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Club of Rome’s “Reinventing Prosperity” Challenges Prevailing Notions of Socioeconomic Development

The Club of Rome’s ¨Reinventing Prosperity¨ challenges the conceptual and institutional frameworks that have supported socioeconomic policy-making and development over the course of the past 30 years and goes on to offer 13 ¨radical policy solutions¨ that address three of the most pressing challenges in industrialized and industrializing countries: inequality, employment and climate change.

Pathway to a 1.5C world

Low-Carbon Economic Impacts: $1.2 Trillion Boost for Global GDP; 68 Percent More Energy Jobs

Taking the steps required to help assure global mean temperature increases are limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius or less would boost the global economy and job creation while at the same time protecting essential natural resources and ecosystems in developed and developing countries, according to the UNDP 2016 ¨Low Carbon Monitor.¨

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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sharing the facts with climate change deniers

US Climate Denial versus European and Asian Sustainable Growth

While much of the rest of the world seems to see the dangers of climate change, many Americans appear to be woefully oblivious. Embracing a green, low-carbon economy is a sustainable way of dealing with the problems of resource depletion, economic uncertainty and climate change. Europeans understand the severity of the threat posed by climate change far better than Americans. An…

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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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The Future of Capitalism: Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and the New Energy Economy

Sustainable business consultant Richard Matthews discusses the concept of sustainable economic development in the face of climate change, social justice, and the transition to a new energy economy.

Waxman-Markey Comes to Washington

A brief summary of Waxman-Markey energy and climate legislation. Now passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will it pass Congress intact this year?