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- "Living Beyond Our Means: Natural Assets and Human Well-Being"
Are we living within our means? "No" is the unambiguous answer from the Millenium Assessment project. Among other stunning conclusions, they found that: 1) Human activities have taken the planet to the edge of a massive wave of species extinctions, threatening our own well-being. 2) The loss of services derived from ecosystems is a significant barrier to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty, hunger, and disease. 3) The pressures on ecosystems will increase globally in coming decades unless human attitudes and actions change. What should we do about it? Check out the MA report at www.millenniumassessment.org/en/index.aspx
- "The Death of Environmentalism"
This essay finds fault with traditional environmentalism, arguing that the mainstream environmental movement is ill equipped to face the massive global challenges of our day, in particular climate change.
- 2007 Climate Change Report
The February 2, 2007 "smoking gun" report from 3750 climate experts from over 100 countries, who have spent six years reviewing climate research.
Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature's models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems.
- Prevention and its Importance
Increasingly, a preventive approach to many of society's problems -- disease, crime and pollution for example -- is turning out to be cheaper and more effective than attempts to treat, control and clean up problems after they are created.
- Sustainability Initiatives: Minnesota Cities and Counties
Minnesota local governments are joining cities and counties nationwide to take actions to address climate change.
- Ultimate Human Means and Ends
An exploration of means and ends as these relate to sustainability.
- World Oil Supplies
Six reports from 2005 through 2008 analyzed future world petroleum use and availability, and the disturbing implications of projected trends.
- Worldchanging - at a Local Scale
WorldChanging.com works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us.
- Zero Waste, Climate Change and Recycle More Minnesota
3 solid waste resources: a 2008 report promoting zero waste policies, a Zero Waste Ordinance Resource Guide, and a state-wide recycling campaign.