Search Results: A Plan for the Nations

Why Americans are letting the oceans die …and why there is still hope

My facemask flooded with tears.  Before me lay a cemetery of pure white tombstones — formerly colorful coral heads — the pallid remnants of what had been my favorite coral reef in the Bahamas.  It was 1998, then the warmest year on record (presently merely the ninth warmest). The stress of unusually warm seawater had […]

Actions required to stop global collapse

Unique report gives 189 nations’ actions required to stop ‘global collapse’ For 50 years science advice has been to “cut by sometime in the future”, and the cuts never happen; to stop collapse nations must “cut now, increasing with inaction”. The report emphasizes that the objective to “Save the future” is at least 50 years […]

National Happiness as Defining Mantra- A MAHB Dialogue with Author, and Former Environment Secretary of Bhutan, Dr. Uygen Tshewang

 “Achieving happiness requires more than just economic prosperity.  Bhutan’s development policy does not focus on economic prosperity alone but on a holistic development approach for happiness.”  GH: In your new book, Bionomics in the Dragon Kingdom, written with Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, you write ‘the primary responsibility for any government is to […]

Global Environment Outlook 6

Published in time for the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly, UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement. UN Environment launched the first Global […]

Why we need to reinvent democracy for the long-term

When politicians fail to look beyond the next election – or even the latest tweet – they are neglecting the rights of future generations, argues public philosopher Roman Krznaric. “The origin of civil government,” wrote David Hume in 1739, is that “men are not able radically to cure, either in themselves or others, that narrowness […]

Why a Virtual Model of an Ideal Sustainable Society?

Despite the invaluable work being done by thousands of environmental activists around the world, the bulk of the world’s population is not aware that humanity is advancing inexorably towards its destruction, either by an environmental collapse generated by the occupation, exhaustion and contamination of the natural spaces and resources, or by wars. Unfortunately, the vast […]

The Rise of Women

She’s just turned 16 and is already a world leader with more statespersonlike qualities, clear-eyed goals, plain speaking and sheer guts than almost any national head of today or recent history. Swedish climate campaigner and global school strike organiser Greta Thunberg is the personification of the emergent world order and its invigorating leadership. The one […]

Sustainable Competitiveness: The Model, Results, and Potential Applications

GDP is an insufficient measurement of success and competitiveness. The competitiveness of a country is – traditionally – closely associated with GDP (or GNI), either measured in total or per capita. Alternatively, there are indexes – in particular the WEFs “Competitiveness Index” that try to measure conventional aspects of competitiveness (and show a very strong […]

Solutions to overpopulation and what you can do

Here at The Overpopulation Project, we try to keep a positive outlook. Although many environmental trends are grim, there exist clear paths forward toward a more sustainable world: one where people steward resources for the future and share habitat and resources generously with other species. Recently, a correspondent wrote challenging us to identify solutions to the demographic […]

Does the Ethical Tourist Really Exist?

Picture this: Your bags are packed, everything is booked, and your plane is about to take you to a fun-filled week of vacation in Thailand. What’s on your agenda? Some days are spent sun-tanning on the beach near your hotel, while others include a flurry of activities like riding an elephant through the jungle, attending […]

Other People’s Kids

An externality is a positive or negative consequence of an activity experienced by unrelated parties. In many situations, society applies rules to reduce negative externalities or incentivize positive externalities. Taxes or regulations penalize pollution, subsidies pay for vaccinations. These ideas and policies are generally accepted until we come to childbearing decisions. Even people highly concerned […]

Recognizing the Systemic Interconnections Between the Sustainable Development Goals: Why a Systemic Approach is Imperative to Wildlife Conservation and Species’ Extinction Prevention

It was the heartbreaking plight and looming extinction of the African elephant that compelled me to move to Tanzania in October 2016. How could Tanzania lose 60% of its elephant population, or roughly 66,000 elephants, in only 5 years (2009-2014)? How could an ivory poaching crisis of this magnitude continue unabated? How can we halt […]

What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet. She is a well-educated, professional woman, working in an office tower in central Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her status and education, the price required to marry her is bound to be high. Although dowries are often now paid in […]

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

This story originally appeared on The New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was […]

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: An Interview with the MAHB to Discuss Resilience

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief has sprung to the aid of victims of climate related disasters in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and, most recently, California. Their template is simple and replicable: What is needed in response to disasters is solidarity, not charity. Frequently, the government and what MADR calls the “nonprofit industrial complex,” has its own […]

The Earth Armistice (updated)


What Will It Take to Avert Collapse?

A lot of people are asking the question these days—including serious folks who work full-time on climate and energy policy. How can the world’s nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to forestall climate catastrophe, without undermining either the global economy (which is still 85 percent dependent on fossil fuels) or the hopes of billions […]

If you can’t build well, then build nothing at all

Scientists must call out — not merely greenwash — infrastructure building that will ruin environments, lives and economies, urges William Laurance. Esteemed Brazilian scientist Eneas Salati once said that the best thing that could be done for the Amazon was to blow up all the roads. By 2050, Earth could accumulate another 25 million kilometres […]

Weekly News Update Nov 7th

Tony Hoagland passed away on October 23. The poet hoped for humankind’s peaceful transition in the world it has diminished. We are diminished:  The World Wildlife Fund released a report that found a 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in the just over 40 years. The WWF report preceded the UN Convention […]

Available Data and Reason Tell Us

Statistics from the United States government and the United Nations show us that we are bringing about dramatic changes in our Earth’s environment. Projecting these changes into the future shows that unless they are stopped, or mitigated humanity will be in serious trouble as time moves on. Our planet, and even our species, has been […]

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