Counter visits from over 160  countries and  more than 1400 universities (details)
Puro Chile the memory of the people
Project for the First People's Century

Róbinson Rojas Sandford

On Planning for Development:                Sustainable Development
From UN Documents - Gathering a Body of Global Agreements
Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future
Transmitted to the General Assembly as an Annex to document A/42/427 - Development and International Co-operation: Environment - Oslo, 20 March 1987

..."But the "environment" is where we all live; and "development" is what we all do in attempting to improve our lot within that abode. The two are inseparable. Further, development issues must be seen as crucial by the political leaders who feel that their countries have reached a plateau towards which other nations must strive. Many of the development paths of the industrialized nations are clearly unsustainable. And the development decisions of these countries, because of their great economic and political power, will have a profound effect upon the ability of all peoples to sustain human progress for generations to come..."

From The Earth Charter Commission - 2000

The Earth Charter

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.
The Earth Charter is centrally concerned with the transition to sustainable ways of living and sustainable human development. Ecological integrity is one major theme. However, the Earth Charter recognizes that the goals of ecological protection, the eradication of poverty, equitable economic development, respect for human rights, democracy, and peace are interdependent and indivisible. It provides, therefore, a new, inclusive, integrated ethical framework to guide the transition to a sustainable future.
The Earth Charter is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. The Earth Charter project began as a United Nations initiative, but it was carried forward and completed by a global civil society initiative. The Earth Charter was finalized and then launched as a people’s charter in 2000 by the Earth Charter Commission, an independent international entity.

A. Grey Stuart - 2000
The Westminster Square Eco-village
Department of City Planning
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba - Canada

From the BBC - London - 21 December 2006
China and India in warming studies
India and China have agreed to send an expedition to the Himalayas to study the impact that global warming is having on glaciers there.
They fear that melting glaciers could threaten rivers which support the lives of millions of people
Journal of World-Systems Research:
Number 2 (Summer 2003)
On Globalization and the Environment
Andrew K. Jorgenson & Edward L. Kick
Globalization and the Environment
Alf Hornborg
Cornucopia or Zero-Sum Game? The Epistemology of Sustainability
Stephen G. Bunker
Matter, Space, Energy, and Political Economy: The Amazon in the World-System
Peter Grimes & Jeffrey Kentor
Exporting the Greenhouse: Foreign Capital Penetration and CO2 Emissions 1980–1996
J. Timmons Roberts, Peter E. Grimes & Jodie L. Manale
Social Roots of Global Environmental Change: A World-Systems Analysis of Carbon Dioxide Emissions
R. Scott Frey
The Transfer of Core-Based Hazardous Production Processes to the Export Processing Zones of the Periphery: The Maquiladora Centers of Northern Mexico
Thomas J. Burns, Edward L. Kick, & Byron L. Davis
Theorizing and Rethinking Linkages Between the Natural Environment and the Modern World-System: Deforestation in the Late 20th Century
Review Essay
Andrew K. Jorgenson
Lateral Pressure and Deforestation    A Review Essay of Environmental Impacts of Globalization and Trade: A Systems Study by Corey L Lofdahl

Book Reviews
Franz J. Broswimmer
Ecocide: A Short History of Mass Extinction of Species
Reviewed by Florencio R. Riguera
Arthur Mol and Frederick Buttel (eds)
The Environmental State Under Pressure

Reviewed by Bruce Podobnik
Water pollution in the United Kingdom
From the BBC - 14  August 2006
River polluted by chemical spill
Anglers have spoken of their "devastation" after several miles of the Taf Fechan was polluted by a three tonne spill of aluminium sulphate. The anglers said five years' of work creating a wild fishery for trout and minnows on the river has been ruined. The Environment Agency said the leak came from Welsh Water's Pontsticill treatment works near Merthyr Tydfil.
Sewage discharge results in fine
11 Aug 06 |  Highlands and Islands

