Towards Rio+20: UK ambitions, economic & climate change perspectives, WWF highlights challenges

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Issue 6, 2012: 6th June

News & comment on sustainable development

The road to Rio

As the Rio+20 UN sustainable development conference approaches we look at UK ambitions for sustainable development goals, GDP+ proposals for national accounting, and corporate sustainability reporting. Caroline Spelman stresses the need for action:

"Rio+20 needs to agree a tangible outcome now to pave the road to a global green economy, where we put sustainability at the heart of decision making."

We hear perspectives on Rio+20's significance for economics and climate change, and explore WWF initiatives to highlight global challenges and collect views on the Earth's story.

There's plenty of activity at home too. Natural England reports on the value of green infrastructure, the new Natural Capital Committee will help value resources properly, and Bristol gears up for its BIG Green Week.

We'll report on the outcomes of Rio+20 next month but let us know if you've news to share too.

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor -

Towards Rio+20 »

Preparing for Rio+20 »

The UK's ambitions to secure agreement on sustainable development goals, GDP+ proposals and a global framework for corporate sustainability reporting.

The Darwin Initiative: Addressing Rio+20’s critical issues »

20 years on from its launch after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Darwin Initiative looks to the future, identifying critical issues and highlighting its work to address them.

A development economist’s perspective »

DFID economist Hannah Ryder looks ahead to Rio+20 and considers emerging "GDP+" proposals for a more holistic approach to measuring economies.

An energy and climate change perspective »

Kirsty Schneeberger, previously coordinator of DECC’s Youth Advisory Panel, considers the significance of Rio+20 for energy and climate change policy.

Global challenges and the world’s story: WWF Living Planet Report and Earth Book »

WWF Living Planet Report 2012 highlights global challenges ahead of Rio+20; WWF invites public to contribute to WWF’s Earth Book.

UK Government news »

The Natural Capital Committee: putting natural capital at the heart of economic thinking »

Valuing natural capital to allocate resources efficiently and the role of the newly formed Natural Capital Committee to advise the Government on the state of natural capital.

Trees save money: the economic benefits of green infrastructure »

Review of economic value of green infrastructure argues that devoting areas of towns and cities to nature can deliver important savings for the public purse.

Environmental Audit Committee report on the green economy »

Environmental Audit Committee report on the green economy, what it should look like, and how it will help deliver sustainable development, recommends longer-term view.

News round-up: ecosystems network, health and social care, local authorities, green growth indicators, sustainability in Africa, EU Green Week »

International news »

Botanic gardens launch Ecological Restoration Alliance »

Botanic gardens to restore world’s damaged ecosystems, responding to UN target for restoration of degraded ecosystems to combat climate change and desertification.

National and local news »

New plans for a sustainable Wales »

Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths to ensure public services deliver long term sustainable benefits and seeks views on proposals for a Sustainable Development Bill.

Painting the town green to inspire change »

Paul Rainger, curator of Bristol's BIG Green Week (9-17 June) describes motivation for the festival to celebrate great ideas that are transforming the world.

The Big Green Bundle: engaging staff on green issues »

New toolkit aims to help organisations deliver staff engagement campaigns to reduce CO2 emissions, drawing on Defra's environmental segmentation model.

Understanding sustainable development in practice »

Dr Sarah Hills of UWE considers the need for better understanding of sustainable development and how to put it into practice, introducing a new masters course.

Environmental Indicators Framework for Scotland »

Business news »

Business news round-up »

WBCSD to contribute thought leadership piece to Rio+20, Unilever promotes teabag recycling, UK water efficiency awards open, responsible soy conference.

Research news »

Grassroots innovations for sustainable development »

Introducing the concept of grassroots innovations as new website provides news on research into sustainability from the bottom up.

Climate change round-up »

Recent reports, video and debate on climate change: urban adaptation, visualising and communicating climate change, declining public concern, uncertainty and scepticism.

Resources round-up: climate factsheets, green procurement, policy database, wellbeing evidence, standards »

Events »

Changing Lives, Changing Society »

28 June 2012, Bristol: UWE's Changing Lives, Changing Society conference on challenge of a widespread transition to environmentally sustainable and healthy behaviour patterns.

Online events from 2degrees in June »

Design for behaviour change, collaborating for corporate sustainability, reducing forest footprints, water use in the beverage industry...

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