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  • September 23
    Mercury: What it does to humans and what humans need to do about it

    Mercury: What it does to humans and what humans need to do about it

    As the very first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury takes place, we explain why mercury poses such a risk to humans and what IISD Experimental Lakes Area has discovered, and lay out what needs to happen next.

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  • September 22
    Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts Proliferate

    Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts Proliferate

    In the 1990s and into the early 2000s, there was debate about whether there was a need to talk about climate change adaptation. 

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  • September 20
    Farmland Investments Are Finding their Way to International Arbitration

    Farmland Investments Are Finding their Way to International Arbitration

    A claim registered by a Swedish investor against the Tanzanian government for revoking a land title amid concerns over the impact on local communities and a wildlife sanctuary is the first known investor-state dispute against a government linked to the so-called “land grab” phenomenon, which arose out of the 2008 food crisis.

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  • September 15
    Together, Canada, China and the EU Can Fill Trump's Climate Leadership Void

    Together, Canada, China and the EU Can Fill Trump's Climate Leadership Void

    A critical summit offers the chance for 34 major world economies to raise their collective climate efforts—without the aid of the U.S.

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  • August 22
    Pan African Parliament President:

    Pan African Parliament President: "I believe in One Africa, One Voice. I believe in the integration of the continent."

    "I believe in One Africa, One Voice. I believe in the integration of the continent.": His Excellency the Honorable Nkodo Roger Dang, President of the Pan African Parliament, shared his thoughts on regional integration ahead of the parliament’s upcoming Continental Conference.

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  • August 22
    Président du Parlement panafricain: « Je crois en une Afrique, une voix. Je crois en l'intégration du continent. »

    Président du Parlement panafricain: « Je crois en une Afrique, une voix. Je crois en l'intégration du continent. »

    « Je crois que l’Afrique possède les forces vives et la volonté de relever les défis qui jalonnent son parcours. Je crois en une Afrique, une voix; je crois en l’intégration du continent. »: Son Excellence l’honorable Nkodo Roger Dang, Président du Parlement panafricain, partage ses pensées sur l’intégration régionale.

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  • July 27
    Wetlands: Protecting us from floods and saving us money

    Wetlands: Protecting us from floods and saving us money

    Can wetlands protect us from floods, while also bringing us financial benefits? Hisham Osman thinks so...

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  • July 24
    Behind the Scenes of the G20: a Substantive Process Leads to a Significant Statement

    Behind the Scenes of the G20: a Substantive Process Leads to a Significant Statement

    After months of working behind the scenes to help develop recommendations for G20 leaders, I can tell you that it is a substantive process that led to a significant statement.

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  • July 19
    Can Trade Help Deliver the Paris Agreement? Lessons learned from the G20

    Can Trade Help Deliver the Paris Agreement? Lessons learned from the G20

    This year’s G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, saw long and heated discussion on the urgency of delivering the Paris Agreement. 

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  • July 18
    Telling Climate Change Stories: Five lessons from Saint Lucian journalists

    Telling Climate Change Stories: Five lessons from Saint Lucian journalists

    Journalists play an important role as watchdogs for many social problems. But with a problem as large and complex as climate change, how can journalists tell stories that spur action and help audiences prepare for its impacts?

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