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Published first on Harvard Business Review As concerns about scarcity and inequality become increasingly urgent, many investors are eager to generate both business and social returns—to “do well by doing good.” One avenue is impact investing: directing capital to ventures that are expected to yield social and environmental benefits as well as profits. But there’s a problem: Although the business world has several universally accepted tools, such as the internal rate of return, for estimating…

Originally Published in Time Magazine by Markham Heid Plastic contamination is rampant in bottled water. That was the unsettling conclusion of a study published last year in Frontiers in Chemistry that analyzed samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries and found that 93% of them contained “microplastic” synthetic polymer particles. Many of those particles weren’t all that small. “Some were definitely visible without a magnifying glass or microscope,” says Sherri Mason, author of the study and…

Originally Published in Green Prophet image from WikiMedia Watergen, an Israel-based innovative company that creates clean water out of air is now providing a source of freshwater for over 120 children living in an orphanage in Uzbekistan’s city of Bukhara. We covered the company in 2015 and they are doing well! The technology comes in the form of an atmospheric water generator known as the “GEN-350,” which can produce up to 900 liters of water per…

Originally published in IISD by Leila Mead A side event held on the sidelines of the 2019 Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD) sought to explore the interlinkages between water and sanitation and the SDGs under review by the 2019 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). The side event specifically focused on interlinkages between SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDGs 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced…

Originally Published in The Parliament Magazine by Bogusław Soni The joint report by the European Parliament’s Committees on Development (DEVE) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the EU represents the Parliament’s position on progress monitoring in achieving these 17 goals by the EU and its Member States. The EU has undertaken to submit joint reports in 2019 to complement the voluntary country reviews undertaken…

Published originally in Asia Times Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma is among the newly announced class of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for the United Nations. The SGDs, adopted by world leaders in 2015, aim to address some of the world’s biggest problems. The new class of 17 SDG advocates are all committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition and pushing for faster action, which includes the end of extreme hunger, poverty and quality healthcare for all, which…

Originally published in MENAFN by Matanat Nasibova Azerbaijan is among 193 UN member-states that have assumed certain commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, Azerbaijani Deputy Economy Minister Sevinj Hasanova said. Hasanova made the remarks during the panel discussions held by the international organizations in Baku on May 2, Trend reports. ‘Azerbaijan is taking important steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,’ she added. “Azerbaijan is an active member of the UN and the…

With the 2019 Edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts now out, Global Footprint Network hosted a livestream with distinguished panelists to discuss sustainability solutions addressing population, food, energy, and urban mobility. Have a look below. https://youtu.be/egcA0SXJFzA The 2019 edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts is out! Take a look here.

Originally published in Ensia and written by Andrew Urevig In 2015, the United Nations’ 193 member states established an agenda for the future: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to meet by 2030. The goals encompass economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. To evaluate environmental targets, the United Nations in 2018 identified 93 indicators: statistics such as the material footprint of nations, the national recycling rate and the extent of government subsidies for fossil fuels. With 2030 just…