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The Rights of Nature: Reconsidered

Peter Burdon 03/31/15

Peter Burdon argues that the environmental rights movement would benefit from more strenuous critical engagement with the question of nature's potential legal "rights."

Advancing Sustainable Business in China

Isabel Hilton

This special issue of chinadialogue's journal exposes polluters and highlights some of the best examples and models of sustainability in China today.

The BRICS Development Bank: Why the World's Newest Global Bank Must Adopt a Pro-Poor Agenda

Oxfam International 07/25/14

Oxfam International argues that the newly created BRICS Development Bank must commit to fighting poverty and inequality.

Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity

Joseph Stiglitz 06/12/14

This white paper outlines policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable economic growth in the United States.

Government Procurement Agreement Should Permit Environmental and Social Linkages

Rachel Denae Thrasher 06/05/14

Since government procurement makes up such a large percentage of global trade, we should encourage governments to make positive purchasing choices with social and environmental benefits for all.

7 Policy Switches for Global Security

James Greyson 05/08/14

This paper offers seven simple leverage points that policymakers can use to develop integrated solutions to complex global problems.

Why Is Reducing Energy Subsidies a Prudent, Fair, and Transformative Policy for Indonesia?

Ndiame Diop
World Bank

With energy subsidies taking a big chunk out of Indonesia's budget, the time is right to roll them back and pay for vital services like infrastructure and health instead.

Sustainable Sourcing of Phytochemicals as a Development Tool: The Case of Somaliland's Frankincense Industry

Anjanette DeCarlo, Saleem H. Ali
Institute for Environmental Diplomacy & Security

This study examines the role the phytochemical sector can play in creating a supply chain for a sustainable niche market.

Development AND Gorillas?

International Institute for Environment and Development 03/03/14

Integrated conservation and development strategies have shown promise in protecting the mountain gorillas of Uganda while also improving livelihoods.

New Growth Models

World Economic Forum 02/27/14

New growth models will take time to develop. They will require shifts and innovations in policies, changes in values, and new coalitions to accomplish complex transitions.

Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality

Oxfam International 02/14/14

Left unchecked, the corrosive effects of inequality lead to opportunity capture where the lowest tax rates, best education, and best healthcare are claimed by the rich.

Community Forestry in Nepal: An Innovation for Local Livelihoods

International Food Policy Research Institute 02/13/14

The Community Forestry Program in Nepal is a global innovation in participatory environmental governance that encompasses well-defined policies, institutions, and practices.

Federally Supported Innovations: 22 Major Technology Advances

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 02/04/14

From ARPANET to LED lighting and beyond, this report identifies 22 examples of major technology advances that stemmed from federal research support.

Ethics in Finance: Robin Cosgrove Prize 2012–2013

Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance 12/19/13

Check out these 11 great essays nominated for the 2012-2013 Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance. LIBOR, social impact, do no harm, sustainability strategies, and more.

The Acceleration of Innovation in Climate Policy

Martin Jaenicke
Free University of Berlin

This paper from the Free University of Berlin describes eight best practice cases in which the diffusion of low-carbon technologies has been accelerated by policies.

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