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New Index Attempts to Measure Excessive Resource Use

Pro Journo | Posted 01.09.2016 | Green
Pro Journo

There is a growing awareness among political decision-makers that we need to take action to accommodate the resource needs of a human population that is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. Yet that awareness still needs to translate into political action.

How the World Resources Forum Came to be

Pro Journo | Posted 01.09.2016 | Green
Pro Journo

Having started out as conferences focused on recycling with 200 participants in the 1990s to become an annual Forum twice the size, the World Resources Forum has come a long way since its inception.

Unlimited Resources, Limited Environment

Pro Journo | Posted 01.09.2016 | Green
Pro Journo

There is a growing awareness among political decision-makers that we need to take action to accommodate the resource needs of a human population that is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. Yet that awareness still needs to translate into political action.

A Quiet Surge in Natural Resources Innovation

Ann Morgan | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

As society explores these new tools, we need to make sure that the public remains involved and that sophisticated market solutions are based on science and maximizing ecological benefits and not just enhancing private assets at the expense of public lands.

The President's Policy on Mitigation: It May Be Confusing, But it Is a Step Forward

Ann Morgan | Posted 11.13.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

Last week President Obama ordered five federal agencies to ensure that development on national public lands results in a net benefit, or at a minimum no net loss, of land, water, wildlife and other ecological resources.

Why You Should Be Optimistic About The Future Of Environmental Activism

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact

We haven’t always done a great job taking care of our water here in the U.S., and the devastating effects of recent flooding and drought c...

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Ballast Water Battle in DC and Federal Court

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

To be clear, the industry does not want debate on this issue because they do not want public involvement at all.

Seeking Justice for All

Don Cheadle | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Don Cheadle

A just outlook would recognize that in many cases it is the communities who have done the least to deplete resources that are the most affected by the shortages.

Arctic Oil Drilling: Deluding Communities About the Benefits of Resource Extraction

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.14.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The problem with Alaska's economic strategy is that it is based on the economic facts of the past rather than the projections of the future. The choice is not between extracting fish or extracting oil. There are other options.

Today, Humanity Has Spent Our Planet's Budget for the Entire Year

Marco Lambertini | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Marco Lambertini

A global ecological deficit is called overshoot, and today, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity's demand on renewable natural resources exceeds the supply that our planet can regenerate. More simply, it's the date humanity has spent our planet's budget for the entire year. This year, that date arrives more than four months before the year ends. As recently as 2000, Earth Overshoot Day fell in October.

Sand Wars

Peter Neill | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The impact on the environment is enormous, with measurable destructive consequence for biodiversity, land loss, hydrological function, water supply, infrastructure, climate, landscape and extreme events.

On History, Sustainability, and Community

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.23.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

Part I of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, managing principal of The Stone House Group Even if you don't believe i...

Watermark (Pt. 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

If that climate and irresponsible water use and management further delimits the amount available for all uses just in the critical climate and under-supply we know today, what will the inevitable change in water valuation and consequent increase in price mean for the cost of a Volkswagen or anything else on earth?

The Best Quotations (and Key Themes) From the Pope's Environmental Manifesto (Part 2)

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

The pope provides a moving and profound view on the deep connection between environmental and social issues, between humans and animals, and between spiritual and practical. He also hits head-on the contentious issue of man's "dominion" over nature: Many have interpreted the Bible to indicate that man should conquer nature, but the pope explains how wrong that reading is.

The Best Quotations (and Key Themes) From the Pope's Environmental Manifesto (Part 1)

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

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.

Paraguay: A Lost Paradise and a Land of Opportunity in the Heart of South America

Lorena Rios | Posted 06.10.2015 | Travel
Lorena Rios

Throughout the event, Paraguay was hardly mentioned until a Financial Innovation session where Sharath Dorbala, Vice-President of Amdocs Management, USA briefly commented about the experience of Mobile Financial Services as a success story in Paraguay.

Investing in the #1 Economy, China

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Natalie Pace

Part of investing in a new world is discovering exactly what those individuals love. Those countries and industries that are part of the migration of money from West to East will be blessed under the new dominion of China as the world's economic leader.

Nature's Trust (Part 3)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

As we consider how we will be able to change our behavior and somehow recoup the loss to our environment on land and sea, we come down to a basic conflict over ownership and control of our natural resources.

Nature's Trust (Part 1)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

We need a new idea and system of law that will enable an alternative to collapse or chaos. As an advocate for the ocean and the global water cycle as that idea, I have been unable to establish the principle and precedent on which such a system of law might be based -- until now.

National Parks, Rights, and the Need for Fairness

David Wilkie | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
David Wilkie

Building and maintaining a strong constituency for protected areas is essential if wildlife and wild places are going to be conserved. This requires honesty when considering the benefits and costs of protected areas, an inclusive approach to decision making, and a willingness by those who benefit from the taking of natural resources to compensate those whose lives are diminished.

Amidst Scandal and Crisis, a Way Forward For Resource Governance in Latin America

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

Countries like Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are among the resource-rich economies in Latin America that have made inroads their extractive sectors, particularly regarding transparency in revenues. Others are embroiled in major economic crises, like Venezuela.

Overpopulation: The Environmental Movement's Third Rail

Marc Ross | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Marc Ross

As scientists predict that Earth's population will only continue to grow, our fate will be determined by strides toward sustainable life now and in the future.

The Future of Food: How to Feed 9 Billion People?

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

The scarcity of healthy options in low-income neighborhoods in developed countries and the decreased purchasing power make people opt for a unhealthy and cheap processed foods rather than seasonal and local fruit and vegetables.

The Year Ahead

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

As we head into a brand new year, the headlines are awash in news about our twin heartbreaks here in the Middle East. Oil is one part of the equation. The other is also commanding daily attention: I'm referring, of course, to the geopolitical drama involving Iraq and Syria.