Amnesty report 2020: Global inequality ‘brutally exposed’ by pandemic

The global pandemic has both exposed and deepened global inequality and has had the worst impact on the most vulnerable people in the world, Amnesty International said in its annual report. Amnesty’s 408-page report – Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights – covers 149 countries and delivers a comprehensive analysis of human rights trends globally during a turbulent 2020. Amnesty’s report shows how those already most marginalised – including women and refugees – have borne the devastating brunt of the pandemic. Health workers, migrant workers…

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How women in Ecuador are restoring a fragile ecosystem in the face of climate crisis

Women in Ecuador have stayed in the páramo, an ecosystem in the Andes, despite the threats that desertification, overgrazing and other human activities pose to their sustenance. With funding from the Municipality of Madrid, UN Women is working with the Azuay provincial government to improve the resilience of communities in Azuay province through a comprehensive intervention that includes women-led sustainable agricultural production. The project is also dismantling gender stereotypes and empowering women to contribute to decision-making processes in their communities. Many threats loom over Ecuador’s páramo ecosystem in the Andes:…

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Pandemic ad spend trends: New Mediaocean data shows green shoots in closed ecosystems

Just over a year since lockdowns and other distancing measures were first widely enacted, Mediaocean, the mission-critical platform for omnichannel advertising, today published proprietary data showing how major advertisers responded to the crisis. The analysis suggests an economy with pent-up energy, keen to stimulate consumer confidence and renewed growth as the world begins to see a route towards the end of the crisis. The first like-for-like comparison since the pandemic started shows a resurgence in marketing investment. Using data from the closed ecosystems optimisation solution acquired via 4C, Mediaocean sampled…

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EU carbon pricing: is a border levy a new sustainability standard or a catalyst for carbon leakage?

The EU’s plan to tax the carbon content of imports may protect Europe’s materials industry from competitors in other countries with less stringent and costly greenhouse-gas regulations, primarily China, but fail to stem so-called carbon leakage. Download the report The European Commission is preparing a legislative proposal on a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) as a corollary to the EU’s Green Deal which will impose extra sustainability-linked costs on domestic industry. But the EC also wants to avoid the problem of firms simply relocating production to more lenient foreign jurisdictions…

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One ‘Use-Up Day’ a week cuts food waste by third finds Hellmann’s

A new study by Hellmann’s has found that enabling people to be more resourceful with the contents of their fridge can significantly reduce the amount of perfectly good food that would otherwise be thrown away. Globally, a third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted and 900 million tonnes is thrown away every year, with more than 60% of this waste occurring in the home. No one ever sets out with the intention of throwing good food in the bin, but life gets in the way. Plans…

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