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Club of Rome’s “Reinventing Prosperity” Challenges Prevailing Notions of Socioeconomic Development

The Club of Rome’s ¨Reinventing Prosperity¨ challenges the conceptual and institutional frameworks that have supported socioeconomic policy-making and development over the course of the past 30 years and goes on to offer 13 ¨radical policy solutions¨ that address three of the most pressing challenges in industrialized and industrializing countries: inequality, employment and climate change.

Pathway to a 1.5C world

Low-Carbon Economic Impacts: $1.2 Trillion Boost for Global GDP; 68 Percent More Energy Jobs

Taking the steps required to help assure global mean temperature increases are limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius or less would boost the global economy and job creation while at the same time protecting essential natural resources and ecosystems in developed and developing countries, according to the UNDP 2016 ¨Low Carbon Monitor.¨

Timberland Study Leads to Plans to Revive Haitian Smallholder Cotton Farming, Export

Building on the success of an innovative and successful for-profit agroforestry development project in Haiti, Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance have joined forces and undertaken efforts that may revive cotton farming and export, once Haiti’s fourth largest agricultural export.

Green Bond Fund supports REDD+ sustainable forestry

IFC Raises $152 Million in Tropical Forest Bonds Debut

Developed by IFC in collaboration with BHP Billiton and Conservation International, some of the world’s largest Institutional investors, including TIAA-CREF and QBE, bought the first Forest Bonds issue, which gives them the option of receiving coupon payments in the form of cash or carbon credits from a UN REDD program in Kenya.

Green gamification can engage people around environmental issues

How Green Gamification can Change the World

Electronic gaming and gamification is an enormous and rapidly growing industry that has the potential to help solve the environmental problems we face. Gaming involves specialized applications, whereas ecologically focused gamification transposes game mechanics and game design techniques to engage a wide audience and motivate people to act. Games and gamification can also disseminate critical information focused on climate, the…

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University students at Anyang Normal University, Christmas Day, 2013, Henan Province, China. Cognitive impacts air pollution.

Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Impairment: A Review of the Research Evidence

A growing body of research demonstrates that air pollution affects the brain and causes cognitive deficits. When inhaled, fine particulate matter has been shown to be bad for your heart, lungs, and brain. While we have known that air pollution compromises cardiovascular and respiratory health since the 70s, the connection with impaired cognition is a more recent discovery. Inhaled fine…

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FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.