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Hello, this is Bruno, writing to you from Geneva, where the summer heat seems to be slowly fading away.

On today's agenda: WEF's "One Trillion Tree" initiative, a briefing by MSF’s Dr. Maria Guevara on the vicious cycle between climate and malnutrition, and this year’s storm season unlike any other. First, some good news: there’s little reason to panic over rising demographics, so long as we invest in health and education, among others.

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Bruno Jochum, Geneva

31.08.2020


Today’s reason for hope


Why enabling all children to flourish can help tackle the climate crisis. If you're worrying about global overpopulation, you may be surprised to learn that one of the most effective policy tools is providing education and health to all. Rich societies who blame overpopulation on poorer countries should think twice, support women empowerment, and concentrate on radically reducing their own footprint.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Climate News


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A Yemeni farmer works at a tomato field amid acute food insecurity, in Sana'a, Yemen, 11 August 2020. Keystone / EPA / Yahya Arhab

A vicious cycle made worse. The impact of the climate emergency has reached deep into the heart of medical humanitarian work. Dr. Maria Guevara from Médecins sans Frontières talked to Geneva Solutions on the links between malnutrition, food insecurity, and changing climate.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

One trillion trees are good but not enough. This WEF initiative that aims to conserve, restore and grow that number of trees worldwide is a welcome initiative, but what is the real potential of reforestation to combat the climate crisis?

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Weathering one storm after another grows more difficult in a burning planet. Within just a week of fighting megafires, the US faced another major catastrophe in the south of the country in the form of another storm. Such extreme weather events have grown more frequent over time — indicating the new state of a rapidly warming world and what it could mean for everybody.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Ongoing matters


Image of the day


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'Gaia' is Luke Jerram's artwork of a giant globe that is displayed during the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival at the Painted Hall in the Royal Naval College in London, UK. Gaia aims to inspire awe and the 'Overview Effect' for the planet earth. The seven-metre sculpture is an internally lit replica of the planet using NASA imagery, displayed to music by Dan Jones.


Next on the agenda


07 September | International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies will be observed next Monday. The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution in 2019 that set a precedent for a new international day for clean air for the years to come.

UNEP (EN)

01 September (9:00 am) | Geneva: The Environmental Agenda of International Geneva. The city is a global hub for international environmental governance, making it an ideal location to reinforce and develop synergies among different environmental actors. Convened by the Geneva Environment Network, the event aims to introduce new stakeholders to international Geneva, its environmental community, major events and negotiations taking place in the region.

Geneva Environment Network (EN)

02 September (3:00 pm) | Online: Aligning finance for the net zero economy. A proactive response to climate change is two-fold — it’s about disclosing risks and about investing in green opportunities that can enable the low emissions societies of the future. This webinar organised by EIT Climate-KIC and UNEP Finance Initiative aims to challenge and inspire financial actors worldwide to move from merely discussing risks to actual climate alignment.

EIT Climate-KIC & UNEPFI (EN)

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