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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."

Rio+20 Earth Summit: Success, More or Less

Bob Keefe | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Bob Keefe

No, the document that government officials produced after months of negotiation doesn't contain much that will make the planet a better place for me or my daughters. It lacks teeth. It ignores pressing issues like the need to expand renewable energy and protect ocean life on the high seas.

Can Lawyers Save the Planet?

Lachie McKenzie | Posted 08.24.2012 | World
Lachie McKenzie

Will lawyers save the planet? As far as making ecocide an international crime, the case seems rather compelling.

Public, Politicians, and Others Rally to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies at Rio+20

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Over the last 24 hours the social media world was abuzz with ending fossil subsidies as a core part of efforts to address global warming.

Development Banks Vow $175 Billion For Clean Transport

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green

By Valerie Volcovici RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters Point Carbon) - The world's eight largest development banks said on Wednesday th...

Ending Fossil Fuels Subsidies at Rio+20: An Environmental and Economic Win for the World

Anthony Swift | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

Over 1 million citizens throughout the world have already called on their leaders to phase out fossil fuel subsides. We need your help to send a clear signal to world leaders at Rio+20 that it is time to end fossil fuel subsidies.

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.

Phasing-Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must Be One of the Major Outcomes of Rio+20

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

What if I told you that governments around the world were spending almost $1 trillion dollars a year to subsidize activities that are driving global warming?

My Eyeball and Envisioning the Rio+20 Earth Summit

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

I now have even greater hope that this Earth Summit will be important and historic. But we will have to be able to see how much has changed since the 1992 summit and what is really going on in Rio and the world.

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.

You Can't Make Sushi With Lasagna: A Potluck Approach to the Rio+20 Earth Summit

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 07.11.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

Imagine you are trying to come up with the perfect recipe for a summer solstice party you're hosting with 193 friends. The caveat: Each guest insists ...

The World Is Watching: Will G20 Countries Lead This June at the Earth Summit?

Jake Schmidt | Posted 07.09.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

NRDC, with Stakeholder Forum and Road to Rio+20, recently launched the Earth Summit Watch -- a country-by-country progress tracker of the ambition (or lack thereof) of preparations before we all meet in Rio.

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."

Rio+20: The Future We Want Means Taking Action NOW

Kelly Rigg | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

So here's my message to governments: What's taking you so long? By all means negotiate new targets and goals for 2020 or 2030, for example to improve energy efficiency and massively increase the share of renewable energy worldwide.

Renewable Energy Keeps Growing: Earth Summit in Rio Provides Opportunity for More Action

Jake Schmidt | Posted 09.17.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Next year at the Earth Summit, countries and companies have a chance to build upon momentum by committing to deeper actions to spur renewable energy deployment. This is an important opportunity that shouldn't be missed.

Key Actions on Climate & Energy That World Leaders Need to Take at the Earth Summit in 2012

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.06.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Carbon pollution from fossil fuel use reached the highest level yet in 2010, according to the International Energy Agency. So should we throw up our hands?

How to Advance Climate Change & Clean Energy Action at the Rio Earth Summit

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The world’s leaders will be meeting June 4-6, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio+20 Earth Summit.  This Summit is an important...