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  • Use of Passenger and Freight Rail Grows, Impacts Magnified

    Use of Passenger and Freight Rail Grows, Impacts Magnified

    According to the International Union of Railways, passenger and freight trains globally traveled 12.7 billion kilometers in 2013, up from 9.7 billion in 2001. This increased use of rail entails environmental and social benefits, but also some risks, ...

  • Protecting the Sanctity of Indigenous Foods and Cultures

    Protecting the Sanctity of Indigenous Foods and Cultures

    Indigenous peoples inhabit more than 85 percent of the Earth’s protected areas, yet only 1 percent of the billions of dollars spent each year on philanthropy goes to indigenous peoples and the ecosystem services they support. Indigenous ...

  • Business Prosperity: The Journey Towards a Living Economy

    Business Prosperity: The Journey Towards a Living Economy

    The beginning of the 21st century bears the mark of change: changing, as we go along, the way we conceptualize making business and changing cultures, with business innovations for sustainability. Faced with the scarcity imperative and rising price ...

    Eirini Glyki;Elena Niculae

  • More Businesses Pursue Triple Bottom Line for a Sustainable Economy

    More Businesses Pursue Triple Bottom Line for a Sustainable Economy

    New Worldwatch Institute study examines the rise of benefit corporations and other companies that prioritize people and the planet, as well as profits Washington, D.C.—As corporations of all sizes increasingly choose to monitor and report ...

  • Brussels` Golden taps leave Europeans Thirsty

    Brussels` Golden taps leave Europeans Thirsty

    Water is the driving force of all nature, Leonardo da Vinci used to say. Without it, life would be extinct. Humans need water to drink, shower, grow crops, make fabric for their clothes and hundreds of other things. The United Nations has declared ...

    Katerina Batzaki

  • An Interview with Tilahun Amede: Improving Water Resource Management in the Nile Basin

    An Interview with Tilahun Amede: Improving Water Resource Management in the Nile Basin

    In October 2012, Nourishing the Planet’s Carol Dreibelbis spoke with Tilahun Amede of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). ICRISAT aims to empower people living in drylands around the world to ...

    Carol Dreibelbis

  • The EU must lead the fight against climate change

    The EU must lead the fight against climate change

    The potential consequences of inaction for the global climate are looking ever more serious. Sir Nicholas Stern, the author of the acknowledged Stern Review from 2006, which describes the potential devastating economic consequences of climate ...

    Melanie Herrmann

  • From “Light Green” to Sustainable Buildings

    From “Light Green” to Sustainable Buildings

    As more people move to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, the number of buildings that are needed to house them continues to rise. It is estimated that by 2030, an additional 1.4 billion people will live in cities, of which 1.3 billion ...

  • Voices from Rio: Martti Leinonen

    Voices from Rio: Martti Leinonen

    Martti Leinonen, second mate of Greenpeace`s brand new ship Rainbow Warrior (the third) gives us an interview from aboard the ship, and tells us about his experience of the United Nations` Rio +20 conference (in Rio de Janiero), and also gives us a ...

  • Seattle Stormwater Management

    Seattle Stormwater Management

    Since the 1990s the city of Seattle – a major coastal seaport in the North West of the U.S. – has invested heavily in cleaning up and reducing severe pollution of the water environment. Some of the ideas to help prevent water pollution ...

  • Age of Man - Scenarios for the Future

    Age of Man - Scenarios for the Future

    We have most of the knowledge we need in order to create sustainable societies, and yet there are no real experts. We are the first generation to design a whole new planet and a more sustainable lifestyle, and we may well be the last generation to ...

  • 3rd International Conference on Degrowth, Ecological Sustainability, and Social Equity

    3rd International Conference on Degrowth, Ecological Sustainability, and Social Equity

    At first glance, Venice is a city struggling to balance it`s heritage with the globalized modern culture. But another, not so obvious struggle is the one against time, against the threat of flooding as a result of climate change. It is in this sense ...

  • Rio+20 Deal reveals little hope for progress

    Rio+20 Deal reveals little hope for progress

    Tuesday, the Brazilian hosts of the Rio+20 Earth Summit succeeded in finalising a statement that all government delegations could agree to. These negotiations ended before the real conference got started so the heads of state arriving Wednesday can ...

    Bo Normander

  • Dress to Impress, Live by Example

    Dress to Impress, Live by Example

    UN summits are funny things. One of the more unusual things I noticed is the way people are dressed. Rio de Janiero at this time of the year is often in the mid-twenties and quite humid - just last tuesday it was 32 degrees. Yet, the dress code for ...

    Daniel Yeow

  • Voices from Europe: Build a Living Economy

    Voices from Europe: Build a Living Economy

    This report is portraying a vision of how to build a living economy; one that has human well-being and happiness at its heart, and allows for a sustainable future beyond the obsession with economic growth. Echoing the call to transform our economy ...

    Alexandra Hayles

  • Voices from Europe: Build a Living Economy

    Voices from Europe: Build a Living Economy

    This report is portraying a vision of how to build a living economy; one that has human well-being and happiness at its heart, and allows for a sustainable future beyond the obsession with economic growth. Echoing the call to transform our economy ...

    Alexandra Hayles;Bo Normander;Trine Jensen;Eirini Glyki;Daniel Yeow

  • Copenhagen aspires to be the first carbon neutral capital in the world

    Copenhagen aspires to be the first carbon neutral capital in the world

    The City Council of Copenhagen is aiming to make the capital carbon neutral by 2025 – the first capital city in the world to do so. CO2 emissions have already been reduced by 21 % since 2005. On the 23rd of August, 2012, it is expected that a ...

    Bo Normander

  • Valuing nature’s services today is an investment in the future

    Valuing nature’s services today is an investment in the future

    Countries around the world are embracing “payments for ecosystem services” (PES) as a verifiable approach to protecting biological diversity and mitigating climate change, according to research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for ...

  • The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy*

    The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy*

    Growing estimates of natural gas resources, including a new category of `unconventional` gas, suggest that accessible supplies of this least carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels may be far more abundant than previously assumed. This unexpected ...

    Christopher Flavin; Saya Kitasei

  • Other countries have climate politics, too

    Other countries have climate politics, too

    U.S. climate politics loom large on the global stage. The twists and turns of Senate deliberations have long been a favored topic for the world`s ‘Climaterati.` But as India`s Prime Minister makes his inaugural visit to Washington this week for his ...

    Navroz K. Dubash