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Blockchain Environmental Accountability: A Vision from its Energy Demand

Severe weather events are increasing international climate change pressures from UNFCCC climate regime and its subsequent Paris Agreement, calling for the urgency of ‘peaking global emissions as soon as possible’ and to ‘reach net-zero emissions by 2050’. Achieving these global targets require a profound transformation of national energy mixes, in what is denominated a ‘global …

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Why Blockchain makes “Green Bonds” 10x more efficient

The increasing number of reports, whitepapers and news articles discussing the use of Blockchain for Bonds, particularly Green Bonds, highlights the potential of this technology to help scale climate action. The financial sector has been experimenting with Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) for several years. For example, the well-known Corda (known as CorDapps) ecosystem started development …

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Transitioning to a low carbon economy

— The necessity of addressing climate change through decarbonisation of the economy. Global media broadcasts the hapless results of extreme weather events; from wildfires across Portugal and the United States, to hurricanes and monsoons which persist with an increased ferocity in the Caribbean and India, to extreme flooding in central and western Europe.   These events …

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What barriers should be overcome to make the financial system more ethical?

Can the financial sector harness innovation to drive impact investing? If you want to know what moves the needle to grow or shrink economies and industries, follow the money. Governments may write the rules for the financial sector, but it’s investment that drives innovation and growth, tipping the scale in favour of some industries and …

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How can Emerging Digital Technologies Alleviate Poverty in the Context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Goal 1 No Poverty of the UN Sustainable Development Goals aims to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. This includes the facets of poverty such as gender inequality, power dimensions between developing and developed countries, the impact of environmental disasters and the exclusion of those living in remote areas. Extreme poverty disproportionately affects women, …

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Blockchain Technology and Monitoring & Evaluation: Africa and Beyond

“What happens to the planet is the cumulative result of over 6 billion independent producing and consuming individuals. Without their support, sustainability actions at other levels have little effect” (Dahl, 2012:17). Global changes from human activities include profound alterations of ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity, resulting in substantial effects on the health …

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A Sustainable Agri-business model in a networked world

One of the meanings of Sustainability is it ‘being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged’. In this context, a sustainable business model has to consider the sustainability of all stakeholders in its business both internal and external. A sustainable business model has to …

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Why Libra Is More About Digital Identity Than Just a Cryptocurrency?

The migrant crisis is one of the most heated topics of debate across Europe. Refugees often do not have documents and the issue of identification becomes critical in integrating migrants into the society. Blockchain technology could provide a significant solution by granting migrants a self-sovereign identity and one of the largest companies in the world …

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