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Dr Tom Crompton: Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Values in Environmental Communication

Tom Crompton

By Bhavani Prakash Dr. Tom Crompton is a Change Strategist at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) UK, and if you’re intrigued by his job description, suffice it to say he has been involved in some cutting-edge research on going to the heart of what should be the approach of communication campaigns – of environmental […]

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May 28th, 2012 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Climate Change,Climate Change,Communities and Governance,Consumerism,Government Policy,Green Activism | Read More »

Michelle Desilets: Palm oil and the fate of orangutans

Michelle Desilets

By Bhavani Prakash Michelle Desilets is Founder and Executive Director of Orangutan Land Trust, a UK-based NGO which supports sustainable solutions for the long-term survival of the orangutan in the wild.  She is also Founder of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK, and Member of the Board of Borneo Orangutan Survival Germany, which supports the largest […]

May 7th, 2012 | Posted in Afforestation,Biodiversity,Biodiversity,Climate Change,Government Policy,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Joe Brewer: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex issues

Joe Brewer

By Bhavani Prakash Seattle based JOE BREWER is one amongst a rare and emerging breed of interdisciplinary experts around the world. In an era of specialisations, what’s missing is a holistic view that cuts across various discipines, whether it comes to addressing climate change or societal change.  Brewer steps in with his unique perspectives on […]

February 8th, 2012 | Posted in Climate Change,Government Policy | Read More »

Climate Change Negotiations: Some Inconvenient Truths

Prof Surya Sethi at ISEAS

By Bhavani Prakash This has been a week of climate pessimism.  First, The Guardian on Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 quoted the International Energy Association (IEA)’s warning that the world is headed for irreversible climate change in only 5 years. The article says: “If the world is to stay below 2C of warming, which scientists regard as […]

November 11th, 2011 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Government Policy,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Pavan Sukhdev: What Is The World Worth?

Pavan Sukhdev

By Bhavani Prakash Pavan Sukhdev, unlike most economists, has a strong passion to make Nature count. He’s on an important mission to enable governments, businesses and communities incorporate a sense of the true worth of nature’s services which historically has been taken for free. Pavan Sukhdev is Special Adviser to UNEP’s green economy initiative and […]

June 7th, 2011 | Posted in Climate Change,Communities and Governance,Government Policy | Read More »

Climate Change in Southeast Asia and Why We Can’t Afford NOT To Act

Floods in Thailand

by John Pearson I was in Bangkok last month, and many people were talking about the recent floods. In the previous two months large parts of Thailand had experienced heavy rains.  More than 4 million people have been affected, with 165 sadly killed. Many areas along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok were inundated – […]

January 6th, 2011 | Posted in Climate Change,Government Policy,Sustainable Development | Read More »

The Price of Development: Ports Versus the Turtle Breeding Grounds of Orissa

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Source: Wikipedia Commons

Though Olive Ridley Sea Turtles are found throughout the world, Orissa – an eastern coastline state of India, is the single largest rookery or breeding ground in the world for these turtles which migrate from the Indian Ocean through the Bay of Bengal every year for mating and nesting. Worshipped by most small fishermen as […]

November 26th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Government Policy,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Contraction & Convergence: An urgent global imperative to tackle Climate Change

BBc wealth and ghg emissions

by Bhavani Prakash   Why have the past climate negotiations including the one at Copenhagen in December 2009 been inadequate to deal with the serious climate crisis facing the planet?  What is the model that allows for an equitable transition to a zero carbon future – probably the only model that will ensure climate justice and keep the […]

June 6th, 2010 | Posted in Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Government Policy,Green Activism,Green Economics | Read More »

What does a Billion Dollars mean for the Planet?

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It’s all relative isn’t it?  This infographic from the Fast Company blog ” What’s a Billion, Here and There?” which shows the comparative size of different expenditures and markets, really puts things in perspective.    For a clearer picture, click here at  Information is Beautiful. Cliff Kuang, the blog writer points to an important caveat in the diagram: The graph […]

April 27th, 2010 | Posted in Government Policy,Green Economics | Read More »

Challenges and Prospects for a Green Economy

Pavan Sukhdev

Why do businesses and governments need to develop a new paradigm to tackle the climate change challenge? Can they be green and still grow? What strategies will help an inclusive growth that promotes economic development while preserving ecosystems, and how can they be prioritized?  What are the stumbling blocks in the path to greening the […]

December 2nd, 2009 | Posted in Biodiversity,Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Energy/Renewables,Government Policy,Green Technology | Read More »

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