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Commentary & Opinion
Commentary & Opinion
June 18, 2012 What Rio Can DoSource: NY Times
Twenty years after the largest gathering of heads of state in history at the 1992 Earth Summit, the world’s nations are returning to Rio de Janeiro to negotiate further progress toward sustainable development.
Originally published in the Guardian on 15 June 1992: Let us soar into the stratosphere until Rio is just a dot on the earth and ask very simply: where is the world heading?
June 15, 2012 Western wildfires fuel urgency for forest restorationSource: USA Today
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – As firefighters battle blazes in New Mexico and Colorado that have forced evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more...
June 14, 2012 Barack Obama needed at Earth SummitSource: Politico
World leaders are due to come together in Rio next week to address the most serious global environmental and sustainability challenges we face. It may well be one of the most important gatherings of our generation.
Notice all the horrendous news about our environment? That’s a sure sign that the UN is about to throw another mega-gabfest where global leaders will shake their heads and shake down the U.S. for monies that Congress will wisely...
May 21, 2012 What Can Rio+20 Do For The Arab World?Source: Green Prophet
An independent environmental researcher, Abdel Raouf insists that “even if there is just tiny progress at Rio+20, it will be better than nothing” and it’s only through small steps that big progress can be achieved. The Rio+20...
May 17, 2012 Climate Change Policy Should Aim to Manage RiskSource: Vancouver Sun
For too long the debate has been monopolized by two parties. One has got religion, fervently believing in man-made climate change, and that only large changes in human behaviour can stave off disaster. Their opponents argue...
May 15, 2012 Global-warming policies and the threat to U.S.Source: WND.com
WASHINGTON – Contrary to what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told an environmental organization earlier this month, the threat to America’s geopolitical standing comes not from global warming but from anti-energy global warming...
May 9, 2012 Not a Drop to Drink: The Global Water CrisisSource: Council on Foreign Relations
The recent UN alert that drought in the Sahel threatens 15 million lives is a harbinger of things to come. In the next twenty years, global demand for fresh water will vastly outstrip reliable supply in many parts of the world....
Source: ABC News
Professor Jon Krosnick, who has been doing energy and climate public opinion research at Stanford University’s Woods Institute, has looked closely at the opinions of the 30 percent of people who have low confidence in scientists....
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