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Food Production Hits the Boundary

by Victor Anderson, Senior Policy Officer, Green Economy, WWF-UK Food prices are rising again, principally because of drought. Having to pay out more for food reduces people’s living standards, simply because there is less left over for other purposes –…

What Would President Romney Do?

by Victor Anderson The American Presidential election is proving to be partly about planetary boundaries – one boundary in particular: climate change. Though with Obama as President, the US has still been basically unco-operative in the business of reaching an…

Following Up Rio +20

by Victor Anderson, Senior Policy Officer, Green Economy, WWF-UK How should we follow up what happened at Rio +20? What conclusions can we draw from the conference and the process leading up to it? It is time to take stock…

What Happened At Rio ?

by Victor Anderson, Senior Policy Officer, Green Economy, WWF-UK   By comparison with what the world needs, Rio was a failure. However it provided a focus and catalyst for many useful developments, some referred to in the conference outcome document…

Future We Choose?

by Deborah Tripley, Director, Planetary Boundaries Initiative The ‘future we choose’ as currently reflected in the final Earth Summit outcome text (Rio+20)is unlikely to be one chosen by civil society. It is unlikely to even reflect the best advice given…

A New Framing for Sustainability

Principle 4 of of the Draft Declaration on Planetary Boundaries provides for governments to be responsible for earth system processes. RESPONSIBILITY means Establishing over-arching legal principles and duties to recognise and respect planetary boundaries Ensuring people have the right to…

Sustainable boundaries – a missed opportunity?

Note from P.B.I. Director Deborah Tripley on Rio+20 The Planetary Boundaries Initiative (P.B.I.) has called for sustainable boundaries to be part of the final Outcome Document presented to Heads of government at the Rio+20 conference which starts this week. We…