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The Natural Capital Declaration was launched at the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Summit this week.

Natural Capital Declaration Launched at Rio+20 Earth Summit

Factoring natural capital into the bottom line is about bringing the real wealth of the planet from the invisible into the visible spectrum in order to tip the balance from degradation towards sustainable management for communities, businesses, and countries. -Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Director A group representing thirty-nine banks, insurers, and investors have joined with the governments…

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UNEP report makes the case for a new prosperity based on economic decoupling from resource consumption

Decoupling Resource Consumption from Economic Growth and Human Prosperity

In a report released last week, the United Nations Environmental Program projects that aggregate natural resource consumption could triple from current levels by 2050, to an average total of 140 billion tons  of ores, minerals, biomass, and fossil fuels per year.  The report warns that “the prospect of much higher resource consumption levels is far beyond what is likely sustainable”…

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