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After Rio+20: What Now for the Ocean?

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 10.09.2012 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

While perceptions may differ about the value of the overall outcomes for this year's Earth Summit, I believe most would agree that it is unthinkable to endure another decade marked by inertia in the face of the ongoing collapse of vital ocean ecosystems.

Rio+20: Success of Failure?

Kátia Abreu | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Kátia Abreu

International summits do not necessarily have the dramatic intensity to satisfy our appetite for spectacle. However, they do serve an important function for the dissemination of ideas which goes beyond appearances. This will certainly be the case with Rio +20.

Finding Hope Down in the Dump: A Visit with Tiao Carlos dos Santos, Champion of Rio Garbage Pickers

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Jardim Gramacho is no longer the densely populated village of scavengers and recyclers captured so provocatively in the film Waste Land. One of the largest open-air landfills on the planet, the facility was recently closed just weeks before The Rio + 20 Earth Summit.

Slow Food in the Favela

Carl Pope | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

Slow food in the favelas may seem like a contradiction in terms -- but such disruptive innovations, not the bland, frothy platitudes of the official Rio + 20 declaration, are in fact "the Future We Want."

After Rio, It's All Up to Us. But What Does That Actually Mean?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Let's face it. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) was a flop -- at least the part that involved negotiations amongst governments.

Rio Dialogues Part III: Impact on Rio+20 and the Way Forward

Elischia Fludd | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Elischia Fludd

Indeed, the dialogues were an innovative process to the UN system that leaves many wondering if such a process will become a staple of UN engagement with civil society.

Looking Beyond Rio to London

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

While Rio+20 did not produce any major environmental breakthroughs, there is hope on another front: population. An international family planning summit will take place in London on July 11, World Population Day.

The Climate Post: Rio+20 Pushes on With Weak Text, Mixed Predictions

Tim Profeta | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

Delegates from around the world met in Rio de Janeiro to discuss how to make the planet more sustainable. A new poll indicates many Americans believe there's been an environmental decline in the last 10 years and they are attributing it to human activity.

Rio+20: A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

On Friday afternoon, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development convened. Dubbed Rio+20, the conference was the largest UN summit ever held and marked the 20-year anniversary of the original Earth Summit also held in Rio.

Dear Rio+20: A Call for Inspired Leadership and Imaginative Action

Michael Trainer | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Michael Trainer

As the Rio+20 summit came to a close there was a mixture of sentiment in the air, none of which is excitement.

Rio+20: A Radical Transformation for the Future We Want

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

In order to improve the livelihood and well-being of all individuals and achieve a green economy, we need a radical transformation in our policies, technologies and patterns of production and consumption.

"No Way to Run a Planet?"

Carl Pope | Posted 08.24.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

Thousands of committed, informed leaders who gathered in Rio knew -- and know -- that global, governmental collaboration must somehow be restored -- and that no progress in that direction was made here. Which is why it ended so sadly.

Alternative Commitments at Rio+20 Make Big Impact

Lindsay Clinton | Posted 08.24.2012 | Green
Lindsay Clinton

Many have decried the final Rio+20 outcome document as weak and watered down, but the news is not all bad. Amidst the negative sentiments, there are new areas of commitment that foster hope that we are making meaningful progress in moving the needle on the sustainability agenda.

Africa After Rio+20

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 08.22.2012 | World
Muhammad Yunus

Africa is forecast to be the continent worst hit by climate change. Increasing harvests and food production in these challenging circumstances requires a major commitment, by governments within and outside the continent, to fund a climate-resilient Green Revolution in Africa.

Without Human Rights, Sustainable Development Will Fail

Antonio Tujan Jr. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Antonio Tujan Jr.

The Rio+20 tagline is "The Future We Want." Who is the "we" in this? The process and its outcomes leave the conclusion that the future Rio+20 will bequeath is one wanted by corporations and their acolytes in government.

Rio Minus: The End of Post Cold-War Treaty Making?

Carl Pope | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

Already low expectations for the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference of the United Nations fell through the ocean floor in the last several days. The mood here is as gray as the Brazilian winter. People are taking to calling this "Rio -", not "Rio+."

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Could Generate Savings, Efficiency

David Vognar | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
David Vognar

As Rio+20 is producing mild expectations and there is still no promise of a global agreement on reducing the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change, many grassroots activists and green-minded business leaders are taking efforts into their own hands.

Are You Here to 'Save Face' or to Save Us?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

It would take a brave soul to stand in front of one of the largest and most important gatherings the United Nations has ever held and ask this question: Are you here to 'save face' or to save us?

Rio+20 Kicks Off!

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Rio+20 seeks to establish an institutional framework for sustainable development and to establish a green economy. While not legally binding, the document that emerges from Rio+20 will serve as a roadmap for sustainable development.

What's Good for Women Is Good for the Planet

Maggie Fox | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Maggie Fox

By reducing maternal and child mortality and improving the health of women, these health services have a powerful impact on sustainable development. Access to modern birth control isn't a side issue -- we truly can't have sustainable development without it.

God, Money and Planet Earth

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Earth hovers on the brink of ecological catastrophe -- actually, 20 years closer to the brink than it was at the first global climate summit in 1992.

Don't Miss the Point and Opportunity of Rio -- Keep Children at the Center

World Vision | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
World Vision

The conference will focus on "the future we want" -- how a green economy contributes to sustainable development, and how sustainable development eradicates poverty.

Rio+20 Is Our Chance to Recognize the Benefits Healthy Oceans Have for People

Greg Stone | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Greg Stone

Ocean ecosystems and health have been in a state of decline for quite some time, but we have not appreciated or acknowledged how this decline will affect future generations' access to food, livelihoods, safe coastal places to live, cultural identity and other benefits.

Ugandan Farmer Shares His Story on a Global Stage at Rio+20

Heather Box | Posted 08.20.2012 | Good News
Heather Box

Through determination and dedication Kaganga John has become an expert on sustainable development, food security and grassroots advocacy; now he needs to be connected with people across the world to unite his work with theirs.

Rio+20 and the Green Economy

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

With complex issue on the agenda, I thought I'd ask two of the finest leaders in the field of sustainable development to simplify the issue for all of us and explain the greatest benefits and challenges of transitioning to a green economy.