Sep 07, 2012
The challenges for cities in the coming century will be many, but accounting for swelling numbers of new residents – due to more open avenues of communication and flows of goods, economic opportunity, population growth, and potential climate change-induced displacement – is perhaps the biggest.
Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.
Jul 24, 2012
Mongolia, a vast, sparsely populated country almost as large as Western Europe, is at once strikingly poor and strikingly rich. Its GDP per capita falls just below that of war-torn Iraq, and Ulan Bator has some of the worst air pollution ever recorded in a capital city. At the same time, Mongolia sits atop some of the world’s largest mineral reserves, worth trillions of dollars, and its economy, already one of the world’s fastest growing, could expand by a factor of six by the end of the decade as those reserves are developed.
Jun 22, 2012
"As governments clearly fumbled in the face of the complex challenges of imagining and building a more equitable and sustainable economic growth model in the decades ahead, I saw senior business executives and leaders of civil society engaged in intelligent and productive dialogue about difficult issues," writes Paulo Sotero.
Jun 19, 2012
Population dynamics have significant influence on sustainable development but the two have not always been seen as connected. ECSP’s Sandeep Bathala is in Rio de Janeiro for the landmark UN Conference on Sustainable Development to report on the efforts being made to integrate the two more closely.
Jun 19, 2012
Follow the events of Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Jun 19, 2012
For the scores of women who will be attending the 20th anniversary of the first UN Earth Summit this June (and just importantly for those who aren’t), there are glaring omissions: reproductive health, gender equality, and girls education are nowhere to be found on the Rio+20 agenda.
Apr 19, 2012
Ma Jun won the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize for his work on air and water pollution in China. Through an online database and pollution map, Ma Jun exposed over 90,000 air and water violations and brought an unprecedented amount of environmental transparency to Chinese who can now demand more justice. To see more about Ma Jun, click here: http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/ma-jun.
Mar 27, 2012
The just-released unclassified National Intelligence Council report on water and security is a positive contribution to understanding these complex and interconnected ecological, social, economic, and political issues around water.
Geoff Dabelko on Finding Common Ground Among Conservation, Development, and Security at the 2011 WWF Fuller Symposium
Mar 15, 2012
Bridging the divide between the conservation and security communities “requires that we check some stereotypes at the door,” said ECSP’s Geoff Dabelko at the World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Forward: Ideas That Work and How Science Can Effect Change symposium.