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That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, UK households consume nearly 1.2 million tonnes of plastic packaging in the UK every year and only 45% is collected for recycling. It's virtually impossible to avoid throw-away plastic today. UK aid watchdog recommends more direct cash transfers. Image copyright DFID/Save the Children Ministers are being encouraged to expand a scheme which transfers UK aid money directly to those living in poverty in the developing world.

UK aid watchdog recommends more direct cash transfers

Forbes: Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050. Forbes: ‘…Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.

Forbes: Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School).Since 2000, 6 million hectares of primary forest have been lost each year. That’s 14,826,322 acres, or just less than the entire state of West Virginia (see the 2010 assessment by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN).Even in the U.S., 15% of the population lives below the poverty line.

For children under the age of 18, that number increases to 20% (see U.S. Census).The world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 (see United Nations’ projections) World Population. More voices mean smarter cities More voices mean smarter cities Governance for Development. With the ink barely dry on the Sustainable Development Goals, naturally the just-completed Open Government Partnership annual summit focused on how greater openness can accelerate progress toward the goals.

More voices mean smarter cities More voices mean smarter cities Governance for Development

The open government agenda is most closely linked to the ambitious Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, which among other targets includes the objective of ensuring “responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.” Though progress in this area is maddeningly difficult to quantify, evidence increasingly shows that participation, the next transparency frontier, matters to development outcomes.

Current Population is Three Times the Sustainable Level - World Population Balance - United States world environmentally sustainable population. Global Footprint Network data shows that humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planet Earths to provide the renewable resources we use and absorb our waste.1 If all 7+ billion of us were to enjoy a European standard of living - which is about half the consumption of the average American - the Earth could sustainably support only about 2 billion people.

Current Population is Three Times the Sustainable Level - World Population Balance - United States world environmentally sustainable population

It is crucial to understand that the longer we continue consuming more resources than the Earth can sustainably provide, the less able the Earth can meet our resource needs in the future - and the fewer people the planet can support - long-term. Evidence of unsustainable resource use is all around us. Global aquifers are being pumped 3.5 times faster than rainfall can naturally recharge them.2 Eventually they will run dry and hundreds of millions will suffer.

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures. Google. World Climate Change Conference Confirms Near Term Human Extinction - Earth Under Water in Next 20 Years - Full Documentary. World Population to hit 11 Billion in 2100 - Full Documentary. Youtube. Debating the link between emissions and population. There are those who perceive any effort to limit population growth as "population control.

Debating the link between emissions and population

" This is a term that chillingly evokes coercive state intervention to control individual reproductive behavior. Population control programs have rarely been implemented without exacting unacceptable ethical costs. But there's a big difference between coercive state-led population control programs and efforts to slow rapid population growth. Population control programs target the actions of individuals. Efforts to slow the population growth rate, meanwhile, work within existing societal contexts and seek to produce voluntary change. Population size and composition are among the key drivers of climate change. Regions with the heaviest carbon footprints are experiencing slower population growth than other regions. Sub-Saharan Africa's carbon footprint is light. African policy makers do care about the region’s rapid rate of population growth—but climate change is by no means the top reason why. The Paris climate accord has been approved! Now here's what that actually means for you.

For the first time in history, representatives of 195 nations agreed to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Paris climate accord has been approved! Now here's what that actually means for you.

Rejoice! Hooray! Welcome. Solar module prices have hit a new low. So Akon's trying to bring power to all Africans. Where's the Fairness in the Climate Talks? The Economist. Huffingtonpost. Voluntary Birth Control Is A Climate Change Solution Nobody Wants To Talk About. The Economist. Dirty, but really cheap COAL barges dominate the river traffic in Samarinda, a sprawling Indonesian city on the island of Borneo.

