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Originally posted in Business Reporter Visionary CEO Satya Nadella used empathy and collaboration to reboot Microsoft and kickstart a $250billion turnaround. “The CEO is the curator of an organisation’s culture,” he noted in an October 2017 article for Fast Company. “We have evolved from a know-it-all culture to a learn-it-all culture.” Nadella transformed Microsoft with this new mindset. Now other CEOs, thought leaders and public officials are opening up to new ways of building solutions and…

Originally Published on Al Jazeera On a recent afternoon in New Delhi, as the temperature touched 45 degrees Celsius during one of India’s worst heat waves in decades, a construction site supervisor watched while a group of workers, mostly women, filed past him carrying loads of fresh concrete on their heads. “We’re building a fountain,” the supervisor, Kalicharan (who only goes by one name) told Al Jazeera. “It’s not possible to continue work in so much heat,” he…

Originally Published The Guardian Climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week, though most draw little international attention and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts, the UN has warned. Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of “lower impact events” that are causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori,…

Originally published in Energy Storage UK company Solarcentury has commissioned two solar-storage-diesel mini-grids in rural communities in Eritrea that are far away from the grid and have relied purely on diesel power until now. The hybrid power systems at Areza (1.25MW) and Maidma (1MW) took eight months to build, with a combination of solar PV, lithium-ion batteries from US firm Tesla, and backup diesel generators from Caterpillar. The sites, providing 24/7 and cheaper power to 40,000 people…

Originally published on New China The 2019 United Nations Public Service Forum kicked off here on Monday, with participants discussing how to advance progress in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the state-run news agency AZERTAC. Themed “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through effective Delivery of Services, Innovative Transformation, and Accountable Institutions,” the event has attracted more than 500 delegates from over 190 countries in the Azerbaijani capital. Addressing the opening ceremony, Azerbaijan’s…

Originally published on ISD by Kaveh Zahedi Van Nguyen Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a shift has occurred in Asia and the Pacific. The Sustainable Development Goals have left a visible imprint in our schools, our businesses and our governments. At our sixth Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2019, our region’s readiness was clear. Hundreds of people from civil society, businesses and governments came together to enthusiastically demonstrate their early achievements,…

Originally published in the World Economic Forum Johnny Wood Scientists from Israel and neighboring Arab countries are joining forces to save Red Sea coral reefs from the threat of climate change. The alliance is the brainchild of Moaz Fine, an Israeli professor at Tel Aviv’s Bar-Ilan University, who invited marine experts from the countries that border the Red Sea to collaborate at a new research centre. The team will comprise representatives from Israel, Eritrea, Jordan…

Originally published in the World Economic Forum by Emma Charlton The impact of overfishing is wide-ranging. It’s a cause of degraded ecosystems, according to the WWF, and affects the size of the fish left behind, as well as how they reproduce and the speed at which they mature. When too many fish are removed from one particular spot, the resulting imbalances can kill off other marine life, including sea turtles and corals. There’s also an economic…

Originally published in Forbes, written by Trevor Nace Ambitious dreams have now become a reality as the Ocean Cleanup deploys its $20 million system designed to clean up the 1.8 trillion pieces of trash floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Check out another Forbes piece on how Ocean Cleanup aims to reuse and recycle the ocean plastic. The floating boom system was deployed on Saturday from San Francisco Bay and will undergo several weeks of testing before being hauled…

Originally Published on the NY Post Well, here’s one way to cut down on personal debt. Humans are gobbling up around 5 grams of microplastics in their weekly diets — or about as much as your ATM card, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. “For the first time, this study offers precise estimations on the amounts of plastic ingested…