Fish killed by mystery pollutants
30 Jul 06 |  Lancashire

Fish poisoned by pool treatment
20 Jul 06 |  Highlands and Islands

River pollution kills 3,000 fish
17 Jul 06 |  Northern Ireland

Three fined for river pollution
21 Jun 06 |  Essex

150 fish killed in river incident
09 Jun 06 |  Northern Ireland

Fish kill 'environmental disaster'
10 Aug 04 |  Northern Ireland

Fish kill source 'identified'
27 Aug 02 |  Northern Ireland

From Le Monde Diplomatique - April 2006
Planet in Peril: Atlas of Current Threats to People and the Environment the English translation of Le Monde diplomatique's recently published Atlas 2006. It is the result of a long-standing cooperation between Le Monde diplomatique and GRID-Arendal...
These pages offer a holistic and well-researched analysis of today's global issues and their impact on human population and the environment. Written by an international team of specialists, these pages from the Atlas illustrate through text and maps, graphics and diagrams the interplay between population and the world's ecosystems and natural resources both in the short and long terms. It brings together a wealth of information from the most up-to-date sources on such key issues as climate change, access to water, exploitation of ocean resources, nuclear energy and waste, renewable energy, weapons of mass destruction, causes of industrial accidents, waste, export, hunger, genetically modified organisms, urban development, access to health care and ecological change in China...
Polar ice caps melting faster Global warming is not affecting the planet evenly and most of the existing models forecast that it will be greater in the northern hemisphere. With an overall increase of 2°C, temperatures in the Arctic could increase by a factor of two or three. The southern hemisphere, would also be affected, though less severely...
GM organisms, too much, too soon The issue of genetically modified organisms draws together strands from the debate on the global market and the concept of progress. It is a perfect illustration of how market forces come into play much more quickly than the precautions that seem appropriate given the current state of research. We are consequently already eating genetically engineered foodstuffs without it being possible to guarantee they are entirely safe. China a key factor in tomorrow's climate China is fast becoming the workshop of the 21st century world. But a shortage of raw materials abroad and increasingly serious environmental problems at home are already threatening continued growth.
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London - 4 April 2006
World's biggest 25 food companies not taking health seriously enough
The world’s top 25 food companies appear not to be taking the new global diet and health agenda seriously enough, says an 80 page report from The City University out today.
Researchers at City’s Centre for Food Policy studied the annual reports, accounts and HQ websites (to Autumn 2005) of the top 10 food manufacturers, top 10 food retailers and top 5 foodservice companies (top 3 fast food and top 2 contract caterers).They were rated for whether the companies were doing anything about the health agenda agreed by the world’s governments at the World Health Organisation.
In May 2004, a Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health was passed by the World Health Assembly (the WHO’s governing body). This made recommendations to companies as to what they could do to health tackle the world’s diet crisis – not just obesity but heart disease, cancers and diabetes.
From CERES - 21 March 2006
2006 Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection
The 2006 Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection report includes a 30-page summary report comprised of the executive summary, the climate governance scoring criteria, the 100 company scores and sector-specific findings. The report also includes two to three page profiles on each of the companies evaluated.
Note: A complete listing of all companies and their scores can be found at page four. By clicking on company names on this page, users will be linked directly to the corresponding company profiles.
Current Reports
From BBC News - 24 November 2005
CO2 "highest for 650,000 years"
Current levels of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere are higher now than at any time in the last 650,000 years. That is the conclusion of new European studies looking at ice taken from 3km below the surface of Antarctica. The scientists say their research shows present day warming to be exceptional. Other research, also published in the journal Science, suggests that sea levels may be rising twice as fast now as in previous centuries.

