Saturday, January 31, 2015
  1. Harnessing Disruption for Sustainability

    Simon Zadek

    Harnessing Disruption for Sustainability


     believes that short-term dislocations can spur world leaders to build greener economies.

    Nuclear Energy Power Mbeo/Flickr

    The inevitable shift toward sustainable development will increasingly disrupt lifestyles, livelihoods, and economies. But these disruptions, and the short-term crises they may cause, can serve a valuable purpose, providing the world with a powerful incentive to guide the shift toward a more sustainable, inclusive future. READ MORE

  2. The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Climate Change

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Climate Change

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    &  make the case that fossil-fuel divestment is only one option.

    Man reading newspaper finance section Ed Yourdon/Flickr

    Around the world, institutional investors – including pension funds, insurance companies, philanthropic endowments, and universities – are grappling with the question of whether to divest from oil, gas, and coal companies. Divestment is indeed one answer, but so is active shareholder engagement. READ MORE

  3. A Surfing Reflection

    Peter Singer

    A Surfing Reflection


     rides the waves in his native Australia and contemplates what sets the sport apart.

    surfing sunset Dima Bencheci/Flickr

    Some sports are inherently competitive, in the sense that players cannot exhibit the full range of their skills without being pushed by a strong opponent. Surfing is different: the challenges are intrinsic to the activity and do not involve beating anyone. READ MORE

  4. The Adaptation Imperative

    Achim Steiner

    The Adaptation Imperative


     points out a neglected challenge that this year's global climate agreement must address.

    China pollution Adam Cohn/Flickr

    The recently completed UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, featured a new and welcome focus on the importance of adaptation. But how to provide the funding, technology, and knowledge that countries, communities, and ecosystems need to adjust to climate change requires further articulation. READ MORE

  5. Disaster and Development

    Helen Clark

    Disaster and Development


     urges countries to invest in preparedness as part of a broad, national response to disaster risk.

    Philippines storm damage tree Stringer/ZumaPress

    Since the beginning of the century, disasters like storms and earthquakes have killed more than a million people and caused nearly $2 trillion in economic damage. By investing in preparedness, as the Philippines has done, countries can build resilience and save lives. READ MORE

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