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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.