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Paying for Nature

September 8, 2016

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snowy-treeIn the past many of the ways in which we benefit from the natural world have been overlooked. The law has traditionally taken into account only those benefits based on physical possession of land or on tangible produce which has a commercial value, such as timber. Other concerns, such as fresh air, clear water and the state of biodiversity, have therefore fallen outside the law’s regard. Colin Reid explores the issue.

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Politicians, be Brave! How to Transition Towards Urban Resilience – by Jeroen van der Heijden

November 6, 2014

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photo: Craig Nagy, flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Cities and other urban environments play a key role in a global response to climate change. Unfortunately, it appears extremely complicated to govern the transition towards urban sustainability and resilience. Dr Jeroen van der Heijden discusses both governance barriers and their solutions, arguing that while there are sufficient traditional and innovative governance tools available to guide a transformation towards urban sustainability and resilience, policy-makers have to be brave and start mandating these.

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World Oceans Day: What Are We Doing? – by Robin Kundis Craig

June 7, 2013

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Plastic octopus thrown back by the Pacific Ocean at Gray Whale Cove, California Coast, USA (Photo credit: Wonderlane via flickr cc)

What Is World Oceans Day?

Tomorrow (June 8th) is World Oceans Day. This is a relatively new event—the United Nations General Assembly decided in 2008 (United Nations Resolution 63/111, paragraph 171) that every June 8, starting with June 8, 2009, would bear the United Nation’s designation of World Oceans Day. The purpose in designating World Oceans Day was to call attention to the many problems facing the ocean and to raise global awareness of the many challenges facing both marine ecosystems and the humans that depend upon them.

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Don’t Pay Polluters – by James Boyce

January 15, 2013

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Photo: Taras Kalapun, Creative Commons 2.0

Photo: Taras Kalapun, Creative Commons 2.0

A hitherto little known greenhouse gas called ‘HFC-23’ hit the headlines in 2012. Also called fluoroform, it’s a waste gas generated in the manufacture of refrigerants. Compared with carbon dioxide (CO2), HFC-23 is a minor greenhouse gas. Pound-for-pound, however, it traps more than 10,000 times as much heat.  In this article, originally posted on TripleCrisis, James Boyce discusses the problems associated with offsetting this gas and the resulting lessons for climate policy.

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