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Rio+20 Brochure - The Future We Want

Rio+20 Brochure - The Future We Want | eNewsletter | Scoop.it
Rio+20 — the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 - is a historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 — a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection — the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups1 to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources. Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.  
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Brazil & the sustainable city agenda

Brazil & the sustainable city agenda | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Spurred on by preparations for Rio +20, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, host city Rio de Janeiro is being transformed with technology, transport upgrades and energy efficiency programmes amongst the portfolio of projects.  This case study, part of a full Sustainable Cities feature describes some learnings from Curitiba, a Brazilian city often recognised as a model for urban sustainability, that are being integrated into Rio de Janeiro's sustainable development plans.

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A management drought

A management drought | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Certainly, access to fresh water is a major priority for the coming decades, and ought to be the subject of strategic planning, whether it is sustainable extraction for irrigation in a drier country, or effective capture and storage in a wetter one. Either way, the challenge is one of management. 

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What does Sustainability Mean? - a Global Collage of Photos

What does Sustainability Mean? - a Global Collage of Photos | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Rio+20 presents world leaders the opportunity to create a new paradigm of sustainable lifestyles - for the rich and poor alike, as well as for everyone in between. Ensuring that our future needs can be met, and balancing our consumption with the environmental limits of the planet, is a collective effort that will impact all levels of society. What do you think that will look like? How would your life be different under a new paradigm of sustainability? What aspects of a sustainable lifestyle would you enjoy? Describe it in pictures here!

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Article 13 Staff Cut Emissions in their Daily Commute

Article 13 Staff Cut Emissions in their Daily Commute | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Ah, springtime -What perfect weather to walk or bicycle to work and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine (not to mention lower carbon emissions)!

 

Walking, biking and using public transport has helped the staff at Article 13 continue to cut their carbon emissions on their communte to the office this month (self-disclosed). 

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Article 13 Office Cuts Paper Use

Article 13 Office Cuts Paper Use | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

An Article 13 all-office challenge at the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 to cut the office's use of paper use by eliminating 1 page of unnecessary printing daily continues to show good success -we're getting some consistent behaviour changes! (data is self-disclosed)

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Article 13 Emissions from Air Travel

Article 13 Emissions from Air Travel | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Although we can't avoid air travel entirely, Article 13 continues to cut air travel as much as possible and are succeeding in reducing the amount of carbon emission we produce because of it (self disclosed). 

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Coming up! London 2012 Olympics

Coming up! London 2012 Olympics | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Coming next month: Article 13 focuses on the Olympics taking place this summer. Interested in learning more now? here's a summary of the London 2012 Sustainability Report, looking at how London 2012 is working to leave a valuable sustainability legacy.

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Rio+20 may be the largest event in the history of the United Nations

Rio+20 may be the largest event in the history of the United Nations | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

"For ten days, Rio will be the centre of the world," says the diplomat Laudemar Aguiar, responsible for the logistics of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. The Brazilian Government wants the event that happens in June, to be the largest conference of the UN history surpassing the Copenhagen Summit of 2009 in attendance. Aguiar predicts the presence of 150 Heads of State and a total of 50,000 visitors, including diplomats, journalists, businessmen, politicians and environmental activists.

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Rio+20 Issues Briefs

Rio+20 Issues Briefs | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012. To prepare for this historic occasion, the United Nations has published 13 briefs on the issues that most effect our world today. Read them online or download them here.

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Patently, a Problem

Patently, a Problem | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

As the Rio+20 Issues Brief on Science and Technology points out, technological progress has helped to address many problems in the last 20 years, writes Jane Fiona Cumming. 

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Green Jobs or Greening Jobs?

Green Jobs or Greening Jobs? | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

Whilst there is no universally agreed definition of what ‘green jobs’ are, the concept has generated a fierce debate.

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What Sustainability Message would you like to Echo to the World?

What Sustainability Message would you like to Echo to the World? | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012 - 20 years after the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development - people from all over the world will gather and discuss how to best manage our common future in a sustainable and lasting way. What message would you like to echo to the world? Let us know! Either write your own message, or agree on any of the already published messages here!

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Article 13 Office Electricity Use Trends

Article 13 Office Electricity Use Trends | eNewsletter | Scoop.it

At the Article 13 office, we to monitor our office electricity usage -in an effort to reduce our carbon emissions from it (self-disclosed data). This month, we have set ourselves the challenge of lowering our electricity usage by 10% from this month's usage one year ago. Will we make it? Results will be posted in next month's eNewsletter.

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