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Disaster-Resilience and the Future of Sustainable Insurance

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Building disaster-resilient communities and economies through low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive development were discussion topics at an event last month to launch a ground-breaking alliance between the United Nations and global insurance companies to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them. The UN’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative […]




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Solar Boat Visits Morocco to Support use of Renewable Energy

PlanetSolar Morocco

PlanetSolar is a boat that has travelled the world using exclusively solar energy to show that we have the resources, the knowledge and technologies required to reduce our dependence on fossil energy. PlanetSolar is currently in Atalayoun, in the Marchica lagoon of Morocco – showing the Moroccan authorities’ desire to promote the use of renewable energies within the […]




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Student Energy Summit Unites African Future Leaders

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The First African Student Energy Summit will take place from 19 – 20 June at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Town, South Africa and aims to unite multi-disciplinary researchers and youths from universities across the continent to discuss sustainable energy resource management and the role that students will play in the future […]




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World Cities Summit: Building Better Cities for People

PM Lee interacts with the touch-sensitive table in the shape of Singapore at the Sustainable Singapore pavilion that showcased Whole-of-Government projects.

The fourth edition of World Cities Summit has just concluded in Singapore where it was held together with Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS). These events attracted a record participation of over 20,000 delegates from 118 countries – with over 130 Mayors and city leaders, together with representatives of international organisations, researchers and urban […]




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Cape Town creates urban food gardens through support programme

Cecelia Mgugunyeka, Vivian Mvumvu, Nopumzile Mangaweni and Lindia Sokhaba at the Bloekombos Food garden.

The City of Cape Town has spent about R1,5 million on establishing and operating urban food gardens across the city to help create opportunities for residents to become self-sustainable, alleviate poverty, and provide people with skills they need to earn a living. The programme is coordinated by the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate through its Poverty […]




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Global Status Report shows Increase of Renewables in Energy Mix

REN21 Global Renewables Report 2014

According to REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report for 2014, renewable electricity capacity has achieved a new record level – increasing more than  8 % in 2013 with renewables now meeting almost one-fifth of world final energy consumption. Furthermore, REN21 reports that the number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support the expansion of […]




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‘Silent Spring’ author Rachel Carson Honored in Google Doodle

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Rachel Carson was commemorated in a Google Doodle this month in honor of her 107th birthday. Carson authored the book Silent Spring which inspired the global environmental movement and led to the banning of the pesticide DDT.   Carson was born in 1907 in Pennsylvania (USA) and studied zoology at Johns Hopkins University – later completing an […]




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Mobile App Promotes Sustainable Tourism during World Cup in Brazil

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The 2014 edition of the Green Passport initiative, an online mobile application aimed at promoting sustainable tourism during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and beyond, has been launched. Sustainable production and consumption are the main pillars of the Green Passport 2014 campaign, which aims to ensure that natural resources are produced, processed and consumed in a […]




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Kenya hosts national conference on e-Waste solutions

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It is estimated that over 17,000 tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) is generated in Kenya annually, which is equivalent to 130 million mobile phones. Electronic waste is now Kenya’s fastest growing waste component. In an effort to address solutions to Kenya’s mounting e-waste problems, a National e-Waste Conference and Exhibition was held in Nairobi this month. Focusing on the potential […]




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Muhammad Yunus visits Tunisia to launch Social Business Movement

Mohammed Yunus in Tunusia

Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate, pioneer of microcredit and co-founder of the Yunus Social Business (YSB) visited Tunisia this month to review progress on social business initiatives in Africa following his participation in the 2013 National Conference on Social Business and to launch the AfDB Holistic Social Business Movement (HSBM) Programme. “In one year we have come […]




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