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The leaders of California and Mexico agree to cooperate in combating climate change and wildfires

California, Mexico Sign Climate Change-Green Trade Pact

Signed by CA Gov. Brown and officials from Mexico’s environment and natural resources ministry and national forest commission, the MoU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change and forest fires, and spur bilateral clean energy and clean tech trade and investment.

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Germany Pledges $1 Billion to UN Green Climate Fund

Germany’s is the first national GCF commitment, with Chancellor Merkel pledging the funds during the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin last week. Some 35 national ministers met in Berlin for the two-day conference, paving the way forward toward a new global climate treaty.

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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Infographic: Why Build Green?

This infographic from Green Building Canada displays the many advantages of adopting green building practices for new buildings and retrofitting old ones. At first we may only think of “green building” in terms of environmental benefits, but it goes far beyond that. From lowered energy bills and increased resale value to a healthier environment, both indoors and outdoors, green building is…

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Cities offer the best opportunities for sustainability and resilience in the 21st century.

Will Our Cities Save Us? Municipalities at the Nexus of Change

Editor’s note: The following post is adapted from several previous posts published in GWIR over the past year about how cities are often the best examples of furthering sustainable development, resilience and adaptation in a climate-changed world. This post has been entered in the Masdar Engage blogging contest for the upcoming Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week — At the national and international…

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DOE Highlights Early Results of US Offshore Wind Energy Research and Development

The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the special offshore wind edition of its Wind Program Newsletter October 22, highlighting the seminal role federal funding and support is playing in the development of a potentially huge clean and renewable energy resource, one that could go a long way in spurring economic growth and job creation as well as helping reduce…

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Sustainable Development Goals follow in the footsteps of the Millennium Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals to Follow Millennium Development Goals

Under the auspices of the UN, a new global sustainability initiative is taking shape. With the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) having wrapped up its work on September 20th and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire in 2015, political leaders and policy makers are crafting a new development framework based on sustainability. Millennium Development Goals In 2000,…

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