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The Inside Story of the Paris Climate Agreement

The Inside Story of the Paris Climate Agreement and its importance for Earth Day.

 
April 22nd is celebrated as the International Mother Earth Day. In addition to this, a high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, took place as a first step in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, which was adopted in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015. Continue reading

80% of Worlds Wastewater Discharged Goes Untreated

Only 20% of the worlds wastewater discharged are currently being treated, leaving low-income countries hardest hit by contaminated water supplies and disease. This is according to a UN report on wastewater management which encourages governments to see treated wastewater as a valuable resource, and a priority for the post-2015 development agenda. With urban populations estimated to double in the next four decades, and low-income countries possessing only 8 per cent of the required capacity to treat wastewater effectively, Wastewater Management, A UN-Water Analytical Brief, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, on behalf of UN-Water, describes the damage being done to ecosystems and biodiversity as ‘dire’ and warns of the threat wastewater will increasingly pose to human health, economic activity, and water security if left unaddressed. Continue reading

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