Climate pact: For good or bad?
Earth - melting in the heat?
Climate summit postponed
Arctic ice 'disappearing quickly'
US climate talks 'disappointing'
World scientists urge CO2 action
Q&A: The Kyoto Protocol

Climate "warmest for millenium"
Trade can 'export' CO2 emissions
Last-minute climate deals reached
Q&A: Blair's climate strategy
Water builds the heat in Europe
'Gas muzzlers' challenge Bush

Climate Change/Global Warming
The roof of the world is changing. Almost 95 per cent of Himalayan glaciers are shrinking - and that kind of ice loss has profound implications, not just for Nepal and Bhutan, but for surrounding nations, including China, India and Pakistan
Scientists have compiled one of the first comprehensive pictures of what the world might be like when climate change begins to trigger a dramatic increase in epidemics, disease and death
From The World Bank Group
Environmental Economics and Indicators
Wealth Estimates

National wealth is here defined much broader than usual and is embodied in natural capital; human resources that include education, raw labor, and social capital; and produced assets (machinery, equipment, buildings, and urban land). The results show that human resources play a predominant role, thus lending support to investments in education and health. They also highlight the importance of agricultural cropland and pasture land, pointing to the need for sustainable land management practices. The estimates support our intuitive understanding of the importance of people and the environment in development.

Publications on Environmental Policy
Publications on Environmental Valuation
Publications on Environmental Economics and Its Applications
Publications on Environmental Indicators
Publications on Payments for Ecological Services
Publications on Green Accounting
Publications on Poverty and Environment

The Natural Step Sustainability Framework
The Natural Step Framework is a  systems-based approach to organizational planning for sustainability. It provides a practical set of design criteria that can be used to direct social, environmental, and economic actions.
The TNS Framework is fundamentally based on both an integrated assessment of current economic, social and ecological dynamics, and on the implications of present trends for human society. The approach was developed in the late 1980s in response to growing concerns about the public health problems resulting from increasing toxins in the environment and current societal resource use practices.
Introduction to the Natural Step Framework
The Natural Step Framework - New Zealand
RRojas Databank is a member of Development Gateway hosted by The World Bank
International trade - Statistics
Millenium Ecosystem Assessment
30 March 2005
Experts Warn Ecosystem Changes Will Continue to Worsen, Putting Global Development Goals At Risk
A landmark study released today reveals that approximately 60 percent of the ecosystem services that support life on Earth – such as fresh water, capture fisheries, air and water regulation, and the regulation of regional climate, natural hazards and pests – are being degraded or used unsustainably. Scientists warn that the harmful consequences of this degradation could grow significantly worse in the next 50 years.
“Any progress achieved in addressing the goals of poverty and hunger eradication, improved health, and environmental protection is unlikely to be sustained if most of the ecosystem services on which humanity relies continue to be degraded,” said the study, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Synthesis Report, conducted by 1,300 experts from 95 countries. It specifically states that the ongoing degradation of ecosystem services is a road block to the Millennium Development Goals agreed to by the world leaders at the United Nations in 2000.
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report
pdf, 6,773 KB
Popularized Version of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report
18 March 2005
Development and Security

By The Globalist
Is too much emphasis put on the military dimension of security today? And how does global poverty factor into the equation? These are the issues explored by Horst Köhler — now Germany’s President and previously the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. In this Read My Lips feature, Mr. Köhler argues that the world needs a broader interpretation of the term “security.”
4 March 2005
The Water Century

By Steven Loranger
Water has long been seen as an issue of great concern for most developing countries, but not for developed economies. For rich nations, water seemed readily available — and endless in supply. But Steve Loranger, the CEO of ITT Industries, argues that water shortages and sanitation are now problems for all of us, whether we live in developed or developing countries.
The Global Development Research Center
The Global Development Research Center is a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective.
The Environment Sphere: Sustainable Development (definitions, indicators, etc)
2005-2015. UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Urban Environmental Management
Glossaries, definitions and indicators
The People-Centered Development Forum
The human species faces an apparent paradox. We have embraced economic growth as our primary indicator of human progress. Yet as economic output and consumption grow the number of people forced into lives of dehumanizing deprivation increases and the quality of life of all but the wealthiest among us declines.
Rivers Run Black, and Chinese Die of Cancer
September 12, 2004
By JIM YARDLEY, The New York Times
Note by Róbinson Rojas: This investigation by Jim Yardley illustrates what the Chinese capitalist ruling class is doing in China to make of its economy a "powerhouse" for the enrichment of the few and the suffering of the many. This is what some of  us define as  "savage capitalism". Of course, this local environmental catastrophe help to make even more dramatic the global environmental catastrophe, both driven by the partnership between the Chinese capitalist class and the international capitalist class. It seems to me that international public action is necessary to stop this crime against the Chinese population and life on planet earth.
The World Bank Group
World Development Report 2003
Sustainable Development in a dynamic world.
Transforming Institutions, Growth and Quality of Life

