16 March Mar 2016 1452 16 March 2016
16 March Mar 2016 0948 16 March 2016
Bitcoin potential for underdeveloped countries
The advent of digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, marks the beginning of a new era. However, its potential for building truly empowering social and solidarity-based finance has yet to be tested. A UN study provides a primer on the basics of Bitcoin and the technology’s potential to facilitate financial inclusion, cooperative structures and even micro-insurance systems.
11 March Mar 2016 1305 11 March 2016
Millions going hungry, whilst Europe wastes 50% of its food
With food wastage at an all-time high and a predicted increase of 40% by 2020, EU Dutch presidency is asking civil society and the European Economic and Social Committee to provide exploratory opinions and solutions to the problem that is seeing over 1/3 of food produced globally going into the garbage.
10 March Mar 2016 1716 10 March 2016
Tougher green policies do not hurt export competitiveness
Countries that implement stringent environmental policies do not lose export competitiveness when compared against countries with more moderate regulations, according to a new OECD study.
3 March Mar 2016 1643 03 March 2016
Inequality, the environment, and protecting future generations
The African, Carribean and Pacific group of states (ACP) and the EU’s trade and development cooperation treaty, the Cotonou Agreement, is up for renegotiation by June of this year. Civil society organisations are calling for an agreement that tackles inequality, and includes the commitments made at COP21.
2 March Mar 2016 0947 02 March 2016
Is ethics a good business?
After the scandal of the VW cheating pollution emissions tests in the US, there are plenty of people and organisations that are calling for more ethical business practices. A new Report shows that the global business ethics landscape seems to be moving in a positive direction, but there is still much to do to earn public trust.
29 February Feb 2016 1414 29 February 2016
Almost nine out of ten EU citizens support development aid
Europeans are opening their hearts and their wallets. The new survey by Eurobarometer shows the highest support for development aid among EU citizens in 6 years, and a willingness to pay more for products from developing countries to support those living there.
23 February Feb 2016 1131 23 February 2016
Green bonds: an investment for the future of the planet?
In times when climate change and environmental degradation have emerged as some of the major global challenges, it has been estimated that approximately $10 trillion will be required in the coming decade to fund the transition to a low-carbon economy. How to pay for it? The growing market of green bond seems to serve as the answer to the climate change.
12 February Feb 2016 1632 12 February 2016
Food wastage: NGO invents app to recycle food directly from the fields
Tackling food wastage and poverty with one app. Italian NGO launches crowdfunding campaign for Social Food: the app that connects producers in the fields with volunteers to bring wasted produce directly to those that need it most.
9 February Feb 2016 1213 09 February 2016
One stop to tackling climate change and poverty
World technology and the globalised economy mean that we are no longer directly reliant on our local environment for survival. However, for millions of people across the developing world, their surroundings are the foundation of their livelihoods. This makes them the most vulnerable to environmental change. The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) runs projects that tackles two problems of global importance at once.
9 February Feb 2016 0840 09 February 2016
Ljubljana used to be a city choked with traffic. Getting from one side of the river to another was difficult, and public transport was a commuter’s nightmare. In less than a decade the trend has been reversed, and now the Slovenian capital has been named as the 2016 European Green Capital.
21 January Jan 2016 1315 21 January 2016
First supermarket to donate all surplus food to community projects
Morrisons, one of UK's leading supermarket chains, is rolling out an initiative to eliminate the waste of edible food in all its 500 stores across the country, thorugh builiding a network of community organisations to work with, among which the national charity FoodCycle.
20 January Jan 2016 0819 20 January 2016
Digital divide: is it really crucial to narrow the gap between rich and poor?
In developing countries, more families own a mobile phone than have access to electricity or clean water, but despite the unstoppable global spread of the internet, the digital divide between rich and poor remains a huge issue.
19 January Jan 2016 1535 19 January 2016
Amnesty International: tech giants exploit children to mine cobalt that ends up in smartphones
Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.
12 January Jan 2016 1120 12 January 2016
Which economic policies are needed in order to ensure competitive and fair societies?
Coin and The Magdas hotel, two best practices implemented by Caritas, show that new paradigms and new approaches can really make a difference
16 December Dec 2015 1259 16 December 2015
Olivier De Schutter: “The commitments made in Paris are insufficient to protect the most vulnerable peoples”
Despite the diplomatic euphoria, most civil society organizations do not hide their skepticism towards the agreement reached in Paris. In this interview to Vita International, Olivier De Schutter, co-chair of the the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on sustainable food systems, explains why.
14 December Dec 2015 1720 14 December 2015
Does trade trump climate?
Friends of Earth's Trade Campaigner Sam Lowe explores the little debated link between trade and climate change.
14 December Dec 2015 1233 14 December 2015
Climate change is not waiting for the next step in 2020
The Paris conference outcomes commented by Corrado Clini, former environment minister of the Italian Goverment and visiting professor at the Department for Environmental Sciences and Engineering of Tshingua University (Beijing).
14 December Dec 2015 0930 14 December 2015
A climate agreement in the interest of the vulnerable?
After two weeks of intense negotiations, the COP21 talks finally produced a landmark Paris Agreement among the close to 200 countries that participated to fight global warming.
12 December Dec 2015 1429 12 December 2015
Climate Action network: Paris agreement indicates a global shift from dirty energy
"The new global climate agreement that has been finalized in Paris today sends a strong signal that we need to accelerate phasing out the use of fossil fuels. Lots of work remains to be done to increase climate action in the short term" a statement by Climate Action Network reads.