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With more investment, the developing world can lead the way to a low-carbon future

by Ensia  (Oct. 9, 2014)

Global business can find good investments that also address climate change by looking to the world’s most vulnerable populations. When it comes to helping the world transition to a low-carbon future, developing nations are in a unique position to lead — but they can’t do it alone. Investments are needed. Luckily, the ...

A Cleaner Energy Future

by ASTM International  (Oct. 16, 2014)

As renewable energy plays an increasingly important role in the world’s energy portfolio, the standards of ASTM International Committee E44 are helping to pave the way for innovation in clean energy sources. A growing population and improving living standards around the world are causing significant increases in energy demand and competition ...

A Biodiesel Filled Future For Your Car - case study

by Green Fuels LTD  (Sep. 15, 2014)

Future vehicles require a level of robustness to the legislated future introduction of bio-diesel. This research aims to understand the future of biodiesels in world markets and the characteristics of these fuels. The Need In recognising that sustainable sources of biodiesel will be dependant upon the particular local circumstances where the raw ...

This Month’s Featured Report – Spotlight On Ups

by Global Reporting Initiative  (Oct. 1, 2014)

Founded in 1907, United Parcel Service of North America, Inc. (UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Why did you decide to start issuing sustainability reports? The rationale for why we published our first report in ...

Addressing Transparency Expectations in the Metals and Mining Sector

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 16, 2014)

The “Age of Transparency” is a term that has been widely used to describe society’s growing demand for information, but how does sustainability fit into these expectations? As Steve Baer noted in his article on the evolution of green building requirements, these demands are being translated in a very direct way in the building ...

Sustainable Development/Water Interactions

by IWA Publishing  (Oct. 2, 2012)

Even though it is probably true that in more recent times the water planning and management procedures used in most parts of the world appear to have been reasonably adequate, it is now becoming increasingly questionable. A sustainable approach is now required. Yet, it is quite one thing to say “sustainable” in every breath, and ...

Sustainable developments in knitting

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jun. 26, 2012)

The global community is aware that policies and practices regarding human consumption of resources need to change. Sustainability is a dominant factor within government policies worldwide. A recent report compiled on behalf of the European Union identified clothing and textiles as key industries in terms of reducing environmental impact. In ...

Equity and sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Sep. 2, 2010)

Sustainable development indicator (SDI) frameworks typically adopt a broad understanding of well-being, but an issue has been raised whether they should attempt to consider equity. It is generally accepted that SDI frameworks need to take into account inter-generational equity, but there is no similar consensus about intra-generational equity. ...

Sustainable development: the options

by Inderscience Publishers  (Sep. 18, 2009)

Global warming is considered in the context of options for achieving sustainable development. There is some uncertainty over global warming processes, so the Climate Change Convention struck the right balance. The Earth Summit reinforced the concept that economic development and environmental management are interdependent, and resources to solve ...

Post-(sustainable) development?

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 19, 2008)

This paper critically reviews the application of a post-development analysis to sustainable development by employing a defined target for post-development analysis – the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC). Data from the 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) for 146 countries are used to generate statistically significant EKC models, and the ...

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