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Feature: Rio+20 Earth Summit

Brazil is hosting the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, marking the 20th Anniversary of the first “Earth Summit." As world leaders, CEOs and citizens gather in Rio, Rio+20 must generate real actions on the part of governments, businesses and societies to deliver the necessary actions to support the transition to a green economy and ensure the sustainability of the planet’s resources.

NRDC presents a "New Architecture for a New Global Partnership" for action on global Sustainable Development Goals

Posted March 18, 2014 by John Romano in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The year 2015 will be a critical one for both our planet and its people; a year in which the global community is set to agree upon a new climate change agreement and a new set of global Sustainable Development...continued

A New Architecture for a New World: Linking Global Aspirations with Local Actions

Posted January 15, 2014 by John Romano in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC has begun the New Year building upon promising momentum at the United Nations for addressing a wide range of urban sustainability and climate challenges. Last week, NRDC joined countries, mayors, governors, civil society groups and coalitions to highlight the...continued

A New Global Partnership: Mounting optimism for global action on sustainable development

Posted December 18, 2013 by John Romano in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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With the holidays upon us and the new year quickly approaching, we are in the season of both reflection and new beginnings. Looking back on this year, we’ve seen a seismic shift in momentum build around our work at the...continued

NRDC "Rio+20 to 2015" Conference: Starting to design a new global architecture for action

Posted November 5, 2013 by John Romano in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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A recent gathering at Yale of more than 180 people from 30 countries heard from top leaders and experts - including UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres...continued

Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises: Reviewing Progress since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Posted October 2, 2013 by John Romano in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC has just launched a new report highlighting significant progress on many of the key “voluntary commitments” made at the June 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. In the report, NRDC calls for recognition of these non-globally-negotiated commitments as...continued

"Voluntary Commitments" and "Action Networks": Part of a New Architecture for a New World

Posted July 23, 2013 by John Romano in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The United Nations has just released a promising progress report on the hundreds of “voluntary commitments” made at the Rio+20 Conference last year. Rather than relying solely on negotiated outcomes, Rio+20 broke new ground for a different approach to taking...continued

Partnership on Sustainable Transport releases progress report amidst Brazilian transit protests

Posted July 10, 2013 by John Romano in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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With the ongoing protests in Brazil in recent weeks, we’ve seen evidence of the importance of public transportation within cities in emerging economies. Mobilized initially in response to a public transportation fare hike, these protests have quickly blossomed into a full-blown social movement....continued

One Year After Rio+20: Are We On the Path to the "Future We Want"?

Posted June 20, 2013 by John Romano in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Exactly one year ago, world leaders came together in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to address a wide range of cross-cutting environmental, social and economic challenges that we face today. The conference marked...continued

Break the Link between Deforestation & Commodities: A New Opportunity for the Obama Administration to Act on Climate Change

Posted June 17, 2013 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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This post was co-written with Cecilia Springer of Climate Advisers. There is a new opportunity for the United States to curb deforestation and slow climate change. Deforestation accounts for around 15% of the world’s global warming pollution – so any...continued

Eighteen years and counting - keeping Cabo Pulmo safe is still a critical task

Posted June 14, 2013 by Carolina Herrera

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June marks two important anniversaries for Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park, and both are reminders that protecting coral reefs is an enduring and critical challenge. Earlier this month, local residents and NGOs celebrated the 18th anniversary of the creation of...continued

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