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Why the world cannot afford the rich

  2024-03-12 in Nature

Equality is essential for sustainability. The science is clear — people in more-equal societies are more trusting and more likely to protect the environment than are those in unequal, consumer-driven ones. Equality is essential for sustainability. The science is clear — people in more-equal societies are more trusting and more likely to protect the environment than are those in unequal, consumer-driven ones.

  Tagged under: Economics | Consumption | Capitalism | Sustainability

These are the top 5 most sustainable drink containers ranked

  2024-03-11 (or before) in

Ever wondered how different drink containers fare in terms of sustainability? These results suggest that reusing and reducing waste is still the best way to protect the environment.

  Tagged under: Aluminium | Plastic | Recycling | Sustainability

From Publications to Public Actions: The Role of Universities in Facilitating Academic Advocacy and Activism in the Climate and Ecological Emergency

  2024-03-09 (or before) in Frontiers

Thousands of universities have made climate emergency declarations; however the higher education sector is not rising to the collective challenge with the urgency commensurate with scientific warnings. Universities are promoting an increased focus on sustainability through their research, teaching and their own institutional footprints. However, we suggest that such initiatives will be insufficient to catalyse the required transformations in our societies and economies because of i) the time lags inherent in education and research pathways to impact, and ii) their failure to address either real-world political processes or the f...

  Tagged under: Climate Justice | Science | Activism | Sustainability

The Guardian view on Europe’s rural revolt: sustainability is in farmers’ interests too | Editorial

  2024-02-14 in The Guardian

Editorial: The current wave of protests endangers environmental progress. But imaginative politics can get the green deal back on track

  Tagged under: Activism | Farming | Sustainability

Land, Water, Air and Freedom

  2024-02-12 (or before) in

‘Land, Water, Air and Freedom is a tour de force, deftly weaving together insights from decades of research on ecological distribution conflicts and the global environmental justice movement. Spanning an impressive range of regions and issues, Professor Martínez-Alier's inspiring research sheds light on the complex power relations and socio-ecological processes surrounding environmental justice struggles. This vital book challenges dominant economic paradigms, identifies alternative pathways toward wellbeing, sustainability, and justice, and offers important tools for activism.’ – Alice Mah, University o...

  Tagged under: Activism | Sustainability

UN Carbon Removal Estimates 'By No Means Feasible,' Scientists Warn

  2024-02-08 (or before) in Yale E360

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Sustainability limits needed for CO2 removal | Science

  2024-02-02 in Science | AAAS

The true climate mitigation challenge is revealed by considering sustainability impacts

  Tagged under: Climate Change Mitigation | Sustainability

EU lawmakers to Biden: We don’t need more US natural gas

  2024-01-25 in The Hill

Big oil is trying to make Europe “the excuse” for an unnecessary and planet-heating expansion in gas exports, 60 members of the European Parliament wrote in a Tuesday letter to President Biden. The…

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Beyond the IPCC for Food: An Overarching Framework for Food Systems Sustainability Assessment

  2024-01-15 (or before) in MDPI - Publisher of Open Access Journals

Food systems are responsible for a large share of anthropogenic impacts. In recent debates, the need to strengthen the link between science and policy has emerged with the proposal to establish a new global science–policy interface for a sustainable food system. While the clash between those who consider necessary and those who do not consider necessary the creation of this panel increases, this paper takes inspiration from this debate to highlight how strengthening the interactions between science and policy should be supported by increasing the informativeness of current sustainability assessments, regardless of the need...

  Tagged under: Climate Change Mitigation | Sustainability

Targeting socioeconomic transformations to achieve global sustainability

  2023-12-22 (or before) in

Green growth and post-growth are alternative concepts for transformative change. I investigated the amount of support each enjoys among sustainability…

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Carbon opportunity cost increases carbon footprint advantage of grain-finished beef

  2023-12-15 (or before) in PLOS - Open Science

Beef production accounts for the largest share of global livestock greenhouse gas emissions and is an important target for climate mitigation efforts. Most life-cycle assessments comparing the carbon footprint of beef production systems have been limited to production emissions. None also consider potential carbon sequestration due to grazing and alternate uses of land used for production. We assess the carbon footprint of 100 beef production systems in 16 countries, including production emissions, soil carbon sequestration from grazing, and carbon opportunity cost—the potential carbon sequestration that could occur on lan...

  Tagged under: Cattle and Dairy Farming | Climate Change Mitigation | Sustainability

Heat pump supply chain environmental impact reduction to improve the UK energy sustainability, resiliency and security - Scientific Reports

  2023-11-23 in Nature

Various heat pump technologies are examined from an environmental perspective using a life cycle assessment approach. The investigated heat pump systems utilize air, ground, and water as their energy sources. Additionally, an innovative heat pump powered by green hydrogen is investigated in this study, to evaluate its environmental impacts and potential to commercialise on a large scale. A range of supply chain scenarios is explored, considering the main suppliers of the UK market. The reshoring heat pump industry and supply chain are evaluated to enhance energy resilience and security within the UK. The findings indicate that t...

  Tagged under: Net Zero | Electricity Grid | Sustainability

The world has enough minerals for low-carbon electricity

  2023-11-13 by in

Total reserves are not the issue – mine construction and geopolitical risks are likely to be larger barriers to progress.

  Tagged under: Electricity | Sustainability

About Us | edie - driving sustainability in business

  2023-10-27 (or before) in Edie Awards

Find out about edie's mission to drive sustainability in business and our latest news and events, as well as who we are and what we do.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

The world will need less energy after the energy transition

  2023-10-23 (or before) by in

Electrification means that final energy demand falls, without changing the value that we get from energy services.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

India to push developed nations to become 'carbon negative' before 2050, sources say | Reuters

  2023-10-14 in Reuters

India wants to push developed nations to become carbon negative rather than carbon neutral by 2050, arguing that would allow emerging market economies more time to use fossil fuels for development needs, two Indian government sources said.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Sustainability

“No research on a dead planet”: preserving the socio-ecological conditions for academia

  2023-10-06 (or before) in Frontiers

Emergency declarations, most academics continue to operate according to 'businessas-usual'. However, such passivity increases the risk of climate impacts so severe as to threaten the persistence of organised society, and thus HEIs themselves. This paper explores why a maladaptive cognitive-practice gap persists and asks what steps could be taken by members of HEIs to activate the academy. Drawing on insights from climate psychology and sociology, we argue that a process of 'socially organised denial' currently exists within universities, leading academics to experience a state of 'double reality' that inhibits feelings of accoun...

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Sustainability

Young people in sustainability | Grain Sustainability | Sustainability Strategy

  2023-09-04 (or before) in Sustainability Services

Our latest thought on the role and experience of young people in sustainability from the perspective of a work experience student.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Insight: Coal miners forced to save for a rainy day by insurance snub | Reuters

  2023-09-01 (or before) in Reuters

Some coal producers are having to set aside tens of millions of dollars to cover their own risks as they are cut adrift by insurers, making it more difficult and costly to do business amid a surge in demand for the fossil fuel.

