In a world that expects to welcome another 3 billion people to the middle class in the new few decades, eating more sustainably will be key. Two simple rules of thumb: eat fewer animal-based foods and waste less.
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In Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua, most people welcome the government's commitment to economic development, often in the form of oil palm expansion. But the impact of development can include irreparable deforestation and health crises. It's a delicate balancing act.
With the private sector pushing forward climate action, here are the major developments from New York this September.
During Fashion Week, the apparel industry's sizeable impacts on people, land and water are a topic for concern. Making fashion sustainable begins with measurement and analysis of these impacts.
Sean DeWitt, director of the Global Restoration Initiative, and Miguel Calmon, WRI Brasil director of forests, say forest restoration means this generation can be the first to leave the planet better off than they found it.
As populations grow and emerging markets industrialize, companies face the long-term challenge of meeting surging consumer demand while minimizing environmental damage. A first step toward solving this dilemma is for each business to evaluate its own unique risks at a time when unchecked consumption is unsustainable.
To help clarify heated debate over what drives deforestation in Indonesia, new analysis of Global Forest Watch data shows that most forest loss -- 55 percent -- occurs in legal concession areas, where some tree removal is allowed, but 45 percent happens outside these areas.
U.S. businesses and investors want the government to have a hand in shaping the disclosure of climate risks.
An open letter to the CEOs reluctant to address the business risks of reliance on increasing consumption without addressing natural resource limits.
Growth of the multi-trillion-dollar apparel industry has been fed by "fast fashion," which makes clothing cheaply and quickly with a low price-tag. Six graphics show how this trend and others can add to water stress, pollution and other environmental impacts.