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Climate Change & Environment

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The threat of climate change and global warming, fueled by relentless commercialization and excessive consumption, has turned into a fighting ground for both policymakers and concerned citizens. The coming decade is set to determine not only a collective response to reducing carbon emissions, but the entire future direction for international development and the global justice movement.

Latest Articles

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.

Emissions Set to Surge 50 pct by 2050, says OECD

Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

What Does 'Sustainable Development' Really Mean?

The model for 'sustainable development' as espoused in official UN documents cannot withstand a serious critique. A real sustainability requires a change of economic paradigm, not a continuation of the industrialist/capitalist/consumerist economic model that is dependent on unimpaired profits, writes Leonardo Boff.

When State and Market Climate Failures are Amplified by Society Failure

South Africa suffered a sobering case of civil society failure at the COP17 climate summit last December. This doesn’t auger well for unity in future campaigns to save the climate, nor for mobilising to save the SA economy from the Minerals-Energy Complex and its own finance ministers, says Patrick Bond.

Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act

Blue Planet Prize laureates represented by Dr. Robert Watson presented their joint paper at a meeting held by the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, warning that abuse of the environment has created an 'absolutely unprecedented' emergency.

How the Rich Can Make the Planet More Sustainable

Ordinary consumers can be encouraged to behave more sustainably without lowering their quality of life, starting with millennium consumption goals for the rich that parallel the millennium development goals for the poor, writes Prof. Mohan Munasinghe.

Is Environmentalism Compatible with Social Justice?

The evidence suggests that sharing the world's resources can secure social justice for all without overstepping key environmental goals. But this will require that the rich consume considerably less and redistribute wealth and resources more equitably, explains George Monbiot.

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