U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse

After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years. Following a 24% drop between 2009 and 2016, particulate matter air pollution in the U.S. increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018, according to a new analysis of Environmental...

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India Will Ban Single-Use Plastics

The ban will be implemented across the nation on Oct. 2. Why Global Citizens Should Care Plastic waste, if not recycled or properly managed, often becomes a harmful environmental pollutant that impacts life on land and in the oceans. Reducing plastic pollution is essential to establishing and...

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Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO for SDGs) initiative

Description As part of Germany’s and UNEP’s promise to step up their efforts for globally implementing the SDGs, the German Ministry for Environment and UNEP have created ‘Global Opportunities for SDGs’ (or in short: GO for SDGs). This new initiative aims to accelerate and raise ambition for...

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74th UN General Assembly

World leaders gathering in New York City at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly have been putting environmental issues are at the forefront of the discussions. Governments, civil society and individuals are making commitments on how they will act on climate, sharing progress on...

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Action for People and Planet

Every September, the Member States of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly in New York to discuss the critical issues of global concern. This year, in addition to the general debate, world leaders will participate in a series of summits and high-level meetings to boost action on climate...

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Businesses Benefit From Moving Beyond Carbon

Businesses across the world are stepping up with bold strategies to address the climate crisis— and U.S. companies are leading the way. In fact, a new study from Deloitte shows that over 50% of all American companies have increased their commitments to renewable energy following recent reports...

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2019 US Cities Sustainable Development Report

The 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development Report is SDSN’s third city-level report ranking 105 US cities on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs). The results show that there will be significant work to do across the board if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030,...

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These Are the Best Countries to Be a Woman in 2019

A new global report analyzes the state of gender equality in 129 countries around the world. Denmark is the country closest to achieving the goal of gender equality, according to a new report recently published by UK-based NGO Equal Measure 2030 — but no country has achieved total gender equality...

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Earth Overshoot Day

A couple of days ago on 29 July was 2019’s Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and...

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