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Slow Down, Planet-Eaters: UN Proposes Decoupling Economic Growth from Resource Consumption

"People believe environmental 'bads' are the price we must pay for economic 'goods.' However, we cannot, and need not, continue to act as if this trade-off is inevitable." -- Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme{1}

Where Have All the Trees Gone? Trying to Save the World's Forests Through Sustainable Finance

"We won't succeed in tackling climate change unless we deal with deforestation." -- Caroline Spelman, UK environment secretary, International Forest Day conference, Durban, South Africa, December 4, 2011

COP17: Latest Updates

COP17: uncertainties and disagreements mark top sustainability congress.

The Heat Is On: Green Climate Fund in Danger in Durban

"Governments must find ways -- now -- to mobilize resources up to the $100 billion per annum pledged." -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the Green Climate Fund

The Urbanization of the World: Invest in Sustainable Cities or Perish

By 2050, the human population will reach 9.3 billion. Seventy percent will be urban dwellers. Time to invest in sustainable cities

If You Had to Choose: Solve the Climate Crisis, Food Crisis or Financial Crisis?

"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." -- Dr. Carl Sagan (1934-1996), cosmologist{1}

In a recent New York Times article, environmental blogger and reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal wonders, "Where did global warming go?"

If a Tree Falls in the Forest, How Much Carbon Is Released: UN Issues Warning If Private Sector Fails to Invest in REDD

"Forests are the natural treasure chests of the world, providing a host of ecosystem services that -- and this needs to be said very clearly and up front -- are paramount to ensuring economic progress and human well-being, not only locally but also at global scale." -- UNEP Finance Initiative{1}

Tipping Points, Black Swans and Perfect Storms: Kickstarting Sustainable Finance on the Road to Rio+20

"Combining private sector financial flows and smart public policy will be a key to a low carbon, resource efficient 21st century Green Economy." -- Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

Smart Money: Connecting Sustainable Investments and Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa

"African entrepreneurs are the key to solving Africa’s development problems." — Iqbal Z. Quadir, founder and executive director, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship{1}

Truth Comes to Market: Sustainable Finance on the Rise in Nigeria

"We will not continue to take savings and deposits from Nigerians and then lend to companies that will use the funds to destroy the environment." -- Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigerian central bank governor

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