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Climate Change & Environment

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Climate Change Kills 400,000 a Year, New Report Reveals

The Earth’s changing climate is costing the global economy $1.2 trillion a year and killing 1,000 children a day, according to a new study—and the U.N. warns the summer’s record heat and drought could trigger a catastrophe. By Mark Hertsgaard.

Climate Factsheets

To contribute to a broader public understanding of the present state of climate science, a series of factsheets clearly set out the evidence for anthropogenic global warming and its interaction with various climatic events, such as wildfires, droughts and flooding. By the Public Research Interest Centre.

Rights of Nature: Planting Seeds of Real Change

A report prepared for Rio+20 takes a look at the flaws behind the Green Economy agenda, and explores in depth the ways in which Rights of Nature can be applied as a legal framework to help solve many of the problems currently plaguing the environment. By Global Exchange.

Separated at Birth, Reunited in Rio?

Linking development and environmental objectives through policy initiatives is not an easy task. This Background Note sets out to explain why reconciling the two agendas has been so difficult at a practical level, and suggests how Rio+20 could start to bridge the gaps between the two. By Claire Melamed, Andrew Scott and Tom Mitchell.

Reforming Global Sustainable Development Governance

Achieving sustainable development entails a global transition—away from prevailing inequitable and ecologically destabilizing patterns of development, to modes of development based on shared prosperity and environmental protection. Global governance plays a crucial role in this shift, says a report by IBON International.

People and the Planet

Consumption levels between developed and developing nations must be rebalanced alongside a stabilisation of the world’s population by voluntary methods, according to a new report from the Royal Society.

Planet Under Pressure 2012

Leading scientists have called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to "a humanitarian emergency on a global scale". A report from the four-day conference of the international scientific community, Planet Under Pressure.

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