Environmental Sustainability

Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?

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david biello
Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?
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The world has never seen anything like China’s dizzying urbanization boom, which has taken a heavy environmental toll. But efforts are now underway to start using principles of green design and smart growth to guide the nation’s future development.

Coal money, generated by one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, has built a new Ordos, a municipality in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. ... Read more about Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?

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U.S. will lead new effort to cut global warming from methane, soot

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Brian Vastag
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With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, the United States and five other countries are starting a new program to cut other pollutants — including methane, soot and hydrofluorocarbons — that contribute to global warming. ... Read more about U.S. will lead new effort to cut global warming from methane, soot

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After 25 Years, Sustainability Is a Growing Science That's Here to Stay

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Sustainability has not only become a science in the past 25 years, but it is one that continues to be fast-growing with widespread international collaboration, broad disciplinary composition and wide geographic distribution, according to new research from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Indiana University. ... Read more about After 25 Years, Sustainability Is a Growing Science That's Here to Stay

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Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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Deborah Zabarenko
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WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts said on Thursday.

Resettlement related to large infrastructure development projects has been occurring for decades, with some estimates of up to 10 million people a year, said the report's lead author, Alex de Sherbinin. ... Read more about Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information

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Matt Ball
UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information
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The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to establish a committee on global geospatial information management in order to enhance international dialogue and cooperation on spatial data infrastructures. The UN recognizes the benefits of geospatial information for application to humanitarian, peace and security, environmental and development challenges as well as to responses to climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, famines, population displacement, and food and economic crises. ... Read more about UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information

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Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms

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Fiona Harvey
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European fisheries chief hopes phasing out 'discarding' and agreeing plans with member states will preserve Europe's fish stocks

The biggest shake-up of European fisheries regulation in four decades was unveiled on Wednesday in Brussels, intended to preserve dwindling fish stocks.

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