Obama Opens Eastern Seaboard to Oil Exploration

Breaking from Newsmax.com The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The move, which stands to create thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure, dismayed environmentalists …

GEMS Water: Global water quality data to inform SDGs

  ENB on the Side Coverage of Selected Side Events at the First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Issue No. 2 – Wednesday, 25 June 2014 Events convened on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 GEMS Water: Global water quality data to inform SDGs Presented by UNEP/DEWA …

Your invitation to ‘Schumacher College: A Think Tank for Hope’

Your invitation to ‘Schumacher College: A Think Tank for Hope’ An invitation from Satish Kumar, Founder and Visiting Fellow and Jon Rae, Head of Schumacher College We are writing to invite you to a very special event for Schumacher College in London and we very much hope that you will …

Sustainable Development Update – 6 March 2014 – Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

A compilation of items recently posted to the Sustainable Development Policy & Practice knowledgebase   Partnership for Action on a Green Economy Holds Inaugural Meeting 5_March_2014: The inaugural meeting of the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE) explored national pathways and policies for the green economy, and provide guidance to governments on achieving a green economy transition. Over 30 ministers …

Earth Policy Release – Less Than 3 Percent of Oceans in Marine Parks Despite Recent Growth

  Less Than 3 Percent of Oceans in Marine Parks Despite Recent Growth  J. Matthew Roney http://www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2013/update120 Earth Policy Release Plan B Update December 11, 2013 In May 1975, rising concerns about overfishing and deteriorating ocean health prompted scientists and officials from 33 countries to meet in Tokyo for the …

Following Tradition: Top Examples of Indigenous Knowledge Preserving Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services

    UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services      Following Tradition:  Top Examples of Indigenous Knowledge Preserving Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services   IPBES experts cite importance of ‘co-production’ of information with indigenous people With the planet losing species 100 to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, …

Other News: FACING UP TO INEQUALITY: NEW APPROACHES BEYOND ECONOMISM

FACING UP TO INEQUALITY: NEW APPROACHES BEYOND ECONOMISM Hazel Henderson* Grim recent studies reveal the shocking increase in inequality globally, both between and within countries. Anti-poverty economic policies since World War II have done little, except for their notable success in China. Worldwide, the share of nations’ productivity increases going …

Friends of the Earth: European Investments Assist Land Grabs for Palm Oil in Liberia

  European Investments Assist Land Grabs for Palm Oil in Liberia European funded palm oil expansion in Liberia linked to social and environmental damage Monday, 24 June 2013 Press Release European banks, pension funds and private equity funds have given financial assistance worth more than €450 million to Malaysian palm …

Shifts in Global Water Systems – Markers of a New Geological Epoch: the Anthropocene

  A new geologic epoch, “The Anthropocene,” is characterized by humanity’s growing dominance of Earth’s environment and a planetary transformation as profound as the last epoch-defining event — the retreat of the glaciers 11,500 years ago.   By way of illustration: Humanity has cleared an area the size of South …

Durban Climate Change Negotiations Must Deliver Decisions for Workers and the Planet – ITUC OnLine

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION ITUC OnLine Durban Climate Change Negotiations Must Deliver Decisions for Workers and the Planet Brussels, 23 November 2011 (ITUC OnLine): The international trade union movement is urging governments meeting at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Durban to step out of their comfort …