Background papers
World Bank website on Sustainable Development
Millenium Development Goals
Clean Production Action
Clean production today for a healthier world tomorrow
AArhus Convention
The UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
Cleaner Production
The UNIDO cleaner production (CP) programme aims at building national CP capacities, fostering dialogue between industry and government and enhancing investments for transfer and development of environmentally sound technologies. Through this programme, UNIDO is bridging the gap between competitive industrial production and environmental concerns. CP is more than just a technical solution. It has a widespread application at all decision-making levels in industry, with the chief focus on adoption of cleaner technologies and techniques within the industrial sector. Costly end-of-pipe pollution control systems are gradually replaced with a strategy that reduces and avoids pollution and waste throughout the entire production cycle, from efficient use of raw materials, energy and water to the final product.
Industrial Governance and Statistics
Investment and Technology Promotion
Industrial Competitiveness and Trade
Private Sector Development
Sustainable Energy and Climate Change
Montreal Protocol
Environmental Management
Resurgence Magazine On-line
"Inspiring stories, practical examples, visionary proposals, stunning graphics, historic insights, international perspectives, and beautiful poetry. Resurgence is a valued friend and essential resource for all who believe that another world is possible."
David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

The following are samplings of themes covered in When Corporations Rule the World.
An Economic System Out of Control
Assault of the Corporate Libertarians
The Betrayal of Adam Smith

D. C. Korten:
Living economies for a living planet
The Era of Empire embraced competition and domination as its organizing principles, hierarchy as its favored organizational form, and ultimately chose money as its defining value. It has led to the emergence of a global suicide economy — otherwise known as the corporate global economy — that is rapidly destroying the social and environmental foundations of its own existence and threatening the survival of the human species. It is the Era's final stage.
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Follow-up
9 April 2004:
Farming is one of the biggest global environmental threat, says new book
The Copenhagen Consensus Project organised by Denmark's Environmental Assessment Institute with the co-operation of The Economist, aims to consider and to establish priorities among a series of proposals for advancing global welfare. The initiative was described in  Economics Focus of March 6th.
Copenhagen Consensus 2004 (oficial website)
New Scientist:
Climate Change
Global Environment Report
World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002
UNEP (2003):
Basic facts and data on the science and politics of ozone protection
The Third World Institute
Third World Institute Africa

A new website, aimed at improving the visibility of Southern NGOs in the Internet is being launched.
Choike is the Mapuche word for the Southern Cross. By pointing to the South, Choike helps the travellers find their ways. We expect the Choike website to help the users find the Southern destinations in the Net and therefore contribute to enhance the visibility and impact of what civil society organizations in developing countries produce and publish

Revista del Sur
See the latest on line edition of our monthly magazine.

Tercer Mundo Económico
See the latest on line edition of our monthly bulletin..
From The New York Times - 22 july 2006
NASA’s Goals Delete Mention of Home Planet
By Andrew C. Revkin
NASA's mission statement, prominently featured in its budget and planning documents, read: “To understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.”
In early February, the statement was quietly altered, with the phrase “to understand and protect our home planet” deleted. In this year’s budget and planning documents, the agency’s mission is “to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.”
More Articles by Andrew C. Revkin
More articles about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Education for Sustainability
Postgraduate courses on Environment and Development Education at London South Bank University
- Part time distance learning
- Full time at the University

Come visit us at

London South Bank University
Education for Sustainability Programme
Climate Change: the challenge for education
Thursday 4 May 2006, 9.30 am–4.30 pm
8th Floor, Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street,
Elephant & Castle, London SE1 0AA

George Bush's war on terror may have made the world a more dangerous place. But it is his atrocious record on the environment that poses the greatest threat, says Graydon Carter, in the second exclusive extract from his new book "What We've Lost".
Education for Sustainable Development
Additional material on  EfSD
Go to id21
- id21 communicates international development research to decision makers and practitioners worldwide.
- id21 is one of a family of knowledge services from IDS

BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2006
Full time series since 1965

International Energy Agency
- Oil Markets Reports
- World Energy Outlook
- Key World Energy Statistics 2004
Energy Information Administration (US)
World Energy and Economic Outlook 2004
Róbinson Rojas
Preliminary notes on energy consumption and population growth. 1880-2003
Preliminary data on energy use per capita and cycles. 1971-2001
Preliminary data on population, energy consumption and cycles. 1965-2003
Planet Under Pressure
A six-part BBC News Online series looking at some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the human race today. By Alex Kirby BBC News Online environment correspondent

Part 1: Species under threat
Part 2: World water crisis
Part 3: Energy crisis
Part 4: Feeding the world
Part 5: Climate change
Part 6: Fighting pollution
Why the Sun seems to be "dimming"
Horizon: Global Dimming
Fighting against poverty (16-12-2004)
Reflect and ICT Project
This DFID-funded project is exploring potential applications of ICTs for poor and marginalised people, linking to existing Reflect groups in Uganda, Burundi and India.
During the first year (2003), participating groups were encouraged to analyse issues around their own access to and control of information relating to their livelihoods: looking at the value of information to their own lives, the control of information resources, existing sources of information and communication mechanisms

ICT for Development: empowerment or exploitation?
Learning from Reflect ICTs project

By Hannah Beardon et al
Issue 226
Ecoliteracy: dancing earth

Note by Róbinson Rojas: I strongly recommend reading the following paper in this issue of Resurgence:
David W. Orr

The Learning Curve
...if ecological education is confined to schools that function like islands within a larger sea of ecological ruin - malls, highways, urban blight, rural slums, and pollution - they will eventually fail to transform anything. To be effective, education must engage the wider society...
Sustainable energy and climate change
Industrial energy is essential to economic and social development and to improving the quality of life. Indeed, the availability of affordable and sustainable energy to all people is critical to the achievement of the MDGs, and its contributions can help to meet the targets in various ways. In particular, energy is a prerequisite for poverty alleviation, as targeted in MDG 1, since it enables income-generating activities and the establishment of micro-enterprises. Similarly, energy helps to alleviate hunger and meet most of the other social and welfare-related MDGs by providing the light and power that the achievement of these goals critically depends on.

GEsource Geography and Environment Gateway

Led by the GEsource team at the University of Manchester, GEsource is a free online catalogue of high quality Internet resources in geography and environmental science. Resources are selected, catalogued and indexed by researchers and other specialists in their respective fields.
New Economics Foundation
"NEF is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues.  NEF  was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits. NEF works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally - civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia - to create more understanding and strategies for change".
R. Rojas, 2001
International capital: a menace to human dignity and life on planet earth
Notes on globalisation and its effects on developing societies as explained by structuralism and dependency theory
Share the World's Resources
STWR is a non-politically affiliated network campaigning for justice and peace through the fair and equitable distribution of world resources. We believe the current world economic system perpetuates global poverty, denies basic human rights to many millions and damages all nations. Read more about us here .
Through this web site we seek to provide a nucleus for news, information, discussion and collaboration. We present news and commentary, a large collection of articles, including many from prominent figures, surveys and opinion polls, together with a large selection of links and calendar events.
We value your thoughts, opinions and idea's, and encourage you to share them through our many forums. You are also encouraged to use the interactive features of this web site to further participate, by taking part in our surveys, adding book reviews, events, links, and comments.
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Ethical Trade Currents
Issue 2
Summer 2004

Climate, Energy and Poverty
International Institute for Environment and Development
IIED is an independent, non-profit organization promoting sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, networking and knowledge dissemination. We work to address global issues, for example; mining, the paper industry and food systems.

