Global Dimensions

By Laurence Myers | Ecological. Social. Economic. Political. Sustainability.

How green buildings can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

January 1st 2016 marked a key milestone in our collective efforts to “promote prosperity while protecting the planet” as world leaders agreed, and …

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. …

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 …

World Water Day 2016: 40 photos to make you think twice about wasting this precious resource

Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation services is vital to human health. However, about 650 million people, or 10% of the world's …

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> …

Poverty

What the world thinks about climate change in 7 charts

As world leaders prepare to negotiate a major climate change agreement later this month at the United Nations’ Paris 2015 conference, a new Pew …

Climate

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 …

Renewable Energy

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

If we use them right, the SDGs will be fantastic tools to empower and enable<p>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 …

Sustainability

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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 …

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 …

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, …

Climate

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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> …

What the World Would Look Like if All the Ice Melted

If we keep burning fossil fuels indefinitely, global warming will eventually melt all the ice at the poles and on mountaintops, raising sea level by 216 feet. Explore what the world’s new coastlines would look like.<p>This story appears in the September 2013 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p>The …

Climate Change

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 …

Waiting for the sea

It took just 40 years for the Aral Sea to dry up. Fishing ports suddenly found themselves in a desert.<br>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 …

How to steer clear of the looming climate shock

February 25, 2015 — <i>Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from</i> Climate Shock <i>(2015) by Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman. Published here with</i> …