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Can the world economy keep growing at its current rapid pace while radically shrinking our global ecological footprint? With transformational changes in almost all spheres of economic and social life, it can -- but so far, those changes aren't happening on a large-enough scale to make the transition.

Less than a year after the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, the world is gathering in Marrakech to take up the next challenge: charting a course to take the vision from Paris and bring it fully to life. Here are four key issues to watch at COP22.

Welcome to the Anthropocene, an era built on centuries of economic growth, In the 50 years before this new age, the human economic footprint grew faster in terms of GDP than at any time in recorded history. By the year 2100, it could grow to Bigfoot proportions, severely straining the global commons we all depend upon. Now it's time to tame Bigfoot. Andrew Steer explains.

The Habitat III conference next week will see more than 45,000 leaders, decision-makers and experts sign into force the New Urban Agenda for sustainable cities. But the Agenda and the Habitat process don't stand alone -- going forward, they will be part of intensified efforts to achieve sustainable, equal development and combat climate change.

In the fight to avert runaway climate change, no country is more important than China, and nowhere in China is more important than its booming cities. A recent visit to China offered a first-hand look at how WRI China is working with partners in Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao and other cities to advance solutions that cut emissions while improving people's lives.

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