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The 17 newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals

The World We Want: A Conversation with Amina J. Mohammed on the Sustainable Development Goals

This post first appeared in TriplePundit This weekend world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to define a sustainable development agenda through 2030, a process built on the successes, failures and lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 and expiring at the end of this year. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve…

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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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Biofuel development continues at the algae pond at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

EarthTalk: Progress in Biofuels Development

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How far along are we at developing algae-based and other higher yield sources of biofuels?    — Jason McCabe, Tullahoma, TN A few years ago biofuels were all the rage. Environmental advocates to national security hawks alike were extolling the…

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water security is the focus of the UN's agenda for post-2015 development

UN Zooms In On Water Security and its Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The cross-cutting and mutually reinforcing social and environmental benefits of assuring equitable access to safe, clean, sustainable supplies of water have long been recognized as central to building and maintaining healthy societies and assuring environmental health and integrity. In a warming world experiencing ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation, water security has taken on even greater importance. Marking World…

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European voters rejected austerity in favor of growth. What will that mean for sustainable development in the US?

European Elections and Sustainable Development in America

In Europe, voters have chosen growth over austerity and this has implications for the U.S. economy and sustainable development. The Greek and French electorate’s rejection of austerity will have a dramatic effect on European spending, including investments in sustainability. These changes can also be expected to reverberate across the Atlantic. In France, Francois Hollande’s presidential victory has derailed Nicholas Sarkozy’s austerity…

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Aspects of strategic and coordinated action for sustainable development:

Is Sustainable Development Viable?

Although it is clear that growth within the current economic paradigm is environmentally unsustainable, it is less clear whether the adoption of sustainable development can save our planet from environmental collapse. Countries are aggressively trying to stimulate their economies and create new jobs while at the same time, it is becoming increasingly obvious that we urgently need to address a range of far-reaching environmental problems….

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