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Links on … Sustainability

Strong – a list of links that have an emphasis on sustainability (although it might not be exclusive), either relating to economics, environment, or human development: this page is still at the larval stage, so for the moment, just use the blogroll on the right hand side!

Quick list with links to my summary of the site/resource:
[GCI], [Global Citizen’s Handbook],  [Global Footprint Network], [Global Marshall Plan],  [Green View],  [IPCC],  [New Economics Foundation],  [New Scientist Environment],  [SAGE],  [Sustento],  [Tiempo],  [UNDP], 

  Name Feeds Major Topics
  GCI   Sustainability++, Science++
The Global Commons Institute is an independent group that has contributed to the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1990.  It is big on a Contraction and Convergence model for emissions control negotiations, based on principles of equity between people rather than countries (single page PDF of pretty graphs here), and among many other goodies, has a downloadable Excel modeller for simulating the effects on CO2, mean temperature and damage costs by changing allocations, using a 9 regions or 200 countries model (you’ll need to get the doco from the main download page).  There is also a good overview of costing models for damage to lives, and the ideas underlying the C&C model
  Global Citizens Handbook   Sustainability++
More correctly the Global Citizen’s Handbook for Living on Planet Earth.  Gorbachev wrote the Foreward.
  Global Footprint Network   Sustainability++
Develop international standards and data for environmental footprints, and steward of National Footprint Accounts data. They have a range of publications including the respected Living Planet Report (EN 2006 link) and National Footprint Data (Excel). They point to a Personal Ecological Footprint Quiz
  Global Marshall Plan   Sustainability++, Economics++
An effort on sustainability, worldwide, though based in Germany because they know how the Marshall Plan worked so well for them after the Second World War
  Green View from The Economist   Environment++, Economics++
A weekly post with a sensible environmental perspective from thorough capitalists.  The Economist is respected enough in the business world that you can bash skeptics over the head with anything from this team.
  IPCC   Climate Change++++, Economics++
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.  See also the well-known IPCC WG3 AR4 Report and other Special Reports on issues including Land Use and Technology Transfer.  If you want datasets, go to the IPCC data distribution centre.
  New Economics Foundation   Environment++, Economics++
Mainly looks at things from a human development perspective, and developers of the Happy Planet Index
  New Scientist Environment list Environment+++, Science/Technology+++
New Scientist area focussing on the environment
  SAGE   Environment++,
The Center for Sustainability for A Global Environment (UWisconsin) has a lot of excellent resources, including reports (e.g. Health impacts of climate change, datasets and modelling software sourcecode (you’ll need Unix/Linux and compile them up – these are proper research modelling tools and datasets, not kiddywinks stuff).  Non-techo and pretty things include the Atlas of the Biosphere (e.g. Interactive swf/flash files of Integrated Biosphere Simulator and Infant Mortality ).
  Sustento Institute   Environment++, Economics++
A kiwi site (with a blog) which writes mainly on the intersect between environment, economics and policy.  See also Research Areas and a good set of links
  Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary   Environment++
A fairly comprehensive site for non-scientists with a good news section, a feed (not rss), blog/newswatch, and a fair number of podcasts from a range of sources.
  United Nations Development Program   Human Development++, Social development++, Environment
Lots of great stuff here.  2006 Statistics (particularly the HDI – Human Development Index) that are used to put together more complex reports. The 2006 Report on the global water crisis is particularly relevant.  More "fun", but very useful for gaining insight, are interactive tools with country comparisons for turning per-cap GDP into HDI and HDI trends

You can leave comments if you think I’m missing something here (or got it wrong), but the comments will be deleted after I’ve checked out the URL. If there’s a feed, include it with the main link to make it easier on me.

Here are a few choice sustainability posts from this blog

  • If only Castro had run the world not just Cuba points out that Cuba is the only country that meets both UNDP goals for sustainability and human development. It includes a range of GHA, per-cap GDP and HDI figures and HDI breakdowns for the World, Cuba, EU, Au, NZ, US, India and China, merging data from the Living Planet Report and the CIA World Factbook.

3 Responses to “Sustainability”

  1. sustento said

    The Sustento Institute is a web based space dedicated to working out new, testing and debating new policy ideas. Sustainability, in my humble opinion, is about nourishing our societies so they can grow in a way we want. It is not prescriptive or narrowly focused and is always open to challenge and new ways of thinking, doing and being.

    Our inquiry always starts with the same word: What?

    Physically we are based in Christchurch and welcome submissions from interested parties. Funding may be available for research on a limited basis.

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  3. MichaellaS said

    tks for the effort you put in here I appreciate it!

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