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Earth Summit

Earth Day 2012: Time to Take the Lead

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 06.21.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

This June, in Rio de Janeiro, more than 120 presidents and prime ministers will get together for a meeting with much at stake for every person on our planet -- and future generations.

Grimm Pickings: The Real Economic Fairy Tales

Sharan Burrow | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Sharan Burrow

The idea that we can build a strong economy while improving our environment is seen as pure fantasy. Of course, the real fiction lies in thinking you can ignore environmental impacts and carry on with slash and burn economics forever.

At Rio+20 Earth Summit, Governments Must "Show Us the Money"

Richard Steiner | Posted 06.04.2012 | Green
Richard Steiner

For decades, our collective "ecological footprint" has exceeded what the Earth can sustainably provide, now by over 50 percent. This may be our last best chance to deal seriously with the global environmental crisis before it is too late.

What's New for Rio +20?

Carl Pope | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

So what has changed for the world since first Earth Summit in Rio twenty years ago -- and what new challenges and opportunities will be on the table at the end of June when the UN again convenes its members?

Sustainability Is the Sensible Alternative

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

More people in the world are living better, but the natural world that underpins this prosperity is constantly being eroded.

What Climate & Energy Actions Would You Demand of World Leaders at the 2012 Earth Summit?

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.09.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Think world leaders need to finally phase-out the fossil fuel subsidies that are helping to drive global warming and tilting the incentive away from clean energy investments?

I'm Stuck in a Bad Relationship, Part 2

Matt Petersen | Posted 05.03.2012 | Green
Matt Petersen

A good relationship is built on respect. A good relationship demands that you listen to your partner. But we, as a society, have not been listening to planet Earth and the signals she is sending.

Ocean Life in the Balance: Will Science Overcome Politics at Rio+20 conference?

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 04.14.2012 | Science
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

According to the UN's most recent "State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture" report, 85 percent of fish stocks are "fully exploited, overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion" -- the highest ever recorded.

Ready for Rio: Earth Summit Call for Action

Matt Petersen | Posted 12.28.2011 | Green
Matt Petersen

The Earth Summit is about protecting our planet -- and preserving our future. Now, we are joining our colleagues at Green Cross International and other environmental nonprofits in asking everyone, but particularly younger generations, to become engaged and speak up for a brighter and greener future.

For the Next Earth Summit in Rio, We Want Action, Not More Grand Promises

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

National governments have already agreed to hundreds of commitments to protect the environment and achieve a more sustainable future, yet many have deliver real change on the ground. The degradation of our planet continues.

Do Not Doubt a Role For the UN in Climate Change

Farah Faisal Thaler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Farah Faisal Thaler

Despite a barrage of criticism toward the UN following the Copenhagen conference, sidelining the world body and overlooking its numerous strengths would be short-sighted.

It Doesn't Get Bigger Than This

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

The world has forged a seminal agreement once before on climate, in Rio. We can -- and must -- do it again in December in Copenhagen.