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Mayra Monge has dedicated much of her life to researching and planting native trees in the verdant biodiverse powerhouse of Costa Rica. Through her work, she has cultivated a love and awareness of nature for hundreds of students to take a stand against the challenges of the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity in her native land. 

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Pedro Colombari owns a farm with five thousand pigs in the small town of São Miguel do Iguaçu in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. He started producing biogas in 2006 and uses it to supply his farm with electricity.

“It’s easy to produce biogas in pig farming. The system is very simple,” says Colombari. “The system works by gravity. In the morning, the pigs’ waste gradually slides towards the biodigester through pipes.”

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In some ways India could be considered a test case for the rest of the world, as it works out how to feed its population of 1.3 billion people in a sustainable way. The challenge is to achieve this feat without degrading the land, soil and water resources, destroying the country’s rich diversity of flora and fauna, or causing serious smog in cities like Delhi.

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‘’For years, we were suffering from inflamed sinuses and unable to breathe,” said Monir Abdo, a resident of El-Saf, a city about 50 kilometers away from Egypt’s capital of Cairo. “I had to have an operation done. The bad smell was continuous, day and night. It got worse during summer.’’ 

‘’Now the pesticides are removed,” he continued, “our health is better. Finally, my children are able to study without being distracted by nasty smells and breathing difficulties.’’ 

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Since the beginning of this century Viet Nam has experienced years of rapid economic growth, driven mainly by the processing and manufacturing sectors. By 2013, the government had established 173 industrial zones, with an average of 90 companies in each zone. Basic environmental legislation had been passed but regulation and enforcement capacity was weak.

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Manuel Sebastião Afonço has a lot to take care of: nearly 1 million hectares, to be exact.

As administrator of Quiçama National Park, a sprawling territory near Angola’s capital Luanda, he is responsible for protecting wildlife including elephants, giraffes, zebras, impala, and other animals that are increasing draws for visitors as the country seeks to build an ecotourism sector.

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Novus’s branding is recognizable to customers in Ukraine from afar. The supermarket chain’s corporate colour is bright green – and with good reason.

“It really sums up well our company ethos, since we care a lot about the environment,” said Mark Petkevich, CEO of Novus. “We want to offer the best and freshest products to our customers, while also ensuring that we have a low carbon footprint.”

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Living atop a hill in Malindza, a tiny county in Eswatini’s lush east, 56-year-old Ntombi Ndzimandze is the matriarch of her household of 11 women and children.

At the beginning of the year, two of Ndzimandze’s grandchildren were bitten by Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes, one of the key vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The children showed all the usual symptoms of the disease, but when Ndzimandze brought them to the closest clinic they were misdiagnosed.

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Yielding success for three endangered species in Thailand, conserving productive habitats, and finding solutions that are mutually beneficial for people & planet

Thailand has undergone rapid development over the last three decades, lifting many of its people from poverty. This has involved rapid industrialization, urbanization, and intensification of agricultural production and fishing.

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