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IPCC Climate Mitigation Report: “Business As Usual” Won’t Get It Done

World governments and global society need to take actions that realize cuts of 40%-70% in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 if global mean temperature ranges aren’t to be driven outside safe bounds and human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are not to drive climate change away from a state conducive to life as we know it, according to the third and final installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment Report.

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Latest IPCC Installment Highlights Climate Risks, Potential for Adaptation

The threats, risks and costs associated with a rapidly changing climate continue to mount, making the benefits and rewards to be gained by enacting global adaptation and mitigation policies and initiatives yet more valuable and urgent, according to the latest installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Managing the water-energy nexus in a climate change world

Synergistic Solutions to the Water Energy Nexus

March 22 was World Water Day and the theme for 2014 is Water and Energy. Water and energy can be perceived as almost synonymous. Water is required to generate energy and water is also a major draw on energy. The fifth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014) reiterates the point that water and energy are…

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Water efficiency is the focus with the EPA WaterSense Fix-a-Leak Week

EPA WaterSense Fix-A-Leak Week Raises Awareness, Promotes Water Efficiency

Ample freshwater supplies are critical to American households, businesses, institutions and industry, as well as ecosystems, but they’re increasingly under stress. Fortunately, Americans can do a lot to improve the situation by taking a few simple, inexpensive steps. Aiming to raise awareness and boost water conservation and water efficiency, the EPA WaterSense partnership program is sponsoring and hosting events around the country as part of Fix-A-Leak week.

Connectedness and happiness are two of the five key psychological elements to a new climate change narrative

Forging a New Climate Change Narrative: Addressing 5 Psychological Realities

A new narrative that is designed to encourage action to combat climate change must acknowledge the abstract nature of global warming. First and foremost we need to address the fact that people are not rational actors. Perhaps the most cogent approach to managing the Herculean task of communicating with an inherently irrational public is to focus on a narrative that…

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Sustainable human development requires a transformative new trajectory that allows all people to prosper while respecting planetary boundaries

Reconciling the Future: Planetary Boundaries, Sustainable Development and Participatory Democracy

An end to poverty – In this second decade of the 21st century, humanity faces perhaps the greatest challenge of our long history. As noted economist and director of the Columbia University Earth Institute Dr. Jeffry Sachs points out, we live in an age of great promise and yet terrifying peril. On the one hand, Sachs asserts that we have the…

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To overcome the obstacles to climate change action we need to see past our tendency to selfishness and embrace our ability for altruism

How New Narratives can Help us to Overcome Obstacles to Climate Change Action

By incorporating some basic issues into a new climate narrative, we can begin to move forward. There are a plethora of reasons why our current narratives prevent us from acting on climate change, not the least of which is the fact that we spend far too much time debating the veracity of the science rather than tackling important  policy issues….

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