OECD: Headquarters

Sustainable development and the new economy
Analysing the Nexus of Sustainable Development and Climate Change: An Overview (pdf, 478Kb,English)
View long abstract  09-Apr-2003
Mohan Munasinghe
This paper is a background document to the OECD Development and Climate Change Project. The analysis sketches out a broad framework to address the nexus of sustainable development and climate change.
Related documents:
Development and Climate Change Project - (English)
Science, the Environment, Economics and Sustainable Development (pdf, 111Kb,English)
View long abstract  19-Jun-2003

Environmental Priorities for China Sustainable Development (pdf, 287Kb,English)
View long abstract  03-Mar-2004

NASA: Earth Observatory
Atmosphere - Oceans - Land - Energy - Life
Global Warming Fact Sheet
MODIS: rapid fire response system

George W. Bush's war on the environment
The Guardian, 31 August 2004
We've lost lives and allies, liberties and freedoms. In the age of George Bush, we have lost our way The first of two exclusive extracts from Graydon Carter's new book, What We've Lost
The Guardian, 1 September 2004
The Destroyer
A. Griscom, Grist Magazine (13 June, 2004)
How Green Was The Gipper?
Reagan infamously declared that, 'trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.' Unlike Bush, his administration told you exactly what they were up to.
From the Institute for Policy Studies:

Projects in Peace, Justice, and Environment

PeaceWorking to re-establish the United Nations' central role in global relations and transform U.S. foreign policy to focus on fairness and justice instead of unilateral power.

Foreign Policy In Focus

Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF) connects the research and action of more than 600 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner.

Cities for Peace
Cities for Peace is building a network of local elected officials who are working to highlight the local costs of U.S. foreign policy and to put pressure on the U.S. government to end the war in Iraq, prevent a military strike against Iran, and press for a non-militarized foreign policy.

Nuclear Policy

The Nuclear Policy Project focuses on three issues: strategic integration of nuclear material management into nuclear arsenal reductions and ending production of nuclear explosives, accountability of the nuclear weapons states to their citizens relative to social, environmental, safety, and health impacts, and structural collapse of Cold War nuclear institutions.

New Internationalism

The New Internationalism project works primarily on Middle East and United Nations issues. In the Middle East, the key focus areas are the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In both arenas the project focuses on education and activism aiming to change the failed and failing U.S. policies, and retooling those policies to meet the goals of peace with justice. The project also works to challenge U.S. domination of the UN, and to help democratize and empower the global organization.

Stay up to date on events in the Middle East with Phyllis Bennis' free newsletter (delivered 1-2x a month).

Justice Seeking to reverse the policies that are accelerating inequality at home and abroad and overhaul the reckless trade and investment rules that are driving a global “race to the bottom.”

New Economy Working Group
The mission of the New Economy Working Group (NEWGroup) is to contribute to reframing the economic policy debate to address the social and environmental imperatives and opportunities of the 21st Century. The distinctive role of NEWGroup is serve as a centerpiece for the growing number of civil society groups concerned with economic justice, environmental sustainability, and peace that are forming alliances and coalitions under a New Economy banner.

Break the Chain Campaign
Break The Chain Campaign seeks to prevent and address the abuse and exploitation of migrant women workers through holistic direct services, leadership training, community engagement and survivor-driven outreach and training.

Cities for Progress
Cities for Progress is a growing network of locally-elected officials and community-based activists working together for social change. CFP is a network that incorporates local, national and global approaches to issues that affect us in our own communities.

Inequality and the Common Good

The Program on Inequality and the Common Good focuses on the dangers that growing inequality pose for U.S. democracy, economic health and civic life. The Program coordinates the Working Group on Extreme Inequality.

Social Action & Leadership School for Activists
The Social Action and Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) offers affordable evening classes in Washington, D.C., to make D.C.-based activists and organizations more effective.

Paths for Reconstruction in the 21st Century
The Paths for Reconstruction in the 21st Century project links knowledge to the betterment of the human condition through thinking and practical action. The project is based on the assumption that a renaissance of moral action and thought is on the immediate horizon.

Environment Offering global solutions to climate chaos and corporate encroachment on water and other “commons.”

