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New research suggests economic development and sustainability efforts are playing out in different ways in different parts of China. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI Jan. 2 (UPI) — According to a new study, global sustainability is a lot like politics — it’s all local. To slow global warming, curb environmental degradation and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, all while addressing the problems of poverty and inequality, scientists and policy experts with the United Nations suggest world governments must adopt more sustainable land-use and development practices. At a 2019 United Nations summit in New York, world leaders and policy makers agreed upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. "The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all," according to the UN . "They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice." To hold the 193 nations that agreed to work toward the 17 SDGs accountable, researchers have begun developing new ways to track progress. But as a new study demonstrates, measuring sustainability is a hyper-local endeavor. Looking at sustainability efforts across an entire nation can offer mixed signals and disguise […]

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