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Climate Refugees: A Human Cost of Climate Change

Climate Refugees: A Human Cost of Climate Change

As climate change intensifies, vulnerable populations will be displaced. How will the world aid and protect these people?

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A Tale of Two Sterns … But Only One Planet

A Tale of Two Sterns … But Only One Planet

Nicholas Stern and Todd Stern are prominent voices in the climate debate. But Nick’s warnings are growing more insistent, while Todd–reflecting U.S. political realities–appears to downplay expectations about the outcome of the December Copenhagen conference. We can’t have it both ways, and the planet will have the last word. Will it be stern with us?

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Not Glamorous, but Green

Not Glamorous, but Green

Recycling jobs are far from glamorous (and in fact are often dirty and undesirable). But they are as important to a greener economy as green architects, wind power engineers, or solar technicians. As community recyclers in the developing world suffer from the falling price of scrap materials, providing both short-term support and offering ways to bring the recyclers into the formal economy are essential.

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Make Levees Not War: Shifting Resources from the Military to Climate Protection

Make Levees Not War: Shifting Resources from the Military to Climate Protection

Many governments lavish money on their armed forces and weapons manufacturers, but are tight-fisted when it comes to financing climate protection programs. Sealing the climate deal in Copenhagen in December will require adequate financing. World military expenditures are higher now than at any time since World War II. It is time to re-order budget priorities.

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Ship Recycling: the Un-green Job?

Ship Recycling: the Un-green Job?

Recycling helps to reduce waste and conserves precious resources. But recycling jobs are often dirty, low-paid, and undesirable—a far cry from the ideal of “green jobs.” Perhaps the most notorious example is ship dismantling. In poor countries like India and Bangladesh, it is often marked by environmental hazards, accidents, and poor working conditions. A new international convention brings some improvement, but the industry has a long way to go become green.

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