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Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Ground Zero for Sustainable Development

Acknowledging the broad-based value Quintana Roo’s diminishing forests afford society, state Governor Roberto Borge Angulo announced a 15-year strategic plan to restore 700,000 hectares (1,729,000 acres) of forest. With ongoing expansion of the tourism-driven Maya Riviera economy, prospects for success hinge on the ability to reconcile tensions and conflicts of interest inherent to notions of sustainable development.

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Institutional Investors Engage Mining Companies on Carbon Asset Risk

In the run-up to the Paris climate treaty talks, a network of 270 institutional investors managing over $21 trillion in assets has published a carbon asset risk guide for the mining industry. Concerned about the risk of stranded mining company assets, such as coal mines, the guide is meant to constructively engage mining executives and assure they are working to reduce carbon asset risk exposure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and finding sustainable alternatives.

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Indonesian Inferno Releasing More CO2 than the U.S. Economy

In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.

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EarthTalk: Biophilic Design – Connecting the Built Environment to Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear Earthtalk: What is biophilic design in architecture and where can I see it implemented? — Winston Black, Newark, NJ Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. The moral imperative of biophilia is that we cannot flourish as…

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UNDP, UNEP Expand National Climate Adaptation Program

The two leading UN agencies are expanding efforts to assist national governments adapt to climate change as UN member nations gear up for much anticipated climate change treaty talks in Paris this December.

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

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NASA Dataset Projects Climate Change in the 21st Century

The high-resolution, 11-terabyte global climate change dataset includes historic data from 1950-2011 and projected changes in temperatures and rainfall based “business as usual” and ‘extreme reductions’ in greenhouse gas emissions.