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Sustainable Development

Can Your City Commit to 100-Percent Renewable Energy?

XPRIZE | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Cities around the world are rushing to commit to running on 100-percent renewable energy as soon as possible. It may be a great idea, but can a major metropolis actually achieve the goal? We'll find out by watching Vancouver in British Columbia, where the city council voted in March to go 100-percent renewable by about 2030.

Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Stella Salvo | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

History has shown that poverty and famine can lead to war and civil uproar. Indeed there are factors out of the control of a scientist like myself.

Developers Build for Niche Buyers

Toni Haber | Posted 05.26.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Niche clientele. Developers of New York City's residential real estate market have been designing properties suited for buyers with a specific focus, including the health-centric buyer and the swimming buyer.

Why Attaining Sustainability Requires Us to Bridge Generational Divide

Mark Coleman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Managing change while confronting the onslaught of converging social, economic, and environmental issues that challenge humanity requires all generations to work together.

Update From the April SDG Negotiations: How We Can Make Sustainable Development Happen

Lucien Georgeson | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Lucien Georgeson

The UN will officially announce the SDGs in September--that timeline is set. It is clear from the most recent round of discussions, however, that a host of problems and differences of opinion remain.

What Is Equitable for Planet Earth? India and Climate Change: Our Record, Role and Responsibility

Ela Bhatt | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Ela Bhatt

It is unfortunate that the world, particularly India, has not come together on the issue of poverty as it has on climate change. The two are interlinked. Therefore, I would urge India to keep in mind two questions when formulating the country's INDCs. Do our INDCs reflect our commitment to reduce carbon emissions with a view toward reducing poverty?

What Role Do Indigenous Peoples and Forests Have in a Sustainable Future?

A View from the United Nations | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
A View from the United Nations

Indigenous people are, by definition, outsiders, due to their geographic and political remoteness. They make up about 5 percent of the world's population and anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of the world's poorest people. Yet they hold the vital knowledge of generations on how to live with nature and be in balance and harmony with the natural world.

New Development Goal Falls Short of Protecting Those Most at Risk

David J. Olson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

The only way to make HIV prevalence go down and end AIDS once and for all is to ensure that the needs of such groups are addressed explicitly in health policies, especially with the Sustainability Development Goals which will guide international development efforts for the next 15 years.

An Opportunity For Women's Equality

Helen Clark | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Helen Clark

Achieving gender equality requires determined action at all levels. It is important to focus not only on ensuring that women can participate in the decisions which affect their lives, but also on eliminating discriminatory institutions, attitudes and practices.

Birth Control and the Human-Wildlife Connection

John Seager | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
John Seager

Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.

Corporate-NGO Inclusive Business Partnerships: Why They Work and Why They Don't

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Consider the question of differing motivations. According to the Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer, the primary motivation for a corporation to enter such a partnership is to enhance brand, corporate reputation and credibility.

Pope Francis and the Growing Movement for Climate Justice

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The pope understands that climate change is a humanitarian crisis that threatens the entire human community, especially the poor and most vulnerable among us. This summer he will release an encyclical -- one of the highest forms of Catholic teachings -- on climate change. It is expected to link protecting the environment to fighting global inequality.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part I (from Aristotle to the MDGs)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Practice has become a key concept in the policy process. In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to challenge the globe to grow economically and socially in an environmentally responsible way.

Let's Make It Earth and Prosperity Day

Manish Bapna | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Manish Bapna

While the global community has moved forward, it is not yet doing enough to meet the challenge. Global heat-trapping emissions continue to rise, ratcheting up the impact of a changing climate on countries least able to respond to it.

5 Takeaways From the Latest SDG Negotiations

Lucien Georgeson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Lucien Georgeson

The SDGs will require huge global monitoring and reporting efforts. This is a pivotal moment for international development; the current negotiations could change the lives of billions of people.

The Shortcut to Deradicalization Is the Long Road

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Whereas military force is selectively necessary to destroy irredeemably ruthless and bloodthirsty organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to neutralize violent extremism in the long-term, no amount of military muscle will suffice.

Giving Rights to Future Generations -- Why It's Needed and How it Can Be Done

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

The post-2015 framework is about development justice in our immediate future but also about building a new framework for many generations to come. The problem, however, is that people cannot think and act long term if their daily life is an existential struggle.

A New Battle at the UN Could Decide What 'LGBT' Means

Andrew Park | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Park

The fact that LGBT issues were raised at the Commission has already come to the attention of the Center for Family and Human Rights, an anti-gay UN watchdog group. For LGBT people, the power of visibility and information is undeniable.

Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? (Part II)

Alexander Karaiskakis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Alexander Karaiskakis

There are many parameters that have to be clearly defined, such as what should be sustained, for how long it should be sustained, specific goals of CO2 emission levels and a framework that would explain how those goals are going to be achieved.

The True State of the Union 2015

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

The true State of the Union, and the state of the world, in 2015 can be described in one word: precarious. Despite our wealth, our technological knowhow, our global social media, we are a world at war with each other and with the planet itself.

Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? (Part I)

Alexander Karaiskakis | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Alexander Karaiskakis

There is a misconception of sustainability as solely an ecological related subject, which is not the case. On the contrary, there are a range of definitions and applications.

Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It's More of the Same From the Vatican

Françoise Girard | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Françoise Girard

Pope Francis's championing of anti-poverty measures is encouraging and much needed. Yet it is hard to see how without improving access to family planning and reproductive health services, women can realize their aspirations for a better life.

The Peaks Unclimbed: Former President Joyce Banda on the Unmet Goals for Girls and Women

Adam Lewis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

If the MDGs are Mount Everest, we're currently sitting on a plateau somewhere halfway up: Progress is as undeniable as it is unprecedented, yet most of the goals remain unfulfilled.

Lima Climate Negotiations Ignore the Largest Energy Issue Facing Developing Countries: Access

Gemma Hume | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Gemma Hume

Millions more who become sick with perfectly treatable conditions have no hope of recovery because their hospitals don't have access to electricity. There are no incubators, no life-saving equipment and no refrigeration to store essential vaccines.

The Greening of a Suburban Downtown

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

If planners for Bethesda, Maryland fully realize a conceptual vision now being offered to community leaders and the public, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a nationally relevant example of urban sustainability.