What is the Sustainable Development News?

I’m currently taking a break from the Sustainable Development News in order to concentrate on other things.  The News will be back at some, yet to be determined, point in the future.  In the meantime, you have nearly three years’ of resources here in the archive.  Use the Google search on the right hand side.

A Life of Contradictions’ Sustainable Development News covers a wide range issues relating to sustainability as our world comes to grips with overpopulation, the threat of climate change and depletion of resources.  These issues are diverse and complex, affecting every corner of our lives and our planet.

Every weekday (except when I’m on holiday) I trawl through news around the world to bring you a summary of (what I think are) the best articles on sustainable development to keep you informed and inspired.

I started this newsletter as part of my quest to know more about the current the state of play of sustainable development in the world. I hope you will find it useful too. The news will generally contain seven sections outlined below.

Energy and Climate Change

Climate change is the biggest immediate threat to life as we know it. 97% of climate scientists agree that man-made emissions are fuelling climate change.

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Environment and Biodiversity

The world is currently in its sixth mass extinction event.  This section encourages you to appreciate the importance of having a healthy planet and intact ecosystems.

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Economy and Business

Ever increasing growth is the main driver of the planet’s economic model.  This is clearly unsustainable in a world of finite size and with a massive and growing population.

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Waste and the Circular Economy

Waste is any by-product of the production of goods and services that is not considered to have any direct use for humans.  Waste includes food, obsolete electronics, pollution, emissions, or wastes from animals.

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Politics and Society

A good society trusts and cares for its constituents creating a safer, fairer, more equitable community.

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Built Environment

Mankind has modified the planet beyond any species before it, so much so that many scientists are calling for this time to be called the Anthropocene in acknowledgement of the extent humans have influenced every area of the planet.

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Food Systems

More than 800 million people didn’t have access to adequate nutrition in 2014.  Meanwhile, more than one third of food produced is thrown away.

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