Women breaking barriers to clean energy

By Gisele Bündchen New York (Women’s Feature Service) – Did you know how big an impact a simple wood-burning stove can have on a woman’s life? Stoves produce toxic smoke that harms the environment as well as human health. In fact, more people die from this smoke than malaria – globally, about 4.3 million every year. And that’s not all. ...

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This Village in India Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl is Born

[By Zsuzsanna Gal] In an atmosphere where every morning newspapers greet people with stories of girls being tormented, raped, killed or treated like a doormat, India’s beautiful small village communities can still bring some good news from time to time. Many parts of India historically favors the birth of a son, but villages like Piplantri in Rajasthan state have a ...

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The importance of eating less meat and more plant-based foods for our own health and the health of the planet is backed up by the science| Photo: Creative commons

A Healthy, Climate-Friendly Diet

[By Brahma Chellaney] BERLIN – This December, world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will hammer out a comprehensive agreement to reduce carbon emissions and stem global warming. In the run-up to that meeting, governments worldwide should note one critical, but often overlooked, fact: the single biggest driver of environmental degradation and ...

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It’s no secret that India is the youngest country in the world with 50 per cent of its population under 25 years. Yet, when it comes to their say in the political discourse, they have simply not been given the opportunity to register their concerns | Photo : Prachar

In A Bid To Save The Earth

New Delhi June 5 (WFS) — Climate change is a reality that no one can refute any longer. If left unchecked, it will have far reaching impacts on human health, global food security and economic development. Whereas no single country causes climate change, and no one country can stop it, there is an urgent need for concerted action. As the world ...

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Batteries can cut carbon emissions, but mining the metals and other resources needed to make them can be a dirty business. Jon Seb Barber/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY

The battery revolution is exciting, but remember they pollute too

[The Conversation] The recent unveiling by Tesla founder Elon Musk of the low-cost Powerwall storage battery is the latest in a series of exciting advances in battery technologies for electric cars and domestic electricity generation. We have also seen the development of an aluminium-ion battery that may be safer, lighter and cheaper than the lithium-ion batteries used by Tesla and ...

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Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil ca. 2000

Happy Earth Day 2015: With love to Earth, from Earthlings

[By Aishwarya Yerra] At midnight, Google changed its homepage to a funky doodle with a spinning Earth but it was their Earth Day quiz that further upped their cool quotient. Google clearly had a point here — if you want more people to celebrate Earth Day, make the campaign snazzy and one that has enough potential to go viral on ...

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