By creating the world's first long-term record of ecosystem health, Chinese and UK researchers have identified where specific social and economic policies have damaged the environment in eastern China. The work shows that wealth generation over recent decades is damaging essential ecosystem services on which the poorest rely - things like food, fuel, and clean water. What makes this approach different is the historical perspective.
Governments from more than 90 countries have agreed to establish an independent panel of scientists to assess the very latest research on the state of the planet's fragile ecosystems. The decision, which will create a body akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was made in Panama City this weekend, after years of negotiations. Read more: http://www.nature.com/news/world-governments-establish-biodiversity-pane...
Creating a sustainable business is hard enough in the developed world. But in important emerging markets it can be more difficult still. When Harish Hande set up India’s Solar Electric Light Company (Selco), in 1995 with the aim of providing cheap, clean solar energy to the nation’s rural poor, he quickly ran into a series of barriers. Money was a big problem: India had few financial institutions willing to invest in renewable energy projects. He also needed to develop a method of distribution.
The UN's Food and Agriculture organisation says all west African fisheries are fished to capacity or overworked. Incomes are plummeting, and the knock-on effects are more poverty and hunger.
India has had some success in reducing poverty, but a staggering 350 million people still live below the poverty line.
And discontent is rising, with the middle income feeling the pinch from soaring food prices.
Industry experts said it's time the government introduce new reforms to spur the country's economy.