Tuesday, March 3, 2015
  1. No Hiding From Sustainable Development

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    No Hiding From Sustainable Development


     has a sobering message for politicians who ignore the risk of environmental catastrophe.

    Drought climate change africa village UN Photo/John Isaac/Flickr

    At the Brazilian launch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network last year, many complained that São Paulo was suffering from a mega-drought that the country's politicians were keeping quiet. This is a reality around the world: too many politicians ignore a growing environmental crisis, placing the entire world in peril. READ MORE

  2. Putin’s Gas Problem

    Paul R. Gregory

    Putin’s Gas Problem


     explains why Russia's effort to bypass Ukraine with a pipeline through Turkey will backfire.

    Newsart for Putin’s Gas Problem rickz/Flickr

    Last December, Gazprom and a Turkish pipeline company signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey under the Black Sea. The $12 billion project is likely to reinforce Russia's reputation as an unreliable partner and accelerate Europe's search for alternate sources of supply. READ MORE

  3. The Immorality of Coal

    Raja Jayaraman, ET AL

    The Immorality of Coal

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    , ET AL  counter the industry's claim that fossil fuels are essential to end global poverty.

    Coal pollution India climate change Meghalaya State, India/ECSP/Flickr

    The coal industry seems determined to fight for profits at the expense of the global environment, perversely attempting to capture the moral high ground by claiming that coal is essential to ending energy poverty. In fact, at this point in history, coal is not good for anyone. READ MORE

  4. Earth Calling the Financial Sector

    Jeffrey D. Sachs, ET AL

    Earth Calling the Financial Sector

    &  appeal to finance leaders to embrace their central role in the transition to global sustainability.

    sunset storm Massmo Relsig/Flickr

    Financial markets serve two crucial purposes: to channel savings toward productive investments, and to enable individuals and businesses to manage risks. That is why the sector is essential to sustainable development, which represents unprecedented global-scale investment opportunities and risk-management challenges. READ MORE

  5. Breaking Europe’s Climate-Change Stalemate

    Graeme Sweeney

    Breaking Europe’s Climate-Change Stalemate


     argues that the EU must abandon ideological rigidity and invest in carbon capture and storage.

    Girl climate change protest UK Daniele Zanni/Flickr

    If Europe is to remain an environmental leader and a center of innovation and competitiveness, it will have to abandon its ideological rigidness and embrace realistic, pragmatic solutions that can deliver environmental benefits without sacrificing economic development. Essential among these solutions is carbon capture and storage. READ MORE

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