Drug Policy

The Drug Policy Project combines scholarship with activism to transform drug control policy both at home and abroad. The Project works with the grassroots, media, and policy makers to shift away from the drug "war" paradigm and its disastrous impacts on the environment toward holistic policies that address public health and safety.

Sustainable Energy and Economy Network

The Sustainable Energy and Economy Network works in partnership with citizens groups nationally and globally on environment, human rights and development issues with a particular focus on energy, climate change, environmental justice, gender equity, and economic issues, particularly as these play out in North-South relations.

Global Economy

For more than a quarter century, IPS has been a leader in strengthening citizen responses to the global economy through research, writing, film, education, and coalition building. The project has produced dozens of books, articles, films, and educational materials.

Working to re-establish the United Nations' central role in global relations and transform U.S. foreign policy to focus on fairness and justice instead of unilateral power.

United Nations :
Sustainable Development Networking Programme
Commission on Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development Web Site
Stakeholder Forum
Earth Summit 2002
WSSD: Johannesburg 2002
Agenda 21
Secretary General: Science for Sustainable Development. 1997
DPCSD: Sustained risks: a lasting phenomenon. 1994
Secretary General: Conflict and Sustainable Development in Africa. 1998
The Rosendal Workshop: Sustainable Consumption and Production: Clarifying the Concepts. 1996
Secretary General: Protection of the atmosphere. 1996
Secretary General: Global Change and Sustainable Development: Critical Trends. 1997
Sustainable Development Framework. Methodologies:
Social Indicators
Economic Indicators
Environmental Indicators
Institutional Indicators

State of the World's Forests:
2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995
World Food Summit. Five years later. June 2002
The State of Food and Agriculture 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998a, 1998b, 2000, 2001
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 1999, 2000, 2001

Trade Liberalization Reinforces the Need for Environmental Cooperation. (October 1999)
World Trade Organization:
Trade and Development Centre

The World Bank:

B-SPAN: Webcasting for Development
J. Sachs: The economics of sustainability, 2002
Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Month, 2002
Financial structure and economic development
WDR 2003.-Sustainable Development in a Dynamic Economy
DFID, EC, UNDP, The World Bank: Linking poverty reduction and environmental management, 2002

Tracking Earth satellites
The Albert Einstein Archive
RRojas Databank is a United Nations Development Programme Exchange Link selection

R. Krut: Globalization and civil society: NGO influence in international decision-making. 1997

J. M. Vivian: Greening and the grassroots: people's participation in sustainable development. 1991
Copenhaguen Plus Five: Follow-up to the social summit. 1999
S. Joekes: Trade-related employment for women in industry and services in developing countries. 1995
S. L. Barraclough/A. Finger-Stich: Some Ecological and Social Implications of Commercial Shrimp farming in Asia. 1996
Róbinson Rojas:

Sustainable development in a globalized economy. 1997
Sustainable development in a globalized economy? The odds. 1999

Agenda 21 revisited. 1997
I. Seaga Shaw :

The Johannesburg World Summit: the making of Agenda 21 Part 2
(Expo Times Vol 8 No. 7, 2002)

Renewable Energy Policy Project: Sustainable energy information
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Environment and Trade: A Handbook
Global Environment Outlook 1

Global Environment Outlook 2

Global Environment Outlook 3
CIESIN (Columbia University)
World Data Center for Human Interactions in the Environment
World Resources Institute:
Agriculture and food
Biodiversity and protected areas
Business and economics
Climate change and energy
Coastal and marine ecosystems
Forests, grasslands and drylands
Governance and institutions
Population, health and human well-being
Resource and materials use
Water resources and freshwater ecosystems
CorpWatch: Climate Justice
ELDIS: Food security
Yahoo: List of sustainable development sites
The WWW Virtual Library: Sustainable Development
Data on-line for environmentalists and sustainable development workers
Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development
Sustainable development internet sites
Foreign Policy IN FOCUS

D. Knight:
Capital flow to third world threatens global environment
Centre for European Economic Research(ZEW)
Earth Community Organization

From BIOPACT - 31 March 2007
Corn ethanol does not reduce greenhouse gas emissions - report
The Canadian federal government has invested massively in biofuels made from local crops, such as corn or rapeseed. But the effor will be of little benefit in cutting dependence on fossil fuels or reducing greenhouse emissions, suggests a study by the Canadian Library of Parliament.
The report casts doubt on one of the biggest green initiatives in the Conservative budget - a US$1.5-billion investment over seven years to promote renewable fuels such as corn-based ethanol. Ottawa has introduced a regulation requiring that Canadian gasoline consist of five per cent renewable content by 2010. It also intends to require that diesel fuel and heating oil contain two per cent renewable content by 2012.