  Tagged under: Insurance | Sustainability

A Global Review of Insurance Industry Responses to Climate Change - The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice

  2023-08-30 (or before) in Springer Verlag

A vanguard of insurers is adapting its business model to the realities of climate change. In many ways, insurers are still catching up both to mainstream science and to their customers, which, in response to climate change and energy volatility, are increasingly changing the way they construct buildings, transport people and goods, design products and produce energy. Customers, as well as regulators and shareholders, are eager to see insurers provide more products and services that respond to the “greening” of the global economy, expand their efforts to improve disaster resilience and otherwise be proactive about the...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Insurance | Sustainability

Emergent constraint on crop yield response to warmer temperature from field experiments - Nature Sustainability

  2023-08-28 (or before) in Nature

Global responses of crops to warmer temperatures will affect agricultural sustainability. This study of maize, rice, soybean and wheat projects yield reductions of 3–13% under 2 °C warming.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Sustainability has lost its meaning as the nuclear lobby triumphs

  2023-08-26 (or before) in Euronews

Listening to the 14 EU country-strong Nuclear Alliance that lobbied for nuclear power's green label and now wants to see it treated the same as other renewables means everything is allowed, Thomas Stuart Kirkland and Christiana Mauro write.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Nuclear Power | Sustainability

"We are killing this ecosystem": the scientists tracking the Amazon's fading health

  2023-08-25 (or before) in Nature

Climate change, deforestation and other human threats are driving the rainforest towards a tipping point of sustainability. Researchers are racing to chart the Amazon’s future.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Climate Change | Health | Tipping Points | Sustainability

What's Happening in the Ocean and Why It Matters to You and Me

  2023-08-08 (or before) by in

With unprecedented marine heat waves sweeping the globe, we need better solutions for ocean sustainability

  Tagged under: Oceans | Sustainability

Number of green jobs in UK reached record high in 2021 - edie

  2023-07-31 (or before) by in Edie Awards

The number of UK-based jobs in low-carbon and renewable energy sectors in 2021 was almost 40,000 higher than in 2020, official new figures show. But the Government is still not on track to deliver its flagship pledge of two million green jobs by 2030.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Net Zero | Sustainability

IMF increasingly worried about 'material' impact of climate change on economies | Reuters

  2023-07-28 (or before) in Reuters

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday called for better coordinated efforts to address the causes of climate change, warning extreme weather is posing material risks to countries globally, especially developing economies already saddled with high debts.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability | Finance

Focus: P&G drops forest pledge, drawing ire of green groups, investors | Reuters

  2023-07-26 (or before) in Reuters

Global consumer products maker Procter & Gamble dropped its pledge from a corporate policy to not buy wood pulp from degraded forests, a company executive disclosed to investors in a previously-unreported July 18 briefing.

  Tagged under: Trees | Sustainability

Fiscal risks and sustainability – July 2023 - Office for Budget Responsibility

  2023-07-13 (or before) in Home - Office for Budget Responsibility

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Operationalising positive tipping points towards global sustainability | Global Sustainability | Cambridge Core

  2023-07-09 (or before) in Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Operationalising positive tipping points towards global sustainability - Volume 5

  Tagged under: Tipping Points | Sustainability

Earlier collapse of Anthropocene ecosystems driven by multiple faster and noisier drivers - Nature Sustainability

  2023-06-22 (or before) in Nature

Current models, based on incremental changes in a single stress, have limited ability to anticipate abrupt ecosystem changes due to climate and human activities. Experiments on four models simulating ecosystems with a range of anthropogenic interactions show how much earlier abrupt change can happen.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse | Sustainability

The Fragility of Truth in the Existential Crisis -

  2023-06-13 in

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. He is director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media (PCSSM). After receiving his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math […]

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Why the impacts of climate change may make us less likely to reduce emissions | Global Sustainability | Cambridge Core

  2023-06-09 (or before) in Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Why the impacts of climate change may make us less likely to reduce emissions - Volume 5

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts | Sustainability

Sustainability Reporting Clause for the Constitution of a Private Limited Company | The Chancery Lane Project

  2023-06-06 (or before) by in The Chancery Lane Project

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Climate paradox: Emission cuts could ‘unmask’ deadly face of climate change, scientists warn

  2023-06-01 in The Hill

Scientists have uncovered a potentially lethal paradox at the heart of efforts to slow human-caused climate change. A series of new studies suggest a stark truth. One the one hand, cutting fossil f…

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Quantifying the human cost of global warming - Nature Sustainability

  2023-05-23 (or before) in Nature

As an alternative to monetary estimates, this study expresses the costs of climate change in terms of numbers of people left outside the ‘human climate niche’, which reflects the historically highly conserved distribution of human population density relative to mean annual temperature.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Documents reveal how fossil fuel industry created, pushed anti-ESG campaign

  2023-05-18 in The Hill

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that model legislation for an “Energy Discrimination Elimination Act” was submitted by an ALEC member but rejected by ALEC&#8…

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Legislation | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability

Political strategies for climate and environmental solutions - Nature Sustainability

  2023-05-16 (or before) in Nature

Many of the barriers to progress in addressing environmental problems, such as climate change, are political. This Review illustrates how insight into politics can help policymakers craft strategies to address the ambition gap, the implementation gap and the international action gap.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Climate Impacts - Climate Trends

  2023-05-10 (or before) in Climate Trends

Discover the far-reaching effects of climate change. Explore its impact on ecosystems, weather patterns, and global sustainability efforts.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts | Sustainability

Inside big beef’s climate messaging machine: confuse, defend and downplay

  2023-05-03 in The Guardian

A Masters of Beef Advocacy program teaches ‘scientific sounding’ arguments on cattle’s sustainability in an all-out public relations war

  Tagged under: Cattle and Dairy Farming | Sustainability

LinkedIn calls for green upskilling, as demand for sustainability roles grows

  2023-04-30 in Business Green

New data reveals demand in the green labour market is accelerating faster than supply, fuelling fears of a sustainability skills bottleneck

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Shell Pulls Out of Large Carbon Capture Project in Northern England

  2023-04-25 in

Shell has decided to pull out of the Northern Endurance Partnership, one of Britain's largest carbon capture and storage projects.

  Tagged under: Shell | Carbon Capture and Storage | Sustainability

Urban water crises driven by elites’ unsustainable consumption - Nature Sustainability

  2023-04-14 (or before) in Nature

Urban water crises, due to droughts and unsustainable water consumption, are becoming increasingly recurrent in metropolitan cities. This study shows the role of social inequalities in such crises, revealing the implications of water overconsumption by privileged social groups and individuals.

