Search Results: A Plan for the Nations

The Nation State is on the skids

The 21st Century will change much that people now take for granted. Among the more shocking possibilities is that it will bring down the curtain on the nation-state as the primary instrument of human governance. The nation state, established in the Americas and in Europe post-Napoleon, is now so firmly ingrained in our identities, customs […]

Faith-Based Economics: The Corporate World and the Survival of Civilization

 In 1966 distinguished economist Kenneth Boulding wrote: “Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”  Well, the madmen and most economists are still at it.  Even Paul Krugman, smarter than most economists, usually ends up looking to the disease of growth as […]

COP21 -Dolphin Extinction, Hydropower & Climate Change

Scientists for the Mekong offer this article to infomr the public, the delegates at COP21, and decision makers worldwide about the impacts of Hydropower Development on the Lower Mekong River. Particularly, their serious repercussions: the Risk to Food Security of 60 million people in SE Asia, the massive Ecological and Economic losses, and their vast […]

COP 21 Paris: The End of the Beginning

Will Paris be a success or a failure? It will be both. The real question is whether it opens the way to a new future of justice and ambition This is a preview of the upcoming issue of Earth Island Journal, it was first published by the Earth Island Institute. Find the original publication here. […]

 “Woods and Trees”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and proposed indicators The recently adopted 2030 development agenda, which includes an ambitious set of goals and targets, was hailed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. The Population and Sustainability Network (PSN) was delighted […]

Weekly Roundup November 7th-13th

Check out some of the recent additions to the MAHB site: “Is the US climate action plan ambitious, equitable or sufficient?” In this week’s post to the MAHB Blog, Chandra Bhushan and Sunita Narain of CSE India introduce the report Capitan America, which provides a close and careful look at the US INDC action plan. How […]

Ecological Challenges in a Global Context

Dancing Star Foundation President Michael Charles Tobias’ Keynote Address at the Plenary Session of the 4th International Scientific Congress in Moscow, Russia, October 26th – “Globalistics – 2015” – held during the week of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. Abstract: With “treaty congestion,” compassion fatigue, 35 biological hotspots, and oceanic dead-zones, increasing economic […]

Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how.

The various incarnations of the sustainable food movement need a science with which to approach a system as complex as food and farming. This article originally appeared in Ensia, an independent publication of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, showcasing environmental solutions in action. Read the original article here. June 17, 2015 […]

Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals

A new report by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development, and Reproductive Health entitled Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals was launched in early July, coinciding with the celebrations of World Population Day and the preparations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals summit in September. The report calls for greater attention in […]

The Iran Deal

The MAHB addresses the web of interconnected global environmental and social problems that  are destroying the biosphere that supports life. This man-made degradation of our life-support systems threatens humanity and civilization as we know it. Truly, this damage is a potential “weapon of mass destruction” (WMD). However, there are other WMDs, more traditional ones that must not be […]

World Population Day 2015

July 11th marked World Population Day 2015. A day designated by the United Nations in 1989 to raise awareness about global population issues and described by US Secretary of State John Kerry “as a reminder of our common responsibility to build a more sustainable and just future.” This year, attention is being focused on vulnerable populations in emergencies […]

This is My Earth: Crowdsourcing Biodiversity Conservation

On June 12th, the International Union for Conservation of Nature released its most recent inventory about mammal populations. The news was mixed:  it is encouraging that a few predator species appear to be rebounding in the U.S. and Europe. But the numbers in Africa remain profoundly discouraging.   There are now “77,340 assessed species” on the IUCN […]

Economic Growth is a meme – a learned idea that we can change and mature

Recently I came across a half page ad in a major newspaper on my morning ferry commute: “Rubber Bands Have Feelings Too – a screenplay by Helina Clarke.” From Advertising Standards Canada, the byline read “creativity is subjective, the truth isn’t.” I laughed out loud. Brilliant! Truth in advertising is a key challenge in the […]

A Degrowth Response to an Ecomodernist Manifesto

A group known as the “ecomodernists,” which includes prominent environmental thinkers and development specialists such as Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellenberger, Stewart Brand, David Keith, and Joyashree Roy has recently published a statement of principles called An Ecomodernist Manifesto (2015). Many of the authors of the Manifesto are connected to an influential think tank called The Breakthrough Institute. The Manifesto is an attempt […]

Confronting the Elephant in the Living Room

As most aware environmental activists know, the great unacknowledged elephant today is our collective inability to respond effectively to the life diminishing and civilization threatening crisis well underway. To wit: IF Planetary limits have been exceeded or near so, CO2 is leading to climate chaos. We are exceeding the available ecological resource flow, etc. Our […]

Support Sustainability Central’s Fight for a Sustainable Future

Visit the UTS donations page and help Sustainability Central continue its work, headed by Co-Founders Dr Paul R. Ehrlich and Professor Graham Pyke. With almost a century of environmental research and activism between them, their focus turns to building capacity in all of us to continue the fight for a sustainable planet. Who are the […]

TV As Birth Control

How to defuse the population bomb: Provide people with a steady diet of soap operas and reality TV shows that depict modern, urban lifestyles. New research makes a compelling case that when TV ownership rises, fertility falls. Earlier this year Stanford human geographer Martin Lewis asked his students a simple question: How did they think U.S. […]

Why ‘Population Matters’

What is nearest and dearest to your heart: is it animal rights and concern about the extinction of so many species? Do you stay up at night worrying about human rights and reproductive justice? Do you get hot around the collar when you think about climate change? Or is it pollution and toxification of our […]

Advancing the Science of Climate Change

America’s Climate Choices: Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change “Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for–and in many cases is already affecting–a broad range of human and natural systems. The compelling case for these conclusions is provided in Advancing the Science of Climate Change, part […]

Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

“Climate is changing, forced out of the range of the past million years by levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases not seen in the Earth’s atmosphere for a very, very long time. Lacking action by the world’s nations, it is clear that the planet will be warmer, sea level will rise, and patterns […]

Financing Sustainable Development

Implementing the SDGs through Effective Investment Strategies and Partnerships “Three summits in 2015 will set the stage for international cooperation over the coming decades. In July 2015, governments will convene for the Third Conference on Financing for Development Addis Ababa, which will focus on Financing Sustainable Development (FSD). Two months later, in September 2015, they are scheduled to […]

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