Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  1. Selfishness for All?

    Simon Zadek

    Selfishness for All?


     explores the potential of self-interest to spur action on climate change.

    Factory Smoke Plumes Kim Seng/Flickr

    At this week's special UN summit, intended to spur action on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a simple message: Beyond the long-term shared benefits of such action, countries and businesses would benefit in the short term. But, while self-interest is a useful tool, it cannot replace concerted policies. READ MORE

  2. Cleaner, Greener, and Richer

    Christiana Figueres

    Cleaner, Greener, and Richer

    &  emphasize the job-creating potential of action to mitigate climate change.

    Solar mirror solar power Sandia Labs/Flickr

    By aiming for a meaningful, universal agreement that puts the planet on the path toward de-carbonization, world leaders meeting in New York for this month's UN climate summit can help to ensure a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world that provides millions with decent work opportunities. It is an opportunity that all should seize. READ MORE

  3. What Water’s Worth

    Asit K. Biswas

    What Water’s Worth

    &  warn that current efforts to improve the management of water scarcity are woefully inadequate.

    Oasis in Winter Prabhu B Doss/Flickr

    Nearly 200 years ago, Lord Byron wrote, “Till taught by pain, men really know not what good water’s worth.” Humanity still has not fully grasped water’s value, but the impending water crisis is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore – especially for those who are already feeling its effects. READ MORE

  4. The High Cost of Cheap Meat

    Christine Chemnitz
  5. Saving the House

    Javier Solana

    Saving the House


     proposes a climate-change strategy that depends on scaling up promising local initiatives.

    Gas Emissions United Nations Photo

    Top-down governance approaches have been useful in addressing climate change, showing the willingness of some of the historical greenhouse-gas emitters to accept remedial responsibility. But the most recent climate-change summits have revealed the limits of this approach. READ MORE

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