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Leadership: Global Trends to Navigate in 2017

Bjørn Kjærand Haugland | Posted 01.19.2017 | Green
Bjørn Kjærand Haugland

Change is a constant. Business leaders cannot rely on a rear-view mirror in a fast changing world. Existing business models are under threat and strat...

This Index Can Keep Countries Accountable to the Goals

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 09.12.2016 | Home
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

As a general rule, global goals are good. They focus the international community's short-term attention, lock in preferred long-term targets and traje...

The Missing Ingredient in UN's 2030 Global Goals

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The SDGs and the Paris climate agreement are clearly interconnected and any effort to tackle one without immediate consideration of the other will do serious disservice to both.

Embarrassed About Your Finances? 3 Reasons to Let Go!

Zoë Foster | Posted 07.24.2016 | Women
Zoë Foster

Have you ever had that sudden panic at the supermarket checkout that you've forgotten your purse? Or worse, you realise once you've started bagging up your items that you don't have quite enough cash to pay the bill?

How Can You Attain Sustainability Results? Try Triple-A (AAA)

Mark Coleman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Increasingly, governments, businesses, and consumers are trying to get there arms around complex and converging sustainability-related risks: climate, resource scarcity, food supplies, geo-political conflict, economic inequality, disease, hunger, human rights, and so on.

Is Climate Risk a New and Troubling Source of Systemic Risk?

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 12.24.2014 | Money
David W. Richardson, CFA

There are signs that environmental risks, particularly extreme weather and government regulations to reduce pollution, are becoming both more material but also systemic, with the potential to affect large swathes of investment portfolios.

Q&A With Paul Sabin: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation with...

The Rise and Fall (Again) of the Dreaded Birth Dearth

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Given the challenges posted by climate change and the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer, no one knows whether farmers will be able to produce enough food at affordable prices to feed the projected 9.6 billion people just 37 years from now.

Jeremy Grantham Has Bad News and Good News

Robert Walker | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Grantham's greatest concern, though far from his only one, is that the world's farmers may not be able to produce enough food at affordable prices to feed the 9 billion or so people that are projected to inhabit the planet by mid-century or sooner.

Entering a Resource-Shock World

Michael T. Klare | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Michael T. Klare

Two nightmare scenarios -- a global scarcity of vital resources and the onset of extreme climate change -- are already beginning to converge and in the coming decades are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition, and conflict.

4 Grand Challenges to Energy, Food and Water

Manish Bapna | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Manish Bapna

Global growth will likely increase the demand for food, water, and energy by 35, 40, and 50 percent, respectively, by 2030. Add continued climate change to the equation, and the struggle for resources only becomes more intense.

A World Without A Moral Guidepost?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 01.17.2013 | Home
Ian Bremmer

We live in a global political order that has become unmoored from the underlying trend of U.S.-led globalization. We have much less of a single moral guidepost and leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to act on their moral sensibilities.

Sustainability and the Freedom to Choose

Anca Novacovici | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Anca Novacovici

Our capitalistic society is built around this idea of choice -- wherever we look, we are presented with options. Enter the concept of sustainability. It asks us to think about the impact of our choices and our actions. Does living sustainably limit our freedom to choose?

George Will: Willful Denial

Robert Walker | Posted 10.21.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

George Will, like many other climate and science-deniers, is trapped in a preconceived vision of how the world works, and nothing will change his ossified convictions.

Imperiling People, Posterity, and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

John Beddington, the U.K.'s chief science adviser, three years ago gave a speech in which he warned that population growth, climate change, and the world's rising demand for food, energy, and water constituted a "perfect storm" that could destabilize the world by 2030, or sooner.

When Scientists Speak, Who Listens?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

If scientists get any media attention it's only because the science-deniers are ridiculing them. We live in the Era of Willful Ignorance. It is not only acceptable; it is fashionable to throw scientific caution to the wind.

Ending World Hunger for the Price of a Burger

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephan B. Tanda

While world coffers grew from a mere $1.35 trillion dollars in 1960 to over $60 trillion today, the number of empty stomach reached record levels. Tod...