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Horrors! Seattle is Moving to a $15/hour Minimum Wage

On June 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take this type of action to address income inequality.

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U.N. IPBES Aims for Indigenous Knowledge-Science Synthesis

With a mission to conserve and make sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems services the world over, the U.N. CBD’s Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystems Services (IPBES) has committed to incorporating indigenous and local knowledge within its science-driven institutional framework.

The ‘Metro Cable, Linea K' cable car in Colombia stretches 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) into the neighborhood of Santo Domingo -- creating a link directly from the city center into one of the city’s poorest areas.

Investor Ready Cities: From London to Rio de Janeiro

Yesterday, we went over a few success stories told in timely and valuable report from Siemens, PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner. Here are three more inspiring snapshots that tell the story of cities moving towards a more sustainable future.

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Tweet Jam: Designing for the Base of the Pyramid

From 4.30 to 5.30 UK time / 11.30 to 12.30 ET on Tuesday 10 June, Business Fights Poverty (@FightPoverty) and Triple Pundit (@triplepundit) we will be hosting a conversation on Twitter as part of the 2014 Design Expo.

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A Triple Play on Climate Change: China, India, U.S. Take Action

The coincidence of the leaders of the world’s #1, #2 and #4 carbon emitters taking strong action to reduce CO2 emissions is the biggest breakthrough yet in efforts to mitigate climate change. The announcements also boost prospects for a UN global climate treaty and sustainable development initiatives.

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Wireless Innovation Project Competition Awards Change-Makers in the Mobile Space

It’s been said that there’s an app for everything these days, so why should the world’s most pressing challenges be any different? That’s the message behind the Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project Competition (WIP). Since its inception in 2009, WIP has provided funding for a range of wireless technology innovations–awarding more than $2 million to universities, nonprofits and NGOs.

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ARPA Bridge Fund to Conserve 15 Percent of Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest

The $215 million bridge fund aims to usher in conservation financing-in-perpetuity for 215 million acres of Brazilian Amazon rain forest–an area twice the size of California. That will go a long way toward enabling Brazil to live up to its commitment to protect at least 10 percent of its Amazonian rain forest.

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Why We Can’t Afford to Drop the Push for Organic Food

Organic food production is expensive. It’s time consuming, more labor intensive and just plain difficult. So wouldn’t it be easier and more effective to leave it out of the equation and just promote good nutrition? Some say yes. Others ask: What’s healthy eating if you can’t guarantee food security?

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New 12-State Task Force Aims to Shrink Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Down to Size

The Hypoxia Task Force will marshal the resources of federal, state and tribal agencies and land grant universities to curb nutrient runoff and water pollution. For the first time, a new network for sharing research and ideas on solving the problem of marine hypoxia across the 12 states across the Gulf of Mexico-Mississippi River Basin Watershed will be established.

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‘World’s Largest Clean Tech Accelerator’ Gets a Boost from the U.N.

Looking to replicate the success it has had in the U.S., the partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) will enable Cleantech Open to scale-up its startup accelerator programs geometrically as it expands across six countries whose economies are in transition.

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How Women Are Changing the Energy Sector

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden’s Founder-Director, describes the difference volts make to women – and the difference women are making to the clean energy sector.