  Tagged under: Drought | Sustainability

Just how far is ‘beyond growth’ for policy makers?—Economics for Rebels podcast with Tim Jackson

  2023-04-14 in CUSP | Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

Ecological economists integrating ecological and critical social perspectives have long been working on ideas to bring about just sustainability transformations. This podcast aims at communicating …

  Tagged under: Economics | Economic Growth | Sustainability


  2023-04-13 in Schumacher Institute

System Change for Sustainability Bringing the power of systems thinking to civil society, government, business and research. Generating hope for positive change in our interconnected world   Find Out MORE "As our world continues to change

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Yes, the Climate Crisis May Wipe out Six Billion People | The Tyee

  2023-04-09 (or before) in The Tyee British Columbia

Creator of the ‘ecological footprint’ on life and death in a world 4 C hotter.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

A home for all within planetary boundaries: pathways for meeting Englands housing needs without transgressing national climate and biodiversity goals

  2023-03-31 (or before) in OSF - Center for Open Science

Secure housing is core to the Sustainable Development Goals and a fundamental human right. However, potential conflicts between housing and sustainability objectives remain under-researched. We explore the impact of current English government housing policy, and alternative housing strategies, on national carbon and biodiversity goals. Using material flow and land use change/biodiversity models, we estimate from 2022-2050 under current policy housing alone would consume 104% of Englands cumulative carbon budget (2.6/2.5Gt [50% chance of <1.5C]); 12% from the construction and operation of new builds and 92% from the existing s...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Housing | Sustainability

Why “my country only emits 1% of emissions” is a lame excuse for rich countries to not tackle climate change

  2023-03-30 (or before) by in Sustainability by numbers | Hannah Ritchie | Substack

Five reasons why small countries can punch above their weight.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Shifting from Publications to Public Actions: Kent researchers win Sustainability in Higher Education award – School of Economics News

  2023-03-27 (or before) in Blogs at Kent- Showcasing groundbreaking work at Kent

  Tagged under: Economics | Sustainability

Greenwashing 'biggest challenge' facing ESG progress, say infrastructure professionals

  2023-03-20 by in New Private Markets

The backlash against ESG in the US may be making investors rethink how they communicate around sustainability, but it is the spectre of greenwashing that poses the bigger threat, said panellists at Infrastructure Investor Network's Global Summit. .

  Tagged under: ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability

Why you should use emotion to build support for sustainability

  2023-02-23 by in Leadership for Sustainability | Realise Earth

Emotion is the most powerful motivator to build support for sustainability and it's the key to your initiative succeeding and making a real difference.

  Tagged under: Activism | Sustainability

Boldly not going: zero-travel ‘touring’ play paves the way for eco theatre

  2023-02-21 in The Guardian

Using local creatives and actors, director Katie Mitchell’s A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is a narrative response to the climate crisis and an experiment in sustainability

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Stanford study uses AI to predict global warming threshold timelines

  2023-02-06 in

Media coverage of a new Stanford-led study that uses AI to predict when we will pass key global warming thresholds. The Guardian | Jan 30, 2023 | Earth is on track to exceed 1.5C warming in the next decade, study using AI finds | Noah Diffenbaugh discusses the evidence and impact of the study's climate projections. USA Today | Jan 30, 2023 | Artificial intelligence predicts climate change coming faster than we recently thought, new study says | Noah Diffenbaugh on the risk of passing significant climate thresholds.

  Tagged under: Predictions | Climate Change | Sustainability

Insulation only provides short-term reduction in household gas consumption

  2023-01-25 (or before) in

First study to look at long-term effect of home insulation in England and Wales finds fall in gas consumption per household was small and only lasts a few

  Tagged under: Insulation | Housing | Sustainability

Nature Conservancy Hooked Corporate America on an Empty Climate Solution

  2023-01-19 (or before) in Bloomberg

Companies say they’re saving forests by buying offsets, but many of these lands don’t need defending

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Trees | Sustainability

Fuel from Seawater? What's the Catch?

  2022-12-15 (or before) in Smithsonian Magazine

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently flew a model plane using a liquid hydrocarbon fuel they sourced from the ocean

  Tagged under: Oceans | Sustainability

UN unveils satellite-based system to spot methane #GlobalWarming #Sustainability #ClimateCrisis [Video]

  2022-11-12 in Energy News Videos

The UN unveiled on Friday a satellite-based system to detect methane emissions as part of efforts to cut down on the major contributor to global warming. MARS will use data from global mapping satellites to detect methane "hot spots" and large plumes of the gas, and identify its source, the UN Environment Programme said in a statement.

  Tagged under: Africa | Methane | Sustainability

Impacts of meeting minimum access on critical earth systems amidst the Great Inequality - Nature Sustainability

  2022-11-11 (or before) in Nature

The environmental implications of meeting the needs of the poorest are under debate. By showing substantial inequalities in natural resource claims and responsibility for ecological damage globally, this study estimates and discusses the impacts of achieving just access on the Earth system.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Our City, Our World - Brighton and Hove Climate Change, Sustainability and Environmental Education Programme

  2022-11-09 (or before) in

Using the power of education to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable future. We will work with young people, educators, community organisations, the council and relevant partners to promote a just and sustainable world where environmental and social responsibility drive individual, institutional, and community choices.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet

  2022-11-06 (or before) in Science | AAAS

Developments in the planetary boundaries concept provide a framework to support global sustainability.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Report: UK carbon regulator needed to combat 'inconsistent' industrial CO2 reporting

  2022-10-31 in Business Green

Heavy industry requires simplified and consistent carbon measuring methodologies if UK is to reach net zero, warns Energy Systems Catapult

  Tagged under: Net Zero | Sustainability

How Many Trees Are Falling for the Wood Pellet Industry? | The Tyee

  2022-10-19 (or before) in The Tyee British Columbia

As disaster looms in our old-growth forests, BC needs to address this burning question.

  Tagged under: Trees | Sustainability

Where the world’s largest companies stand on nature

  2022-10-03 (or before) in McKinsey & Company

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Global carbon inequality over 1990–2019 - Nature Sustainability

  2022-10-01 (or before) in Nature

Understanding the connection between economic inequality and climate change requires rich and reliable data. This study combines recently assembled data on income and wealth inequality with environmental data to shed light on the uneven individual contributions to climate change across the world.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

To encourage sustainability, we must remember we are apes, not angels | New Scientist

  2022-09-22 (or before) in New Scientist

If we want to change our consumerist society, we need greener status signals that appeal to our animal instincts, says Solitaire Townsend

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Green Bond Pricing in the Primary Market H1 2022

  2022-09-16 in Climate Bonds Initiative | Mobilizing debt capital markets for climate change solutions

The Green Bond Pricing in the Primary Market H1 2022 Report, this is the 14th report in our pricing series, in which we observe how green bonds perform in the primary markets. This report includes green bonds issued in the first six months of 2022 (H1 2022) and in a first time analysis we saw greenium emerge for Sustainability-Linked Bonds (SLBs), covered in the spotlight section of this report.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

“We don't want to be the bad guys”: Oil industry's sensemaking of the sustainability transition paradox

  2022-09-10 (or before) in

The operating model of the global oil industry is not compatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement. For the industry, there is a fundamental tensi…

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Jordan Peterson, the Climate Crisis Deniers’ New Mouthpiece | The Tyee

  2022-09-07 (or before) in The Tyee British Columbia

Touting myths to millions is ‘highly irresponsible,’ say experts trying to avert disaster.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

How to Save the Planet: Degrowth vs Green Growth?

