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25 September,2014
United Kingdom
Forget oil. Phosphorus scarcity will be the biggest geopolitical issue in the decades to come. Peak phosphorus could occur as soon as 2034, according to studies cited at the summit by the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative. Known reserves could be depleted in 50 to 100 years.
18 September,2014
The voices of indigenous peoples must be effectively heard and they must be consulted on issues that affect them, including rights to land and resources, the United Nations Human Rights Council heard today.
8 September,2014
Ministers from the APEC member economies are meeting in the southeastern coastal city of Xiamen, China to address oceans-related challenges. The APEC Bulletin spoke with Greg Schneider, Lead Shepherd of the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group, who highlighted some of the issues and priorities topping the agenda.
2 September,2014
The world is missing a chance to eradicate hunger and poverty for billions of people living in regions with variable and scarce rainfall. Without improved management of rainwater, the future development goals currently being discussed are unrealistic, say leading scientists.
30 July,2014
The number of developing countries with policies in place to support renewable energy has increased six-fold in just eight years, resulting in one-fifth of the world's power production now coming from renewable sources, according to a United Nations-backed report produced ahead of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum.
22 August,2013
United States
An examination of the potential consequences of using geoengineering as a climate quick fix. In the latest edition of the Worldwatch Institute's (www.worldwatch.org) State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, Simon Nicholson, Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, examines the pros and cons of such an approach to responding to climate change.
14 August,2013
To mark the United Nations International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has drawn attention to the vital role played by indigenous communities - who represent 5 per cent of the global population - in achieving inclusive sustainable development.
31 July,2013
The original design of Indian cities more compact – promoted walking and cycling. Growing sizes of cities and their bad design is leading to urban sprawl, increasing travel distances and time, leading to congestion, global warming and pollution Detours caused by car-centric infrastructure like flyovers, signal-free corridors and foot overbridges can increase carbon emissions -- this is the result of conversion of small walkable trips to longer motorized trips Investments in metro and buses can be wasted if access to public transport systems is not designed well
20 July,2013
The Green Climate Fund has been opened up to observers, but civil society representatives want to play a bigger role
20 July,2013
Researchers have called for a system of carbon emission assessments that reflect better the true contribution of each emitting nation to the increase in atmospheric CO2 and promote preservation of forests, particularly in tropical regions.
16 July,2013
The use of solar energy has shot up as the cost goes down. Global installed capacity jumped by 28.4 gigawatts in 2012 to reach 89.5 GW. The 100 GW milestone will be crossed sometime this year. Competition among solar panel manufacturers is fierce. Solar protectionism would be bad for trade, the solar industry, and the environment.
3 July,2013
The latest ministerial meeting of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) on climate change reaffirmed that the Durban Platform to forge a 2015 agreement is by no means a process to negotiate a new regime, nor to renegotiate, rewrite or reinterpret the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
26 June,2013
United States
With today's announcement of a national climate action plan, President Obama is pushing forward to tackle the urgent challenge of climate change. This is the most comprehensive climate plan by a U.S. president to date. If fully and swiftly implemented, the Obama Administration can truly reset the climate agenda for this country.
19 June,2013
United Kingdom
Sustainable development is set to be at the heart of the post-2015 agenda. Nanotech and better data will aid future development efforts. Scientists must help to draw up roadmaps for problem-solving
12 June,2013
United Kingdom
There is a largely unexplored landscape of opportunity for collaboration between scientists and development practitioners. Making the most of it needs understanding of differing views and drivers.Research and development funders should jointly support collaboration
7 June,2013
"Learning comes from experience, and in Peru they are working on building an adequate process" for consultation and dialogue with indigenous peoples, said James Anaya in this interview with Tierramérica.
4 June,2013
Providing electricity to 1.2 billion people who don't have access to reliable sources of energy is a key component to ending extreme poverty worldwide by 2030, according to a World Bank Group report. Vice President Rachel Kyte says people living without electricity have fewer opportunities to improve their lives.
29 May,2013
United States
Indigenous peoples in Latin America have undergone an unprecedented mobilization in the past 20 years, but political participation, particularly among women, is still low, the United Nations said in a new report released today.
22 May,2013
United States
Seventeen years from now, half the global stock of capital, totaling $158 trillion (in 2010 dollars), will reside in the developing world, compared to less than one-third today, with countries in East Asia and Latin America accounting for the largest shares of this stock, says the latest edition of the World Bank's Global Development Horizons (GDH) report, which explores patterns of investment, saving and capital flows as they are likely to evolve over the next two decades.
16 May,2013
The bioeconomy is presented as an opportunity for economic growth in Latin America. Advantages as boost to local capacity for R & D may collide with the generation of social conflicts. To be an ally of the emerging countries, the bioeconomy must be inserted into a policy of broader socio-economic development