SDG 10: Reduced Inequality

The Last Surviving Black Americans Who Were Born Into Enslavement

For many people, American slavery seems like a historically distant era. After all, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation back in 1863. And Juneteenth has been celebrated since June 19, 1866, a year after federal troops announced in Galveston, Texas, that the state’s more than 250,000 enslaved people were free. But those events are […]

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SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

EU shakes up climate talks with surprise disaster fund offer.

Minutes after the United Nations summit’s chairman warned delegates that “we are not where we need to be in order to close this conference with tangible and robust outcomes,” the EU’s top climate official made a surprise offer. To applause, he proposed a two-pronged approach that would create a pot of money for poor countries […]

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SDG 5: Gender Equality

Equilibrium/Sustainability — California plans green ‘industrial revolution’

A rough road map: The state will have to double its existing electric generation capacity, quadruple its wind and solar capacity and add millions of new electric cars, per KQED. Prescribed burns of forests and wildlands — a key part of preventing destructive unplanned fire — will have to increase tenfold by 2025 and nearly […]

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SDG 4: Quality Education

UN publishes draft climate deal

The draft calls for accelerating “measures towards the phase down of unabated coal power and phase out and rationalize inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.” However, it does not outright endorse a push to draw down the use of all unabated fossil fuels, including coal, gas and oil, which Indian delegates have lobbied for at the conference. […]

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