  2022-09-05 (or before) in YouTube

As the climate crisis looms ever larger, a critical question has taken the stage: is economic growth incompatible with ecological sustainability? Green growt...

  Tagged under: Degrowth | Economic Growth | Sustainability

Environmentalist Elizabeth Wathuti: ‘Perhaps I had something President Biden really needed to hear’

  2022-08-30 in The Guardian

Kenya’s rising climate star tells how her speech at Cop26 grabbed a world leader’s attention, and urges policymakers to go beyond mere pledges

  Tagged under: Activism | Joe Biden | COP26 | Africa | Sustainability

Sustainable agrifood systems for a post-growth world - Nature Sustainability

  2022-08-05 (or before) in Nature

Sustainable agrifood systems are critical to redefining the interactions of humanity and nature in the twenty-first century. This Perspective presents an agenda and examples for the comprehensive redesign of agrifood systems according to principles of sufficiency, regeneration, distribution, commons and care.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Ithaca is electric: Stage set for decarbonization of city’s buildings - The Ithaca Voice

  2022-07-14 by in

ITHACA, N.Y.—After being approved over eight months ago, the City of Ithaca’s nationally recognized plan to electrify its building stock kicked off on Thursday at the Southside Community Center, which will be the first building in the city to be fully electrified. Conceived by Ithaca’s Director of Sustainability Luis Aguirre-Torres, the program is the first […]

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Global redistribution of income and household energy footprints: a computational thought experiment | Global Sustainability | Cambridge Core

  2022-07-08 (or before) in Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Global redistribution of income and household energy footprints: a computational thought experiment - Volume 4

  Tagged under: Sustainability

‘Carbon Capture’ Is No Fix. Big Oil’s Known for Decades | The Tyee

  2022-07-08 (or before) in The Tyee British Columbia

The touted tech is still scarce and pricey, and even oilsands allies counsel caution.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Greenpeace | Sustainability

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the global average

  2022-07-06 in Sustainability Times

  Tagged under: Arctic | Sustainability

Enough. A review of corporate sustainability, in a world running out of time.

  2022-06-28 (or before) in

Corporate Sustainability’s moment has finally arrived. However, to fulfil the role the world needs us to must be honest about the compromises we have made to get here, and creative in repositioning ourselves for the crucial decade ahead.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Codelco shuts Ventanas smelter

  2022-06-19 in Mining Journal | The leading publication for global mining news

Intoxication forces smelter shutdown

  Tagged under: Chile | Sustainability

Over 130 companies implement sustainability reporting metrics

  2022-05-25 (or before) in The World Economic Forum

A coalition of leading firms have co-created a comprehensive corporate system to highlight the need for an aligned and consistent ESG reporting system.

  Tagged under: Coal | Capitalism | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability

Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems

  2022-05-22 (or before) in GOV.UK

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Women and Children | Sustainability

Deforestation and world population sustainability: a quantitative analysis - Scientific Reports

  2022-05-15 (or before) in Nature

In this paper we afford a quantitative analysis of the sustainability of current world population growth in relation to the parallel deforestation process adopting a statistical point of view. We consider a simplified model based on a stochastic growth process driven by a continuous time random walk, which depicts the technological evolution of human kind, in conjunction with a deterministic generalised logistic model for humans-forest interaction and we evaluate the probability of avoiding the self-destruction of our civilisation. Based on the current resource consumption rates and best estimate of technological rate growth our...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Collapse | Trees | Sustainability

The carbon opportunity cost of animal-sourced food production on land - Nature Sustainability

  2022-05-15 (or before) in Nature

Shifting global food production to plant-based diets by 2050 can sequester 99–163% of the CO2 emissions budget towards limiting climate warming to 1.5 °C.

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | Sustainability

Climate Anxiety | EAUC

  2022-04-29 (or before) by in EAUC

The EAUC is the sustainability champion for universities and colleges in the UK.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Sustainability

Moving Beyond GDP: The Case for Wealth as a Core Measure of National Progress

  2022-04-29 (or before) in Earth Negotiations Bulletin - International Institute for Sustainable Development

Despite its frequent use as the main measure of progress, GDP fails to account for health, happiness, inequality, and environmental sustainability. An expert panel explored how a focus on wealth could inform policymaking in Africa—and how to make the shift.

  Tagged under: Africa | GDP | Economic Growth | Health | Sustainability

Online course: Pathways to Sustainability - STEPS Centre

  2022-03-19 (or before) in Steps Centre - Exploring Pathways to Sustainability

This online course gives you an introduction to the STEPS Centre’s core conceptual approach, the Pathways Approach to sustainability. The course covers theories, methodologies and practical examples. On your journey through the course, you’ll be encouraged to think about the roles of knowledge and uncertainty, policy processes, technology and innovation, and resource politics. You’ll also...

  Tagged under: Sustainability

A mechanism that can change the world | Stefan Brunnhuber | TEDxDresden

  2022-03-05 (or before) in YouTube

Ending poverty. Offering education to everyone. Saving our environment. Transforming into a sustainable and fair society is possible but it is very expensive...

  Tagged under: Economics | Sustainability | Finance

Designing a Resilience and Sustainability Trust: A Development-Centered Approach | Global Development Policy Center

  2022-03-04 (or before) in Boston University

  Tagged under: Economic Growth | Sustainability

Plastic packaging increases fresh food waste, study finds

  2022-02-24 in The Guardian

Research by sustainability charity Wrap debunks idea single-use plastic on fruit and veg helps prevent waste

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Restored tropical forests will store carbon even in the face of climate change

  2022-02-18 in Sustainability Times

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Trees | Sustainability

Opinion | Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet

  2022-02-01 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Farming | Sustainability

Degrowth: The future that fashion has been looking for?

  2022-01-30 (or before) in Vogue Business: Fashion Industry Expertise From an Insider's Perspective | Vogue Business

  Tagged under: Degrowth | Sustainability

Aligning the UK’s economic goals with environmental sustainability | Evidence submissions to the EAC Beyond GDP inquiry

  2022-01-29 in CUSP | Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

Ahead of hearings planned for 9 February 2022, the UK Environmental Audit Committee invited written submissions to examine how the UK Government could incorporate environmental sustainability into …

  Tagged under: Economic Growth | Sustainability

Environmental News Network - Climate change outracing EU targets, WWF warns

  2021-12-21 (or before) in

A global perspective on environmental issues. Our mission is to inform, educate, enable and create a platform for global environmental action.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Wildlife | Health | Sustainability

Our climate won't survive without science. | The Sustainability X® Magazine

  2021-12-19 (or before) in Medium

How ethically bankrupt politicians are paving the way towards ecocide

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Research On Degrowth

  2021-12-19 (or before) in Annual Reviews

Scholars and activists mobilize increasingly the term degrowth when producing knowledge critical of the ideology and costs of growth-based development. Degrowth signals a radical political and economic reorganization leading to reduced resource and energy use. The degrowth hypothesis posits that such a trajectory of social transformation is necessary, desirable, and possible; the conditions of its realization require additional study. Research on degrowth has reinvigorated the limits to growth debate with critical examination of the historical, cultural, social, and political forces that have made economic growth a dominant obje...

