2015 picks up where the Millennium Development goals end. A watershed moment for sustainable development

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why 2015 is a critical year for global sustainable development. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals set in place in 2000, to be replaced with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September. In July Heads of State, government…

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Katherine Jefferts Schori calls for climate leadership among fellow Christians

The Climate Leadership of the Most Powerful Women in the Christian World

As explained recently by Katherine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, those who deny the science of climate change are both blind and immoral. Jefferts Schori is not only a religious authority, she also has some serious scientific credentials. She holds a doctorate in oceanography and worked as a marine biologist before becoming a priest. At a…

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Catholics Mobilize, Take Action to Address Climate Change

Led by Pope Francis, Roman Catholics are calling on world leaders, as well as working on their own, to address climate change, social-environmental justice. Following on the success of a Lenten Climate Fast, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched a petition campaign that urges world leaders to agree to a decisive, meaningful global climate treaty at upcoming UN talks in Paris.

Yosemite's First Rangers

IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.


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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