Author Archives: Gary Chandler

About Gary Chandler

Gary R. Chandler is a sustainability author and strategist. Follow him on Twitter @Gary_Chandler

UNDP Launches Sustainable Cities Program

Cities A Massive Problem, Opportunity By Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme On behalf of UNDP, welcome to the launch of the UNDP Sustainable Urbanization Strategy. As we meet here in Quito today for the Habitat III conference, … Continue reading

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New Coal Deals Threaten Paris Climate Goals

Greenhouse Gas Reductions Critical In Battle Against Climate Change The landmark global climate change deal brokered in Paris cleared an important hurdle this week when it secured enough official support to go into effect, but experts say the biggest hurdle … Continue reading

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Tap Water Exposing Millions To Carcinogen

Chromium-6 In Hundreds Of Wells Across U.S. In the film Erin Brockovich, the environmental crusader confronts the lawyer of a power company that polluted the tap water of Hinkley, Calif., with a carcinogenic chemical called chromium-6. When the lawyer picks … Continue reading

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Cities Can Offset Carbon Footprint With Reforestation Project In Tanzania

Program Will Include Urban Forestry The Kilimanjaro region of East Africa is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Millions of people and several endangered species depend on the snows and rains of Kilimanjaro for survival. As land use encroaches … Continue reading

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Cities Spreading Disease With Sewage Mismanagement

Wastewater Treatment Plants Weapons Of Mass Destruction? As the Zika virus and other brain ailments soar around the world, it’s time for cities to take an honest assessment of their role in the emerging crisis. It’s right under their nose. … Continue reading

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Frankfurt A Model For Sustainability

Most Cities Failing On Sustainability Cities around the world are failing to meet the needs of their people, according to the inaugural Sustainable Cities Index. However, on a broad scale that measures people, planet and profit, Frankfurt is the world’s most … Continue reading

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Cities Offer Best Practices In Water Management

Droughts, Floods, Growth Testing Municipal Water Management The threat of a water crisis is looming for hundreds of millions of the world’s inhabitants, as climate change, water management challenges and demographic shifts are disrupting water’s ecosystem. As a result, many … Continue reading

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Biosolids Recycling Infectious Waste

Sewage Sludge Spreading Brain Disease In 1972, the world realized that dumping millions of tons of sewage sludge into the oceans killed underwater ecosystems. Some nations stopped the dumping immediately. Others did not. The U.S., for example, finally passed the Ocean … Continue reading

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Wastewater Treatment Plants Spreading Disease

Brain Disease Fastest Growing Cause Of Death Neurodegenerative disease is a global epidemic among people and other mammals. Mismanagement and misinformation around the world are fanning the flames and putting millions of people in harm’s way. Anywhere from 50-100 million … Continue reading

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Can World Leaders Tackle Climate Change

Environmental, Social and Economic Issues Tightly Connected By Gro Harlem Bruntland In the early 1990s, when I was Prime Minister of Norway, I once found myself debating sustainable development with an opposition leader who insisted that I tell him the … Continue reading

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