  Tagged under: Activism | Degrowth | Economics | Economic Growth | Sustainability

Project InsideOut

  2021-12-05 (or before) in Project InsideOut - PIO

Project InsideOut seeks to create a new mindset for engaging communities on our urgent climate and sustainability issues. We are an emerging global community that unites activists with clinical psychologists and evidence-based research to drive sustainable behavior change for our planet.

  Tagged under: Activism | Climate Change | Sustainability

Earth’s vast underground ‘circulatory system’ will be mapped for first time — and it’s made of fungi

  2021-11-30 in The Hill

“An understanding of underground fungal networks is essential to our efforts to protect the soil, on which life depends, before it is too late,” said Jane Goodall.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Mapping the irrecoverable carbon in Earth’s ecosystems - Nature Sustainability

  2021-11-20 (or before) in Nature

Avoiding catastrophic climate change requires that we avoid losing key natural carbon reserves. This study maps such irrecoverable carbon globally and finds a third of the remaining managed by Indigenous peoples and local communities and nearly a quarter in protected areas.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Charting the social shortfall and ecological overshoot of nations

  2021-11-17 by in

For at least the last 30 years, no country has met the basic needs of its residents without overconsuming natural resources, and none are on track to do so over the next 30 years. Countries tend to overshoot fair shares of planetary boundaries faster than they achieve minimum social thresholds.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Net zero. Boundless opportunities.

  2021-10-29 (or before) in Microsoft Cloud, Computers, Apps & Gaming

Imagine sustainability that means business.

  Tagged under: Net Zero | Sustainability

There Is No Such Thing as Sustainable Beef

  2021-10-27 in Sentient Media - Reporting on the Impact of Animal Agriculture

The beef industry is trying to clean up its image by promising that it's doing more to help the climate crisis than hurt it. Science says otherwise.

  Tagged under: Farming | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Sustainability

Drax dropped from index of green energy firms amid biomass doubts

  2021-10-19 in The Guardian

Doubts over sustainability of company’s wood-burning power plant mount within financial sector

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Sustainability

UK climate chief warns Tories of cost of delaying net zero

  2021-10-12 in Politico

Alok Sharma had a message for those in his party who oppose the UK’s push for net zero.

  Tagged under: COP26 | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Wind Power | Net Zero | Sustainability

Public health impacts of an imminent Red Sea oil spill - Nature Sustainability

  2021-10-11 (or before) in Nature

The possibility of a huge oil spill off the coast of Yemen, already in crisis, is increasingly likely. This study projects the likely spill extent and impacts to public health, food, water and air.

  Tagged under: Health | Sustainability

McDonald’s rolls out brand platform to showcase its ‘positive impact’ on people and planet

  2021-10-07 in Marketing Week

Fast-food giant McDonald's is upping its focus on sustainability via the launch of its ‘Change a little, Change a lot’ platform.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Scaling behaviour change for a 1.5-degree world: challenges and opportunities | Global Sustainability | Cambridge Core

  2021-09-29 (or before) in Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Scaling behaviour change for a 1.5-degree world: challenges and opportunities - Volume 4

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Collapse, environment, and society

  2021-09-28 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

Historical collapse of ancient states poses intriguing social-ecological questions, as well as potential applications to global change and contemporary strategies for sustainability. Five Old World case studies are developed to identify interactive inputs, triggers, and feedbacks in devolution. Collapse is multicausal and rarely abrupt. Political simplification undermines traditional structures of authority to favor militarization, whereas disintegration is preconditioned or triggered by acute stress (insecurity, environmental or economic crises, famine), with breakdown accompanied or followed by demographic decline. Undue atten...

  Tagged under: Famine | Collapse | Sustainability

All Primark clothes to be made using recycled or ‘more sustainably sourced’ materials

  2021-09-17 in Circular Online

The high street fashion retailer, Primark, has pledged to make ‘more sustainable choices affordable for all’ as it launches a programme of new sustainability commitments.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

V&A · Sustainability

  2021-09-16 (or before) in

Our overarching ambition is to enable people, through art, design and performance, to contribute to a thriving planet and shape sustainable futures.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Measures concerning use of PFAS | Fluorochemicals | Daikin Global

  2021-09-16 (or before) in Fluorochemicals | Daikin Global

Introducing measures concerning use of PFAS

  Tagged under: PFAS aka Forever Chemicals | Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability - Reducing Museums' Carbon Footprint - National Museum Directors' Council Website

  2021-09-14 (or before) in National Museum Directors' Council - National Museum Directors' Council Website

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Nearly all global farm subsidies harm people and planet – UN

  2021-09-14 in The Guardian

Almost 90% of the $540bn of support a year harms people’s health, the climate and drives inequality

  Tagged under: Farming | Greenhouse Gases | Health | Sustainability

MIT Better World (Sustainability)

  2021-09-13 (or before) in YouTube

  Tagged under: Sustainability

‘Everything is changing’: the struggle for food as Malawi’s Lake Chilwa shrinks

  2021-08-30 in The Guardian

The livelihoods of 1.5 million people are at risk as the lake’s occasional dry spells occur ever more frequently

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Africa | Fish | Wildlife | Sustainability

Economic Growth - Facing Future

  2021-08-21 (or before) in Facing Future

Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet “Global civilization has an operating system. It is disastrously flawed. It is killing us. It is known by two common names: money and growth economics. Money is a virus of the mind which uses humanity [and nature] for its own reproduction.” – Stuart Scott, Director of the Facing Future … Continue reading "Economic Growth"

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Oceans | Farming | Wildfires | Drought | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Methane | Economics | Wildlife | Fossil Fuels | Economic Growth | Sea Level | Trees | Sustainability

If children are to live with the climate crisis, we must green the curriculum | Meryl Batchelder

  2021-08-19 in The Guardian

Sustainability and the environment should be a thread running through every subject, says science teacher Meryl Batchelder

  Tagged under: Women and Children | Sustainability

Greenwashing in the legal industry- how to spot it and why it matters | by Liam Sharkey | Medium

  2021-08-07 (or before) in Medium

A new generation of engaged, climate-conscious lawyers are challenging the legal industry to adopt new standards of sustainability.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

1.5 °C degrowth scenarios suggest the need for new mitigation pathways - Nature Communications

  2021-08-06 (or before) in Nature

Established climate mitigation modelling relies on controversial negative emissions and unprecedented technological change, but neglects to consider degrowth scenarios. Here the authors show that degrowth scenarios minimize many key risks for feasibility and sustainability and thus need to be thoroughly assessed.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Degrowth | Climate Change Mitigation | Sustainability

Korindo: Korean palm oil giant stripped of sustainability status - BBC News

  2021-07-16 (or before) in The BBC

A BBC investigation found Korindo had been buying and burning swathes of Asia's largest rainforests.

