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Your Mileage May Vary—The Cynical Business of Climate Change

Cheating the Code on The Internet of Things… The Internet of Things will streamline our world, save us time, improve our health, slow climate change. It makes our cars smart, our media social and our electronics networked. Life is super-connected in the...

UN Global Goals correspond to Global Solution Networks Hubs

This week the UN Sustainable Development Summit will convene at UN headquarters in New York. World leaders from 193 nations will be asked to commit to 17 Global Goals in three broad categories—end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate...

Project Everyone Broadcasts the Sustainable Development Goals

Richard Curtis, the film-maker known for hits like Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary, as well as for his work with Comic Relief, is the founder of Project Everyone, a collaboration with the UN to give prominence to the Sustainable Development Goals.  The...

New Infographic: ACCCRN

ACCCRN, or the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, connects people to build inclusive Urban Climate Change Resilience (UCCR). They are focused on building capacity, connecting practitioners, and providing a platform for sharing knowledge and advancing...

GSNs Contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

In a few days the international community will meet to endorse the Sustainable Development Goals as well as 2030 targets to eradicate poverty, tackle inequalities, and protect the planet. Realizing the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will...

New Infographic: Luum

Luum is a cloud-based software platform that addresses urban congestion caused by automobile commutation. Businesses, tenants, or students can engage the software to optimize parking, create commuter services, manage demand and change behaviour. Learn more about Luum...

Low Carbon Cities: a $17 trillion Opportunity

Using carbon-reducing strategies like improving public transport, increasing building efficiency, and waste management in cities could produce savings of nearly US$17 trillion by 2050 according to a new report by the New Climate Economy. With actions such as...

Europe’s Refugee Crisis—GSNs Help Address a Global Concern

Last week, the shocking image of a young boy drowned with 12 others while trying to escape the Syrian conflict brought attention to the European refugee crisis in brutal fashion. This incident follows a series of horrifying incidents in Europe. Reports of refugees...

Crisis Health Workers Daunted by Lack of Career Path

By Valentina Jovanovski Health workers in Kenya’s refugee camps would be more likely to stick with their jobs if they were offered more training and the possibility of academic qualifications, according to a study. Healthcare assistants who are from the refugee...

Natural Disaster or Man-made Catastrophe? Ten Years After Katrina

  Late August 2005, ten years shy of the New Orleans levee system’s expected year of completion, Hurricane Katrina triggered a cascade of events that became a massive disaster across New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast. Katrina didn’t actually hit the city...

Youth Employment in Africa Under the Microscope

International Youth Day, August 12th, was a day to recognize the importance of youth worldwide. The day is particularly significant in Africa, where almost 200 million people are between the ages of 15 and 24. The population is younger than anywhere else on the...

#elegram—Every Day is Elephant Day

Today is “World Elephant Day,” a day that celebrates the special beauty of the big animals, but also underlines the issues of poaching and trafficking of these remarkable animals and other wildlife being victimized by the illegal wildlife and ivory trade....

Global Ebola Response Found Inadequate

An independent report commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) on their efforts against the West African Ebola Outbreak has concluded that the global health emergency response apparatus is severely lacking. The chair of the report, former Oxfam chief...

Unlocking the Potential for Long-term Development Progress

Nonprofits looking to build capacities for innovative technical approaches to development face funding hurdles. Overcoming them requires more from the private sector than just funding. The promise of harnessing today’s innovation to chart a course for development to...

Data: The Key to Ending Extreme Poverty?

Brendan Guy, Global Policy Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council Stakeholders from governments, businesses, and civil society actors convened in Addis Ababa on July 15, 2015, to pledge funds, establish programs for the sharing of data sets, and develop technical...

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