Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  1. Toward a Global Treaty on Plastic Waste

    Nils Simon, ET AL

    Toward a Global Treaty on Plastic Waste

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    &  propose an international regime to counter a growing threat to ecosystems worldwide.

    pollution plastic ocean Rosemary Calvert/Getty Images
    If there are any geologists in millions of years, they will easily be able to pinpoint the start of the so-called Anthropocene – the geological age during which humans became the dominant influence on our planet’s environment. Wherever they look, they will find clear evidence of its onset, in the form of plastic waste. READ MORE
  2. The Right to Agricultural Technology

    Henry I. Miller

    The Right to Agricultural Technology

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     rejects the UN's recent assertion that the use of pesticides amounts to a human-rights violation.

    Newsart for The Right to Agricultural Technology Valery Matytsin/TASS/Getty Images
    Advances in genetic engineering and agricultural technology have improved the nutrition of billions of people, reduced food insecurity, and saved the environment from massive despoliation. The fight for so-called agroecology, now being taken up by the UN, threatens to reverse this progress. READ MORE
  3. Energy, Economics, and the Environment

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Energy, Economics, and the Environment

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     says that even “green” energy projects, like hydropower, must be managed more carefully.

    hydroelectric dam Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images
    Even with massive expansion in solar and wind power, most forecasts assume that meeting global climate-mitigation goals will require a 50% increase in hydropower capacity by 2040. But free-flowing rivers are essential to the health of communities, local economies, and ecosystems. READ MORE
  4. Stop Insuring Climate Disaster

    Bill McKibben

    Stop Insuring Climate Disaster

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     calls on underwriters to follow the French firm AXA's lead and repudiate fossil-fuel projects.

    coal factory Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
    While insurance industry representatives declare their intent to rein in global warming and ensure a livable planet, their agents are still busy working behind the scenes to underwrite new coal-fired power stations, oil rigs, tar sands projects, gas pipelines, and other polluting projects. But that may be about to change. READ MORE
  5. Women in the Green Economy

    Isabella Lövin, ET AL

    Women in the Green Economy

    &  view the transition toward sustainability as an ideal opportunity to boost gender equality.

    African woman Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images
    To sustain economic growth and development, we need to tap the potential of all people, giving women opportunities not just to work, but also to lead. What better moment to transform women's role in the economy than now, when the world is pursuing another economic transformation, toward a green economy? READ MORE
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