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Coverage of sustainable development since October 31, 2023.

5 Essential Principles of the Just Transition Work Programme for Climate Action

"...To ensure that these vulnerable people are not left behind, all climate action must be underpinned by principles of a just transition. Broadly, this means moving toward a green global economy in a way that  won’t create or exacerbate inequalities or cause other unintended economic and social harms. It also means creating opportunities in the green economy that benefit all people and communities and promoting sustainable development..."


During COVID-19 Lockdowns, Fish Hit the Park Hakai Magazine

"...Scores of tropical fish, a substantial shark population, and colorful corals draw thousands of tourists to Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park each month. That is, except from March through August 2020, when restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 barred people from visiting the protected area in the Gulf of California. As it did around the world, the sudden shortfall in tourism dollars hit the local economy hard..."


Summerland, B.C., winery transitions to 100% renewable natural gas

"...“We just had to log in to our FortisBC account and make the change on the back end, and it took effect starting our next billing cycle,” said Pingle. “Once we did the analysis, we realized that it was going to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50,000 kilograms a year. ”In total, Pingle estimates it will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by about 10 to 12 per cent per year..."


What Is the Paris Agreement’s Article 2.1(c) on Climate Finance, and Why Does it Matter? Key Questions, Answered

"...As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) explains, ”there is sufficient global capital to close the global investment gaps… but there are barriers to redirecting capital to climate action. ” The challenge, then, is not necessarily raising additional finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation, but how to align all the world’s capital towards climate action..."


Virtual Book Discussion: An Ecological History of Modern China

"...Stevan Harrell’s An Ecological History of Modern China tells the history of the People’s Republic not through elite politics or cultural change, but through the interaction between China’s demographic and economic growth and the physical environment of the country. It asks whether sustainable development is possible and how China’s ecological history has affected the world environment..."


Canada, major fossil-fuel producers failing climate targets, jeopardizing transition

"...Canada and other major fossil-fuel-producing countries are failing to meet targets to keep global warming in check, a newly released major international report warned Wednesday, putting the world’s energy transition at risk..."


Canada failing to keep proper watch over fish stocks on both coasts: audit

"...The federal Fisheries Department’s failure to properly monitor the country’s commercial fishing industry could lead to overfishing, a new audit from Canada’s environment commissioner says..."


Canada, other countries failing to meet climate change targets: report

"...The 2023 Production Gap report says the countries are planning to produce 110 per cent more fossil fuels in 2030 than is consistent with keeping global warming to 1. 5 C above pre-industrial levels, and 69 per cent more fossil fuels than what's in line with a 2 C target. “These plans throw the global energy transition into question..."


Uzelman: Is the Liberals’ signature climate change agenda collapsing?

"...The carbon tax is only one component of the Liberal’s climate change agenda that is under significant stress. The Impact Assessment Act, seeks to govern the environmental impact of projects that are under federal jurisdiction. The Supreme Court has ruled that those sections that deal with projects not on federal lands or federally financed – “designated projects” – are not aimed at the impact of the project, but are aimed at regulating the project even when under provincial jurisdiction..."


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Jobs in sustainable development

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Climate Action Analyst - Internship - City of Kamloops (Kamloops, BC)

"...For new hires, and for those working in designated positions of trust, including those working directly with vulnerable persons, no formal offer of employment will be made until an applicant completes a police information check..."

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Climate Change Coordinator - Grey County (Owen Sound, ON)

"...Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development, our ideal candidate will have the combination of education, experience and strong consensus building skills to successfully lead a broad stakeholder group in realizing our goals Climate Change Action Plan goals..."

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Coordinator, Lands & Environmental Resource Management - Cook's Ferry Indian Band (Spences Bridge, BC)

"...The Cook’s Ferry Indian Band seeks a COORDINATOR, LANDS & ENVIRONMENT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT who understands and has knowledge around the political, cultural, and spiritual protocols with our First Nation community, and who will uphold the vision of community leadership..."

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Manager, Sustainable Development - Sunshine Coast Regional District (Sechelt, BC)

"...Minimum of five (5) years of progressive sustainable development-related experience, including two (2) years of supervising technical staff, and experience working with community groups, First Nations, and other stakeholders, preferably in local government..."

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Recent episodes that mention sustainable development.

