Leading up to the release, much of the news coverage talked about an upcoming "climate declaration." Yes, this is a core part of the discussion, but the Pope is clearly concerned with environmental conditions overall.
The recent green light in Congress for fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership marks an opportunity to put a forgotten economic heavyweight back in focus.
Sen. Whitehouse likened their actions to those of the tobacco companies that conspired to manufacture doubt about the link between smoking and disease when they were all too aware of it. In 2006, a federal district court ruled that the tobacco industry's deceptive campaign to maximize its profits by hoodwinking the public amounted to a racketeering enterprise.
My advice for newcomers: skip the pundits and lean in to innovative change agents -- the "makers" who work across the spectrum of business, arts, education and politics. You know an event is a success when your hope for the future is renewed.
Nature forces such choices on us, and what we really need is a guide to how to weigh harm in the pursuit of the good. A guide to decide when the good outweighs the harm. Never says the Precautionary Principle!
With the United States Department of Agriculture announcing meat substitutes in school lunches nationwide, replacing meat with equally protein-rich alternatives, we're starting to witness a sea change in national dietary guidelines. And it's about time. Our current approach to diets is unsustainable.
Republicans who don't believe in climate change were in holy hell last week, as Pope Francis made an earth shattering statement on the issue.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: w...
There's something I need to tell you all about myself. Recently, I've become one of those people with clipboards who stands on the sidewalk near Union Square.
While the full ramifications of the ruling are still unfolding, it is already clear that it could be a landmark moment. For one thing, the verdict offers a potential legal route out of a long lasting political impasse on climate change in the Netherlands, and beyond.
A group of Surui men tromp through the forests, carrying heavy loads. Yet they are not loggers with a mission to clear-cut the trees and ship them to be made into expensive furniture. Rather, these indigenous people carry machetes and seedlings.
Islam is a religion that teaches duty and responsibility. We are made dependent on one another so that we may help each other. My relationship with the earth isn't limited to just my lifetime, but to those born after me.
Even before Pope Francis published an encyclical on environmental degradation negative reactions were already multiplying. Certain US commentators did not remain silent and attentive long enough to actually read and digest and reflect upon what the bishop of Rome had to say.
It was during a visit to São Paulo that a budding acquaintance with Denise Milan was spawned. I was drawn to her work and a world of discovery that she presented to me through her stone constructs and the multilayered tableaus that resonated throughout her installations.
It is important that one of the world's largest investment consultants has leapt into the debate on climate change and its effects on investment portfolios with reasoned analysis and actionable recommendations.
Neither Paris nor Lyon is burning -- yet. But sweltering, roasting under 40oC (106oF) skies, they definitely are -- and the delegates gathering in Lyon to channel the climate-action potential of cities, states and provinces feel the heat.