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Satisfying the world’s unmet need for contraception would dramatically reduce population growth, easing pressure on natural resources. Now more than ever, meeting this basic health care need is essential for building healthy societies and a sustainable civilization.
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World Wind Power Climbs to New Record in 2011: With its long list of attractive attributes—widespread and abundant, quick to scale, climate-benign, and zero fuel cost—wind power is driving the transition to a new energy economy. http://bit.ly/xBr2e5
Wind energy developers installed a record 41000 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity in 2011, bringing the world total to 238000 megawatts. With more than 80 countries now harnessing the wind,...
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You can still catch Lester and the other speakers at the Smithsonian today through their live webcast -
Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet. 1 March 2012 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.. The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution's Consortium for Understanding a...
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Podcast for "Global Economy Expanded More Slowly than Expected in 2011" - The global economy grew 3.8 percent in 2011, a drop from 5.2 percent in 2010. Economists had anticipated a slowdown, but this was even less growth than expected, thanks to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, unrest in oil-producing countries, the debt crisis in Europe, and a stagnating recovery in the United States. As richer economies struggle to recover from the financial crisis of 2008–09, poorer countries are facing high food prices and rising youth unemployment. Meanwhile, growing income inequality and environmental disruption are challenging conventional notions of economic health.
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EPI on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC: Glenn Denning, Director, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and J. Matthew Roney, Research Associate, Earth Policy Institute, examine the global food supply. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2012/feb/17/please-explain-how-save-world-food-security/
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In our current growth-based economic system, rising affluence and population growth mean increased consumption, environmental destruction, and waste production. This western model of development is failing: if everyone on earth shared the lifestyle of the average American, we would need more than 4.5 planets to sustain us, according to GFN. Without a more comprehensive vision of economic health and better ways to measure it, we are flying blind on a path to economic decline and collapse.
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Many will ask, Can the world afford these investments? But the only appropriate question is, Can the world afford the consequences of not making these investments?
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For a society that lives high on the food chain, this new trend could signal the end of meat’s mealtime dominance. http://bit.ly/yivSHd
U.S. meat consumption has peaked. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pou...
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"Brown — whose latest book, 2011's "World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse," has just come out in Japanese — is president of the Washington- based Earth Policy Institute and one of the world's top environmental policy experts."
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Blog: Travelin' Man - When Lester Brown left on his trip to Japan and China two weeks ago, he was just about the only member of the staff who wasn’t fighting or down with a cold, flu, or some other illness. Being a world traveler, he is fortunate to have a strong constitution. http://bit.ly/Ahtbaa
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Lester Brown sits down for an interview on alternative fuels during his recent trip to China. http://bit.ly/wSILpC
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Notable: This year’s inductees are Lester Brown and Klaus Töpfer for the Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto.
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