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The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has unveiled its "conceptual framework" for a human sustainability index that would recognise rates of human development while also weighing up the cost of progress to future generations. At a...
June 23, 2012 Global sea-level rise could hit California hardSource: San Francisco Chronicle
Global sea-level rise, induced by the warming climate, will hit California's coastline harder than the other West Coast states over the coming decades and on through the end of the century, according to a new report from the...
As delegates ended the three-day Rio+20 summit with a 53-page statement called "The Future We Want," activists slammed the U.N. conference on sustainable development as a "failure of epic proportions." U.N. Secretary-General Ban...
June 22, 2012 Study Slashes Deforestation Carbon Emission EstimateSource: NASA
A new study with NASA participation has sharply reduced previous estimates of how much carbon was emitted into Earth's atmosphere from tropical deforestation in the early 2000s.
June 22, 2012 Tackling global warming in 21 easy stepsSource: Washington Post
In the past, whenever world leaders have huddled to discuss what to do about this steadily warming planet of ours, they’ve usually endorsed one big, sweeping solution. That was the logic behind the Kyoto Protocol — each nation...
June 22, 2012 How Business Can Respond to Rio+ 20Source: Triple Pundit
The world is waiting to see just how business responds to Rio+20. Will the fledgling efforts of business leaders such as Interface’s late CEO Ray Anderson who led efforts to redesign products and the way we do business hold sway?...
June 22, 2012 UN Sustainability Drive Draws China, Bolivia CriticismSource: Bloomberg
The United Nations plan to harmonize economic growth with environmental protection drew criticism from Chinese and Bolivian leaders, underscoring a rift that limited the ambition of the Rio+20 summit.
June 22, 2012 UN Reaps Pledges Worth Billions for Sustainability DriveSource: BusinessWeek
United Nations officials will detail today pledges worth billions of dollars to curb the use of fossil fuels, conserve water and encourage wider use of renewable energy, part of a global effort to promote economic growth that...
June 22, 2012 Study: LA Region Will Get Hot, Hot, HotSource: Patch.com
The Walnut and greater Los Angeles area will heat up over the next 50 years, with more 95-plus degree days in store, according to a new UCLA report compiled with forecasting models generated by a supercomputer.
June 21, 2012 Economy casts shadow on Rio+20 environmental summitSource: Christian Science Monitor
Leaders from around the globe gathered Wednesday to open three days of talks at the United Nations conference on sustainable development, where a sober, unambitious mood prevailed as negotiators produced what critics called a...
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