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Issue 11, 2012: 5th November

News & comment on sustainable development

Sustainable development on the global stage

Focusing on sustainable development internationally, we review October's biodiversity conference in Hyderabad, where the agreement to double resources for biodiversity was welcomed by Richard Benyon:

“This agreement is about so much more than just money; it is about helping countries to share understanding and increase their capacity to protect biodiversity.”

We also report on the first meetings of the Green Climate Fund. An extract from Ulrich Grober's new book offers historical and cultural context, tracing the emergence of the concept of sustainable development in the 1980s.

We hear about moves to improve food in schools and hospitals, a campaign on water quality and rivers, and a project to engage staff at DECC on sustainability issues.

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor - sd.scene@defra.gsi.gov.uk

International action »

Protecting Global Biodiversity in Hyderabad »

At the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, countries agreed to double the resources allocated to halting the decline in animal and plant species globally by 2015.

» From our archive: Environment ministers agree new UN biodiversity strategy

Better cotton and green chemistry in India »

During his visit to India for the UN biodiversity conference Richard Benyon also visited sustainable businesses that protect the environment and operate profitably.

Green Climate Fund gets to work »

The Board of the Green Climate Fund has held its first and second meetings, taking a number of decisions that will lay the foundations for the operation of the Fund.

» From our archive: Durban conference agrees roadmap to legally binding climate deal

The emergence of sustainable development »

Ulrich Grober traces the evolution of the concept of “sustainable development”, from its emergence in 1980 to Gro Harlem Brundtland’s pervading formulation.

UK Government news »

Higher standards for food in hospitals and schools »

Alongside moves to improve school and hospital food, Defra reports on two pilots to introduce the Government Buying Standards for food into schools and hospitals.

» From our archive: New Government Buying Standards for food and catering

CarbonCulture at DECC: unlocking energy and carbon savings »

Luke Nicholson explains how DECC and design-for-behaviour-change specialists CarbonCulture piloted an innovative digital platform, to engage staff on sustainability.

Adapting to climate change: the Climate Ready Challenge »

The Climate Ready National Adaptation Programme will help businesses, local authorities, communities and civil society to become more resilient to climate change.

» From our archive: UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

Love your river »

A campaign encouraging the public to ‘Love Your River’ highlights the link between river health and water use, so that people understand and value water.

National and local news »

Reducing Highland Council’s business travel »

A local authority case study being featured at the Sustainable Scotland Network Conference describes how Highland Council has reduced business travel by 27% over four years.

» From our archive: Using behavioural insights for more sustainable transport

Business news »

Cutting emissions: a new competitive frontier »

The IGD's Toby Pickard explores how reducing greenhouse gas emissions is more than just acting responsibly; it’s becoming a means of creating a competitive edge.

» From our archive: Business attitudes to climate change

Research news »

Climate change round-up »

News and publications on climate change: CCC chair, uncertainty, international action, Indian attitudes, governance, emissions scenario analysis.

Events »

Carbon and environmental footprinting »

The BSI Carbon & Environmental Footprinting Conference will examine product footprinting, opportunities for business development and cost savings, and product sustainability.

Sustainable Development Research Network annual conference »

29 November, London: exploring the changing policy landscape; reconciling growth and sustainable development; wellbeing, natural capital and prosperity.

Online events from 2degrees in November »

Learning about local and seasonal food sourcing; engaging communities for collaboration to manage water risk; understanding wider environmental impact.

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