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Durban will not save the world

Diplomatic conferences rarely end with a failure! Diplomats do not like being accused of failure. This goes in particular for long conferences with thousands of participants which cost millions of euro. The 17th international climate conference, COP 17 in the official jargon, that ended in the dawn of Sunday 11th December, 36 hours after its… » read more

Guest post by Kaj EMBREN, Sustainable Development export and blogger, Stockholm, Sweden. In the middle of some of the most turbulent political and economic crises of modern times, UN climate negotiators will meet in Durban, South Africa, on November 28th. Their greatest challenge will be making their voices heard above the noise of the ailing… » read more

Guest post by Roeland SCHOLTALBERS, Media & Communication Officer at the international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE. There is much at stake as the international community gathers in Durban, South Africa, for the yearly UN summit on climate change (28/11/11 – 09/12/11). The Kyoto protocol, the only binding international agreement on emission reductions, expires… » read more

Durban will be a non-event

The 17th international climate conference (COP 17) that opened November 28 will not produce any worth while results. This is – unfortunately – a foregone conclusion whatever final declaration might be adopted at the closure in two weeks. The conference cannot be productive for four major reasons. Europe finds itself in the worst economic and… » read more

The world did not celebrate the arrival of the seven billionth member of humanity. Rather, it shuddered. Seven billion mouths to feed with an unsustainable agriculture. Seven billion polluters crowding into impoverished cities. Seven billion violators of the planet’s fragile biodiversity. Seven billion flames to heat the planet and emit carbon. A billion people ago,… » read more

Guest post by Kaj Embrén, Sustainable Development export and blogger, Stockholm, Sweden. Revolution and recession. For good reason, these two words have dominated headlines over the past year. Yet talk of such political and financial tumult has resulted in the neglect of a third issue, which is both critical and germane: sustainability. In every crisis… » read more

When the G20 meets in Cannes, France it will have a packed agenda. No doubt top on their agenda will be the economic crisis and the slow road back to global recovery and economic renewal. In the midst of that crisis we need to remain focused not only on solving the immediate issue at hand… » read more

Bricks and mortar

Picture this: the doorbell rings and you aren’t expecting visitors.There’s a bright eyed boy standing outside with ‘salesman’ written all over him. Thank goodness, you don’t see any of the outward signs of the zealous evangelist. No short sleeved white shirt with a name tag, no brochure-laden black rucksack. Besides, they always travel in pairs.… » read more

Don’t buy an electric car!

If you care about the environment, don’t buy an electric car. I have just spent some time in the Great State of Michigan, and while the enthusiasm for electric cars there is palatable, the conversations I have had with people in the field have not been reassuring. Bottom line: if you care about the environment,… » read more

Green Indulgences

The plan is pretty simple. Forest product companies pay WWF undisclosed sums, memberships, donations and country fees to be part of a forest network. They buy the right to put a panda logo on the back of their loggers’ shirts. And then: Chop! Chop! Chop! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of WWF’s Global Forest and… » read more

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