Laurence Myers

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Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world's first decarbonised society

Costa Rica’s new president has announced a plan to ban fossil fuels and become the first fully decarbonised country in the world.<p>Carlos Alvarado, a …

Costa Rica

Towards the circular economy - Reports - World Economic Forum

A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with …

Seychelles Finds A Novel Way To Swap Its Debt For Marine Protections

The Seychelles have brokered a novel deal that will allow the island archipelago to swap millions of dollars in sovereign debt for protecting nearly one third of its ocean area.<p>It's hailed as the first of its kind. "Seychelles is clearly breaking new grounds and with it, it has positioned itself as …

Conservation

This might be the best alternative yet to GDP as a way to measure a country’s growth

What if we didn’t measure a country’s growth by looking at its GDP?<p>Despite most advanced economies recovering from the recession—most of them had annual growth near 2% in 2016—the World Economic Forum (WEF) reports that between 2008 and 2013 (latest data available), median-per-capita income across …

Economics

Sustainable growth needs a radical new solution. Nature could be the answer

Last year’s Paris Agreement was a remarkable feat - 196 countries came together to reach consensus on a set of goals for halting climate change. …

Sustainability

Rising Tides: Debt-for-Nature Swaps Let Impact Investors Finance Climate Resilience

A thousand miles off the coast of East Africa in the Western Indian Ocean lies the Republic of Seychelles, a nation of 115 islands with a population …

Don’t Panic — End Poverty

Hans Rosling asks: Has the UN gone mad?The United Nations just announced their boldest goal ever: <i>To eradicate extreme poverty for all people</i> …

United Nations

What the world thinks about climate change in 7 charts

On April 22, leaders and representatives from more than 150 countries will gather at the United Nations to sign the global climate change agreement …

Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development

Is Renewable Energy Starting to Bend the Carbon Curve?

"This is what effective climate action looks like," tweeted Mary Nichols presenting this graph showing that California's drop in emissions is <i>not</i> due to a reduced economy.<p>Since 2006, the state has had a renewable energy standard requiring the addition of more clean power - now, in 2015, clean energy …

Global goals: a chance to hold power accountable and to disrupt

Finally! After years of work the United Nations Summit has now passed the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On my way to the Big Apple and over the week that I have been here, I have been reflecting on the journey from the MDGs to the SDGs, and what it needs to make this agreement worth …

Sustainability

Viewpoint: Treat refugees as a development issue

<b>Europe is facing a mass influx of refugees from outside the region for the first time in its history, as people flee persecution and conflict in countries such as Syria and Iraq. And its politicians are struggling to find a coherent response.</b><p>At the European level, the EU's supposed common asylum …

Refugees

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Huffington Post

Sustainable development goals - United Nations

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to <b>end poverty</b>, <b>protect the planet</b> and <b>ensure prosperity for all</b> as part of a new sustainable …

Sustainable Development Goals

UN Member States Agree on New Sustainable Development Agenda

Member States answered the call to make 2015 a year of global action by agreeing on a “bold, ambitious and transformative” sustainable development …

Sustainability

The Forest Path to an Ambitious Climate Deal

Later this year, global leaders will make important decisions about some of the planet's toughest challenges. If the world wants a climate deal and new development agenda that's good for the economy, for the poor, and for businesses, the path forward needs to include forests.<p>In September, …

We know what sustainable development should look like — now let's do it

May 13, 2015 — Fifteen years ago, more than 190 countries, with input from many stakeholders, established a set of eight Millennium Development …

Sustainability

Why rising CO2 levels are changing how fast forests cycle water

The leaves of trees process massive amounts of water – worldwide, four times the volume of Lake Superior moves from the soil and is turned into water …

Climate Change

9 reasons not to be depressed about the planet

December 30, 2014 — Don’t leave 2014 without realizing there have been notable — often underreported — big capital market breakthroughs on climate …

How good is that environmental nonprofit, anyway?

May 4, 2015 — Greenpeace rates tech companies on their data centers. Oxfam America ranks food brands on the sustainability of their supply chains. …

Conservation

Nikhil Seth: A new vision for sustainable development

<b>What worked well for the Millennium Development Goals? What needs changing?</b><p>Nikhil Seth<p>The ’60s and ’70s — the development decades — were essentially …

Sustainability

Indonesia: Peat Swamp Forest Protection Key to Climate

<i>During the dry season in Sumatra, and hundreds of thousands of hectares of Indonesian peatland fires burn for months, releasing its massive</i> …

Biodiversity

September 2013

The Full Participation Project

i About the data<p>x<p>The gap between the number of women and men in the workforce has barely changed in two decades, even though increasing women’s …

Privacy

Waiting for the sea

It took just 40 years for the Aral Sea to dry up. Fishing ports suddenly found themselves in a desert. But in one small part of the sea, water is returning.<p>By Rustam Qobil<p>Khojabay<p>For more than half Khojabay’s life, the sea provided one sixth of the fish eaten in the USSR. He became the skipper of a …