14 March 2007
World Bank chief calls on US to remove ethanol tariffs
Despite a biofuels cooperation agreement signed between Brazil and the US last week, the world's largest fuel consumer rejected the idea of removing its tariff on imported ethanol. According to a recent analysis by the Global Subsidies ...
6 March 2007
IEA chief economist: EU, US should scrap tariffs and subsidies, import biofuels from the South
President Bush visits Brazil this week and is expected to hear President Lula lobbying him to end American ethanol tariffs. Brazil's push is now receiving the support from an unlikely quarter - the authoritative International Energy ...
2 February 2007
Don't blame Mexican tortilla crisis on biofuels, blame subsidized corn instead
Quicknote bioenergy economics We have received some sharp questions from readers on why we do not report on Mexico's widely covered 'tortilla crisis'. Don't these protests prove that there is a growing conflict between food and fuel? ...
9 January 2007
Important (Technical) Research on Ethanol
MIT study shows corn ethanol's marginal energy benefit; tropical biofuels make more sense Planting more corn to make ethanol is not a good idea, a new MIT study has found. Controversy over the benefits ...
9 January 2007
MIT study shows corn ethanol's marginal energy benefit; tropical biofuels make more sense
Planting more corn to make ethanol is not a good idea, a new MIT study has found. Controversy over the benefits of using corn-based ethanol in vehicles has been fueled by studies showing that converting corn into ethanol may use more ...
28 December 2006
Biopact reviews Latin America in 2006: biofuels
Review of biofuels in Latin America in 2006 with emphasis on Brazil. Thursday, December 28, 2006 The year in review: Latin America Latin America's biofuel activities in 2006 were evidently dominated by Brazil, the continent's most ...
28 December 2006
The year in review: Latin America
Latin America's biofuel activities in 2006 were evidently dominated by Brazil, the continent's most experienced, largest and most innovative producer. Most readers are aware of the country's successful ethanol program, which has shown ...
16 December 2006
Biopact versus Grist: the great bioenergy debate!
What Grist Magazine learned from its biofuels series, and what we missed Some readers may have noticed that we have made no reference whatsoever to Grist Magazine's recent series of excellent articles on ...
16 December 2006
What Grist Magazine learned from its biofuels series, and what we missed
Some readers may have noticed that we have made no reference whatsoever to Grist Magazine's recent series of excellent articles on biofuels. The influential environmental magazine has covered the topic in depth over the past weeks, ...
25 November 2006
A bad habit in the making: using coal to produce biofuels
Imagine a company in Europe or North America jumping on the biofuels opportunity. It uses expensive, scarce land to grow crops such as corn and rapeseed to make green fuels. The resulting biofuel is highly inefficient, ...
23 November 2006
From oil addicts to alcohol addicts: US distorts the global biofuels market
Important news: the Environmental Law Institute in Washington warns against biofuels produced in the US, and fully supports the arguments brought forth by the Biopact. It seems like our message (see A Biofuels Manifesto) is being taken ...
14 November 2006
Brazilian government works to re-classify ethanol as a global fuel ...
The development of an export-oriented biofuels and bioenergy industry in the Global South offers a chance to lift millions of people out of poverty and to achieve social and economic development in the poorest countries. ...
19 October 2006
Growth in green energy storage technologies may give hydrogen the edge over first generation biofuels -report
The renewable energy sector is attracting over $30 billion of investment a year, but future growth will depend on advances in energy storage technology. This is the conclusion of the report "Watts In Store - Storing Renewable Energy", ...

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