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Sustainable Development

Paying the Price for the Future We Want

Min Zhu | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Min Zhu

Behind the concept of sustainable development lies a bold vision of the future. Standing in the way of the future we want are the environmental problems we continue to face.

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.

Inclusive Wealth Index Shows Economic Impact of Natural Capital

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

This week, at Rio +20, two groups launched a new indicator called the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI). Going beyond GDP, the IWI includes natural capital when looking at a country's capital assets to see the true wealth and sustainability of its growth.

A New Vision for Sustainable Agriculture for Rio+20 Summit

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

A renewed global commitment to sustainability at Rio+20 will miss the mark if it does not explicitly address the needs and opportunities in agriculture.

The Tyranny of Big Meetings

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
John Feffer

Will the UN confront powerful interests in Wall Street and the military-industrial complex? Its record, of late, is not encouraging, notwithstanding all the off-gassing of Big Conservatives. Still, if the UN were to muster some gumption, its latest Big Meeting would qualify as a big deal.

UN Women Head Michelle Bachelet: 'Gender Equality Is Good Business'

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Michelle Bachelet is a crusading feminist: she was Chile's first female president. Two years ago she was appointed the first-ever Executive Director of UN Women. And gender equality isn't just about doing the right thing, she says: it makes economic sense.

The Revolution in Rio

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio can be the take-off for the next industrial revolution driven by business and civil society. The conference can mark a change in leadership from a political top down process to a bottom up movement.

Rio+20: 'I Want to Light a Fire, and Remind You of the Urgency of Our Task'

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

What the world needs now is a dramatic paradigm shift fronted by brave leadership that is willing to guide us through these turbulent times.

What's Your Wish For Rio+20?

Posted 06.14.2012 | Green

With the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development -- also known as Rio+20 -- quickly approaching, world leaders are preparing to meet in R...

To Enable Development, Start With Energy

Timothy E. Wirth | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Timothy E. Wirth

Next week at Rio+20 can be an important moment for leaders from across the world to join Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in supporting sustainable energy as the essential precondition to sustainable development, mitigation of climate change and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

We Need to Start Measuring Progress, Not Just Growth

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

As we reach planetary boundaries, endless growth is not the answer. We need progress and we cannot have progress without measuring what we value, even if it isn't monetized.

Teaching Teachers to Prevent Malnutrition

Alain Damiba | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Alain Damiba

Knowing how severe the consequences of malnutrition can be, an innovative new partnership is educating teachers in Central and Eastern Provinces of Kenya on how to monitor the weight and development of all children under five to prevent malnutrition.

Rio+20: The Young Can't Wait

William S. Becker | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

Unconstrained by diplomacy, I would put it this way: If we insist on ruining the planet, we can no longer call ourselves the most intelligence species. We have the tools, but we're not fully using them. We know what to do, but we're not doing it.

Rio+20: Moving Ahead With the Sustainable Development Goals

Manish Bapna | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Manish Bapna

Achieving "the future we want" will require economic development that addresses not only poverty, but ecological limits.

An Exchange Between Farmers Builds Friendships and Strengthens Communities

Vivian Glyck | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

One of the reasons why Project GRACE is so impressive is because of the support networks it creates between farmers living with HIV. Through these networks farmers share their practical knowledge with one another and support each other.

Rio+20: Getting Global Governance to Work for Hunger and Climate Change

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Can Rio+20 turn the corner for global governance for agriculture and food systems? We need to see a strong commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and approaches that integrate knowledge across sectors.

Global Motherhood: Project GRACE, A Blessing To Families Living With HIV

Vivian Glyck | Posted 08.06.2012 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Project GRACE started in 2009 and provides small loans in the form of poultry and livestock to its participants who work together as well as encourage others to get tested for HIV at Bishop Asili, their local hospital.

Rio Dialogues Part II: Gaining Perspective

Elischia Fludd | Posted 08.03.2012 | Green
Elischia Fludd

Now in full swing, the Rio Dialogues continue to provide an opportunity for the civil, scientific, public and private communities to take their ideas center stage.

Rio+20: A Momentum for Resource Economics

Peter Bjerregaard | Posted 08.01.2012 | Green
Peter Bjerregaard

Growth. It's not about plant growth, hair growth or growth in quality of life, it's about economic growth. And the kind that is measured in GDP. However, Rio+20 might mark a paradigm shift in the way we measure growth and wealth.

Rio Dialogues Part I: WHY Should I Even Care?

Elischia Fludd | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
Elischia Fludd

In the big lead up to Rio+20, the community concerned about sustainable development is all a-buzz. But critics note that the level of civil society input lacks luster.

Don't Just Go Green, Go Harmony

Elischia Fludd | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green
Elischia Fludd

I was curious: How were their respective fields addressing sustainability within poverty eradication and peace? The colleagues at my table responded with thoughtful silence.

The Top 10 Green Dining & Drinking Destinations In New York City

Michael P. Owens | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Michael P. Owens

I spent the past month researching and visiting venues that embrace sustainability as a core value of their business. A few thousands calories later (and one small hangover), I am happy to share my findings with you.

WATCH: Sustainable Design and the Water Crisis

Jonathan Kirby | Posted 06.09.2012 | Green
Jonathan Kirby

Roughly one out of every eight people on the planet do not have enough clean water to drink. Combine this fact with the design thinking of Dieter Rams, "Good design is as little design as possible..." and it's easy to see why we ended up asking ourselves, how do we do more, with less?

This Easter, Let's Spend That $16 Billion Helping Those In Need

Brooke Edwards | Posted 06.08.2012 | Impact
Brooke Edwards

This weekend, roughly 2 billion Christians around the world will celebrate one of the most important religious holidays of the year. Along with the ...

What Is the Best Earth Day Pledge?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 06.06.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

In the end, all environmental pledges are important but I have seen many people purchase compact fluorescent bulbs and place solar panels on their homes only to irrigate, fertilize, spray pesticides and mow their expansive lawns.