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The European Environment Agency's indicator report looks at the transition to a green economy with a focus on the global environmental impacts of the EU's production-consumption systems. The report's launch coincided with the Global Green Growth Forum, held in Copenhagen last week, where business leaders and decision makers discussed how changing production and consumption patterns can bring about green growth.

Date and Time: 
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 17:00 to 19:00

London South Bank University, UK

A major new report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate today finds that governments and businesses can improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions at the same time. The Commission's work has been conducted by a global partnership of leading research institutes, advised by a panel of world-leading economists chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern. The report, ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’, was presented to governments and business and finance leaders at a global launch event at the UN headquarters in New York City, ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit.

A post on the Green Alliance blog provides a clear outline of why the publication of the long awaited report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate may mark an important moment in the gathering global politics of climate change. As well as highlighting that the report provides the first major, authoritative account of the economic case for acting on climate change since the seminal Stern Review of 2006, the blog summarises key messages from the report and why they’re likely to have significant impact.

This new book by Adrian C. Newton and Elena Cantarello provides a comprehensive introduction to the green economy, using a strongly interdisciplinary approach based on environmental science, rather than treating it as a sub-set of economics. The scientific principles of sustainability are presented, which provide the foundations of the green economy, with a particular focus on systems-based approaches. Examples of real-world case studies are used to illustrate how the green economy can be achieved in practice.

Every year, the European Environment Agency seeks to raise awareness around a number of environmental issues through the publication of its annual Signals report. Signals 2014 focuses on the links between our well-being, the economy and the environment. The report explores how our well-being depends on the extraction of resources for the production of essential items such as food, buildings, furniture, electronic devices, and clothes. Yet, our exploitation of resources outpaces the environment’s ability to regenerate them and provide for us.

A recent working paper by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out the essential premise of their ‘Towards A New Social Settlement’ project: that the goals of social justice and environmental sustainability are profoundly connected and interdependent. The paper examines why these goals are linked together and how they affect each other. It then explores the implications for policy and practice, arguing that a new social settlement cannot depend on continuing economic growth.

Natural Capital Summit- ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems’

By Bridget Elliott on 19th August 2014
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00

British Library, London, UK

This report by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative is the first comprehensive international assessment of lessons from experiences of pursuing green growth across all levels of government and all regions. It engaged 75 authors in evaluating more than 60 programs around the world. The report focuses on nine interlinked elements that are commonly used by governments in green growth analysis, planning, implementation, and monitoring. The authors identified specific good practices and lessons for each of these nine key elements.

A new report by Natural England demonstrates the benefits of the natural environment to people. The report reviews evidence across a wide range of themes, including economic growth, health, social cohesion and resilience to climate change.