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This Land is Your Land: Revitalizing Urban Commons

Urban green areas managed by citizens can reduce ecosystem management costs and help people reconnect to nature.When you enter Bottom Road in Grassy Park, Cape Town, you enter a thriving example of how a civic-led ecological restoration project...

Posted August 12, 2013    

Sustainable Cities and Pushing the Limits [VIDEO]

The Arctic is in the spotlight like never before. Scientists and environmentalists watch it as a bellwether of global climate change, while nations and corporations seek to exploit the region's oil, gas and mineral reserves, and new shipping routes...

Posted May 16, 2013    

The Future State of Sustainability

What is the future of sustainability? Photo: S. Jansson/AzoteFor more than 25 years, Worldwatch Institute's annual flagship State of the World reports have presented key insights and perspectives on everything from global security to urban growth...

Posted May 1, 2013    

A Fitting Measure of Sustainability?

Over the past few years it has become increasingly acknowledged that measurements such as gross domestic product (GDP) and the human development index (HDI) do not adequately capture the wealth of a country. They also leave a lot to be desired when...

Posted April 28, 2013    

The De-Growth Paradox

Degrowth diverges from capitalist economies, but is also dependent on them The idea of degrowth where economic growth is put to a halt or slowed down in order to respect planetary boundaries is becoming increasingly popular and indeed bears...

Posted April 8, 2013    

Global Views on Climate Change: Cross-Cultural Consesus

That science is relatively uniform and unison in its analysis of human-induced climate change is well known, but there are increasing signs that public perceptions are following suit. In a study recently published in Climatic Change, centre...

Posted March 29, 2013    

Redefining Sustainable Development: Poverty and Climate Change

Ending poverty and safeguarding Earth's life support system must be twin priorities, scientists say.Following up from recent UN meetings on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of international scientists have...

Posted March 21, 2013    

Politics for Ecosystems and Biodiversity

The Swedish government has decided it's time to put ecosystem services and their value in the spotlight.A commission, led by Maria Schultz from the Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio) at Stockholm Resilience Centre, has been appointed to...

Posted February 23, 2013    

Are We Bankrupting Nature?

Circular economy key to well-being in the AnthropoceneAnxiety and eyebrows were raised when the World Bank warned of an imminent global warming of 4°C. However, as centre research has previously shown, accelerated climate change due to raising...

Posted December 6, 2012    

Community Gardens & Civic Greening

How community gardens help increase awareness about urban ecology One concern about increasing urbanization and reduced access to green areas, is that it creates a sort of generational amnesia about people's relationships to, and dependence...

Posted December 4, 2012    

Seven Policy-Relevant Principles for Resilient Ecosystem Services

Seven has often been regarded as a magical number. Just think of the Seven Wonders of the World, the seven seas, the seven ages of man, and the number of days of the week. Now a recent article in Annual Review of Environment and Resources adds seven...

Posted November 28, 2012    

Look Beyond City Limits For Sustainability

Sustainable cities must also account for imported goods and services Cities aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into...

Posted October 31, 2012