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Results from the Rio + 20 Summit

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July 2, 2012

The Rio + 20 Summit drew nearly 50,000 participants, including more than 100 governmental representatives, a large number of non-governmental organizations, and a significant corporate presence.  As I mentioned in my last post…, the preparatory talks to the conference were stymied by national interests and lacked focus toward a  

Categories: ecological limits, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

A Business Call for a New Economy

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June 28, 2012

On June 12, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) presented its Business Call for a New Economy… to a White House summit, the following day the letter was shared with Senators and their staff.    Founded in 2009, the ASBC is a coalition of businesses and business organizations committed to advancing  

Categories: corporate governance, externalized costs, markets

Fresh Water Deficit

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June 22, 2012

People need fresh water to live; manufacturers need fresh water to produce; and economic growth is dependent on abundant fresh water supplies.  Water is essential for moving waste, keeping us and the environment healthy, as well as for producing food, clothing, and iPhones.  Yet, most people in the developed world…  

Categories: ecological limits, ecosystem services, environmental health, environmental justice, water

The importance of Rio + 20

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June 19, 2012

In 1992 the United Nations hosted the Earth Summit, a conference on the environment and development, in Rio de Janeiro.  Ten years later the World Summit on Sustainable Development was held in 2002 in Johannesburg.  Now, twenty years since the original conference, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio…  

Categories: ecological limits, energy, environmental justice, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

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