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Global Climate Change Summit Ends With Agreement to Agree, Actual National Plans Falling Far Short, and Some California Coups

William Bradley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
William Bradley

Once the cheering, perhaps as much a matter of relief for at last having the beginnings of a real agreement as anything else, dies down, a process of years-long pressuring, prodding, chivvying, and inspiring will take place. Or, perhaps better put, it had damn well better take place if this planet is going to remain habitable for humanity.

Climate Change Momentum Now Undeniable

Matthew J. Kiernan | Posted 06.23.2016 | Business
Matthew J. Kiernan

After many false starts, we believe that we have now reached a tipping point (or, if you prefer, an "inflection point").

New Hope for a New Generation: Can PINCs Save the Planet?

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 04.14.2013 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

PINCs -- Partnerships, Initiatives, Networks, and Coalitions -- are a key element of the "new architecture" for a "new world" that Hillary Clinton called for in her farewell speech as secretary of state.

Women Leave Rio+20 Motivated to Galvanize Sustainability Around Family Planning and Reproductive Rights

Diane MacEachern | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Diane MacEachern

The Rio+20 outcome document -- though 49 pages long and consisting of 23,917 words -- mentions women in less than 0.01 percent of the entire text.

'The Future We Want'

Bianca Jagger | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Bianca Jagger

What Rio+20 has demonstrated is that we can no longer stand by and wait for world leaders to provide solutions to prevent us from reaching the tipping point, or point of no return.

Rio+20: A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

On Friday afternoon, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development convened. Dubbed Rio+20, the conference was the largest UN summit ever held and marked the 20-year anniversary of the original Earth Summit also held in Rio.

Big Wins at Rio+20's: A Platform, Partnerships and Business Opportunities to Stop Plastic Pollution

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

What do mushrooms, tires and soda bottles have in common? They are all being used, recycled or even upcycled through innovative programs that prevent waste from entering the environment.

Rio Minus: The End of Post Cold-War Treaty Making?

Carl Pope | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

Already low expectations for the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference of the United Nations fell through the ocean floor in the last several days. The mood here is as gray as the Brazilian winter. People are taking to calling this "Rio -", not "Rio+."

Rio+20 Is Our Chance to Recognize the Benefits Healthy Oceans Have for People

Greg Stone | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Greg Stone

Ocean ecosystems and health have been in a state of decline for quite some time, but we have not appreciated or acknowledged how this decline will affect future generations' access to food, livelihoods, safe coastal places to live, cultural identity and other benefits.

Lessons for Rio+20

Corey Brinkema | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Corey Brinkema

As world leaders meet in Rio to develop an environmental agenda for the next 20 years, there are lessons from the history of the FSC that should inform the decisions they make.

Message to Governments at Rio+20 Earth Summit: If You Are Not Going to Save Our Future, We Are

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Among the countries weakening the text was that former environmental leader: Canada. But inspiration also comes from Canada.

Final Outcomes for Our Oceans in Rio+20 Negotiations

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

Here at Rio+20, it's clearer than ever that we all must play our part to protect our oceans and the planet. Whether you work in government, business, or civil society, we all must make decisions today that will create the future we want.

Rio+20 Earth Summit Atwitter About Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

Bob Keefe | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Bob Keefe

A "Twitter storm" raged on the Internet as hundreds of thousands of people around the world -- including EU commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard and celebrities such as NRDC trustee Robert Redford -- flooded the Web with #EndFossilFuelSubsidies tweets.

The Promises of Rio

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Kathleen Rogers

Rio+20 is a historic chance to move away from business-as-usual and end environmental destruction, reduce poverty, jumpstart the green economy and chart a course to a sustainable future. But the outlook is bleak.

Witness to Change: NRDC Co-founder John Adams on Rio+20

Bob Keefe | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Bob Keefe

"I have this feeling that we're never going to lose. We're going to win; it's just going to take a while. This is all just part of a large, long haul and the world is a complicated place. I mean, we've been using fossil fuels now for hundreds of years. It's going to take a few years to get off of it."

Stop Public Handouts to Oil, Gas and Coal Companies, Now

Robert Redford | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Robert Redford

We should not be subsidizing the destruction of our planet. Fossil fuels are literally cooking our planet, polluting our air and draining our wallets. Why should we continue to reward companies to do that?

Phasing-Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must Be One of the Major Outcomes of Rio+20

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

What if I told you that governments around the world were spending almost $1 trillion dollars a year to subsidize activities that are driving global warming?

My Eyeball and Envisioning the Rio+20 Earth Summit

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

I now have even greater hope that this Earth Summit will be important and historic. But we will have to be able to see how much has changed since the 1992 summit and what is really going on in Rio and the world.

Ocean Lovers Urge Leaders at Rio+20 to Make Real Commitments to Restore Oceans

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

We know how to fish better, reduce pollution, and revive marine life. The question is: will we put these solutions in place? Will our leaders do what it takes to scale up smart strategies and set real, lasting recovery in motion?

Environmentalists to Obama: Nothing More Important on Earth Than Summit

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 08.10.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon made a personal appeal to Barack Obama to attend the Rio Earth Summit, saying his presence would be critical to the summit's success.

Young People and the Challenges of Rio+20

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Stefan Simanowitz

As we prepare for the Rio Earth Summit later this month, it is hard not to have a sense that this generation of adults are collectively failing our children.

What Will It Take to Slow the World's 'Unsustainable Path'?

Robert Walker | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

When it comes to climate change and other environment challenges, Mitt Romney can plead ignorance, even if it's feigned. But what about President Obama?

Making Peace With Our Oceans

Kelly Meyer | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Kelly Meyer

From ending destructive fishing practices in international waters to curbing marine plastic pollution, there is no limit to what we can do if we work toward solutions together.

Jerry Brown for President + 20

William Bradley | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Most of the important happenings of the past few weeks in California politics has been about setting out the terms of debate and decision around Brown's fiscal moves.

Connecting the Dots Towards the Empires of Our Future

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 07.06.2012 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Yesterday thousands of people "connected the dots" as they rally around the world to highlight the profound link between extreme weather and human induced climate change.