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Earth 'risks irreversible change'

Earth 'risks irreversible change' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humanity's path is anything but sustainable, the UN Environment Programme warns, as scientists suggest life may be heading for irreversible change.

 

In the run-up to Rio+20 the UN has presented its 5th Global Environmental Outlook. Its analysis is gloomy and correct, its solutions disappointing because it does not have the courage to point to the real planet-killers: casino capitalism, growing inequalities and runaway population growth.


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The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The report argues that the impact of a transition towards a greener economy on labour markets will extend far beyond the creation of new green jobs, such as those related to renewable energy. This transition will create new opportunities for workers, but also new risks. The challenge for labour market and skill policies is to maximise the benefits for workers and help assure a fair sharing of adjustment costs, while also supporting broader green growth policies (e.g. by minimising skill bottlenecks).


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Rio+20's opportunity will be squandered without courage and vision

Rio+20's opportunity will be squandered without courage and vision | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gro Harlem Brundtland and Fernando Henrique Cardoso: Rio+20 must learn from the MDGs, emphasise sustainable development, and tackle climate change and gender inequality...

 

The same old wine but now in old bags; sorry Elders, but I have lost trust in you as you lack the courage to stand up really for the planet. The time for niceties and political pragmatism has past. History will judge you.


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The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The report argues that the impact of a transition towards a greener economy on labour markets will extend far beyond the creation of new green jobs, such as those related to renewable energy. This transition will create new opportunities for workers, but also new risks. The challenge for labour market and skill policies is to maximise the benefits for workers and help assure a fair sharing of adjustment costs, while also supporting broader green growth policies (e.g. by minimising skill bottlenecks).

 

This new OECD report also looks at the need to re-allocate workers from declining brown industries to growing green ones and demands serious reforms of the tax and benefit systems for workers.


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Rio+20: A Momentum for Resource Economics

Rio+20: A Momentum for Resource Economics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Growth. It's not about plant growth, hair growth or growth in quality of life, it's about economic growth. And the kind that is measured in GDP. However, Rio+20 might mark a paradigm shift in the way we measure growth and wealth.

 

This article on Rio+20 in the Huffington Post demonstrates clearly how difficult it is to end our obsession with "growth" as the number one political priority. "Intelligent" growth, a "paradigm shift in the way we measure growth and wealth"... do all these phrases really put us on track for a new destination or do we just blind ourselves with nice rhetoric?


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