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Coverage of sustainable development since May 29, 2024.

Haiti's prime minister says Kenya police is crucial to controlling gangs, calls early days positive

"...He said his government will focus on addressing gang violence and food insecurity, ensuring free elections through constitutional and political reform, and rebuilding public trust in the police..."

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Development Banks Can Catalyze the Clean Energy Transition, Starting in South and Southeast Asia

"...3) Work with Governments to Enable Country-level Energy TransitionsAs in most regions, some countries in South and Southeast Asia lack policies that can support the clean energy transition by giving markets clear signals about the future of renewables. Persistent fossil fuel subsidies create strong disincentives in many countries for energy users to switch to renewables; this is the case with Bangladesh's subsidies for kerosene. Some countries offer no tax rebates for renewable energy projects..."

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Tom Mulcair gets to the heart of green governance Corporate Knights

"...From the outset, it was clear that the government of Jean Charest, elected in 2003 after two terms of Parti Qubcois rule, was going to make the environment a priority. Having served as federal environment minister in Brian Mulroneys government, Charest had led the Canadian delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992 where 154 countries signed the Framework Convention on Climate Change, agreeing to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and where Agenda 21, the action plan for achieving sustainable development, was launched. As premier, he renamed the Quebec portfolio the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks the first and only of its kind in Canada and appointed Mulcair, a whip-smart jurist and feisty parliamentarian, minister..."

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Bank CEOs claim they are committed to energy transition

"...The CEOs of Canada's five biggest banks stuck to the message that they're committed to help in the energy transition as they were questioned by a parliamentary committee Thursday about their impacts on climate change. The leaders of Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank Group, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank and CIBC pushed back against MPs who said they were making the problem worse by funding the oil and gas industry to the tune of more than a hundred billion a year, and challenged them to cut back. "Just stop is just not an option for us," said RBC chief executive Dave McKay, appearing by video conference along with the other CEOs before the House of Commons standing committee on environment and sustainable development..."

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Conservatives demand green slush fund documents amid spending scandal

"...But Hogan is pushing back on the motion calling on her to provide more documents, fearing it could hurt her office’s independence. On Monday, Hogan sent a letter, seen by Canada’s National Observer, to the House of Commons standing committee on public accounts, outlining concerns she had about the Conservative motion“In my view, the requirement to produce my entire audit file to the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel compromises my independence, and is also likely to discourage departments, agencies, and Crown corporations from providing me free and timely access to the information required for my audits going forward,” she wrote. The foundation was set up in 2001 to provide financing to businesses in the clean-tech industry, and in 2021 entered into a five-year agreement with the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to manage a $1 billion fund..."

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Ontario EV battery recyclers get $10M for critical minerals recovery

"..."The increasing demand for critical minerals and the products made from them provides Nickel Belt – Greater Sudbury with another opportunity to highlight its industrial diversification, high-quality work force and sustainable development capabilities," said Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt. Electra will use the funds for the next phase of what is currently North America’s only battery-grade cobalt refinery and recycling facility in Temiskaming Shores, building on a demonstration project launched there in 2023. 'Black mass' is the industry term for shredded lithium-ion batteries and their casings from which lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, copper, and graphite be recovered for recycling in new batteries..."

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Carolyn Parrish wins Mississauga byelection to become next mayor

"...She vowed to have greater citizen participation in the budget process and to prioritize "sustainable development. "..."

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Oil and gas CEOs testify before House of Commons environment committee

"...CEOs and senior executives from Cenovus Energy Inc. , Enbridge Inc. , Imperial Oil Ltd..."

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Oil and gas CEOs to testify before House of Commons environment committee

"...OTTAWA Executives of some of Canada's largest oil and gas companies are expected to testify before a parliamentary committee Thursday afternoon about their efforts to reduce the sector's greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Australian mining giant signs key deal for Ring of Fire EV nickel processing plant

"...A mining giant owned by Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest aims to build Canada's first processing facility for low-carbon nickel used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries and forge a key “missing piece” in the country’s plans to become a global EV manufacturing hub. Wyloo Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday with the city of Sudbury, Ont. and two First Nations to buy land for a facility it says could handle 50 per cent of the nickel demand from the $40 billion in investments in EV supply chain ventures since 2020 that have turned Canada into a sector hot-spot..."

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The Many Problems with Bill 31: The Captured Carbon Storage Act

"...What is Bill 31?The Captured Carbon Storage Act creates a regulatory framework for the approval of activities associated with carbon capture and storage projects. If passed, this bill will give the Minister of Economic Development, Investment, Trade, and Natural Resources power to regulate how, where, and by whom captured carbon emissions are stored underground..."

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Jobs in sustainable development

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Climate Action Analyst - Internship - City of Kamloops (Kamloops, BC)

"...For new hires, and for those working in designated positions of trust, including those working directly with vulnerable persons, no formal offer of employment will be made until an applicant completes a police information check..."

