US wedding industry profits tapped to fight child marriage globally

Ellen Wulfhorst Thomson Reuters Foundation Each year, 12 million girls are married before they turn 18   Some profits from the multi-billion-dollar U.S. wedding industry will be funneled into the global fight against child marriage, said organizers of a campaign that kicked off on Monday.   The campaign, called VOW, will raise funds in the […]

E-cigarettes 95% less risky than conventional cigarettes: Experts

Vivek Singh Chauhan IANS   By cracking down on artificial nicotine products, India will miss the historical opportunity to reduce the burden of disease and deaths due to smoking and tobacco as these products are 95 per cent less risky than conventional cigarettes, health experts said.   “E-cigarettes represent a very historical opportunity when you […]

Zero waste shop wins award as ‘Blue Planet’ effect grows

Lee Mannion Thomson Reuters Foundation   A zero waste shop won an ethical business award in Wales on September 26, 2018 highlighting a growing trend among retailers to cut plastic use as worry over its environmental impact rises.   Judges praised Natural Weigh in south Wales for educating people about the dangers of single-use plastic […]

Without food security, there is no peace

Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service   Reversing years of progress, global hunger is on the rise once again and one of the culprits is clear: conflict.   A high-level side event during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly brought together, U.N. officials, governments, and civil society to assess and recommend solutions to […]

Only virtual systems, hyperconvergence can tackle explosive growth in retail finance

Jagjit Arora IANS   Financial inclusion ranks high on the Indian government’s agenda today. The banking sector, with its legacy infrastructure and outdated modes of operating cannot meet the financial inclusion objectives unless it digitally transforms. Virtualisation and hyperconvergence have to be adopted by the banks to meet the challenges thrust upon them.   Virtualization […]

World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank

Sophie Hares Thomson Reuters Foundation   Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank on Thursday, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish.   Countries could reap economic and environmental benefits by better collecting, recycling and disposing of […]

As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking, water experts warn

Manipadma Jena Thomson Reuters Foundation   Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say.   Combined with losses of soil-holding mangroves and accelerating groundwater extraction, which can lead to land sinking, the […]

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