Category Archives: State Government

UNDP Launches Program For Green Cities

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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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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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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Beijing Smog Sparks First Red Alert

Schools, Factories Close As Millions Of Vehicles Forced To Park Beijing has issued its first pollution red alert as acrid smog enveloped the Chinese capital for the second time this month. The alert will begin at 7am on Tuesday and should … Continue reading

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Major US Banks Urge Global Leaders To Tackle Climate Change

Global Warming Threatens Business As Usual Six major U.S. banks are urging world leaders to adopt a strong agreement to slash carbon emissions and tackle climate change. The coalition warned in a letter Monday that warming global temperatures and related … Continue reading

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Climate Change Speeds Up Doomsday Clock

Time Running Out To Fight Climate Change By Brian Kahn, Climate Central The end of civilization as we know it just got a little closer. According to an update to the Doomsday Clock, the world is now three minutes from … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Prepares To Tackle Climate Change

Climate Changing At Vatican On Environmental, Social Issues He has been called the “superman pope,” and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in … Continue reading

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Climate Talks Make Slow Progress In Peru

Hot Air Adding To Hottest Year On Record Climate negotiators from around the world came up with a modest agreement early Sunday for every nation to do its part to address global warming — but the Obama administration’s aggressive environmental regulations … Continue reading

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Predicts Climate Catastrophe Within 20 Years

Failure To Act Compounding Global Warming With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. The … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Investing $50 Million To Defend Coastlines From Rising Sea Level

Grants Available To Cities, Towns The Patrick Administration has announced a grant program to reduce or eliminate risks associated with coastal storms, erosion and sea level rise through natural and nonstructural approaches called green infrastructure. The grants, available to cities, towns … Continue reading

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