Canadian agriculture groups working to ensure diverse voices weigh in on UN Food Systems goals

Duration: 11:51

"...The United Nations Food Systems Summit is coming up this fall, and is set up as a way to kickstart global agriculture systems in achieving sustainable development goals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN..."


But what about drugs?

Duration: 19:04

"...The Sustainable Development Goals aim to improve the most important things about life on Earth..."


Inger Andersen

Duration: 16:06

"...Nature is our Best Prescription for an Integrated Health Insurance Policy..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about sustainable development.

The Adaptation Principles: 6 Ways to Build Resilience to Climate Change

"...What can countries do to be more resilient to climate change? The report “The Adaptation Principles: A Guide for Designing Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience” lays out 6 principles – as well as 26 actions, 12 toolboxes and 111 indicators – to help ministries of finance approach adaptation challenges..."


Innovation for Tough-To-Decarbonize Industries

"...Sourcing and scaling viable innovations to decarbonize ‘hard-to-abate’ sectors like mining and aviation will be critical to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals..."


COP27 | Thriving – Making Cities Green, Resilient and Inclusive in a Changing Climate

"...Increasingly, climate change is exposing cities to extreme weather events, as well as to a wide variety of slower-moving stresses such as climbing average temperatures, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss, and damage to ecosystem services..."


Highlights 2021 Spring Meetings | Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for 👥 and 🌎

"...The event Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for People and Planet centered on the need to decarbonize key sectors of the economy that account for more than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including energy, transport and food systems..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about sustainable development relevant to the latest news.

Approaches to Implementing Ecosystem Climate Projects in Russia

"...At the initial stage of the formation of the Russian carbon market, only reliable and transparent projects should be allowed to be implemented (reforestation and afforestation with mixed species; improved forest management of managed forests; management of previously unmanaged forests; restoration of wetlands/grass ecosystems; conservation of soil carbon of agricultural lands; biochar application to soils)..."


Emerging Global Trends in the Potential of Nanotechnology for Achieving the Net Zero Goals

"...To achieve climate neutrality, nanotechnology is essential because it promotes the creation of cutting-edge, potentially game-changing technologies that have no negative effects on biodiversity and ecosystems..."


Highlighting The Role of UAE?s Government Policies in Transition Towards ?Circular Economy?

"...This paper assesses the policies and plans on accelerating the implementation of the circular economy model in four main sectors?manufacturing, food, infrastructure, and transport..."


The role of technological innovation, economic policy uncertainty, and poverty reduction in attaining environmental sustainabil

"...Notably, the demesne of energy and environmental literature has not recently undertaken an inclusive investigation of the complications of economic policy uncertainty with combating poverty policies on ecological footprint..."


Land for Clean Energy Projects: For Community Energy

"...Once community engagement is explored through the lens of energy justice, solutions emerge to solve this barrier by including communities in the energy planning process as opposed to further down the pipeline in project implementation; restoring and rehabilitating affected community lands and environments impacted by renewable energy projects, through recognising indigenous community connections to their lands; and funding the UNFCCC loss and damage fund to bring up renewable energy projects..."


The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

"...To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies..."


Bamboo Gasification for Sustainable Energy and Rural Development in Uganda

"...Bamboo gasification is a promising social innovation for sustainable energy and rural development in Uganda..."


"...Relevant departments and agricultural practitioners need to change the resource input structure of the agricultural ecosystem, reduce the dependence on industrial auxiliary energy, improve resource utilization efficiency, adjust the industrial structure of agricultural output and increase the production of high-emergy products, to realize sustainable development of the agricultural ecosystem..."


Potential of and constraints on the application of remote sensing in Tunisia

"...These sectors were selected because of their weight in the country's economy and their vulnerability to climate change among the various sectors analysed in the report (agriculture and water resources management, management of urban, coastal and marine areas, ecosystem management, tourism and health)..."


Sustainable (Re)Development in Post Industrial City Regions Centering Circular Systems of Food, Energy, Water, and Waste: A Cas

"...This paper describes a framework that evaluates the Food Energy Water (FEW) Nexus across scales from Region (Great Lakes Megaregion), to State (Michigan), to the City of Detroit to illuminate issues of equity and access across FEW domains while aiming to leverage circular systems towards more just and sustainable urban futures..."


Sustainable Development: Acquiring New Forms of Competitiveness to Generate New Values

"...The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of the close connection between people, our planet and profits and in particular, between the state of health of people, the degree of economic wellbeing, changing climatic conditions and the resilience of financial systems..."