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High-Level Political Forum 2020 (HLPF 2020) .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

The final day of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC, which will take place the day following the closure of the ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum, would “focus on future trends and scenarios related to the Council theme, the long-term impact of current trends, such as the contribution of new technologies, in the economic, social and environmental areas on the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, based on the work of the United Nations and other regional and international organizations and bodies as well as other stakeholders.”

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The moon may have stopped the early Earth from being a frozen snowball

Astronomers have long been puzzled by the faint young sun paradox, which says the sun would not have been bright enough in the past to keep Earth warm.Now it seems the moon may have helped…

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Driven to Extraction: Can Sand Mining be Sustainable? by Oli Brown and Pascal Peduzzi

Sand is a critical ingredient for many of the materials that we take for granted: concrete, glass and asphalt. Sand and coarse aggregates form the backbone of the modern world and also, through land reclamation, the ground on which we live.

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Creating a long-term sustainable future

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 launched in early July finds growing food insecurity, deterioration of the natural environment, and persistent inequalities remain. Now, due to Covid-19, the world is facing unprecedented challenges. 
Our current situation means our focus should be (and is) on meeting immediate needs. And this may continue for a while. However, we should not lose sight of our long-term ambitions. 

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The Inspiring Story Behind How Bhutan is Using the Cloud to Enable Sustainable Development and Social Well-being

For many nations, gross domestic product is the primary measure of a society’s success. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan gauges achievement by a different standard: gross national happiness (GNH).The Royal Government of Bhutan’s GNH index measures a “holistic and sustainable approach to development,”…

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Sustainability at Fruit Logistica | CBI – Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries

The fresh fruit and vegetable sector has been a frontrunner in the field of sustainability and social compliance. Fresh is often a central theme in retail. At the Fruitnet conference World of Fresh Ideas at Fruit Logistica 2020, sustainable sourcing of fresh products was one of the main subjects. Environmental and social compliance are essential for suppliers. Most supermarkets and many larger import companies in Europe ask for at least one sustainable and one social certification from the SIFAV Basket of Standards.

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Heba Elhanafy on building sustainable and resilient cities to improve livelihoods

In this episode we chat to Heba Elhanafy, an urban planner, researcher, and developer who has worked on city issues in Egypt and various countries across the MENA region.  We talk about her shift from architecture to urban planning in pursuit of her mission to make cities more sustainable places for people to live. She shares what she now knows about making a difference and the greater need for design thinking in how we build and develop cities and communities.  Heba also talks to us about charter cities and how they could enhance people’s living standards, fuel economic growth, and ultimately help their communities navigate crises such as COVID19—through improved governance.

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Scientists develop a new cathode coating to extend lithium-ion battery life

Researchers at the U.S.Department of Energies Argonne National Laboratory have been working with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to develop a…

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Sustainable and energy efficient Danish district heating solution

A small town in the Northern part of Denmark sets a high standard for efficient district heating and presents a sustainable and efficient solution distributing clean and efficient energy to around 2,000 private households in the town of Aabybro.In 1986 the plant Aabybro Fjernvarme (Aabybro District Heating Plant) switched from oil to wood chips based heating and in April 2016 a brand new energy efficient plant was inaugurated. The plant is established as a co-operative, where the customers are also the owners of the plant.

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update – July 8, 2020 | Newsletters | Allen Matkins

A challenge to the interpretation of a project condition of approval may be filed more than 90 days following the project approval — San Francisco could ban natural gas in new buildings — Another bid percolating to regulate San Diego’s short-term vacation rentals — and more.

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CEQA Exemptions Could Finally Be Granted to Sustainable Transportation Projects – News | Planetizen

California has traditionally granted environmental exemptions to large projects like football stadiums, a practice criticized by environmentalists and urbanists alike. SB 288 would change that, with exemptions for sustainable transportation projects.

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For a sustainable and desirable future

Innovation is quickly and inevitably changing the way we think and provide infrastructure services. In many sectors, technology is disrupting processes and market structures. The ability to harness solar power at home has the potential to turn consumers of electricity into providers, or “prosumers”. Solar-powered self-driving vehicles are blurring the boundaries between the energy and the transport sectors and is likely to significantly impact citizen mobility in the near future. In the water sector, however, despite the application of many of these new technologies, there are divergent views about the extent to which they have the potential to disrupt the sector.

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Rivian raises $2.5 billion more: New and old investors back EV-maker

Rivian has added another $2.5 billion to its coffers, with the electric truck company closing its first investment round of 2020.The further cash injection…

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Sustainable U Pop-Up Community Events – EarthX – Dallas College

There is no cost for t​hese events, but we do ask that you register in advance. Upcoming Webinars Oh the Veggies You’ll Grow! What to Plant Now in Dallas Tuesday, July 14 Noon to 1 p.m. online Dr. Kara Casy, Director of Urban Agriculture at El Cento and  Darciea Houston, nutrition and wellness consultant Looking to improve your health while growing fruits and vegetables? We can show you how to garden in your window, on your porch or balcony or in your back yard.  Join us for tips on growing your own healthy fr​​uits and vegetables at home, on a budget! 

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Bioeconomy: A Sustainable Development Strategy

Developing the bioeconomy offers a significant opportunity for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the global level, while at the same time serve as strategic instruments for addressing new challenges emerging from the COVID-19 global crisis.

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Green investment good for economy and homeowners- AceOn Energy | Sustainability West Midlands

Green investment good for economy and homeowners- AceOn Energy The managing director of pioneering renewable energy company AceOn Energy has welcomed the Chancellor’s £3billion ‘green investment’ funding programme to help the economy recover from the impact of lockdown. Announcement Rishi Sunak MP today announced a plan to create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects. 

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An Accelerator Under-Used? Realising the potential of culture for short-term recovery and long-term sustainable development .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

An Accelerator Under-Used? Realising the potential of culture for short-term recovery and long-term sustainable development MONDAY, 13 JULY 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM VIRTUAL (NEW YORK TIME) SIDE EVENT International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) with International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), United Cities and Local Governments, Culture, The #Culture2030 Network 

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WTO | 2020 News items – Members discuss how WTO can support efforts to create a circular economy, tackle plastic pollution

Members discuss how WTO can support efforts to create a circular economy, tackle plastic pollution —…

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Polished Concrete Flooring Trims Spending, Improves Sustainability

Insights for cleaning professionals.Cleaning professional learning focus: flooring green cleaning polished concrete public health cleaning budget…