Posted on February 26, 2005 - 9:03pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Nature | Politics
By P. Viswa Nathan
February 21, 2005 | BusinessWorld

TF! Editorial Comment: With climate change in the headlines, it is hoped that more headway can be made in the effort to reduce the global ecological footprint--despite the seeming inertia of many government bureaucracies. One literally visible manifestation of imbalance is the problem of air pollution in major cities. This article is a welcome contribution to what is in reality a growing databank of successful corporate- and citizen-led initiatives that succeed in going against the tide of inaction towards addressing this, and similar social ills at the local level. The unprecedented role taken by the judiciary in this case is both noteworthy and heartening.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:13pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature | Politics
Stefania Bianchi
Jan 17, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Across the globe, civil society groups are often at the forefront in advocating environmental and social justice, and human rights among others. This mode of action often pits civil society against corporate interests whose narrow view of maximizing profits comes at a high cost to communities, people and nature. In the article below, chemical corporations are resisting EU efforts to regulate and in some cases ban dangerous chemicals in Europe.
Posted on December 11, 2004 - 11:18pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature
Jim Lobe
Dec 6, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The growing convergence in scientific opinion concerning the gravity of the threat of climate change has nevertheless failed to move some world leaders to act responsibly towards future generations and the health of the planet. The impact of the global warming phenomenon is multifaceted and profoundly disturbing, often exacerbating more short-term human impacts--as can be seen in the context of the world's coral reefs discussed in the article below. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, new strategies must be found to mobilize civil society and the private sector so as not to suffer from over reliance on recalcitrant and sometimes backward government bureaucracies. Nothing less than a shift in consciousness is required if we are to change course and pursue a development as if people and nature really mattered.
Posted on December 4, 2004 - 9:26pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature
Sonny Inbaraj
Nov 25, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Biodiversity loss is ranked right up there with global warming and deforestation as among the major environmental threats facing humanity. One pressing challenge is the poor performance of governments in meeting the targets set during the many summits called to address global concerns. As discussed in the article below, the conference of the World Conservation Union--recognizing the importance of linking conservation and development and the need to tranform corporate behavior--is calling on governments, businesses and civil society to act now to halt biodiversity loss. (See Related Article.)
Posted on November 27, 2004 - 5:07pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature
Marwaan Macan-Markar
Nov 19, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Given the advanced state of environmental degradation, environment-friendly solutions will not only have to be radical, they will have to be comprehensive. The article below talks about sustainable initiatives that encompass an entire city dedicated to living within the earth's carrying capacity. The coming years must be dedicated to establishing successful models and rapidly transferring promising technologies and approaches. The challenge will be as well to transform lifestyles and mindsets along with infrastructure.