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FAO launches new Climate-Smart Agriculture web platform

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The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has produced a new online sourcebook for how to implement “climate-smart” approaches to agriculture, launched at the UNFCCC’s COP23 climate summit in Bonn this month. “Hunger, poverty, and climate can be tackled together through approaches such as Climate-Smart Agriculture that recognize the critical linkages between sustainable agriculture and […]




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Volvo Ocean Race Team to Turn the Tide on Plastic

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Each year, teams compete in the world’s longest and toughest professional sporting event and arguably sailing’s toughest team challenge – the Volvo Ocean race. This year, one team “Turn the Tide on Plastic’, will be racing to raise awareness on the growing threat of marine plastic in the world’s oceans. This team is also the youngest and only mixed […]




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African Ministers Announce New Commitment to Sustainability

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This month, Ministers from 12 African countries have announced a new commitment to sustainability during a meeting marking the fifth anniversary of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). The meeting also served to formally welcome Madagascar as a new signatory to the GDSA.   The GDSA is an African-led initiative that puts sustainability […]




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World’s First Augmented Reality Wildlife Photographer of the Year Announced

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A world-first, augmented reality (AR) photo competition using Safari Central, a gaming app encouraging wildlife conservation, has resulted in hundreds of submissions from smartphone users worldwide resulting in the selection of contest winner, Richard Gudz from Pennsylvania in the United States of America. A panel of celebrity judges (wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein, activist and writer […]




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Africa’s Watershed Moment: Better Water Management is the Key to Sustainable Development, says new report

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A new report commissioned by WWF – Africa’s Watershed Moment: How better water management can underpin Africa’s development – highlights how the management of water is fundamental to sustainable development across the continent. With demand for water in Africa set to increase dramatically as populations, cities and economies expand, this report calls on decision makers to prioritize […]




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New study identifies microplastics in textiles and tyres as major source of ocean pollution

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A new IUCN report has identified tiny plastic particles called microplastics that are washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres as being capable of contributing up to 30% of the ‘plastic soup’ polluting the world’s oceans. In more industrialised countries, this type of microplastics could be a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic […]




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Kenya commits to ban plastic bags

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The Government of Kenya has announced a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. This commitment to reduce plastic waste through banning plastic bags, sets Kenya apart for their environmental leadership among African countries. This announcement comes just three weeks after the UN declared a […]




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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

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The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging […]




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New Climate Reality to Guide Ocean & Reef Conservation

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The new climate reality and predictions of the world’s coral reefs will need to guide and inform ocean and reef conservation, and innovative urgent action is needed to avoid the destruction and breakdown of marine ecosystems that are vital to our daily lives and sustained future. New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal […]




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Global Festival of Ideas launches SDG Action Campaign

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The inaugural Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development has convened thought leaders, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society activists in Germany this month to chart new thinking and action on the world’s biggest development challenges. The Global Festival of Ideas officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) action campaign at the event – showcasing the latest innovations, tools […]




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