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2015 picks up where the Millennium Development goals end. A watershed moment for sustainable development

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why 2015 is a critical year for global sustainable development. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals set in place in 2000, to be replaced with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September. In July Heads of State, government…

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IRENA Taking Applications for Initial $50 MM Renewable Energy Project funding from UAE

Bonn-based IRENA is accepting online applications for an initial $50 mm of a total $350 mm in project loans for qualified renewable energy projects in developing countries.

Renewable Energy Key Vehicle on Rio+20 Sustainable Development Roadmap

The drive to forge equitable, sustainable “green” economies and develop and deploy renewable energy and clean technologies are front-and-center in the media in the run-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in the iconic Brazilian city June 20-22. Three bits of essential reading, and reference, relating to global renewable energy growth and its role in sustainable development programs were released yesterday: the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century’s (REN21) 2012 “Renewables Global Status Report,” and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Renewable Energy Scorecard.”

World Bank Launches “Clean, Green, Resilient” Sustainable Development Strategy

Promoting and fostering adoption of appropriate clean energy technology to reduce environmental degradation while at the same time reducing poverty is the focal point of the World Bank’s new sustainable development and environmental strategy.

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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Dam Projects, Land Speculation Threaten Rise in Amazon Rainforest Loss

Brazil’s Amazon River and rainforest is under siege as large-scale hydroelectric projects and small-scale land speculation portend a sharp rise in deforestation rates and massive environmental degradation.