Archive for November, 2011

Woodrow Wilson Center Hosts Discussion on Geoengineering for Decision Makers

Nov 11, 2011 No Comments

On November, 10th, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted an event entitled Geoengineering for Decision Makers based on a report of the same name. The report was authored by Robert L. Olson and was released by the Science and Technology Innovation Program. David Rejeski, Jane Long, Robert L. Olson, and Tim Persons spoke at the event and [...]

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Climate Change Imperils Global Prosperity, U.N. Warns

Nov 08, 2011 No Comments

A new report from the United Nations Development Program warns that if drastic measures are not taken to prepare for the impacts of climate change, the economic progress of the world’s developing countries could be reversed by 2050. This year’s annual report approaches the issue of climate change and environmental degradation from the standpoint of economic development [...]

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2011 UNDP Human Development Report: Sustainability and Equity

Nov 07, 2011 1 Comment

On Novermber 1st, the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Report “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All”. The report is an independent study commissioned annually since 1990 that tracks progresses in overall living standards around the world. This year’s report is focused on the intersections between environmental sustainability and [...]

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Proposed New Dates for UN Sustainability Summit in Rio 2012

Nov 05, 2011 No Comments

The President of Brazil has proposed new dates for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio 2012, with the rationale to ensure opportunity for participation at the highest possible level. Instead of 4-6 June, the new proposed dates for the Sustainability Summit is 20-22 June, with the last Preparatory Committee on 13-15 June. [...]

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Roundtable Discussion on Sustainability at UMass Boston Sparks Lively Debate

Nov 05, 2011 1 Comment

On November 3rd, authors and collaborating scholars working on the 2012 UN Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) met at Umass Boston for a roundtable discussion entitled Trajectories to Sustainability: Balancing People, Planet, and Prosperity. The panelists included Ivar Baste and Fatoumata Keita-Ouane of UNEP, Trista Patterson of the U.S. Forest Service, Laszlo Pinter of the Central European University, and Bernice Lee of Chatham House. Close to a hundred students, academics, and professionals attended the round table [...]

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Rio + 20: European Union Consolidated Position

Nov 05, 2011 No Comments

On November 1st, the European Union (EU) and its Member States submitted to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, their contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, 4-6 June 2012. In answering to the request of the Second Preparatory Committee of Rio+20 to [...]

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