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2014/08/18: Earth Overshoot Day - In less than 8 Months, Humanity exhausts Earth's budget for the year

August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day 2014, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. For the rest of the year, we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We will be operating in overshoot.

"Jour du dépassement" : l'humanité vit à crédit depuis lundi 18 août 2014

Le lundi 18 août marque la date à laquelle la consommation de l'humanité excède ce que la nature est capable de générer en un an.

CRÉDIT. Ça y est. Depuis hier, lundi 18 août, la Terre vit à crédit. Nous avons consommé en huit mois l'équivalent des ressources naturelles que peut produire notre planète en un an sans compromettre leur renouvellement. Nous allons donc devoir finir l'année "à crédit".

2014/07/20: Outcome Document - Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction to the Proposal of The Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals

1. The Rio+ outcome document, The future we want, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an Open Working Group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its 68th session. It also provided the basis for their conceptualization. The Rio outcome gave the mandate that the SDGs should be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

2014/07/05: SDGs, Means of implementation in latest ‘zero draft’ fall well below expectations

Means of Implementation remains the most fiercely contested issue in the negotiations of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

With the release of the Co-Chairs’ revised version of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ‘Zero Draft’ on 30 June, the intergovernmental negotiations during the final session of the Open Working Group (OWG) in mid-July becomes even more critical. The OWG Co-Chairs are Ambassadors Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Csaba Korosi of Hungary.

2014/06/30: Fifth session of the Aarhus Convention

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the second session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs), their joint High-level Segment and associated preparatory meetings will take place in Maastricht at the kind invitation of the Government of the Netherlands. The meeting venue is the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Here’s What Climate Change Will Do To The American Economy In 7 Charts

So just how hard will climate change hit the American economy?

A big step toward answering that question happened Tuesday, with the release of “Risky Business.” Put together by a research team headed up by the likes of former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, “Risky Business” is a sweeping analysis of climate change’s economic impacts on the United States, broken down by region and sector. The report came with some dramatic numbers, including hundreds of billions of dollars in possible coastal damage, looming drops of 50 percent or more to crop production, and a quadrupling of extreme heat days by the end of the century.

RISKY BUSINESS: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

Damages from storms, flooding, and heat waves are already costing local economies billions of dollars—we saw that firsthand in New York City with Hurricane Sandy. With the oceans rising and the climate changing, the Risky Business report details the costs of inaction in ways that are easy to understand in dollars and cents—and impossible to ignore.
— Risky Business Project Co-Chair Michael R. Bloomberg

G7 Summit Declaration on the SDGs

The G7 Declaration published on June 5th (World Environment Day) by the Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission did cover the issues of the SDGs and CLimate Change.


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