Monday, 30 September 2013 00:00
By Lorna Siggins – The Irish Times – September 25, 2013
Environmental science researchers need to create a “new narrative” to show that nature can nurture economic growth, British sustainability adviser Tony Juniper has said. Even campaign groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth can create the false impression that there is a conflict between the environment and the economy, when in fact respect for nature can boost gross domestic product (GDP), Mr Juniper said at NUI Galway (NUIG) yesterday. Costa Rica, Belize and Brazil are examples of countries which recognised that “parallel accounting” of nature’s performance through “changing mindsets in government finance departments” could yield benefits, he told researchers at NUIG Ryan Institute’s environment gathering. For full story, click here.
Monday, 23 September 2013 00:00
By Rosanne Skirble – Voice of America – September 20, 2013
No one is far from the water in Norfolk, Virginia, where citizens are feeling the impact of climate change. The port city, home to the largest naval base in the world, is a vital part of the region's economy and is critical to the nation's security. At high tide and during storms, water floods streets. Sea level is rising faster here than anywhere else on the U.S. East Coast. The city, and its residents, are learning to adapt to a warmer world. For full story, click here.