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It's time for western companies to engage proactively on worker safety and a sustainable workforce throughout their global supply chain

Managing a Sustainable Workforce: A Cautionary Tale about Worker Safety

The health and well being of a workforce is a key part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and it is crucial to the wider issue of sustainable development. Recent events in the Bangladeshi garment industry have focused the world’s attention on wealthy companies that exploit cheap labor in the developing world. Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry makes it the third…

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Six countries qualify for forest carbon partnership

Six Tropical Forest Countries Qualify for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Grants

Chile, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Thailand and Vanuatu all submitted REDD+ Readiness Plans, thus qualifying for $23 million in grants, indicating that progress, through slow and halting, is being made at the international level to halt deforestation, forest degradation and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

World Water Day

Video Friday: World Water Day 2013

Water is the foundation of life on our planet and of sustainable human development. Today is United Nations World Water Day and 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. The objective of the day and the year is to raise awareness both of the opportunities for increased cooperation between communities and nations and of the challenges we face for sustainable water…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Tarbotten’s Legacy; Stern Reassesses Climate Risk; Why Winter Doesn’t Mean Global Warming is a Hoax, and more

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: This last weekend Rainforest Action Network (RAND) held a public memorial for their executive director Rebecca (Becky) Tarbotton who passed away in an accident late last year. The service was very powerful and I want to share some takeaways for all advocates…

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Finding a moral imperative to fight climate change

Video Friday: Climate Change – Faith and Science

Climate One host Greg Dalton talks with Reverend Sally Bingham, founder of Interfaith Power and Light, Reverend Ng of the First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco and Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem.  In this clip, Dalton asks about the perceived conflict between faith and science. Can religion and…

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Managing the water-energy nexus in a climate change world

The Water-Energy Nexus in a Climate-Changed World

Editor’s note: This post is a finalist in Masdar’s Engage blogging contest as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Special thanks to Tim Hurst and Nick Aster.  The water-energy nexus – the fundamental connection between water and energy – may not seem an overly complex concept to initially grasp – and yet its implications are not fully understood in our industrial, resource-strained, climate-changed world. The fact…

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Pioneering REDD+ Project Looks to Pave Sustainable Development Pathway in Peru’s Amazon

Construction of the Southern Transoceanic Highway through the Brazil-Peru Amazon up over the Andes and down to Peru Pacific ports is going to irreversibly change the lives of residents and the Amazon Basin ecosystem. A consortium of environmental and sustainable development groups are employing pioneering Payment for Ecosystem Services mechanisms to avoid massive deforestation and biodiversity loss and environmental degradation that may come with it.