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Video Friday: The Voice of Future Generations

In 1992 Severn Suzuki, then 12 years old, addressed the first UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Her eloquence and self-possession “silenced the world” for just a few minuets as the young girl pleaded for a sustainable future. Has anything changed since then?

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Enviro News Wrap: Weak Text in Rio; Anti-Koch Brothers App; Planetary Boundaries; Environmental Justice, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: World leaders at the Rio+20 Earth Summit made little progress last week on how to collectively address climate change and sustainable development. Maybe we should just skip our leaders are have every city in the world work to make changes on the local level? The Koch Brothers spend their money on…

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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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A Date With History: 17-Year-Old Brittany Trilford Addresses World Leaders at Rio+20 Earth Summit

“Are you here to save face, or are you here to save us?” Seventeen-year-old Brittany Trilford from New Zealand was TckTckTck’s winner of the “Date With History” contest earlier this year giving an opportunity for young people from across the globe the chance to voice their concern at the Rio +20 Earth Summit. Hoping to inspire leaders to act boldly,…

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The United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio+20 is a Once in a Generation Opportunity

As the world faces enormous challenges, Rio+20 is an opportunity to change course and move toward a more sustainable future. The Rio+20 summit is a two-day United Nations Conference that seeks to build consensus on a more sustainable course for our world. Rio+20 will convene in Brazil on June 20, 2012, marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the…

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Enviro News Wrap: Tariff on Chinese Solar Panels; Green Data Center for Apple; Brazil’s Rainforest, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The U.S. Government has made a preliminary ruling to put a 30 percent tariff on Chinese made solar panels. The final decision is on its way. The tariff will not bring Solar panel manufacturing to America because there are still countries in…

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Small island states sign the Barbados Declaration to achieve renewable energy goals

Wind, Solar…Coconuts: Small Island Developing States Commit to Renewable, Sustainable Energy for All

More than 100 heads of state, ministers, development experts, civil society activists, business executives and UN officials from 39 small island developing states signed the Barbados Declaration, committing their governments to achieving ambitious renewable, sustainable energy for all goals.