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We believe that knowledges concerning the future development direction of the world should be shared and spread. Here in the knowledge base, information that might change the world will be presented. Through uncovering the most up-to-date research results, international organization events, and other SDGs progress, you are able to see what is happening to build the future. 

US’ First National Nature Assessment Gets Underway, NCA5 Issued in Spanish

9 May 2024

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has announced the selection of authors for the country's first National Nature Assessment (NNA1). This assessment aims to evaluate the status of US lands, waters, and wildlife, and its authors bring expertise in various fields. The assessment will provide insights into the benefits of nature and potential future changes, helping guide decision-making processes. Additionally, the USGCRP has made the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) available in Spanish, promoting accessibility.

Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa
Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa

Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa

8 May 2024

Severe flooding and mudslides caused by torrential rains have resulted in extensive damage and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights the urgent need for sustainable efforts to address climate-induced human mobility in the face of this ongoing crisis.

UN Initiative Enters Next Phase to Support New Round of NDCs

2 May 2024

The Climate Promise is UNDP’s flagship initiative that aims “to ensure that any country wishing to increase the ambition of their national climate pledge is able to do so”.
According to UNDP, Climate Promise 2025 “marks the beginning of renewed efforts on climate action across the UN system ahead of 2025” when countries are due to submit the second round of commitments under the Paris Agreement.
It seeks to help developing countries align the next generation of their NDCs to the goals of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C and increasing resilience to climate change impacts.

Europe: Report highlights direct link between pandemic and childhood obesity
Europe: Report highlights direct link between pandemic and childhood obesity

Europe: Report highlights direct link between pandemic and childhood obesity

1 May 2024

The findings of a survey conducted in 17 countries reveal a concerning trend among children aged seven to nine. Increased screen time and decreased outdoor playtime align with an observed rise in overweight children. The survey, spanning from 2021 to 2023 and involving over 50,000 children, emphasizes the urgency of taking action to improve nutrition and physical activity. The World Health Organization recommends measures such as marketing restrictions, taxes on unhealthy products, and school-based programs to address childhood obesity. The data from this survey can inform policy improvements and strategies for future emergencies.

Could the answer to 100% renewable energy in Dominica be under the ground?

30 Apr 2024

Geothermal energy holds great promise for Dominica, providing a stable and renewable power source without surface land use. By tapping into the geothermal reservoir beneath the Roseau Valley, the government aims to power the island and even export excess electricity. After years of pursuit, funding has been secured, and Dominica expects to be powered by geothermal energy within two years, transforming the economy and reducing electricity costs.

Renewable energy transforming the landscape
Renewable energy transforming the landscape

Renewable energy transforming the landscape

18 Apr 2024

This news article explores the transformative potential of renewable energy and features insights from Francesco La Camera, the chief of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). La Camera discusses the challenges of translating commitments into action and the need to rewrite international cooperation mechanisms. He highlights initiatives like the Accelerated Partnership for Renewables in Africa (APRA) as examples of efforts to promote renewable energy deployment. The article emphasizes the importance of infrastructure, legal frameworks, and skilled professionals in expediting the energy transition. Additionally, it recognizes the role of citizens in creating an enabling environment for energy efficiency and conservation.

Harmful Subsidies: Everybody Knows, But the Dice Are Still Loaded

12 Apr 2024

At the invitation of Ambassador Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, a relatively small group of ocean advocates representing a mix of government officials, scientists, economists, and activists are gathered in Hydra to discuss new ideas to protect the ocean.

Mother makes 200km emergency trip across rural Madagascar to save baby
Mother makes 200km emergency trip across rural Madagascar to save baby

Mother makes 200km emergency trip across rural Madagascar to save baby

6 Apr 2024

A young mother in Madagascar has been describing how she was forced to make a 200km emergency journey on challenging rural roads to a specialist regional hospital after she experienced difficulties giving birth at home.

World Happiness Report 2024 Assesses Happiness Across Generations

27 Mar 2024

The 2024 edition of the World Happiness Report analyzes happiness trends across different ages and generations in over 140 countries. It reveals a decline in the well-being of 15- to 24-year-olds in several regions, including North America and Western Europe. The US has also dropped out of the top 20 for the first time. Finland remains the happiest country, and the report provides rankings based on self-reported levels of national happiness. It offers analytics and advice for evidence-based policymaking. The report highlights differences in happiness among age groups and generations, emphasizing the need for immediate policy action for the well-being of children.

With 783 million people going hungry, a fifth of all food goes to waste
With 783 million people going hungry, a fifth of all food goes to waste

With 783 million people going hungry, a fifth of all food goes to waste

27 Mar 2024

The UN Environment Programme’s Food Waste Index Report 2024 highlights that latest data from 2022 shows 1.05 billion tonnes of food went to waste. Some 19 per cent of food available to consumers was lost overall at retail, food service, and household levels. That is in addition to around 13 per cent of food lost in the supply chain, as estimated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), from post-harvest up to the point of sale.

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