sustainable development

An approach to developing anything that recognizes the need to meet the challenges of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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Brazil and India’s Financial Wealth Grows While Their Natural Capital Plummets

In terms of GDP per capita, Brazil and India's wealth grew 34% and 120%, respectively, from 1990-2008. According to a new, alternative Inclusive…

Sustainable Cities: Meeting the Challenge of Rapid Urbanization the Focus of “Planet Under Pressure 2012”

The interrelated social, environmental and economic challenges associated with rapid, growing urbanization is bringing some 3,000 experts from around the world together in…

First Wind: Hawaii’s Winds of Renewable Energy

First Wind has received $236 million in financing for a 69MW wind project in Hawaii.
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Can “Green Gamification” Save the World?

Green gamification -- using games to engage stakeholders and solve intractable problems -- are all the rage. In Gaming the Environment for Positive…
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Brazil’s Growth Offers Wealth and Worry in The Northeast

WIth Brazil’s global clout comes increased focus on its role as the world’s breadbasket and whether the increasing strain on its land is…

Sustainable Tourism: A Key to Global Solutions

When most people think of tourism, they probably don't think about an industry that can contribute to global solutions for the difficult challenges…
The old conservation model isn't working to save the planet. Here's a provocative look at how integrating preservation and development can make it more effective. Photo Credit: K. Moore

A New Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century

By Peter Kareiva, Robert Lalasz and Michelle Marvier By its own measures, conservation is failing. Biodiversity on Earth continues its rapid decline. We…

Building a Sustainable Future Requires More than Science

Contrary to popular belief, humans have failed to address the earth’s worsening emergencies of climate change, species’ extinction and resource overconsumption not because…

Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet

The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution’s Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet are hosting a symposium on March 1,…

Scientists Urge Reform for a Broken Global System

Unless governments work actively to build a brighter future for humanity, climate change, poverty and loss of biodiversity will worsen and continue to…

Development as Freedom: a Not-So-Utopian Economic Model

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, interest rates are high, stifling investment in new businesses. What are the…

OpEd: The Unsettling Attacks on Green Cities and Counties

Back in 2010, when Colorado gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes accused Denver’s bicycle sharing program of being part of an insidious United Nations conspiracy…

Video Tour: Abu Dhabi’s Zero Carbon, Zero Waste Masdar City

Among the highlights of last month’s trip to the World Future Energy Summit  was a tour of Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s living laboratory…

What Does It Take to Achieve a Sustainable Future?

What does it take to achieve a sustainable future? The UN’s Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability’s final report, released on January…

UN Calls Sustainable Development a Top Priority

The UN High-Level Panel Global Sustainability released its report in Addis Ababa yesterday entitled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.” The…