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The Water–Employment–Migration Nexus

7 Mar 2019 Konstantina Toli

Water, employment and migration crises are posing rising risks globally. In parts of the Mediterranean, the situation on all three crises is alarming. Their link may not be obvious at a first glance, but it is becoming increasingly evident based on the hard evidence of realities on the ground. Exploring their causal relationships will provide […]

Energy  

Unlocking Capital for Energy Access

21 Jun 2018 Revolve

SunFunder is a specialist finance company that has unlocked $62 million for solar enterprises from 2012-17. In doing so, it has experimented with a range of structures to increase investment – and discovered ways to help the sector scale-up to a long-term sustainable future, sourcing larger amounts of capital from commercial investors. The Energy Access […]

Water  

Water Loss Management in Muscat

21 Mar 2018 Ms. Manal Moosa AL-Bulushi

Water resources in Oman are exposed to manmade and natural threats such as tropical cyclones which are common in Oman, and water losses or Non-Revenue Water (NRW) through pipes leaks and other reasons. The water supply system in Oman is run by a government Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW). The high values of […]

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Strengthening Transboundary Water Cooperation

28 Feb 2018 Revolve

Transboundary lake and river basins cover nearly half of the Earth’s land surface and account for an estimated 60% of global freshwater flow. Transboundary groundwaters provide drinking and domestic water for about two billion people across the world, support their income and livelihood and play a crucial role in conserving ecosystems. While demands for water […]

Water  

Towards Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation

31 Jan 2018 Revolve

The recognition of access to water and to sanitation as human rights, derived from the right to an adequate standard of living, by the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council in 2010, confirmed the obligation of governments to ensure that water and sanitation services are available, physically accessible, of good quality and […]

Water  

The Uncommon Management of Water

24 Jan 2018 Remi Cerdan & Elisa Asmelash

Water is an essential resource. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6: “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” is the evidence of its growing global concern and recognition of its link with poverty by the international community. Regardless of the type of ownership, the affordable and universal access to clean and potable water is now […]

Water  

A Testimony of Water Challenges in Southeast Asia

21 Dec 2017 Revolve

Urban growth, temperature rise and melting glaciers threaten river deltas around the world.

Water  

Water Sharing in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean

21 Dec 2017 Revolve

In the arid and semi-arid climate of the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, the management and access to scarce water resources is one of the strongest factors affecting agriculture, food security and the livelihoods of farming communities. Climate change will exacerbate these factors and even less water is expected to be available for agriculture. […]

Water  

Water Innovation

20 Dec 2017 Gaëtane Suzene

When innovation meets water scarcity challenges: A technological and financial perspective for a better water future.

Transport  

The distance remaining to low-carbon transport

13 Dec 2017 Elah Matt

Particulate Matter (PM), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and a range of hazardous hydrocarbons and other pollutants contribute significantly to the global air pollution crisis, which kills millions of people prematurely each year. The transport sector emits nearly a quarter of all energy-related greenhouse gases (GHG) with significant impacts on the global climate. With the Paris Agreement […]

Transport  

Serving Mobility

25 Oct 2017 Suzanne Hoadley and Callum Jones

According to the Analysis of Walking Potential by Transport for London (2017), one million daily motorised journeys could be walked in London in less than ten minutes. Congestion is a burden to European cities, on the economy, on people’s health and on the environment. One way of reducing congestion is – surprisingly for some? – introducing […]

Transport  

E-Scooter Sharing: A New Dimension of Individual Mobility

11 Oct 2017 Eric Keogh

Individual electric mobility – “green” and convenient On average, a typical trip is around 4 km long and takes 15 minutes, most of end-customers use the e-scooter sharing system to cover the last mile from public transport to their destination. Electric vehicles (EV) bring enormous advantages to urban dwellers: they run at very low noise levels and are environmentally-friendly, […]

Transport  

Electric vehicles enabling renewable energy

27 Sep 2017 Elisa Asmelash and Remi Cerdan

Electric vehicles – small numbers but fast growth The transport sector is a key driver of economic development and welfare and, alongside the power sector, is the main global greenhouse gases (GHG) emitter, according to EUROSTAT. Contrary to the power sector, transport still relies heavily on fossil-derived fuels, mainly petroleum-based fuels. In the European Union […]

Transport  

Green and clean won’t fix the climate!

