Tagged with Sustainability

Online Purchasing Creates Opportunities to Lower the Life Cycle Carbon Footprints of Consumer Products

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (August 30, 2016 v113 n35 p9780-9785; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522211113) / by Steven C. Isley, et al. http://bit.ly/2bTAedq A major barrier to reducing greenhouse emissions from economic consumption involves information about product supply chains. Consumers who wish to reduce or offset the emissions embodied in goods and services they buy … Continue reading

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska

US DOE http://1.usa.gov/1STnUeI Key recommendations of the report include: Encouraging rural utilities and communities to achieve economies of scale. While many utilities in rural Alaska have already joined larger public and private systems, communities and utilities should work with regional organizations in planning, management services, logistics, fuel purchases, and specialized technical services; and to attract … Continue reading

Alternative Futures for Global Food and Agriculture

OECD (This fee-based document is available to RFFers through OECD iLibrary; see library landing page if prompted for credentials) http://bit.ly/1SDlzTB We face the challenges of developing a global food system that will feed a growing and more affluent population while preserving sensitive ecosystems, competing for limited natural resources, increasing agricultural productivity growth while mitigating and adapting … Continue reading

Crafting Usable Knowledge for Sustainable Development

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by William Clark http://bit.ly/1LazTkR This paper distills core lessons about how researchers (scientists, engineers, planners, etc.) interested in promoting sustainable development can increase the likelihood of producing usable knowledge. We draw the lessons from both practical experience in diverse contexts around the world, and from scholarly advances in … Continue reading

Integrating Landscape Approaches and Multi-Resource Analysis into Natural Resource Management: Summary of a Workshop

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1TfmAlx The responsible management of natural resources for present-day needs and future generations requires integrated approaches that are place-based, embrace systems thinking, and incorporate the social, economic, and environmental considerations of sustainability. Landscape-scale analysis takes this holistic view by focusing on the spatial scales most appropriate for the resource types and values … Continue reading

World Oceans Have Been Over-fished Far More Than Reported: FAO Study

Catch Reconstructions Reveal that Global Marine Fisheries Catches are Higher than Reported and Declining Nature Communications (Jan. 19, 2016,  v7, article number 10244;  doi:10.1038/ncomms10244 / by  Daniel Pauly and  Dirk Zeller http://bit.ly/1P3jTk1 [Huffington Post] [The study] reanalyzed worldwide catch data and compared it to information that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations uses. Researchers … Continue reading

Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Laura Diaz Anadon, et al. http://bit.ly/1RXnQZH Sustainable development requires harnessing technological innovation to improve human well-being in current and future generations. However, poor, marginalized, and unborn populations too often lack the economic or political power to shape innovation processes to meet their needs. Issues arise at all … Continue reading