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  • May 8
    Could a U.S.–China Trade War Lead to a New Wave of Land Grabs?

    Could a U.S.–China Trade War Lead to a New Wave of Land Grabs?

    A trade war could force China to search for new frontiers to secure its soybean demand and protect its supply chains, leading to another wave of so-called “land grabs.” 

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  • May 4
    The Federal Court of Canada and the End of Investor-state Dispute Settlement in NAFTA?

    The Federal Court of Canada and the End of Investor-state Dispute Settlement in NAFTA?

    A recent Federal Court of Canada decision should spell the end of renegotiations on the investment chapter of NAFTA, and ignite a renegotiation of the investment chapters of other trade agreements.

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  • April 18
    Electric Vehicles vs. Fuel-Efficient Used Cars: Which really drives sustainability?

    Electric Vehicles vs. Fuel-Efficient Used Cars: Which really drives sustainability?

    Debates surrounding the merits of electric vehicles versus fuel-efficient used cars have typically focused on carbon emissions and energy use only—but what of the conflict implications?

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  • April 17
    Carbon Pricing: Busting four major myths

    Carbon Pricing: Busting four major myths

    We break down four common myths about renewable energy and carbon pricing. Feel free to use these facts next time someone tells you that coal is the future or that carbon pricing is just a hoax invented to increase your taxes.

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  • April 6
    Healthy Lives and Well-being for Everyone: Why SDG 3 matters and how we can achieve it

    Healthy Lives and Well-being for Everyone: Why SDG 3 matters and how we can achieve it

    Creating a sustainable world—and reaching economic, environmental and social goals—depends on having a thriving and healthy human population. We explore how Sustainable Development Goal 3 plans to achieve that.

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  • April 2
    Asbestos: How it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed

    Asbestos: How it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed

    About 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos at the workplace, resulting in roughly 107,000 occupational exposure deaths annually. In this guest article, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance explores how it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed.

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  • March 21
    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    This World Water Day, we take a look at Sustainable Development Goal 6 ("ensure access to water and sanitation for all") and explain what it is meant to acheive, and why it matters.

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  • March 16
    Five Steps We Must Take to Protect Refugees in the Future

    Five Steps We Must Take to Protect Refugees in the Future

    This year, a new reality, based on a new international paradigm regarding refugees futures, must emerge. Here are five steps that need to be set in motion to make this happen.

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  • March 8
    Why We Should Foster Economic Independence for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

    Why We Should Foster Economic Independence for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

    How can the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining sector support female miners and ultimately foster their economic independence?

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  • March 6
    Connecting the Dots: Natural resources, women and peace

    Connecting the Dots: Natural resources, women and peace

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke with Silja Halle of UN Environment to discuss the opportunities presented by environment and natural resources to strengthen women’s participation in peace processes.

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