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In Beijing, UN chief urges China, Africa for a win-win collaboration for ‘the future we want’

Sep 4, 2018
UN News - Highlighting the economic and development progress made in China and Africa, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged them to unite their combined potential for peaceful, sustainable and equitable progress to the benefit of all humankind.

Japan environment ministry to back development of biodegradable plastics

Aug 27, 2018
The Mainichi - The Ministry of the Environment will include some 5 billion yen in its fiscal 2019 budget request to commission the development of biodegradable plastic products and subsidize companies producing paper alternatives to plastic items in a bid to reduce marine plastic waste, according to ministry officials.

Bioeconomy

Aug 27, 2018
European Commision - Europe is setting course for a resource-efficient and sustainable economy. The goal is a more innovative and low-emissions economy, reconciling demands for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food security, and the sustainable use of renewable biological resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring biodiversity and environmental protection.

To beat hunger and combat climate change, world must ‘scale-up’ soil health

Aug 27, 2018
UN News - Healthy soils are essential to achieve ‘Zero Hunger’ – and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – peace and prosperity, the United Nations agriculture agency chief underscored in Brazil at the World Congress of Soil Science.

Wastewater treatment plants – a surprising source of microplastic pollution

Aug 27, 2018
UN Environment - A lot of attention has been drawn recently to microplastics in freshwater and marine environments, and the threat they pose to ecosystems and people’s health.