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By Laura Phillips, senior vice president for global sustainability, Walmart Inc.

Integrating sustainable practices into a company’s operations can improve business performance, spur technological innovation, inspire brand loyalty, and boost employee engagement.

That is our experience at Walmart, where investments in sustainability and efficiency in our own operations – and those made by our suppliers – have enabled us to save money, while striving to support jobs and help reduce impact on the environment.

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Modern biotechnology promises remarkable advances in agriculture, medicine and industrial products. The genomes of many plants and animals are being mapped, and techniques are being developed to manipulate genetic material and fuse cells beyond normal breeding barriers. 

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Healthcare workers are not exactly the ones that make the top of the list of ‘most dangerous jobs’, so you might be surprised to learn just how dangerous healthcare work can be.

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By Amy Luers, executive director, Future Earth

It is inspiring to see the world mobilise around the global vision of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger, ensure sustainable water access for all, fight inequalities, tackle climate change, and more. Local governments, companies, and civil society are developing plans for how they can contribute to achieving them. But a key piece is missing – clear targets for maintaining Earth’s life-support systems, the global commons.

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Croatia is a small country, with a population half the size of New York City. But what it lacks in size, it makes up in gorgeous nature. Croatia has the largest area of Natura 2000 sites in Europe. 40 percent of its land and 17 percent of its marine territory are home to threatened species and habitats.

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The Dayton Accords reached 22 years ago heralded an era of peace for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Yet the country is now estimated to be the second deadliest in the world for another killer, responsible for more lives lost worldwide than any war – air pollution.

Electricity produced from coal can appear cheap in the short-term. It has been seen by many to be a development opportunity. The electricity is even exported to neighbouring countries.

Yet what price does cheap and dirty energy place on people’s health, the environment and development?

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With a population of 1.3 billion, growing at 1.2 per cent per year, India is a heavy hitter in the world of global emissions. But while the country is the globe’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter after the United States and China, it also has big ambitions in terms of energy efficiency.

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By Sofia Faruqi, manager, New Restoration Economy, World Resources Institute and Eriks Brolis, conservation business lead, The Nature Conservancy

Five years ago, Jurriann Ruys, a successful partner at management firm McKinsey in Amsterdam, did something his former colleagues could never have predicted. He quit, to help solve the problem of land degradation.

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By Ralph Thurm, managing director and Bill Baue, senior director, Reporting 3.0

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