20 Sep 2017 Heather Allen

A worrying aspect of sustainability is that environmental ambitions often overshadow the social aspects. There is widespread acceptance that we must make more efforts to decarbonize transport – and that the way we pump fossil fuels into vehicles to move around is simply not sustainable. But the reality is that we cannot make transport sustainable […]

Nature  

Morocco: Creating a Culture of Sustainability

7 Mar 2017 Sedeer el-Showk

I was raised between the desert and the sea. To the south and east, mountains draw moisture out of the air coming in over the Atlantic and send it tumbling back down to the coast. I grew up on my parents’ farm in Morocco’s green coastal strip, in a country where many people have yet to come to terms with the reality […]

Circular  

An Introduction to Climate Finance

19 Oct 2016 Bruno Rauis

Defining climate finance “Climate finance” is an elusive term. At its narrowest, climate finance is understood to refer to those public financial resources that are allocated by developed countries to developing countries for the purposes of climate change mitigation and adaptation. In a broader designation, climate finance is meant to encompass all financial flows aimed […]

Circular  

The Liter of Light Initiative

4 Oct 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world can attest to the truth in that statement, made by Illac Diaz, the social entrepreneur founder of Liter of Light, under the My Shelter Foundation. Since being launched in the Philippines in 2011, Liter of Light has been installed in millions of homes around the world and […]

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Pig Farming in the United States of America

18 May 2015 Sally Lee

Heaps of Hogs People love pigs, and pigs create waste. An increase in global demand for pork products has driven a trend of concentration and industrialization in hog production worldwide, creating pockets of densely packed pig farms. Meanwhile, one hog can produce as much as four to eight times the feces as a human being. […]

Water  

Overfishing – What’s Left In Our Oceans?

30 Apr 2015 Steve Gillman

The Global Catch In 2011, the global volume of fish caught by fisheries was 93.7 million tons. It was the second highest catch ever landed, just under the record of 93.8 million tons in 1996. The European Commission revealed in October 2014 that a positive long-term trend of increasing fish populations is happening. With such a […]

Nature  

How To Create A Corporate Culture Of Sustainability

14 Apr 2015 Julian Walker-Palin

In the mid-1990s, when sustainability was just emerging into corporate parlance, apart from a few ‘hero’ companies such as Patagonia, there was no corporate culture of sustainability. Instead, there was a small but passionate band of mostly senior mmanagers or directors often supported by a future thinking CEO. As one of this band myself within Walmart, I know from experience that it’s a […]

Nature  

Seeds – The Battle For Sustainable Agriculture

5 Feb 2015 Marcello Cappellazzi

One of the key challenges we are now facing in the quest for a more sustainable future is the way we produce food. Even though food production is inherently complex and diversified across the globe, its sources have narrowed over time. The exponential diffusion of modern and highly uniform commercial varieties of seeds has reduced […]

Water  

Harnessing The Power Of The Tides

3 Feb 2015 Revolve

In 2012, renewables provided just 11.3% of UK electricity generation and while this figure has since increased, we know that Britain’s electricity reserve generating margin could fall to as low as 2% by the winter of 2015/16. As is the case across much of Europe, we need to invest in new sources of low carbon generation at scale. It’s not such a […]

Nature  

The Future Of Fracking – Can The Drill Be Stopped?

15 Jan 2015 Revolve

In 2010, a couple of ex-corporate lawyers living in Ithaca, New York State, pioneered an innovative legal framework that gave municipalities the right to make local land use decisions. Helen and David Slottje provided pro-bono legal assistance, helping towns across New York defend themselves from oil and gas companies by passing local bans on fracking. Over 170 towns and cities across the state have […]

Water  

Tackling Marine Litter

13 Nov 2014 Sven Stöbener

The marine environment of the Gulf of Aqaba is of global significance in having some of the northern-most reef systems in the Western Indo-Pacific. Its coral reef ecosystem has a high environmental and human value since it provides food and economic benefits to local communities in the form of tourism. However, marine litter, in particular plastic garbage, causes a wide spectrum of environmental, economic and […]

Water  

Plastic Garbage OUT TO SEA?

