Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable future dependent on energy industry support, warns World Energy Council

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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2013 – The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if United Nations development goals are to be met, warns a report launched today by the World Energy Council (WEC). ... Read more about Sustainable future dependent on energy industry support, warns World Energy Council

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OECD: Developing Green Cities Key to Sustainable Future

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Lisa Bryant
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PARIS '€”  By the middle of this century, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, posing a major environmental challenge. But a new report shows how developing "green" cities can generate growth and lead to a more sustainable planet.

About half the world's population lives in or near cities. These urban centers also generate about two-thirds of our greenhouse gas emissions. So it may seem alarming to hear the planet's urban population will likely more than double by the end of the century.
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It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

There's no silver bullet to sustainable development, but to avoid conflicts, disasters and damage to ecosystems, water agenda must advance on political arena

Every year on 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. But this year is different. It will go to history as the year when we set the course for the future. ... Read more about It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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World Can Achieve Climate Goals, With All 10 Billion People Prospering

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Rona Fried
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It can feel overwhelming and even futile when we hear targets like zero emissions by 2050, while population reaches 10 billion and the world’s economy triples in size – how can we possibly stay below 2°C temperature rise?
 
A new tool shows it is possible to meet this goal while ensuring everyone has a good standard of living. People can have the food they need, live in comfortable homes, and even travel.

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Business Green: Branson and Zeitz launch 'Plan B for Business' - The B Team

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James Murray
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Sir Richard Branson and Puma chairman Jochen Zeitz have today launched a major non-profit group, dubbed The B Team, with the view to promoting a new set of progressive business values that “prioritise people and planet alongside profit”. ... Read more about Business Green: Branson and Zeitz launch 'Plan B for Business' - The B Team

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SDSN Proposes 10 Sustainable Development Goals | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

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IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub
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6 June 2013: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has issued its report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ‘The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development’ argues that a sustainable development path must be based on four related normative concepts: the right to development for every country; human rights and social inclusion; convergence of living standards across countries; and shared responsibilities and opportunities. ... Read more about SDSN Proposes 10 Sustainable Development Goals | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

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What a decline of biodiversity below 'safe' threshold means for Earth

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http://www.csmonitor.com - Rowena Lindsay
This photo taken July 8, 2016, shows a bee exploring a flower in a field of donated land in Northeast Vancouver, Wash.  Amanda Cowan/The Columbian/AP
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Earth's ecosystems are becoming more fragile, a study suggests, as biodiversity loss threatens their ability to preform functions vital to their survival and ours.  About 58 percent of land on earth has dropped below the biodiversity safe limit, due largely to human land use practices, says a new study published Thursday in Science.
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Shattered records show climate change is an emergency today, scientists warn

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https://www.theguardian.com - Damian Carrington
Flooding in Straiton, Scotland, in December. Scientists say it will increase in future. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
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Unprecedented temperature levels mean more heatwaves, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes as experts say global warming is here and affecting us now.

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Geodesign Session 2 - Brazil

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Global Energy Network International
Global Classroom Summer Series 2015
GeoDesign
SESSION 2
- Thursday July 9, 2015 - "Sustainable Development and Resilient Systems. Why and How our world has changed."

Geodesign* - Engineering the Transition to
Renewable Energy and Clean Water for All
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