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.

South Africa Fights Blackouts with Concentrating Solar Power

Having tripled its national renewable energy targets, South Africa has awarded a contract to build a 100-MW concentrating solar power-molten salts energy storage…

President Bans Oil and Gas Drilling in Bristol Bay Indefinitely

President Obama took executive action Dec. 16 to protect Bristol Bay's iconic, $2 billion wild-caught fishery and local communities from oil and gas…

Report Reveals Startling Differences in GDP and Inclusive Wealth

Factoring human and natural capital into the GDP equation reveals dramatic differences in national economic performance and overall well-being.

Renewable Energy: “Development as Freedom” in Haiti and Beyond

Rapid development of distributed renewable energy resources offers much more than a means of addressing climate change, particularly in impoverished nations. It can…

Cloud-Based Solar Robotics Platform Cleans PV Panels Without Water

Achieving unprecedented reductions in O&M costs and gains in efficiency, Eccopia's fully-automated solar robotics platform is energy-independent and water free.

Solar LED Lamps Enhance Literacy, Livelihoods Around the World

Santa Barbara non-profit Unite to Light's solar LED lamps are improving literacy, education, the environment and local economies in developing countries around the…

New Handbook: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Both Practicable and Affordable

Achieving 100 percent renewable energy using today's technologies is not only possible, it's affordable. Using eight case studies of increasingly larger geopolitical scope…

World Leaders Respond to U.N. Call for Climate Change Action

At the United Nations Climate Summit 2014, held at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 23, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for…

‘Big Six’ Development Banks Reaffirm Climate Commitments

The world's six leading multilateral development banks have reaffirmed their commitments to take action on climate change in advance of the U.N. Climate…

Researchers Find Hidden Value in Carbon Offsets

Investing in voluntary carbon offset programs yields $664 in social and environmental benefits beyond the value of each metric ton of CO2 emissions…

Coconuts and Sustainable Development: Adding Value to a Wasted Resource

Researchers-turned-entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Essentium Materials, see tremendous value in using coconut husks to produce a variety of products, while providing…

Coca-Cola to Invest $5B in Sustainable Development Across Africa

Coca-Cola promises to invest an additional US$ 5 billion in sustainable development projects in Africa through the end of this decade.

Right Action: Blocking a Dam in Cambodia’s Sacred Forest

In another example of the collateral damage caused by the relentless march of economic development, a sacred Cambodian forest and its residents are…

New World Bank Policies Potentially Devestating to Poor, Indigenous People

It looks like the World Bank is succumbing to budgetary pressures and choosing to neglect its human rights responsibilities as the world’s largest…

New Jersey Turns to Distributed Resources to Enhance Energy Resilience

With memories of the devastation Superstorm Sandy caused still fresh, the Christie administration launched the N.J. Energy Resilience Bank. The first of its…