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Business as Agent for World Benefit?

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy If this statement sounds a bit odd to you, let me share with you the theme of the conference that took place last week in Clevela...

World Population Day: 18 Groups Taking Action

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Thursday, July 11th, is World Population Day. The United Nations estimates that global population will swell to 9 billion by the year 2050. Most of t...

Managing Water in a Dry Land

Francesco Fiondella | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Francesco Fiondella

The Elqui River basin in Chile's Coquimbo region is one of the driest places on Earth. It receives only about 4 inches of rain each year, and most of it during one short rainy season. In some years, the region will get close to zero rainfall, while in others it will get five times the normal amount.

The Transition to a Sustainable Economy May Happen Without the U.S. Federal Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

Economic consumption will change in the sustainable and renewable resource-based economy, but it will not be reduced. In fact, the size of the sustainable but high throughput economy that we must develop will be larger than today's economy.

The Happiest Nation In The World Is...

Posted 04.06.2012 | World

Denmark has taken the top spot on the United Nation's first ever World Happiness Report, followed by Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. The 158-...

Green Jobs and Educating the Sustainability Managers of the 21st Century

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

In some ways, the specific definition of a green job is less important than the fact that it is now measured and considered important enough to track.

Scientific Research and a Sustainable Planet

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.12.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

With a global population that is projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, the crucial question emerges -- how do we extract our needs from the planet without destroying it?

Why the World Bank Needs Jeff Sachs at the Helm

Michael Shank | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Michael Shank

Given the World Bank's focus on poverty, economics and climate, and given Sachs' wealth of experience in all three, there is no better candidate.

2012's Not-Quite Hopeless U.S. Climate Policy

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.10.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

While I do not hold out much hope for a new U.S. climate bill this year, there are plenty of other actions now underway. Young people understand the challenges of global sustainability and I am convinced that the situation is far from hopeless.

Timor-Leste Beauty

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.02.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

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Hurricane Irene and the Routine of Emergency Response

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

All of the advanced preparation and response to the storm prevented death, injury and damage. We may have escaped the worst imaginable catastrophe this time, but perhaps we won't next time. It is better to be inconvenienced than dead.

Japan's Nuclear Catastrophe and Governor Andrew Cuomo's Policy to Close Indian Point

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

Japan may be far away from New York and in a very different part of the planet, but let's remember what happened there earlier this year.

Open Letter to President Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

September 17, 2010 President Lee C. Bollinger Office of the President Columbia University 202 Low Library 535 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027...

Low-Cost Thrills in Millennium Village Data

John W. McArthur | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
John W. McArthur

Yesterday, May 30, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Millennium Villages project (MVP) in Mwandama, Malawi. While there he ...

Meet the Amazing Aroon Shivdasani of NYC's Indo-American Arts Council

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani has lived all over the world but has called New York home for about half he...

Peter Buffett and Angelique Kidjo Release Single to Support Girls in Africa

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years. I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF G...

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Richard Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Reiss

Our cultural habits still come from an expansionist idea that would suit a civilization that actually has mastered space travel. But in real life we just have this planet.

Haiti's Tomorrow May Be Rooted In Trees, Fertilizer

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

The task of restoring Haiti's countryside is extremely difficult and could even be impossible. But the restoration work for a healthy countryside would provide more food and jobs, and make flooding less severe.

Haiti Earthquake: Greening of Hillsides Can Bolster Recovery

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Now with parts of Haiti in ruin and perhaps 200,000 people dead, the tree-planting and the soil sampling have halted. But the catastrophe makes it more critical than ever that Haiti be re-greened.

A New Approach to Global Problem-Solving

John W. McArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John W. McArthur

Obama's critics must ask: Which among macroeconomic coordination, food production, energy, climate change, or disease control could be considered optional at this stage?

Madonna, Africa and Child Mortality

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The deaths of African children are all about food, water and cooking stoves. There is usually no public health system in place to address this tragic litany of otherwise very approachable issues.