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April 17, 2020 Building a circular economy: five key concepts

Source: National Geographic

To allow for the benefits of safe packaging without creating a flood of waste into the environment, we need to create a circular economy, where products are designed to last longer and eventually come back into use as new...

April 16, 2020 Creating a sustainable sand industry requires greater regulation – here’s why

Source: World Finance

Many industries rely on the sand trade, but the valuable resource is often exported at the expense of local communities and the environment. Experts are warning that regulation must improve, or we risk pushing the material to the...

April 16, 2020 The Fed’s Main Street problem: Worries rise that money won’t go where it’s most needed

Source: CNBC

It wasn’t supposed to work like this: The Federal Reserve was not going to have to come back and rescue the economy the way it did during the financial crisis, because American business was going to learn its lesson about not...

April 15, 2020 Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2020

Source: Relief Web

NEW YORK, 9 April 2020 – Governments must take immediate steps to prevent a potentially devastating debt crisis and address the economic and financial havoc wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic – says a new report from the United...

April 15, 2020 Construction industry progress towards sustainability with renewable materials

Source: Recycling Magazine

With an increasing number of government regulations encouraging net-zero carbon future to limit global temperature rise, the construction industry is on a way to design, construct and operate buildings that improve their...

April 15, 2020 Planning for the economic recovery from COVID-19: A sustainability checklist for policymakers

Source: World Bank Blogs

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, governments and emergency services are focusing on immediate needs: boosting capacity in hospitals, addressing hunger, and protecting firms and families from eviction and...

April 10, 2020 Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours

Source: The Guardian

The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only...

April 6, 2020 Fed Goes All Out To Keep Economy Alive During Coronavirus Shutdown

Source: NPR

As the United States tumbles into a coronavirus recession, the Federal Reserve is using its nearly unlimited power to generate cash to cushion the fall.

April 2, 2020 Let them pay rent with their security deposits: A better way to take the edge off the coronavirus housing crisis

Source: NY Daily News

Mayor de Blasio, seeming to endorse a plan to use security deposits in place of April’s rent, said it perfectly: “residents are hand-to-mouth.” The mayor is right: New Yorkers are panicked on several fronts. With job losses and...

April 1, 2020 Sustainable Infrastructure In The Age Of Coronavirus: ‘Winners’ And Losers

Source: Forbes

With so many regions across the world having to shut down most business activities, gatherings, and such, it’s unsurprising that construction of infrastructure is also starting to take a hit. In New York City, for instance,...

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