A more just world order requires a fundamental change in economic goals – a shift everywhere but particularly in the North from the pursuit of growth to that of equity. But such a change is inconceivable without a profound transformation in the nature of political and social life within and across nation
Brighton & Hove became the world’s first designated One Planet City on 18 April 2013 when the city’s Sustainability Action Plan officially received independent accreditation from BioRegional for its plans to enable residents to live well within a fairer share of the earth’s resources. BioRegional is an award winning charity with an international reputation for developing sustainable solutions.
Some 1.2 billion people—almost a fifth of the world—live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage. The situation is only expected to worsen as population growth, climate change, investment and management shortfalls, and inefficient use of existing resources restrict the amount of water available to people. It is estimated that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, with almost half of the world living in conditions of water stress.
Across the United States, and in many other countries, we have begun to feel the strain that our crumbling infrastructure has on our economy and daily lives. Replacing large, centralized infrastructure is costly, highly political, and frequently sees no payback. Many localities are incentivizing point-source reductions in water and energy consumption and production of waste. In the case of the latter, Living Machines are used to treat the waste water produced within a building’s envelope. When operating properly, Living Machines can significantly reduce the total water demand by treating the waste water generated and recycling it throughout the building for non-consumptive uses.
Now the smart money is taking another approach: Working under the assumption that climate change is inevitable, Wall Street firms are investing in businesses that will profit as the planet gets hotter...
Peak oil is the concept that new discoveries of commercially exploitable oil resources do not keep pace with growing demand. By extrapolating the data, you can estimate when we will run out of it for all practical purposes.
It is an issue that can become only ever more pressing: it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people in the world. How to feed them will become one of the most urgent concerns facing national governments. "There's going to be increased global competition, so having strong domestic supply will help insulate us," the NFU's Bicknell said.
After a disastrous 2012, farmers now sense the wind may be changing. The horsemeat scandal has underlined the problems that come when squeezed margins and complex, international food chains collide.
A backlash could be on the cards. Watkins says the butchers of Elgar country are reporting brisk trade as more consumers reappraise the way they value food. Such a trend has been building for years, but maybe 2013 is set to become a tipping point.
Roundup-resistant weeds colonized sixty million US acres in 2012 - up fifty percent from the year before. Last year’s drought took a big bite out of the two most prodigious US crops, corn and soy. But it apparently didn’t slow down the spread of weeds that have developed resistance to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup (glyphosate), used on crops engineered by Monsanto to resist it. More than seventy percent of all the the corn, soy, and cotton grown in the US is now genetically modified to withstand glyphosate.
When some cancers are hypothesized to begin in people suffering recent loss, what loss? Is it only personal? Or does a personal loss open the gates to that less conscious but overwhelming loss--the slow disappearance of the natural world, a loss endemic to our entire civilization? In that case, the idea that depth psychology merges with ecology translates to mean that to understand the ills of the soul today we turn to the world, to its suffering. The most radical deconstruction of subjectivity, called "displacing the subject", today would be re-placing the subject back into the world, or re-placing the subject altogether with the world.
Climate Change Now Seen as Security Threat Worldwide - Defence establishments around the world increasingly see climate change as posing potentially serious threats to national and international security, according to a review of high-level statements...
Recently, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Climate Change (CCAFS) introduced the model of ”Climate Smart Villages (CSVs)”. The idea was to raise awareness among farming communities in South Asia about various technological, institutional and policy-oriented options that have the potential to increase their climatic resilience, adaptation, agricultural productivity and income, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Interventions that were made, related to weather, water, carbon, nutrient, energy and knowledge management, are currently being evaluated by the farming communities in a participatory way.
What history shows, to sum up thousands of years of examples in a few words, is that empires accomplish their biggest projects early on, when the flow of wealth in from the periphery to the imperial center—the output of those complex processes I’ve termed the imperial wealth pump—is at its height, before the periphery is stripped of its movable wealth and the center has slipped too far into the inflation that besets every imperial system sooner or later. The longer an empire lasts and the more lavish the burden it imposes on its periphery, the harder it is to free up large sums of money (or the equivalent in nonfinancial resources) for grand projects, until finally the government has to scramble to afford even the most urgent expenditures.
When the richest quarter of the world’s population uses about half of our global resources--and take the liberty to produce half of the global waste--while another third live in poverty, it is clear that our economic and societal systems are failing us.
Today the government of Taiwan announced that they were going to launch a ‘national well-being index’, following in the footsteps of the UK’s Measuring National Well-being Programme and other Beyond GDP initiatives. But why are they bothering to measure well-being?
Well, at nef we believe that measuring well-being can lead to better policy-making – partly because it gives us a better understanding of how well-being is distributed across population groups and regions, but also because it tells us about what its most important determinants are. This means that policy-makers can design, develop and evaluate policies to influence the factors that will make the most difference to how people experience their lives.
Researchers studying data from 600 fields in 20 countries have found that managed honey bees are not as successful at pollinating crops as wild insects, primarily wild bees, suggesting the continuing loss of wild insects in many agricultural landscapes has negative consequences for crop harvests.
Gaining control of water is often a motive behind land grabs, and according to a 2013 report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, up to 57 million hectares of land and 454 billion cubic meters of water are grabbed each...
The sharp drop in Arctic sea ice area has been matched by a harder-to-see, but equally sharp, drop in sea ice thickness. The combined result has been a collapse in total sea ice volume — to one fifth of its level in 1980.