Why Family Planning Makes a Climate-Sustainable Future More Likely

In October, not just one but two high-level reports on climate change warned that the world’s nations are falling short of what’s needed to keep the Earth from overheating dangerously — to the point that it’s time to literally pull carbon dioxide out of the air on a massive scale. Neither report, however, mentioned an opportunity that could help both to constrain emissions and to scrub out some of that carbon: removing barriers to the voluntary use of family planning.

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Our Coffee Addiction Is Destroying the Environment

When you wake up bleary-eyed and craving caffeine, the last thing you may be thinking about (or want to be thinking about) may be how your coffee consumption is ruining the planet. But just as we’re all adjusting to using aluminum straws instead of disposable, plastic turtle-killers in our iced lattes, we need to reconsider the impacts our preferred morning beverages have on the world surrounding us. After all, it’s too often overlooked that these minor routine habits (like tossing out unused food instead of composting it, or using plastic shopping bags once before they end up in a landfill) can add up, contributing to the detriment of our environment.

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$100 Trillion Will Change Hands in the Next 20 Years - Here's How It Can Ensure Our Sustainable Future

The following excerpt is from The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism, by Joel Solomon with Tyee Bridge (2017, New Society Publishers). Reprinted with permission.

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This Is How the Future Will Taste: 6 High-Tech Foods That Are Changing the Way We Eat and Drink

The global food system faces an uncertain future. Consumer preferences continue to shift in the face of health, environmental and animal welfare concerns, and a warming climate means we’ll soon have to do more with less.

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True Sustainability Must Include Social Justice Along With Environmental Protection

The following excerpt is from The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, by Carl Anthony (2017, New Village Press)

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The Western Notion of Development Is Destroying the Planet: So What Are the Alternatives?

As inequality and environmental degradation worsen, the search is on not only for alternative development models but also for alternatives to development itself. Leading post-development theorist Arturo Escobar, co-editor of The Post-Development Dictionary and author of Design for the Pluriverse, discusses the fight for pluralism and justice in Latin America with Allen White, senior fellow at the Tellus Institute.

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A Tale of Two Cities: How San Francisco and Burlington Are Shaping America's Low-Carbon Future

President Trump's commitment to pull out of the Paris Agreement signaled what appeared to be the worst of times for a transition to a low-carbon future in the United States. But actions being taken by a significant number of cities could instead make it the best of times for renewable energy in America.

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Want Sustainable Clothing? It's Time to Meet Regenerative Fiber

Do you know where your clothing came from? Not the store, the label or the brand, or from China, India or Vietnam—I mean, do you know who made your clothing? Do you know what your clothes are made from? Or where the fiber in your clothing came from—the cotton, polyester or acrylic?

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How 'Eco-Localization' Can Curb Globalization's Increasing 'Death Footprint'

That pollution is bad for our health will come as a surprise to no one. That pollution kills at least 9 million people every year might. This is 16 percent of all deaths worldwide: three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and 15 times more than all wars and other forms of violence. Air pollution alone is responsible for 6.5 million of these 9 million deaths. Nearly 92 percent of pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

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3 Out of 10 People Would Choose to Eat Insects: Are You One of Them? (Video)

With many gym goers keen to increase their protein intake, U.K. gym operator PureGym surveyed over 1,000 people to see if they would be interested in jumping on the latest protein trend by adding protein-dense edible insects such as crickets and mealworm into their diets.

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There's a Much Smarter Way for Cities to Plan Their Futures

U.S. cities, it seems, sometimes are setting themselves up for decay, with big tax giveaways, ever-rising prices and systems that put the bulk of the tax burden on the poor.

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