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  • September 10
    Cleaning up Toxic Soils in China: A trillion-dollar question

    Cleaning up Toxic Soils in China: A trillion-dollar question

    In its latest effort to address environmental problems, China has adopted its first soil pollution law. However, how to finance the remediation of the damage already done remains a big question.

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  • August 28
    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows

    Financial sector technology could help as cities struggle with waste.

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  • August 27
    The Multiple Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

    The Multiple Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

    We explain exactly what natural infrastructure is and all the multiple benefits that it brings to humans and to the environment.

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  • August 24
    Climate at the Crossroads

    Climate at the Crossroads

    It began and ended with two new cabinets and two new words: climate change.They were added to the title of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in...

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  • August 24
    Lack of competition with new GBP 600 million public procurement deal between the U.K. and Amazon may cost taxpayers

    Lack of competition with new GBP 600 million public procurement deal between the U.K. and Amazon may cost taxpayers

    An online one-stop shop is a great opportunity for sustainable procurement, but the Yorkshire–Amazon example holds some cautionary notes.

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  • August 22
    Best City Lists Keep Data—and People—in the Dark

    Best City Lists Keep Data—and People—in the Dark

    The best city list ranks 140 cities globally, but factors of methodology and cost for data are limiting factors in realizing the full benefit of such an index.

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  • August 16
    #G20takeaction now: Civil society organizations call for G20 governments to end subsidies to fossil fuels

    #G20takeaction now: Civil society organizations call for G20 governments to end subsidies to fossil fuels

    At the C20 Summit (on the G20 agenda), Vibhuti Garg presented on Addressing the Challenges for Global Energy Transition towards Climate Compatible Future.

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  • August 2
    Canada's Trade Troubles Make a Perfect Opportunity

    Canada's Trade Troubles Make a Perfect Opportunity

    NAFTA uncertainty, global shakeups prompt Canadian trade to do the unthinkable: evolve.

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  • July 30
    Tourist Trap: Is tourism's explosive growth hurting countries?

    Tourist Trap: Is tourism's explosive growth hurting countries?

    Countries are learning hard lessons as global tourism has almost doubled between 2000 and 2017. As the growth of global tourism continues to expand, international tourists arriving in developing countries are projected to grow at double the rate of advanced economies.

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  • July 24
    HLPF Recap: The world's report card on global goals

    HLPF Recap: The world's report card on global goals

    Couldn’t travel to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)—or even if you could, couldn’t be in every side event at once? IISD has you covered.

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