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A report card for China’s environment

The Chinese government issued its annual “State of the Environment” report on Friday. Here are the highlights along with my interpretation and year-end grade for each subject based on the following standard: A – World class B – Good C … Continue reading

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Ambitious Plan for China’s Water Crisis Spurs Concern

A chronic drought is ravaging farmland. The Gobi Desert is inching south. The Yellow River, the so-called birthplace of Chinese civilization, is so polluted it can no longer supply drinking water. The rapid growth of megacities — 22 million people … Continue reading

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World’s poorest countries ‘flat-lining’

Most of the world’s poorest countries got richer over the past decade but are falling further back in the global wealth ranks, a UN report said Tuesday. At least 37 of the world’s poorest 48 nations have put on positive … Continue reading

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M.D.G.’s for Beginners … and Finishers

The M.D.G.’s are possibly the most visionary deal that most people have never heard of. In the run-up to the 21st century, a grand global bargain was negotiated at a series of summit meetings and then signed in 2000. The United … Continue reading

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Plea to refocus UN millennium goals

Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, has opened the annual UN General Assembly summit with a plea to the presidents, prime ministers and kings to use their power to meet UN goals to help the world’s poorest by 2015. Ten years after … Continue reading

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Equal pay for women not likely till 2067, says research

Working women who thought they might live to see Britain’s pay gap finally close will have to hold out another 57 years, according to research published today. Forty years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, the study shows that … Continue reading

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8 Goals for Africa

The 8 Goals for Africa song is part of an awareness and advocacy campaign developed by the United Nations System in South Africa on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). End poverty by 2015 is the historic promise that 189 … Continue reading

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First Amazon bridge to open world’s greatest rainforest to development

A new bridge has come to symbolise Brazil’s most challenging and urgent issue: balancing the demands of economic development with environmental protection n the shadow of a giant bridge under construction, waiting in her dented Fiat for a ferry, Jandira … Continue reading

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Seeds of a self-sustaining future

Ten months ago the land around Kadabade, was barren and stony. The deep red soil gave life to very little. But a local group, supported by the Swiss charity Heks and its larger, better known partner, Christian Aid thought this was … Continue reading

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Yangtze project gains disputed

Planning is under way to build 12 new hydroelectric dams along the Yangtze river in China’s southwest in the model of the giant Three Gorges dam. The government says that the local economy has been boosted by the first project. Residents … Continue reading

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