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Warnings against SDG ‘rush’ ahead of Rio+20 Summit

The setting of internationally agreed sustainable development goals (SDGs) has emerged as a dominant likely outcome of next month’s Rio+20 Summit in Brazil. The goals would be based on the principles of Agenda 21, set in 1992 at the first Rio Earth Summit, and would seek to enhance human and natural wellbeing by driving countries onto economically, socially and environmentally acceptable development …

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Technical creativity needs nurturing at the grassroots

Efforts to promote sustainable development must tap into technologies developed locally, driven by community needs and priorities. The products of modern science and technology (S&T), from chemical pesticides to carbon-emitting combustion engines, are frequently blamed —with some justification — for the unsustainable use of the planet’s resources. At the same time S&T offers a variety of tools for sustainable development — …

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Global biodiversity panel launched

A global science assessment panel for biodiversity, modelled on the International Panel on Climate Change, was launched in Panama City earlier this month (21 April). The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (IPBES) was agreed to in June 2010 by more than 230 government representatives from more than 80 countries. Its aim is to influence global policy by providing policymakers with scientific assessments on …

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Interview with Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom on climate change

The governance of natural resources like land, the oceans, rivers and the atmosphere, can affect the impact of some of the world’s biggest crises caused by natural events like droughts and floods. How best to manage those resources has been at the heart of the work by Nobel Prize winner (economics) Elinor Ostrom. She has been looking at how communities …

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American Hardwood Export Council supports development of ‘green building codes’ in Bahrain

  AHEC to highlight LCA Study and promote environmental credentials of U.S. hardwoods at ‘gulfBID’ exhibition The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has expressed its support for the development of a ‘green building code’ in Bahrain. The announcement coincides with the opening of ‘gulfBID’, the leading annual exhibition for the …

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Eye on the oceans

The tide seems to be finally turning for the oceans. After years of neglect, there is a growing focus on the health of the oceans, which helps sustain life on earth, particularly in light of the impact of rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and higher temperatures. Higher CO2 levels are causing the oceans to acidify at rates not seen …

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Science must guide us towards a more sustainable future

A meeting in London this week will show whether science can not only diagnose our environmental crisis but also provide effective solutions. One of the most significant achievements of science over the past few decades has been to provide convincing evidence that human activity has had a growing and potentially unsustainable impact on virtually every aspect of our planet. The …

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UAE unites in global countdown to Earth Hour

Country set to join millions across the globe in the largest environmental event in history  UAE, Tuesday 27th March 2012: On Saturday 31 March at 8:30pm, the UAE will be plunged into darkness in support of the world’s largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour. Landmarks will go dark across all 7 emirates to mark the event, and public …

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Q&A: Yuan Tseh Lee on achieving sustainability

Yuan Tseh Lee, president of the International Council for Science, tells SciDev.Net what scientists must achieve at Rio+20. Nobel prize-winning chemist Yuan Tseh Lee took over the presidency of the International Council for Science (ICSU) last September at a crucial time. The organisation was soon to work with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations to lead the scientific input into the Rio+20 negotiations (the …

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Global alliance to study planetary changes revealed

A global alliance of environmental research agencies, policy organisations and international donors will be launched at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London, United Kingdom, later this month (26–29 March). The ‘Future Earth’ alliance aims to deliver scientific and social science research in a way that policymakers and grassroots groups would understand to help them meet their sustainable development goals …

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