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  • Overview SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017

    July 2017

    This article includes excerpts from the 2017 SDGs report - a report that looks at the world, and individual countries' movements towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The exerpts look at the goals of the SDGs, what they are, and how certain areas and countries are doing in achieving the SDGs. It specifically looks at the "spillover" effects that countries have on other's ability to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The report comes to five main conclusions:

    1. Every country faces major challenges in achieving the SDGs

    2. Poor countries need help to achieve the SDGs

    3. The universal SDG agenda contains important spillover effects

    4. Countries should usefully benchmark themselves against their peers as well as against the goal thresholds

    5. Countries and international agencies need to make substantial investments in statistical capacity to track the SDGs

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  • 2017 SDGs Report Top 10 Countries

    July 2017

    The 2017 SDG Index and Dashboards Report includes individual analyses of each country in regards to their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This article focuses on the top ten countries in regards to the scores given in this report, and provides the United States (Ranked 42nd) as comparison. 

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  • Jeffrey Sachs at the Global Solutions: T20 Summit

    May 2017

    On May 20th, 2017, Professor Jeffrey Sachs addressed the Global Solutions T20 Summit in Berlin. In this speech, Sachs puts our current economic, social and environmental crises into historical context and addresses the importance of new ideas and solutions to the most pressing issues facing the world today, specifically those in the 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals that were unanimously decided upon in September 2015 by a group of world leaders. 

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  • Germany Breaks A Solar Record - Gets 85% Of Energy From Renewables

    May 2017

    "On April 30th, Germany established a new national record for renewable energy use. On that day and throughout the long May 1 weekend, 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was produced from renewables such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power."

    This article delves into the funding and success of German policy around renewable energy sources. Germany expects that "days like April 30 will become “completely normal” by 2030, as the federal government’s Energiewende, or energy revolution, begins to really reap the benefits of the investments made in renewable energy resources since 2010." 

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  • Winnemem Wintu Chief: California WaterFix Is The Biggest Water Problem State Has Ever Faced

    May 2017

    The "Delta Tunnels" in California are a proposal to transport water from the northern part of the state to the southern, more arid regions of the state. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe strongly opposes the construction of these tunnels and have used community organizing and protests to make their position known:  "In the midst of a 300-mile trek and prayer journey to bring salmon back to the McCloud River, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and their allies converge on the State Capitol to demand a change in California’s water policy."

    The tribe states that these tunnels will change the ecosystem, specifically the salmon population that the tribe relies on for food. Chief Sisk said that if the Delta Tunnels are built, they will cause  “more death and destruction” to already endangered salmon populations." This article covers the most recent protest by the tribe at the Climate March and their press release about the situation.  

    Chief Caleen Sisk

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  • UN Forum Highlights Importance Of Stronger Partnerships For Financing Sustainable Development

    April 2017

    This article describes the main points and speeches made by United Nations officials concerning the importance of sustainable finance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    They called for stronger partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that resource requirements are met.

    “The dividends will reverberate far and wide […] success on the SDGs will trigger beneficial results that will feed project pipelines leading to progress on gender, economic growth and climate action.”

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  • Prosperity In Sustainability

    March 2017

    "Our generation’s greatest challenge is sustainable development, meaning a nation that is prosperous, fair, and environmentally sustainable. Our nation’s goals should be the Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030." 

    In this article, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs talks about the need for the new administration to take on the Sustainable Development goals. He states that none of them are out of reach, and that they are reminiscent of the bold goal-setting that has seen so many of America's greatest achievements.

    "In short, for a country with the wealth of knowledge, technology, and skills of the United States, we don’t need to settle for a rank of 22nd out of 34 OECD countries in sustainable development. By setting ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, and by engaging thought leaders across the country, the United States could once again set the standard for policy boldness and innovation, and inspire other nations, even today’s adversaries, to work together for a better world." 

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