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Reflections on Rio: Encouraging Cloud Over the Earth Summit

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

Since returning from Rio, I have already participated in a number of debriefings about the summit. I am pleased to see the interest, but dismayed to find many people have already accepted the message that the Summit had been a "flop" or a "failure."

At Rio's Giant Trash Dump, Protecting People and Oceans Alike

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.17.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

Around the dump, impoverished Brazilians live, work and play in the discards of consumerism. Toxic chemicals, fetid liquid, and a river of plastic trash all pollute the salt water around the mangroves, which eventually runs out to the sea.

A Beacon in the Fog: Opportunities for International Cooperation on World Oceans Day, at Rio+20 and Beyond

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.09.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

Humans have incredible technological skill and drive to produce and expand. This skill and drive, however, is not yet matched by a drive to collectively curtail the massive environmental damage we are wreaking on the Earth and the systems that keep us alive.

High-level Panel Urges Phase-out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Commitment to Low-carbon Energy

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

22 high level representatives have just released Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing, setting out recommendations to "put sustainable development into practice and... economic policy as quickly as possible."