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Sustainable Cities Coalition to Take Transformative Actions to Address Climate Change

Meeting in Seoul for the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the mayors of 36 major cities signed ICLEI’s new Compact of Mayors pledged to take greater action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The new compact, and the launch of ICLEI’s Transformative Actions Program, takes on added significance as governments around the world prepare for the UNFCCC’s 2015 Climate Conference in Paris.

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Lofty Agricultural Ambitions Fall in Face of Political-Economic Realities

Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.

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EPA Conducting Sustainability Workshops in 22 Communities

The community workshops coincide with assisting 22 communities in 18 states make effective use of sustainability tools, such as equitable development, bikeshare program planning, and urban flood resilience enhancement.

International-Year-of-Soils

South Dakota Project Reveals Benefits of Healthy Soils

With 2015 the International Year of Soils, agriculture scientists using no-till methods including planting crop cover that enhanced and conserved soil also retained much more water and raised crop yields substantially.

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Environmental Migration Highlights Socioeconomic Costs of Climate Change

2013’s over 600 natural disasters resulted in 37 mass migrations of between 100,000 to more than 4 million people. World leaders are set to meet in Japan to try to address the situation by updating the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.

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Video: Climate Change Adaptation

As Cop 20 wraps up its negotiations in Lima, Peru in hopes of securing an international climate treaty in Paris next year, the need for adaptation to a climate changed world becomes abundantly clear. As is typical of the COP process, the talks in Lima wind up in the weary, wee final hours the conference wrangling over the same contentious issues…

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