Global Development

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Yes, humans are depleting Earth's resources, but 'footprint' estimates don't tell the full story

Experts widely agree that human activities are harming the global environment. Since the Industrial Revolution, the world economy has grown …

Sustainability

Experts warn humanity now consumes a year's worth of global resources in just 212 days

Humans are gobbling up Earth’s resources at record-breaking rates, worrying new estimates show.<p>The so-called Earth Overshoot Day, first conceived …

Climate Change

Tanzania and Kenya row over delay to wildebeest migration

<b>Tanzania has denied claims by Kenyan tour operators that it started fires to delay the migration of wildebeest - a key element of the tourism industry.</b><p>The Kenyans say the fires dispersed wildebeest gathering to migrate from the Serengeti National Park to Kenya's Maasai Mara National …

National Parks

Bill Gates Wants You To See The World This Way (Warning: Once You Do You Can't Un-See It)

Every so often an image flashes across our collective social consciousness that forever changes how we see the world and ourselves. This is one of them.<p>Every so often something comes along that dramatically alters our perception of the world. These are social memes that are utterly simplistic but …

Bill Gates

GDP is destroying the planet. Here's an alternative

GDP is a poor measure of progress – it increases as we destroy the natural capital of the planet.<p>We need economic growth, but we cannot continue to …

The human population is 7.5 billion and counting — a mathematician counts how many humans the Earth can actually support

• <b>The world's population has reached the vicinity of 7.5 to 7.6 billion people.</b>• <b><br>Since 1960, world population has grown exponentially by about one billion every 13 years.</b>• <b><br>Humans have a large ecological footprint — we are the most populous mammal on Earth today.</b>• <b><br>But the Earth will only have capacity for</b> …

How waste management is helping Vietnamese women earn a living

Hoi An (Vietnam), July 5 (IANS) With over 20 million tourists visiting per year, this port city -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- produces …

Aging Japan: Akita prefecture may be glimpse of country's graying future

AKITA, Japan (Reuters) - On a recent weekday morning, a group of men in their 70s and 80s gathered for baseball practice just down the road from a junior high school where students were arriving to start the day.<p>At full strength, the Shimohama Club baseball team's 33 players outnumber the …

How Japan Replaced Half Its Nuclear Capacity With Efficiency

<i>Co-authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace</i><p>After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago in March 2011, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity, including the entire nuclear fleet, was unavailable and the country faced the risk of power …

25 Years Ago I Coined the Phrase “Triple Bottom Line.” Here’s Why It’s Time to Rethink It.

How often are management concepts subjected to recalls by the people who invented them? It is hard to think of a single case.<p>If an industrial product like a car fails the manufacturer pulls it back, tests it and, if necessary, re-equips it. In case manufacturers grow careless, governments run …

UN takes first step toward landmark global environmental pact

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution paving the way for an international pact on environmental laws. But the resolution had several …

Our dying soils: The invisible crisis under our feet

The world relies on healthy soils for food, water, and a liveable climate. But soils are rapidly losing the ability to support life thanks to …

Crypto Startup Blockchain Partners With UN Officials on Sustainability Goals

Cryptocurrency wallet startup Blockchain is partnering with representatives from the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Refugee Agency …

Blockchain

Move over, microfinance. Here’s why the future of development is in nanofinance

It’s been almost 12 years since Muhammud Yunus and Grameen Bank won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to create economic and social …

How do city leaders get things done? Learning from mayors in Japan

Also available in: Español | 日本語<p>The task of mayors and city leaders is no longer limited to providing efficient urban services to their citizens. Job …

How we can tackle our plastic problem, according to the UN's Head of Environment

Plastic has been nothing short of miraculous. In our kitchens and supermarkets, it’s helped cut down on food waste. It’s the source of medical …

7 key trends all sustainability execs should watch

A new Forum for the Future report sets out the risks and opportunities amid climate and technological disruption.

Sustainability

'Sinking' Pacific nation is getting bigger: study

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu—long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels—is actually growing in size, new …

Is it possible for everyone to live a good life within our planet’s limits?

Imagine a country that met the basic needs of its citizens – one where everyone could expect to live a long, healthy, happy and prosperous life. Now …

Seize these 10 business opportunities to get the U.N. Global Goals back on track

These U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are off target for 2030. But 3D printing, the blockchain and upcycling and other solutions can close the gap.

Sustainability

This is what China's overfishing problem looks like

Captured here are 4,000 fish, from 40 species, all caught at Chinese fishing ports. The three largest ones in the centre represent the most popular …

Aquaculture

SDG Industry Matrix

Showcases industry-specific examples and ideas for corporate action related to the SDGs. Presented in a series of publications, each matrix …

Financial Services

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and …

Earth's ozone layer still in trouble, study finds

There's more evidence that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is recovering and that humans' efforts are making a difference. At the same …

Circular Economy — the future of Disruptive Design – Muzli - Design Inspiration

Circular Economy — the future of Disruptive Design<p>With the Industrial Revolution, we set our eyes on the prize, that being money. So it doesn’t come …

Comparing urban air pollution

GAUGING the severity of air pollution can be a tricky task for city dwellers. One common measure is the annual average concentration of a given …

Year in Review: 2017 in 12 Charts

<b>© World Bank</b><p>How to sum up 2017? The global economy improved but there were plenty of unsettling and upsetting events and trends. Catastrophic storms …

Sub-Saharan Africa

8 Common Materials You May Not Have Realized Are Sustainable

Sustainability. A word that, for many of us, has been driven into our minds from the very start of our careers as architects. We have a …

Energy Efficiency

<b>Challenge and Opportunity</b><p>Energy efficiency—including residential, industrial and municipal energy savings—is central to achieving the energy and …