  Tagged under: Rainforests | Sustainability

Study: Deforestation linked heat, dryness causing billions of losses in soy revenue in Brazil

  2021-07-15 (or before) by in

The destruction of ecosystems in Brazil endangers local soy agriculture: Researchers, in a new paper, have calculated that extreme heat costs losses in soy revenue, up to US$3.55bm annually due to drier conditions.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Extreme Weather | Brazil | Sustainability

Commentary: Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future

  2021-07-11 (or before) in Frontiers

Commentary: Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Vision, ethos & strategy | Environmental sustainability: a whole school approach - National Governance Association

  2021-06-25 (or before) in National Governors Association

This guide encourages governing boards to adopt environmental sustainability as a core value and make it a key element of strategy development.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Growth without economic growth

  2021-06-19 (or before) in European Environment Agency

Economic growth is closely linked to increases in production, consumption and resource use and has detrimental effects on the natural environment and human health. It is unlikely that a long-lasting, absolute decoupling of economic growth from environmental pressures and impacts can be achieved at the global scale; therefore, societies need to rethink what is meant by growth and progress and their meaning for global sustainability.

  Tagged under: Economic Growth | Health | Sustainability

Discourses of climate delay | Global Sustainability | Cambridge Core

  2021-06-09 (or before) in Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Discourses of climate delay - Volume 3

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity

  2021-06-04 (or before) in Ecology & Society

Rockström, J., W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F. S. Chapin, III, E. Lambin, T. M. Lenton, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, H. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C. A. De Wit, T. Hughes, S. van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P. K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M. Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R. W. Corell, V. J. Fabry, J. Hansen, B. Walker, D. Liverman, K. Richardson, P. Crutzen, and J. Foley. 2009. Planetary boundaries:exploring the safe operating space for humanity. Ecology and Society 14(2): 32.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Climate Change | Ocean Acidification | Sustainability

Global Land Outlook (GLO) | Knowledge Hub

  2021-06-04 (or before) in Knowledge Hub | Knowledge Hub

The premise of the Global Land Outlook (GLO) is that land, and its associated resources such as soil, water, and biodiversity, comprise a relatively fixed stock of natural capital. The increasing demand for land-based goods and services, and the way they are today produced is adversely impacting human health and the future sustainability of the planet.

  Tagged under: Health | Water Resources | Sustainability

START - Arctic biodiversity, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

  2021-05-20 (or before) in Arctic biodiversity, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

Arctic biodiversity is a site for information on status and trends of the Arctic's living resources. The site contains conclusions from the projects and activities of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. CAFF's mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. It does so through various monitoring, assessment and expert group activities.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Wildlife | Sustainability

Acute riverine microplastic contamination due to avoidable releases of untreated wastewater - Nature Sustainability

  2021-05-14 (or before) in Nature

The authors show how untreated wastewater laced with microplastics and raw sewage is routinely discharged into UK river flows that are too low to disperse the microplastics downstream. This discharge creates acute microplastic contamination of river beds that threatens biodiversity and the quality of riverine habitats.

  Tagged under: Microplastics and Nanoplastics | Rivers | Sustainability

Insights from early COVID-19 responses about promoting sustainable action - Nature Sustainability

  2021-05-13 (or before) in Nature

Aligned action to address the COVID-19 crisis contrasts with the heterogeneous response to tackle climate and sustainability challenges. The authors discuss the importance of strong personal norms and lessons for sustainability.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Nature Sustainability

  2021-05-13 (or before) in Nature

Nature Sustainability will publish significant original research from a broad range of natural, social and engineering fields about sustainability, its policy ...

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Overselling Sustainability Reporting

  2021-05-01 in Harvard Business Review

For two decades progressive thinkers have argued that a more sustainable form of capitalism would arise if companies regularly measured and reported on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. But although such reporting has become widespread, and some firms are deriving benefits from it, environmental damage and social inequality are still growing. This article, by Timberland’s former COO, outlines the problems with both sustainability reporting and sustainable investing. The author discusses nonstandard metrics, insufficient auditing, unreliable ESG ratings, and more. But real progress, he says, req...

  Tagged under: Capitalism | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability

Cambridge Sustainability Commission report on Scaling Behaviour Change

  2021-04-18 (or before) in Rapid Transition Alliance

A major new report by the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change calls on policy makers to target the UK’s polluter elite to trigger a shift to more sustainable...

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Higher yields and more biodiversity on smaller farms - Nature Sustainability

  2021-03-26 (or before) in Nature

Most of the world’s farms are small. This study finds that smaller farms have higher yields and biodiversity than larger ones but little difference in greenhouse gas emissions and profits.

  Tagged under: Farming | Greenhouse Gases | Sustainability

Scientists need to face both facts and feelings when dealing with the climate crisis | Kimberly Nicholas

  2021-03-24 in The Guardian

I was taught to use my head, not my heart. But acknowledging sadness at what is lost can help us safeguard the future, says professor of sustainability science Kimberly Nicholas

  Tagged under: Wildfires | Sea Level | Health | Sustainability

The economic consequences of conserving or restoring sites for nature - Nature Sustainability

  2021-03-09 (or before) in Nature

Nature benefits people in diverse ways, but insight on the relative value of conserving or restoring versus using intensively is limited. Synthesizing data from 62 sites worldwide, this study finds benefits from conservation and restoration often outweighing private ones and that these rise with the social cost of carbon.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

This Bioplastic Made From Fish Scales Just Won the James Dyson Award

  2021-03-07 (or before) by in Smithsonian Magazine

British product designer Lucy Hughes has invented a biodegradable plastic made from fish offcuts

  Tagged under: Oceans | Fish | Women and Children | Sustainability

His Holiness Pope Francis | Our moral imperative to act on climate change [Italian]

  2021-03-04 (or before) in YouTube

(Turn on subtitles using the CC button in the bottom right of your screen.)Take action on climate change at global climate crisi...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Religion | Pope Francis | Sustainability

The Big Sustainability Illusion - how a whole crowd of incrementalist ESG progress proponents wants to make us think they support "Sustainability"​

  2021-03-01 (or before) in LinkedIn

Reform of corporate disclosure on sustainability is highly discussed at this moment; triggered by the illusion that stakeholder capitalism is the new horse to bet on (should that not have happened 20 years ago?), pledges made by several networks advocating for further convergence in the last couple

  Tagged under: Capitalism | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability

The Big Sustainability Illusion - how to escape the ESG bubble and finally deliver on sustainability!

  2021-03-01 (or before) in LinkedIn

Part three of a mini-series, see link to earlier parts at the end. When I wrote the first and second part of ‘The Big Sustainability Illusion’ I had little idea what would happen, somewhat throwing myself in the ring here, and ready to expect some punches.

  Tagged under: ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability

Homepage | UN Global Compact

  2021-03-01 (or before) in UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to undertake partnerships in support of UN goals.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Global patterns of ecologically unequal exchange: Implications for sustainability in the 21st century

  2021-02-21 (or before) in

Ecologically unequal exchange theory posits asymmetric net flows of biophysical resources from poorer to richer countries. To date, empirical evidence…

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Sustainability: What are the alternatives to economic growth?