The Economist

The coal is mined a few miles upriver, scarring the land with craters and toxic lagoons. The digging at one mine has gone on for a decade and gobbled up vast tracts of farmland, says Sapinah, a farmer who frets at the earthworks creeping in the direction of her home. All eyes are on what big countries, starting with America and China, commit to do towards cooling the planet at the climate conference which begins in Paris on November 30th. But the promises made by lesser emitters of carbon dioxide matter too—not least the ten countries that make up the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN’s challenge is to find cheap and clean ways to meet a demand for energy that grew by half between 2000 and 2013.

Most ASEAN members submitted proposals to cut emissions for discussion in Paris. China's climate transition. ‘We cannot again allow negotiations on real points of substance to be hijacked in this way,’ wrote Ed Miliband, then Britain’s Energy and Climate Secretary, in the aftermath of UN climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.

China's climate transition

The conference had ended not only with a weak climate deal, but also the widespread impression that China, the world’s biggest CO2 emitter by volume, had been at fault. ‘We did not get an agreement on 50-per-cent reductions in global emissions by 2050, or on 80-per-cent reductions by developed countries,’ Miliband added. ‘Both were vetoed by China, despite the support of a coalition of developed and the vast majority of developing countries.’ British journalist Mark Lynas went further. ‘The truth is this,’ he wrote in the Guardian. Unsurprisingly, China took notice. The big reckoning: how many people did the millennium goals save?

“Things,” says Mercy Qansah, as a young goat bounces by in search of rubbish to chew on, “are not the way we expected them to be.”

The big reckoning: how many people did the millennium goals save?

The 45-year-old beautician-cum-caterer is sitting outside her modest house on the far outskirts of Accra and trying to sum up life in Ghana in 2015. Close by, children play and fight on the sandy earth, vendors sell drinks and dried fish, and traffic rattles along the main road to the capital. Huffingtonpost. Explicit cookie consent. Explicit cookie consent. “IN ESTABLISHING the rule of law, the first five centuries are always the hardest.” For much of the past two decades, that quip by Gordon Brown, a former British prime minister, has seemed not just dour, but wrong. Buoyed by China, by trade growth and capital inflows, by talk of new middle classes and the bottom billion, it was easy to forget old truths about how hard it is for poor countries to become rich. A breezy assumption took hold: that emerging markets would surely follow the likes of South Korea and Taiwan on the path to wealth. That view of development has crumbled of late, along with emerging markets’ growth rates.

Eating a Burger or Driving a Car: Which Harms Planet More? They provide us with beef and milk, the gel coating for pills, soap, ice cream, baseballs, and printing ink. New Internationalist. ‘We’re at a critical moment for the world’s children,’ warns Justin Forsyth in Save the Children’s 2013 annual report. The chief executive of the British grouping of this international NGO could not be more right. Needless wars, dispossession through climate change, the rise of ugly rightwing politics – the human toll is high. Children and women, as ever, bear the brunt. ‘We face a moment of opportunity, challenge and responsibility,’ Forsyth continues. ‘If we’re going to achieve even more impact for children, we need to work in different, innovative ways.’ Despite economic recession, these three international NGOs mustered combined funds of $3.2 billion to spend on the poor last year. Partners unlimited. Ten steps towards a better world. This is the fifth in a series of edited extracts from Why Things Are Going To Get Worse And Why We Should Be Glad by Michael Roscoe.

Ten steps towards a better world. Naomi Klein: ‘We don’t have another decade to waste’ Nicaragua’s Grand Canal: more questions than answers. 33 Powerful Animal Ad Campaigns That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth. A little while ago, we wrote about powerful advertisements that were designed to raise awareness about important social and environmental issues. Explicit cookie consent. Straw into gold: A TED Fellow cultivates mushrooms to reduce emissions. Social entrepreneur Trang Tran is teaching Vietnamese farmers how to use rice straw as a material in which to grow profitable mushrooms, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve livelihoods. Humans have already used up 2015's supply of Earth's resources – analysis. Humans have exhausted a year’s supply of natural resources in less than eight months, according to an analysis of the demands the world’s population are placing on the planet.

Explicit cookie consent. Everything we own: Chinese families with all their possessions – in pictures. The denial dam - Geographical.