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First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

Modest expectations set the tone for negotiations at the COP19 climate conference in Warsaw

COP 19 and Why Deadlines Produce Results

Many are once again disappointed with the outcome out of this year’s climate negotiations, but as with previous years, we did manage to salvage an agreement at the eleventh hour.  At the end of the first week of negotiations at COP 19, it looked like the climate talks would remain deadlocked, but as has often been the case, we saw…

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A vision for a new Earth and how to live sustainably

My Vision for the New Earth: Life in a Low Carbon Economy

By Roberta Ward Smiley Editor’s note: Roberta Ward Smiley is a colleague and the founder of La Reserva Forest Foundation in Costa Rica. You can read about the work of the Foundation on Roberta’s Forest Blog.  Climate Change Course Second Peer Assessment Essay Low Carbon Economy My gratitude to Coursera for this climate change course because it has enabled me to develop…

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World Water Week- Access to Safe Water: Takeaways from Stockholm

In 2010 the United Nations passed resolution 64/292 mandating the basic human right to water and sanitation. Nearly 800 million people lack access to safe water More than one billion don’t have basic facilities for sanitation and hygiene About 3.4 million people die every year due to water related diseases Efforts abound to secure access to safe water for the nearly one…

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The Plastic Bank can reverse plastic pollution and help impoverished communities

Video Friday: The Plastic Bank – Monetizing Waste Plastic

Social plastic The Plastic Bank is an organization and a movement aimed at removing plastic waste from the world’s oceans, beaches and waterways in a process that empowers people living in poverty to raise their standard of living and strengthen their communities. The concept is to establish “Plastic Banks” in impoverished areas with an existing abundance of plastic waste, allowing people…

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A deeper connection to love and spirituality is needed to effectively communicate sustainabiltiy

Making Green Sexy and Spiritual

Sustainability needs a new language that is more accessible and more compelling to the average person. Business, government, and other organizations are making strides advancing sustainability but we need wider involvement and faster growth. Although we are seeing increasing levels of environmental activism, we need to expand the message to reach a larger circle of people. We must do more…

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Nations vie for resources and access as the Arctic melts

Climate Change Makes Arctic Region a Crucible for New Global Governance Regimes

With temperatures warming and summer sea ice melting even faster than climate scientists’ forecasts, the Arctic region has become a flashpoint and center of debate for international, as well as national and regional frameworks for environmental governance and development and use of energy and natural resources. The opening of Northeast and Northwest Passages between the Americas, Europe and Asia as…

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