A data visualization platform that tracks countries’ progress on meaningful access to information

The Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School has released the Development and Access to Information Dashboards, a data visualization platform that tracks the progress of countries and regions on key indicators related to three dimensions of meaningful access to information: Connectivity, Freedom and Gender Equity.

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How to Tackle Climate Change, Food Security and Land Degradation

How can some of world’s biggest problems – climate change, food security and land degradation – be tackled simultaneously? Some lesser-known options, such as integrated water management and increasing the organic content of soil, have fewer trade-offs than many well-known options, such as planting trees, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Global Change Biology.

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Defunding and Departing from the WHO: A Threat to Global Security and Also the United States

In the midst of the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Trump’s announcement that the US will defund and depart from the World Health Organization (WHO) poses a clear and present danger to all Americans and the international community. Infectious diseases do not recognize national boundaries nor a person’s politics. Our responses to them cannot either.

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ASSESSING FORESTS FROM AFAR

A new study led by the University of Delaware’s Pinki Mondal recommends that in addition to using large swaths of coarse satellite data to evaluate forests on a national scale, it is important for countries to prioritize areas such as national parks and wildlife refuges and use finer scale data in those protected areas to make sure that they are maintaining their health and are being reported on accurately.

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UN GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK USA SEEKS PROFESSIONALS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The UN Global Compact Network USA is seeking applicants for this year’s SDG Pioneers program from businesses and other organizations worldwide. Nominate an SDG Pioneer from your organization today!

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Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Climate Change Impacts on Land, Wildfires and Solutions

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U.S. protections for constitutional rights falling behind global peers

New research from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (WORLD) shows that the United States is falling behind its global peers when it comes to guarantees for key constitutional rights. Researchers identified key gaps in the U.S. including guarantees of the right to health, gender equality, and rights for persons with disabilities.

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