1 Oct 2014 Rama Ajailat

The accumulation of marine litter in the oceanis a growing problem worldwide and hasserious impacts on the marine environment, human health, and the economy. Plastic, the most utilized and persistent material arises as the primary contaminant in the marine environ- ment. The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) is organizing the regional exhibition “Plastic […]

Water  

Garfagnana, a Mediterranean hub for rural innovation

2 Jul 2014 Marcello Cappellazzi

Italy is famous for the tradition of high quality food but the production systems that struggle to survive are less spoken of. An exampleis the region of Tuscany where modern agricultural development relates to just asection of its territory. Far from the rural idyll associated with the Tuscany brand, mountain areas such as the Garfagnana […]

Energy  

Building efficiency across Europe

2 Jul 2014 Oliver Rapf

Buildings are a pillar of society – places where we work, rest, study, and where Europeans spend, on average, 90% of their time. Buildings consume over one third of the European energy supply, and cause the related amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The construction industry is one of the biggest economic players in Europe. Buildings […]

Energy  

Urban Ecology: An Approach to “The Future We Want”

20 Jun 2014 Dr. Timon McPhearson

How can cities and urban areas confronted with climate change, urbanization and population growth create more sustainable futures? Planning and developing sustainable cities is a high priority around the world and a crucial component of global sustainability given rapidly increasing numbers of urbanites. Leaders and decision-makers are faced with difficult choices on how to simultaneously make […]

Nature  

Urban Ecology: An Approach to “The Future We Want”

14 Jun 2014 Dr. Timon McPhearson

How can cities and urban areas confronted with climate change, urbanization and population growth create more sustainable futures? Planning and developing sustainable cities is a high priority around the world and a crucial component of global sustainability given rapidly increasing numbers of urbanites. Leaders and decision-makers are faced with difficult choices on how to simultaneously make […]

Energy  

Afghanistan’s Extractive Industry

23 Feb 2014 Joëlle Rizk

$1 trillion worth of undeveloped mineral resources: this figure has become a common reference to describing the potential of Afghanistan’s extractive industry. Referring to Soviet maps that were saved and preserved by Afghan geologists, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) team surveyed Afghanistan between 2004 and 2007 to map its mineral potentials. Data collection and […]

Nature  

Appalachian Mountaintopping: an American Tragedy

12 Mar 2013

Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, in the center of North America’s coal country, a war is raging. Despite numerous mentions in international media outlets like the New York Times and The Guardian, many world and even U.S. citizens are unaware of this battle and their connection to it through energy consumption. Like many conflicts these […]

Nature  

Rare Earth: Chinese Shadows on “Green” Growth

1 Jan 2013 Luc Mampaey

Another inconvenient truth: our “green” technologies, our production of renewable energy, our inseparable companions – the iPad, iPhone and iPod – and countless other products in our economic model, rely on those rare earth elements – China monopolizes their production and supply. Another black spot on “green” labels: the mining of the resources requires vast […]

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Urban Vertical Farming

22 Dec 2012 Edouard Cabay

Amongst the three largest emitters of carbon dioxide, along with meat production and transportation, the building industry is increasingly confronted with environmental challenges. Architects must, therefore, rethink their practice in order to develop new designs for a more sustainable future. Different in scale, use and form, the projects, Agriculture 2.0 and Retina rooftop, by the […]

Transport  

Iceland: The Road to Recovery

19 Dec 2012 Revolve

Laxness and Independence “The tyranny of mankind; it was like the obstinate drip of water falling on a stone and hollowing it little by little; and this drip continued, falling obstinately, falling without pause on the souls of the children.” So go the words of one of Iceland’s finest literary figures, the Nobel laureate, Halldór Laxness. Published in two volumes in […]

Nature  

Alberta’s Tar Sands

14 Jul 2012 Jenny Christensson

In one of the only places left in the world where private companies can own oil reserves, the exploitation of tar sands in Alberta is causing extensive environmental damage, threatening the local population and wildlife beyond repair. Photojournalist, Alan Gignoux, take us on a tour of the destruction being wreaked on the boreal forests of […]

Energy  

The Sahara Wind Project

25 Mar 2012 Revolve

In no other place in the world is wind energy used for so many different purposes as between Morocco and Mauritania – all within an intricately inter-related system including scientists, academia, government agencies, industrial companies and NATO – that ultimately could benefit the lives of millions of people. The winds that blow along the Atlantic […]

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