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  • November 28
    Contract Farming: Challenges and a new tool for success

    Contract Farming: Challenges and a new tool for success

    IISD and FAO have developed a Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming to help farmers and responsible buyers address the shortcomings of contract farming.

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  • November 27
    Ten Years of G20 Summits: Hopes and failures

    Ten Years of G20 Summits: Hopes and failures

    Does the G20 have anything to offer in a world of conflict and confusion?

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  • November 27
    What's Stalling the G20's Move to Clean Energy?

    What's Stalling the G20's Move to Clean Energy?

    Next year will mark a decade since G20 leaders met in Pittsburgh and promised to identify and eliminate subsidies to fossil fuels. In that time, trillions of dollars in government budgets have been spent to subsidize fossil fuel production and consumption.

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  • November 27
    The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)

    The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)

    While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.

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  • November 27
    To Think Local and Act Local You Need Local Data

    To Think Local and Act Local You Need Local Data

    Data is no exception to the trend of localizing our consumption, charitable giving and development efforts.

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  • November 19
    Citizen Science Fills Critical Gap in Monitoring Freshwater Resources

    Citizen Science Fills Critical Gap in Monitoring Freshwater Resources

    Most of us lack baseline data about our ecosystems, which makes it difficult to recognize changes and detect early warning signs. Enter citizen science.

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  • November 16
    Not a Case of Either/Or: How government and mines in Zambia can save money through energy efficiency

    Not a Case of Either/Or: How government and mines in Zambia can save money through energy efficiency

    For years, Zambia’s large hydroelectric dams were able to meet the power needs of its mines, but facing rising electricity demands the country opted to increase generation using coal, diesel and heavy fuel oil.

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  • November 15
    What Do Bears and Smartphones Have in Common?

    What Do Bears and Smartphones Have in Common?

    The challenge that electronics hibernation poses to the circular economy.

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  • November 14
    Forget GDP – for the 21st Century We Need a Modern Growth Measure

    Forget GDP – for the 21st Century We Need a Modern Growth Measure

    Our radar to track progress is far from satisfactory.

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  • November 7
    Making Winnipeg a Smart City With New Technologies

    Making Winnipeg a Smart City With New Technologies

    We asked four members of our Winnipeg team how they would tackle some of Winnipeg’s most pressing issues: This is what they came up with.

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