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Issue 9, 2012: 3rd September

News & comment on sustainable development

Boosting nutrition for human development

With the world focused on London for the Olympic Games, David Cameron hosted a Global Hunger Event with Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, who described the challenge:

“In the past, there was an almost complete lack of concern for the hunger which poor people all over the world were subjected to. Little by little we came to realize the harm that hunger causes, restricting human development.”

In World Water Week at the end of August, attention turned to the crucial role of water in food production. We also look at other aspects of sustainable food supply, from sustainable intensification to community growing.

The Environmental Audit Committee gives an update on its scrutiny of progress on sustainable development and we hear about the follow-on phase of the internationally recognised UK National Ecosystem Assessment.

Don't forget Defra is inviting views on its proposals for new sustainable development indicators by 15 October 2012: Consultation document and online survey »

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor -

Sustainable food and farming »

Olympic hunger summit seeks legacy for children around the world »

On the day of the Olympics closing ceremony David Cameron and Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer hosted a summit to encourage a global drive to boost nutrition.

Feeding a thirsty world: threats and opportunities for water and food security »

Stockholm International Water Institute warns trends in food production could lead to increased shortages and competition for scarce water resources.

» Turning the tide: how the EU is using water to save lives and feed the population

» From the archive: Water scarcity - the biggest threat to global food security?

Sustainable intensification in agriculture »

The Food Climate Research Network and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food navigate a course through competing food system priorities.

Producing food and improving the environment: Green Food Project conclusions »

Defra's Green Food Project has published initial conclusions on the challenges of increasing food production and enhancing the environment in England.

» Environmental Stewardship and food security

» Growing food in disused green spaces

Sustainable food round-up

Research and publications on sustainable food: consumer power for a fair food future; adaptation and mitigation in UK food system; agricultural outlook; community growing.

» From the archive: past articles on food

UK Government news »

View from the Environmental Audit Committee »

The second of our series of views from the Environmental Audit Committee describes its continued scrutiny of the Government's progress on sustainable development.

» From the archives: View from the EAC, December 2011

UK National Ecosystem Assessment: next phase »

The follow-on phase of the UK NEA, analysing the economic and social benefits of the environment, is building the evidence base, communicating and informing new initiatives.

» From the archives: National Ecosystem Assessment - Synthesis of the Key Findings

Investigating the carbon costs of crime »

A collaborative project between the Home Office, ACPO and the University of Surrey will investigate the synergies between a low crime and low carbon society.

Government news round-up »

Briefing on appraisal and sustainable development, green partnerships between community groups and local councils, Nick Clegg on green investment and jobs.

National and local news »

Encouraging communities to engage with local landscapes »

A new web guide, Talking About Our Place, from Scottish Natural Heritage encourages communities to get involved in the future of their landscape.

» UK Landscape Award open for entries

Olympic and Paralympic sustainability boost for Weymouth »

Activity over the last seven years has ensured that Weymouth enjoys a sustainability boost from its part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

» Working for a sustainable London 2012: in video

» From last month: London 2012 – A sustainable gold medal? by Shaun McCarthy, CSL

Business news »

Transformational times call for transformational change »

In an extract from his book, The Nature of Business: Redesigning for resilience, Giles Hutchins explains the urgent need for transformational change in business.

Circular economy business toolkit »

A new online toolkit from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation supports businesses interested in taking the first steps towards circular economy innovation.

Business news round-up »

Toolkits for sustainable water management and sustainable business; forum to tackle environmental footprints; the potential of green business; funding; awards.

Events »

Delivering Sustainable Coasts »

18, 19 September 2012, Soutport: addressing coastal sustainability issues across Europe and celebrating achievements of organisations across North West England.

Transition Network Conference 2012: Building Resilience in Extraordinary Times »

14-16 September, London: The 2012 Transition Conference will explore the theme of "Building Resilience in Extraordinary Times".

Online events from 2degrees in September »

Urban transport and mobility; improving the CRC; smart grid and intelligent buildings; voltage optimization for energy efficiency; fracking and energy.

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