  2021-01-14 (or before) in European Environment Agency

How can societies and people prosper and grow without harming the environment and climate? Is it possible to implement the European Green Deal through social innovations that have little or no environmental impact? To broaden the sustainability debate, a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, explores alternative ways of thinking about growth and progress.

  Tagged under: Economic Growth | Sustainability

Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future

  2021-01-13 (or before) in Frontiers

We report three major and confronting environmental issues that have received little attention and require urgent action. First, we review the evidence that future environmental conditions will be far more dangerous than currently believed. The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms — including humanity — is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts. Second, we ask what political or economic system, or leadership, is prepared to handle the predicted disasters, or even capable of such action. Third, this dire situation places an extraordinary responsibility on s...

  Tagged under: Predictions | Climate Change | Health | Sustainability

Get Involved - UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC – Glasgow 2021

  2021-01-02 (or before) in UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC Glasgow 2021

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference will take place in November 2021, at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

  Tagged under: COP26 | Climate Change | Sustainability

Proactive conservation to prevent habitat losses to agricultural expansion - Nature Sustainability

  2020-12-21 (or before) in Nature

Agricultural expansion to grow food, fibre and biofuel will further threaten biodiversity. This study finds that almost 90% of terrestrial vertebrate species will lose habitat to such expansion, but proactive food policies could reduce these threats.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

EU set to miss targets on sustainability after agreeing fishing quotas

  2020-12-17 in The Guardian

Member states blame uncertainty over Brexit as reason for breach of next year’s limits

  Tagged under: Fish | Sustainability

Lloyd's of London steps back from coal in first climate change policy | Reuters

  2020-12-16 (or before) in Reuters

Lloyd's of London is scaling back its exposure to coal and oil sands, the commercial insurance market said in its first sustainability report on Wednesday, in a reversal of its traditional hands-off approach to climate change strategy.

  Tagged under: Coal | Climate Change | Insurance | Sustainability


  2020-10-15 (or before) by in

Chevron believes the future of energy is lower-carbon and affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy is essential to achieving a more sustainable world for all.

  Tagged under: Chevron | Sustainability

Debating Nature's Value resources - ARU

  2020-10-11 (or before) in University courses at ARU | Anglia Ruskin University - ARU

The Debating Nature's Value team have drawn together some key reading and their own blog pieces to inform the debate

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Sucking Up to Business Leads Directly to Ecological Collapse | The Sustainability X® Magazine

  2020-10-10 (or before) in Medium

Playtime is over — either we’re fighting for the climate in a meaningful way or we’re not.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Sustainability


  2020-10-09 (or before) in Climate Psychology Alliance

Psychology for understanding and facing climate change and difficult truths – responding to ecological crisis and helping each other engage

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Sustainability

Business Green

  2020-09-22 (or before) in Business Green

The UK's leading source of information for the green economy, delivering the latest news and in-depth analysis on green business and environmental issues.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

The 1.5-degree challenge

  2020-09-17 (or before) in McKinsey & Company

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Global patterns of ecologically unequal exchange: Implications for sustainability in the 21st century - ScienceDirect

  2020-09-08 (or before) in

  Tagged under: Sustainability

GDP Is the Wrong Tool for Measuring What Matters

  2020-07-29 (or before) by in Scientific American

It&rsquo;s time to replace gross domestic product with real metrics of well-being and sustainability

  Tagged under: GDP | Economic Growth | Sustainability

UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC – Glasgow 2021

  2020-06-20 (or before) in UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC Glasgow 2021

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference will take place in November 2021, at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

  Tagged under: COP26 | Climate Change | Sustainability

The Altruist Within: In pursuit of sustainability and justice in a broken financial system | By Tim Jackson

  2020-05-14 in CUSP | Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

This blog is an edited version of a keynote CUSP director Tim Jackson gave at the 2013 Sea of Faith Annual Conference in Leicester. In outlining the philosophical foundation of a different approach to economics, this essay speaks as much to the financial crisis from 2008, as it does to the current health and economic predicament from COVID-19.

  Tagged under: Economics | Health | Sustainability

Addressing climate change in a post-pandemic world

  2020-04-09 (or before) in McKinsey & Company

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability

Threshold concepts and sustainability: features of a contested paradigm

  2020-04-05 (or before) in

Threshold concepts describe the core concepts that people must master if they are to effectively think from within a new discipline or paradigm. Here, I discuss threshold concepts relevant to the science and practice of sustainability, unpacking the persistent challenges and critiques that sustainability has faced over the decades. Sustainability is immensely popular, but also endlessly critiqued as being naïve, vague, and easy to co-opt. I argue that these challenges can be traced to sustainability’s status as a robust, alternative world view to the industrial, neoliberal paradigm. The threshold concepts discussed be...

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Shining a light on international energy inequality

  2020-03-28 (or before) by in University of Leeds

A new study examines energy inequality for income classes across 86 countries, from highly industrialised to developing ones, revealing extreme disparity in energy footprints, both within nations and globally.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Climate and Environmental Sustainability Crisis - Position Paper

  2020-02-18 (or before) in Google Docs

  Tagged under: Sustainability

The material footprint of nations

  2020-01-25 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

This original research paper addresses a key issue in sustainability science: How many and which natural resources are needed to sustain modern economies? Simple as it may seem, this question is far from trivial to answer and has indeed not been addressed satisfactorily in the scholarly literature. We use the most comprehensive and most highly resolved economic input–output framework of the world economy together with a detailed database of global material flows to calculate the full material requirements of all countries covering a period of two decades. Called the “material footprint,” this indicator provides...

  Tagged under: Economics | Consumption | Sustainability

Guest view: Extinction Rebellion, finance’s friend

  2020-01-24 (or before) in Breakingviews

The radical UK climate movement may sound like the corporate sector’s last idea of a kindred spirit. But spokesperson Rupert Read argues its focus on fast, deep carbon reductions are simple common sense, for financiers too. That’s why he is in Davos this week.

  Tagged under: Extinction Rebellion | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability | Finance

Nigel Topping appointed UK High Level Climate Action Champion - UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC – Glasgow 2021

  2020-01-23 by in UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC Glasgow 2021

5 minute read

  Tagged under: COP26 | Climate Change | Sustainability

'I am still not used to this': Greta Thunberg meets Prince Charles | ITV News

  2020-01-22 in ITV

Princes Charles spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he met teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. | ITV National News

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Activism | Sustainability

Decoupling debunked – Evidence and arguments against green growth as a sole strategy for sustainability - EEB - The European Environmental Bureau

  2020-01-20 (or before) in EEB - The European Environmental Bureau

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Carbon Commentary | Chris Goodall

  2020-01-19 (or before) in Carbon Commentary | Chris Goodall

A critical appraisal of issues in the move to a low-carbon economy. Chris Goodall is the author of "Sustainability: All That Matters" and "Ten Technologies to Save the Planet".

