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Women must play a key role in climate justice and a sustainable future

Women’s Rights and Climate Justice: Impediments to Women in the Workforce Inhibit Action on Climate Change

Women could shift the balance of power and help us to move forward on a host of sustainability issues. Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, so this is an opportune time to review the importance of women to the health of the planet. While women represent roughly half of the population, they have yet to assume their rightful role…

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Video Friday: Ernesto Sirolli on Truly Sustainable Development

Ernesto Sirolli is the founder of the Sirolli Institute, a non-profit organization that advocates for a “civic economy” model of development. Through mentoring and nurturing local talent instead of a “top down” approach to economic aid and sustainable development, impoverished communities can rebuild their local economies, inspire local entrepreneurship and protect the environment. In this 18-minute TEDx talk, Sirolli talks with…

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Cities are where the most progress can be made to adapt to climate change and create a sustainable future

Meeting the Climate Challenge: Cities Plan for Worst and Hope for the Best

At the national and international level climate action is stalled under the unyielding weight of factionalism and meeting the diverse agenda of a global community. At the personal level the issues of climate change and building a sustainable future for our children seems overwhelming; whatever efforts we can lend to the cause feels too small and inadequate. In many ways meeting the…

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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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Kenneth Flats Offshore wind farm is an example of investment dollars used to build a sustainable green economy

Green Investing Guidance

Responsible investing is a critically important way of driving social change and advancing environmental sustainability. Investing in environmentally and socially conscious businesses provide jobs and help the green economy to grow. A judicious allocation of financial resources is essential in the face of environmental degradation, widespread scarcity, population expansion, accelerating consumption, climate change and unprecedented price volatility. Investors have succeeded in…

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No Vision, No Leadership: Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the Failure of Congress

A colleague posted the following video over on Cleantechnica.com, and I think it deserves reposting here as well. While not directly related to energy, climate, and sustainability, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s comments on the utter lack of vision for the future speaks to the abandonment of many – if not most – of our leaders in Congress to the the principles…

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Obama on the Gulf Oil Spill: Where’s the Bully Pulpit? More Committees, Commissions, Plans and Prayers

Last night, in his first Oval Office speech, President Obama had the perfect opportunity to define his executive, leadership and inspirational skills and abilities, as the leader of the free of the world, the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States. Did he succeed? Alas, while his rhetoric was somewhat soaring, or perhaps hovering, he yet again missed…

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