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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.

Sustainability by the Numbers: The Growing Reality of the Green Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

Economic growth requires the continued availability of high quality natural resources -- especially air, water and soil. We need to develop technology, organizational capacity and political will to make the changes necessary to ensure these resources continue.

While US Government Dithers, Social Enterprises Fill the Gap on Climate Change

Anya Cherneff | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Anya Cherneff

While major climate change policy remains a question mark in the US, efforts in the developing world by groups such as Empower Generation offer the hope of entrenching sustainable energy production before large energy grids fueled by fossil fuels take root.

A Brit Down on the Farm in Iowa

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 01.07.2013 | Home
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

It is not a style and form of agriculture suited to the farmers around my village in England, although it might be appropriate, in part, to East Anglia. But it does seem to suit Iowa and it is highly productive and, in many respects, environmentally sustainable.

Business Growth Strategies for a Slow Growth World

Elinor Steele | Posted 01.02.2013 | Business
Elinor Steele

Degrowth is a political, economic and social movement based on ecological economics, as well as anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist ideas. It was new to me -- this concept of degrowth. If we stop growing, will we be failing?

Africa Rising

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivanley Noisette

Recently I attended the Africa Brain Trust 2012 forum entitled "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity," which concentrated on reinforcing support for promising development-aid strategies, providing a networking venue for interested professionals and encouraging foreign investment.

Moving Beyond "Green"

Omega Institute | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Omega Institute

"Once, one of our buildings partially collapsed. I spent an anxious night on the rescue team, wondering if somehow I had caused this catastrophe. It was an epiphany. I became aware of unintended consequences and the need to change the design and construction industry to support life."

The Inevitability of Sustainability Politics, Technology and Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.24.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

The facts of population growth, economic growth, environmental degradation, and human reliance on the natural world make sustainability politics, technology and management inevitable.

3 Imperatives for the Next Global Development Agenda

Manish Bapna | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Manish Bapna

Can extreme poverty be eliminated in the next 20 years? With much of the world still mired in an economic slump, the question might seem ill-timed. Yet, as heads of state arrive in New York on Monday for the 67th United Nations General Assembly, this goal should be at the top of the agenda.