Monthly Archives: May 2012

Why Alternative Renewables: Is Solar a Pipedream? (By Eric Lonstein and Todd Wintner)

This is part two of a three-part series. To read part one, please click here. Perhaps a better question for understanding renewable energy development in Brazil — and particularly the future role of solar energy — is not the “how” but rather the “why” of this industrial policy.  Why did a country with vast untapped, […]

Wind and Solar Energy in Brazil: Understanding the How and Why (By Eric Lonstein and Todd Wintner)

This post is part of a 3-part blog series. For more, please see part two and part three. I: MAKING THE CLEANEST ENERGY ECONOMY CLEANER Brazil’s energy matrix is often touted as among the cleanest in the world: over 80% of Brazil’s power is produced from renewable resources.  The predominant share of this 80%, however, […]

Will Rio+20 Set Us on a Path to Sustainable Development?: Interview with Harvard Professor William Clark (By Rahul Daswani)

20 years after the original Rio summit began, how far along are we on a path towards sustainable development? While there has been some movement to back up rhetoric, much more still needs to be done – especially in the areas of concrete agreements, implementation and defining further knowledge required going forward. Is Rio+20 the […]

The F-word in Development: Creating Space for Failure, Innovation and Learning (By Michael Eddy)

The F-word: Failure. It is development agencies’ worst nightmare and surely sends shudders down the spine of any program manager. However, for the Rio+20 agenda to be successful, development agencies must start learning how to fail. Doing so will help them to learn rapidly and innovate. The priority areas of the Rio+20 agenda are complex. […]

Rio+20 + #OWS = ?

As the nascent Occupy Wall Street movement continues to evolve, it seems to be targeting an unlikely ally: Rio+20. The predecessor to Rio+20, the UN Conference on Environment and Development, may have emerged out of environmental concerns, but it has grown to incorporate issues at the intersection of development, environmental degradation and economic disparity. One […]

The World In 1992 Is Not the Same As In 2012.

“The world in 1992 is not the same as in 2012. Each country will now have to bear responsibility for ensuring sustainability.” –European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potocnik

Free Webinar on the Importance of Rio+20

“The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, May 24, that is part of ISSP’s continuing coverage of the run-up to Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Amy Fraenkel, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) director for North America, […]