Thursday, December 18, 2014
  1. Divest in a Better Future

    Mike McGinn

    Divest in a Better Future


     calls on investors to follow Seattle's lead and divest from fossil-fuel companies.

    Fossil fuel protest sign Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

    The movement to divest from oil and coal companies is growing fast. Though it takes courage to confront the fossil-fuel industry, divestment has been a popular move wherever it has been carried out, especially among young people, who will face the consequences of global warming. READ MORE

  2. The Real Lima Deal

    Michael Jacobs

    The Real Lima Deal


     calls the agreement a game changer, because poorer countries' obligations are no longer voluntary.

    UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon/Rong Hao/ZumaPress

    This year’s annual UN climate-change conference in Lima, Peru, finally concluded in the early hours of Sunday morning, more than 24 hours after the scheduled close, after fierce argument in the final days. Though the Lima deal is weak in many respects, it also represents a fundamental breakthrough for shaping a global climate regime. READ MORE

  3. The Year of Sustainable Development

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    The Year of Sustainable Development


     highlights three summits in 2015 that will shape global economic governance and performance.

    Green fields John K/Flickr

    Next year represents this generation’s greatest opportunity to progress toward sustainable development. Three summits in the latter half of 2015 can reshape the global development agenda, and give an important push to vital changes in the functioning of the world economy. READ MORE

  4. The Myth of Net-Zero Emissions

    Lili Fuhr

    The Myth of Net-Zero Emissions

    &  sharply criticize climate-change goals that are based on risky or underdeveloped technologies.

    oil fields drilling Loco Steve/Flickr

    The world continues to produce ineffective or impossible solutions to climate change, often based on non-existent or risky technologies. The latest of these solutions is "net-zero emissions" based on carbon capture and storage – a technology with more than a few shortcomings. READ MORE

  5. Making Water Conservation Pay

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Making Water Conservation Pay


     says that water quality for 700 million people could be improved through better watershed practices.

    Cantareira Brazil Drought Deforestation Sistema Cantareira Brazil/Heleniandrade/Flickr

    City officials usually respond to shortages of clean drinking water by upgrading their infrastructure, namely, drilling, damming, and laying pipes. Nature, it turns out, can play an important – and so far largely untapped – role in water delivery and treatment. READ MORE

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