  Tagged under: Sustainability


  2020-01-10 (or before) in Greenbiz

GreenBiz advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Environment and Sustainability Institute | Working with natural systems for sustainable futures | University of Exeter

  2020-01-10 (or before) in University of Exeter

  Tagged under: Sustainability

EU ministers opt to continue overfishing, despite 2020 deadline

  2019-12-18 in The Guardian

Governments accused of ‘betrayal’ for setting quotas to miss sustainability targets

  Tagged under: Fish | European Union | Wildlife | Sustainability

Sustainability Archieven - Innovation Origins

  2019-12-18 (or before) in Innovations Origins - Your Sneak Preview of the Future

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Europe’s state of the environment 2020: change of direction urgently needed to face climate change challenges, reverse degradation and ensure future prosperity

  2019-12-04 (or before) in European Environment Agency

Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without urgent action during the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, increasing impacts of climate change and the overconsumption of natural resources. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest ‘State of the Environment’ report published today states that Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. The report says, however, there is reason for hope, amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and stepped up EU action lik...

  Tagged under: Consumption | Sustainability | Biodiversity Loss | Climate Change | European Union | Europe | Climate Change Impacts | Economics

Why climate change is an irrelevance, economic growth is a myth and sustainability is forty years too late | Global Comment

  2019-11-20 in Global Comment

Have climate-change activists got it wrong? This is what Kevin Casey thinks the real problem is

  Tagged under: Economics | Climate Change | Activism | Economic Growth | Sustainability

The Road from 2018 to 2035

  2019-11-06 (or before) in Arup

By 2035 Arup envisages a world with a much more diverse range of heating sources, with significantly lower emissions, and where all new vehicles are electric. Find out more.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Climate change: what faith groups can do

  2019-10-03 in Bath Quakers - Local meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Christine Goodgame-Nobes sends an article from Marigold Bentley of the Quaker Committee for Christian & Interfaith Relations (QCCIR), under the heading Quakers, churches and sustainability in Q…

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Religion | Sustainability

Sustainability expert Michael Mobbs: I’m leaving the city to prep for the apocalypse

  2019-09-28 in The Guardian

The man who wrote the book on living off-grid in the city plans to retreat to a rural bolthole, saying eco-friendly progress has not kept pace with the speed of climate collapse

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Drought | Collapse | Electricity Grid | Sustainability

Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability: Climate scientists should admit failure and move on - writes Dr Wolfgang Knorr

  2019-09-21 (or before) in Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Luisa Neubauer: Why you should be a climate activist

  2019-09-07 (or before) by in TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

"I dream of a world where geography classes teach about the climate crisis as this one great challenge that was won by people like you and me," says climate activist Luisa Neubauer. With Greta Thunberg, Neubauer helped initiate "Fridays For Future," the momentous international school strike movement that protests the lack of action on the climate crisis. She shares four first steps that anyone, regardless of age, can take to become a climate activist. "This is not a job for a single generation. This is a job for humanity," she says.

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Activism | Climate Change | Sustainability

Solar PV Power Potential is Greatest Over Croplands - Scientific Reports

  2019-08-14 (or before) in Nature

Solar energy has the potential to offset a significant fraction of non-renewable electricity demands globally, yet it may occupy extensive areas when deployed at this level. There is growing concern that large renewable energy installations will displace other land uses. Where should future solar power installations be placed to achieve the highest energy production and best use the limited land resource? The premise of this work is that the solar panel efficiency is a function of the location’s microclimate within which it is immersed. Current studies largely ignore many of the environmental factors that influence Photovo...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Land Use | Solar Energy | Electricity | Sustainability

UK needs sustainability act to avert economic collapse, says IPPR

  2019-08-01 in The Guardian

Thinktank says country must focus on building abundance to avoid 2008-style financial crisis

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Fish | Wildlife | Collapse | Sustainability

EU moves to tackle deforestation caused by chocolate and other products

  2019-07-25 in The Guardian

Campaigners hail scheme to protect and restore forests around the world as ‘pivotal step’ towards ensuring goods remain untainted

  Tagged under: Deforestation | European Union | Trees | Sustainability

We Have to Stop Meeting Like This: The Climate Cost of Conferences | The Tyee

  2019-07-24 (or before) in The Tyee British Columbia

A UBC study looked at the carbon cost of conferences and other academic travel. It’s enormous.

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Air Travel | Sustainability

Bildung in the 21st Century—Why sustainable prosperity depends upon reimagining education | Essay by Jonathan Rowson

  2019-06-19 in CUSP | Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

Our understanding of the world is not a spectator sport, but more like an active ingredient in societal renewal, Jonathan Rowson writes in his essay. The premise of this essay is that we need to reconsider Bildung today: to make it about our responsibility for and participation in an evolving process of social maturation that reimagines culture, technology, institutions and policies for the greater good.

  Tagged under: Sustainability | Education

Harvard chemist: Permafrost N2O levels 12 times higher than expected

  2019-06-06 in Harvard Gazette

A recent study shows that nitrous-oxide emissions from thawing Alaskan permafrost are about 12 times higher than previously assumed. About a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in permafrost, which is thawing at an increasing rate. And, even though researchers are monitoring carbon dioxide and methane, no one seems to be monitoring N2O, the most potent greenhouse gas.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Methane | Alaska | Sustainability

'In a Just World, It Would Be Treated as Crime Against Humanity': New Report Exposes Big Oil's Real Agenda

  2019-04-20 (or before) in Common Dreams

"InfluenceMap's research confirms a widely held suspicion that Big Oil's glossy sustainability reports and shiny climate statements are all rhetoric and no action."

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Two-Thirds Of The World's Seafood Is Over-Fished -- Here's How You Can Help

  2019-03-30 (or before) by in Forbes

  Tagged under: Fish | Sustainability

Greta Thunberg: The disarming case to act right now on climate change

  2019-02-05 (or before) by in TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Activism | Climate Change | Sustainability

Greta Thunberg: The disarming case to act right now on climate change

  2019-01-27 (or before) by in TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Activism | Climate Change | Sustainability

Small World Consulting

  2018-12-29 (or before) in Small World Consulting

Small World Consulting exists as a response to the climate and ecological emergency. Leading scope 3 carbon accounting specialists and sustainability strategy consultancy based in the North West of England.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Sustainability is not Enough: We Need Regenerative Cultures

  2018-05-23 in resilience

Aiming to design for systemic health may not save us from unexpected side-effects and uncertainty, but it offers a trial and error path towards a regenerative culture. 

  Tagged under: Health | Sustainability

Prosperity without Growth—Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow

  2017-04-27 in CUSP | Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

The publication of Prosperity without Growth was a landmark in the sustainability debate. This substantially revised and re-written edition updates its arguments, outlining the foundations for the economy of tomorrow.

  Tagged under: Sustainability

Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist

  2015-01-15 in The Guardian

After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | BP | Shell | Climate Change | Fossil Fuels | Sustainability

Google, GE and others contribute to climate-change deniers in Congress, report finds

  2014-09-22 in The Guardian

What’s behind pro-sustainability companies’ donations to climate-change deniers in Congress?

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change | Legislation | Sustainability

Related Topics

Biofuels | Biomass | Carbon Pricing | Decarbonisation | Geothermal Energy | Heat Pumps | Hydroelectricity | Hydrogen | Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Tidal Energy | Wind Power

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