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Here's your One Seventeen.

Prepared on the train/plane from London to Paris.

This has been an eventful week in the news. Hurricanes and wildfires remind us of how climate change and inequality are connected. Atrocities abound in South Asia's human rights crisis. There's plenty more, of course, and as I know you're aware, there's much to be done! So strap on your shades (or lower your screen brightness), fix a stiff drink (read: Xoi), and read on, one-seventeeners (that's right, that's you now).

DEVELOPMENTS
Nordic countries on a mission to net-zero emissions
Soaring levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have put our world in a spiral of warming. Mostly, climate scientists have counseled cutting our emissions by burning less fossil fuels. However, some have been working quietly on a back hatch: Removing CO2 from the air. In Iceland, a plant has opened up that does what trees do, but faster. And instead of turning that carbon dioxide into more tree, this Icelandic plant turns it to stone. However, this does not address any of the other issues with coal: The terrible things that happen when it's mined, when its waste gets thrown out, etc. So this should not be seen as a way to keep burning coal like everything's fine.

In Sweden, the fourth largest concrete manufacturer uses algae to capture carbon before it enters the atmosphere. Bet you didn't know that the cement industry alone accounts for 5-6 percent of global emissions. So, if they can get this going, it could save a lot of emissions (and save the company $$). Ultimately, however, many climate people counsel against putting too much faith in carbon capture as a way to save us all because, simply put, it's too expensive. Algae-whiz.
Meanwhile, in Scotland
Scotland's ruling party has announced that it will create a fully green, publicly owned utility. Can it replace the utilities currently dominant? It's early days, but it's an ambitious announcement. Well, the UK has promised to be rid of coal by 2025, so this is certainly a step in the right direction.
100,000 African coders
Andela is working with tech companies to train Africans in tech skills. Can something like this help ease international inequalities? They're giving it a shot. Even Zuck gave it a love.
That Nobel economist + Poverty
You might've heard the new Nobel in economics went to Richard Thaler, one of the big honchos of behavioral economics. Among other things, this branch of the dismal science is hoping to help us rethink how we approach poverty. Hint: It's about "redesigning the cockpit".
RESOURCE
Shopping spree!!!!
No, (almost) nothing is sacred. Not even shopping. It can be difficult to do the shopping in the first place, let alone make sure what you buy is ethical or sustainable. That's why we have GoodGuide and DoneGood: They point you to companies and products that align with what you care about. If that's not enough, you can add impact to your purchases with Beam (in person, only in NYC for now) or Altruisto (online). Check these out next time you need to get a thing (read: every day).
SOMEONE TO WATCH
Aloysius Attah, CEO of Farmerline
Farmerline lets farmers access information and services that can help them boost their yields, and it's used by over 200,000 farmers in 11 countries. As a bonus, this week's link comes with interviews of 7 other interesting people. 8 for 1! How will I top it next week??
RESEARCH
More hunger in the world
In not-so-great news, hunger increased for the first time in 10 years in 2016. That's one in three people worldwide experiencing hunger today. This new report was released on the same day as a separate study showing a tenfold global increase in childhood obesity over the past 40 years. Clearly, the food system is out of whack.
COMMENTARY
Charity: Is it enough?
Spoiler: This author says no. Even after a natural disaster, he proposes in this impassioned opinion piece, we should be funding public services instead. 
Hope you have the best week ever. Please send all underground carbonate minerals, algae, and Nobel prizes in economics to me at christianpetroske@gmail.com.
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The One Seventeen is a weekly email that presents the latest in how the world is doing on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and reducing inequality, delivered in plain English. Each email has 5 parts: Recent developments; a resource; a profile of someone to watch; a summary of recent research; and commentary from around the web. (Why the One Seventeen? It's a reference to each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).)

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