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Sustainable Transportation gains momentum at Rio+20

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the commitments to sustainable transportation were some of the greatest achievements of June’s Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Very little could exemplify the world’s need for sustainable transport to the delegates better than the average of 6 cumulative hours per day they spent on buses in a traffic-choked commute to the exurban conference site. It was a clear sign that despite having adopted strong language for…


Added by sustainableprosperity on September 4, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Eroding U.S. Federal Oversight of Genetically Engineered Crops

Genetically engineered (GE) foods have been heralded as the solution to food shortages in the future, as biotech companies modify the DNA of crops in an effort to make them more robust. Certain GE crops can now withstand freezing temperatures or are resilient to heavy applications of pesticides and herbicides.

GE crops are widespread in the United States. Nationwide, 93 percent of the soybean crop is genetically modified to resist the large volumes of herbicides used to combat…


Added by sustainableprosperity on July 26, 2012 at 14:17 — No Comments

Addressing population growth for a sustainable future

Although most analysts assume that the world’s population will rise from today’s 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, it is quite possible that humanity will never reach this population size.

My chapter in this year’s State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity, “Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion,” outlines a series of strategies that would prompt significant declines in birth rates. Based purely on the intention of women around the world to…


Added by sustainableprosperity on July 16, 2012 at 2:00 — No Comments

Every Building Should Be Sustainable, Not Just Green

In a sustainable world, the built environment would be in balance with the natural environment. Unfortunately, we are far from there. From single-family homes to soaring skyscrapers, buildings account for a significant share of global resource use. Constructing and operating these structures consumes 25 to 40 percent of the energy produced worldwide and contributes 30 to 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions. Construction also generates 30 to 40 percent of all solid…


Added by sustainableprosperity on July 13, 2012 at 15:52 — No Comments

Societal Transformation: How Radical Does It Need to Be?

It’s well known that Americans consume more resources on a per capita basis than citizens of other developed countries. In fact, research shows that if people in all nations used as many resources as the average American, we would need five Earths to meet this global resource demand.

Human consumption of material goods has increased dramatically over the years, rising at a faster pace than population as a whole. This rising resource demand becomes ever more precarious as the…


Added by sustainableprosperity on July 12, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Are Biofuels the Answer to America’s Energy Challenges?

Last summer, President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Energy and Navy would invest up to $510 million in order to spur the biofuels industry and enhance U.S. energy security. As a result of government support through tax breaks and subsidies, both ethanol and biodiesel have been successfully integrated into the…


Added by sustainableprosperity on July 9, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

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