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Climate Change Coordinator - Grey County (Owen Sound, ON)

"...Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development, our ideal candidate will have the combination of education, experience and strong consensus building skills to successfully lead a broad stakeholder group in realizing our goals Climate Change Action Plan goals..."

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Coordinator, Lands & Environmental Resource Management - Cook's Ferry Indian Band (Spences Bridge, BC)

"...The Cook’s Ferry Indian Band seeks a COORDINATOR, LANDS & ENVIRONMENT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT who understands and has knowledge around the political, cultural, and spiritual protocols with our First Nation community, and who will uphold the vision of community leadership..."

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Manager, Sustainable Development - Sunshine Coast Regional District (Sechelt, BC)

"...Minimum of five (5) years of progressive sustainable development-related experience, including two (2) years of supervising technical staff, and experience working with community groups, First Nations, and other stakeholders, preferably in local government..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention sustainable development.

Canadian agriculture groups working to ensure diverse voices weigh in on UN Food Systems goals

Duration: 11:51

"...The United Nations Food Systems Summit is coming up this fall, and is set up as a way to kickstart global agriculture systems in achieving sustainable development goals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN..."

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But what about drugs?

Duration: 19:04

"...The Sustainable Development Goals aim to improve the most important things about life on Earth..."

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Inger Andersen

Duration: 16:06

"...Nature is our Best Prescription for an Integrated Health Insurance Policy..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about sustainable development.

The Adaptation Principles: 6 Ways to Build Resilience to Climate Change

"...What can countries do to be more resilient to climate change? The report The Adaptation Principles: A Guide for Designing Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience lays out 6 principles as well as 26 actions, 12 toolboxes and 111 indicators to help ministries of finance approach adaptation challenges..."

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How it works: Offshore Exploration (Oil and Natural Gas Industry)

"...Its a source of jobs and economic growth, and utilizes leading environmental standards to ensure responsible, sustainable development..."

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COP27 | Thriving Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate

"...Increasingly, climate change is exposing cities to extreme weather events, as well as to a wide variety of slower-moving stresses such as climbing average temperatures, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss, and damage to ecosystem services..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about sustainable development relevant to the latest news.

A hierarchical optimization approach to maximize hosting capacity for electric vehicles and renewable energy sources through de

"...Within the scope of sustainable development, integrating electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy sources (RESs) into power grids offers a number of benefits..."

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Carbon price time series forecasting utilizing an optimized ANFIS model

"...This coordination of activities, including carbon pricing plans, emission reduction targets, and environmentally friendly behaviors, not only addresses climate change issues but also aligns well with sustainable development goals related to clean energy, climate action, and sustainable economies..."

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A water?energy?food nexus analysis of the impact of desalination and irrigated agriculture expansion in the Ain Temouchent regi

"...Establishing a reverse osmosis desalination plant with a daily production capacity of 200,000 m3 significantly alleviated the resulting water crisis, yet its energy consumption and environmental impact raise several questions..."

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Accessing the efficacy of green growth, energy efficiency, and green innovation for environmental performance in top manufactur

"...In this context, a number of earlier studies have investigated the environmental problems through the lens of different environmental indicators such as ecological footprint and carbon dioxide emissions..."

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Bibliometric analysis and visualisation of research on life cycle assessment in Africa (1992?2022)

"...The built environment, construction industry, alternative energy, agriculture, and waste management and recycling are the major themes of research on the continent..."

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Prospects of Diversification for Sustainable Sugar Bioenergy Industries in ASEAN Countries

"...Over the years, the sugar industry has supported and advanced these goals through diverse strategies, including the utilization of sugarcane byproducts for alternative purposes such as ethanol production, cogeneration of energy from cane bagasse, and the development of bio-based products..."

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Environmental Stewardship and Economic Prosperity: A Comprehensive Assessment of CO2 Emissions and Sustainable Development Goal

"...There is a positive correlation between the economic variables of population growth rate, gross savings, gross fixed capital formation, and the achievement of sustainable development targets (% of sustainable development in the GDPPC)..."

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Financial development-economic growth nexus: a bibliometric analysis

"...The results show that most often, keywords that appear gradually towards the end are related to clean energy, environment, green economy, sustainable development and growth issues from 2018 until recent years..."

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Environmental governance is critical for mitigating human displacement due to weather-related disasters

"...These findings underscore the importance of effective environmental governance for climate change adaptation and sustainable development goals..."

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Exploring the carbon footprint of Nigeria's construction sector: a quantitative insight

"...In addition, the research significantly contributes to the fields of sustainable construction and urban planning by advocating a shift towards low-carbon construction practices and emphasizing the importance of life cycle assessments and sustainable design principles..."

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EU-Focused Circular Economy Modelling of Rare Earth Element Waste in Mobile Phone Touch Screens by a System Dynamics Approach

"...This progression underscores the role of effective REE waste management policies in facilitating the transition to circular economy, augmenting recycling profit, and fostering sustainable development..."

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