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Being described as an ambitious and balanced agreement, the „Paris Agreement“ adopted in the French capital just yesterday is the first major multilateral deal of the 21st century. Representatives of 195 nations set out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Yet...

Food waste, a chronically overlooked issue, is finally getting the attention it deserves. And it was definitely high time to put the issue on the public agenda, since tackling the incredibly large amounts of food wasted and lost means benefits below the triple bottom line – and with that positive social, environmental and economic impacts.

 

 

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The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has risen sharply since the beginning of the industrialization. Because of burning fossil fuels especially the energy sector has contributed to global warming and thus climate change. 2015 could now be a landmark year, as the international community of states is hoping to agree on a new climat...

Soil and land, whether it is biomass in the form of food, feed, bioenergy, or biomaterials, play a crucial role in today’s life and underpin global efforts towards sustainable development. Such natural resources are key components for the fight against poverty, hunger and climate change. Now new studies presented at the 3rd Global Soil Week in Berl...

For a few months now oil prices are on a steady downward trajectory. Some people even speak about the possible beginning of the end of a super commodity cycle, with the result now of a long-term price slump lying ahead of us. This would have severe economic implications for countries heavily depending on oil exports - and with that particularly cou...

Extractive resources are non-renewable natural resources and therefore exhaustible, which is why revenues generated from depletion are finite and hereby intrinsically temporary. Also, particularly in the developing world, they account for a large share of several country's overall export structure and often generate the bulk of total government rev...

There is a broad consensus among scientists and policy makers that the growth rate of the world’s human population and its current rate of consumption are putting global sustainable development at risk. A new study now shows that reducing world popuation most certainly is no environmental "quick fix". Why? Because there are simply yet too many peop...

Natural resources can lead to bad macroeconomic performances and rising inequalities among citizens on the one side, but also go hand in hand with benefits and rising welfare on the other. The key question is why countries such as Botswana, Chile, Indonesia or Malaysia have been developing without serious problems, while others have performed badly...

The current commodity boom provides a big opportunity for resource-rich countries in terms of mobilizing additional domestic revenues that could be used for fostering development and transformative growth. However, most countries, particularly in the developing world, have not been able to transform their resource riches for the common good. Why?...

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