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Sustainable Development

Lessons From Ladakh: The Economics of Happiness

Ariel Bleth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

I first heard of Ladakh in the early 1990s when anthropologist Helena Norberg-Hodge, on a book tour, spoke of her decade's worth of experiences in this remote region north of the Indian Himalayan range.

Ritual One for a Healthier and More Sustainable Life

Merel Bakker | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Merel Bakker

I truly believe that in our hearts we want to be healthy, and we want our planet to live on for future generations, but reality shows that it's not that simple to achieve.

Indian Court Strikes Down Another Coal Plant

Justin Guay | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

In justifying its decision to revoke the environmental clearance for a huge 1,050 MW coal plant the Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT) described its original approval as 'smacking of non-application of mind.' I couldn't agree more.

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Sees U.N. At Work In New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

State Rep. Al Baldasaro, a Republican legislator in New Hampshire, warned his colleagues Thursday that the United Nations sustainability initiative kn...

The Path to a Brighter Future? Expand Opportunities for Today's Young

Bill Reese | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

I'm an optimist by nature. But I'm also a realist. That's why we are helping to build a global community of action that believes young people are the drivers of our future peace and prosperity -- and thus are embracing the tough work of making that vision a reality around the world.

Deadly Sins in the Brazilian Amazon

Bianca Jagger | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Bianca Jagger

The trampling of indigenous rights, military force used against protesters, impunity, megadams and environmental destruction. Is Brazil returning to the bad old days?

The Sustainability Generation

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

The issue of environment and sustainability has already moved from the fringe of political awareness and our policy agenda to its center. In the next decade, this will only increase as the sustainability generation comes of age.

State Looks To Ban Sustainability

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

A Kansas legislator who last year led an effort to condemn the United Nations' sustainability agenda now wants to ban sustainability. State Rep. D...

John Celock

Lawmakers Ban U.N. Agenda 21 After Considering Outlawing Space Aliens

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

The Missouri House of Representatives on Monday passed a ban on the United Nations sustainability plan Agenda 21 after a spirited discussion of space ...

On World Health Day, Let's Foster "Healthy" Businesses to Improve Global Health

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

It's typical to assume that managing public health challenges in the developing world is the primary responsibility of the public sector. And that's not wrong: a well-functioning public health system is fundamental to saving more lives and keeping more people healthy.

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

Let's Talk About Environmental Debt

Amy Larkin | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Amy Larkin

The sad state of affairs is that neither the Obama administration nor the Congress seems willing to actually tell the truth about our federal budget. Today, one of our biggest financial burdens is environmental debt. In the near future, it will become the centerpiece of our financial troubles.

Climate Change Solutions That Advance Illinois' Economy and Environment Together

Howard Learner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Howard Learner

Saving energy saves consumers money. Less pollution means better public health and cleaner lakes and rivers for all. Why would anyone argue that it's somehow smart to waste energy and money?

Redefining the Female Role Model

Ming Holden | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Ming Holden

The war tore their hearts open, their bodies open, their families open. But they learned to create a wheel with their human presence for each other: what they lose through those gaps, they transform into performance, and enacting it with one another gives nourishment back.

The Warbler vs. the Willits Bypass

Jed Diamond | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Jed Diamond

With word that a large-scale cutting of trees could begin on January 28, 2013, a 24 year-old local woman, calling herself the warbler, climbed into a large ponderosa pine tree slated for removal.

When Enough Is Enough

Robert Walker | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

In the pursuit of more, we drain wetlands, level off mountains, harvest ancient forests, lay waste to the soil, despoil the oceans, hunt animals to extinction. It's time to consider the radical idea that our reckless and relentless pursuit of more might be yielding less happiness and satisfaction.

It's the Economy, Stupid

Pooran Desai | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Pooran Desai

Here at Davos we participated in a fantastic scenario planning workshop with Schwab Social Entrepreneurs and business partners including Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse and Siemens. One of the scenarios we examined was that of a 'Positive Economy.'

Fewer Swords, More Plowshares: A Marine Rethinks Defense (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

I asked Col. Mykleby about issues facing President Obama in his second term. The resulting interview is long but well worth reading. It offers a fresh approach to national security from someone who has served at the highest levels of the U.S. military. I'll post it in two parts.

Fewer Swords, More Plowshares: A Marine Rethinks Defense

William S. Becker | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

I asked Col. Mykleby about issues facing President Obama in his second term. The resulting interview is long but well worth reading. It offers a fresh approach to national security from someone who has served at the highest levels of the U.S. military. I'll post it in two parts.

Ten New Year's Resolutions for U.S. Policy Towards Latin America

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Lisa Haugaard

If we could keep these resolutions, 2013 would be a banner year for U.S.-Latin American relations.

Oil and Gas in the Crystal Ball

William S. Becker | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

For those of us concerned about the future of the U.S. in an era of global climate change and international competition over diminishing natural resources, the new report from the National Intelligence Council contains goods news and bad news.

Rebuilding After Sandy: It's About Building Smart

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 02.12.2013 | New York
Stephen M. Sweeney

If the storm has taught us anything, it is that the New Jersey we grew up in is gone, both literally and figuratively. When we begin experiencing 100-year storms seemingly every year we must take a serious look at both our existing infrastructure and how we rebuild our state.

US and EU Must Show Leadership and Responsibility in Climate Talks

Antonio Tujan Jr. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Green
Antonio Tujan Jr.

The U.S. often projects a self-ascribed role of acting for the benefit of others in the world. At COP18 it, along with the EU, must move beyond a concern for its interests alone, and live up to its obligation to act for the other people inhabiting this planet.

New Yorkers Have One Million Reasons to Care for Trees

Elischia Fludd | Posted 11.27.2012 | New York
Elischia Fludd

New York neighborhoods are changing thanks to Mayor Bloomberg's initiative MillionTrees NYC, which is making the landscape of the city greener, one tree at a time. But planting trees is only the first step in improving the NYC environment.

A Silver Lining in Sandy? (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

There is no question that sustainable recovery from disasters -- particularly moving out of harm's way -- can be a slow, frustrating, arduous process. More enlightened federal funding policies and programs would make it easier and more common.