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To mark Earth Day 2011, we present a selection of our resources from the past year on climate change, the environment, and sustainability. They range from pioneering solutions for everyday living, to calls for international policies that go far beyond our current system. 

We hope you find them thought-provoking and perhaps inspiring, and as always, we welcome your feedback.


Zhang Yue: A Call for Discipline in a World Out of Control
John Haffner, Bridge Renewable Energy Technologies and Zhang Yue, BROAD Group
Air-conditioning pioneer Zhang Yue has bold ideas for energy efficiency, sustainable buildings, and corporate culture: discipline today to preserve life in the future.
(Policy Innovations article, March 2011.)

Kongjian Yu: The Art of Survival
John Haffner, Bridge Renewable Energy Technologies and Zhang Yue, BROAD Group
Landscape architect Kongjian Yu is pioneering energy efficient and spiritually enriching designs to reconnect China's rapid urbanization to the land.
(Policy Innovations article, November 2010.)

Sustainable Societies

Sartaz Ahmed, Booz & Company; Larry Burns, University of Michigan; Joan Krevlin, BKSK Architects; and Thomas Stewart, Booz & Company
What will it take to build sustainable societies? The panel includes Sartaz Ahmed of Booz & Company on building sustainable cities; Larry Burns (formerly of GM) on clean vehicles; and architect Joan Krevlin on green buildings.
(Workshops for Ethics in Business, October 2010. Video, audio, transcript.)

Welcome to the Urban Revolution
Jeb Brugmann, The Next Practice and Evan O'Neil, Carnegie Council
We must become masters of a sustainable, just, and ecological urbanism writes Jeb Brugmann in his analysis of how the advantages of urban settlement are changing our societies and the face of the Earth.
(Policy Innovations article, October 2010.)


Ethics in Business: Interview with Jonathan Rose on Green Real Estate
Jonathan Rose, Jonathan Rose Companies and Julia Taylor Kennedy, Carnegie Council
Jonathan Rose was one of the sustainability movement's "early adopters." He led the way in developing green affordable housing, and continues to focus on green building and transportation as key drivers in combating climate change.
(Advocates for Ethics in Business, October 2010. Audio, transcript.)

Eco Innovations: Small Spark, Big Impact

Shakeel Avadhany, Levant Power Corp.; Richard A. Cook, Cook+Fox Architects; Peter Hartwell, Hewlett-Packard; and Niko Canner, Booz & Company
How do sustainable innovations make it to market? Three very different inventors talk about their creative process, how their inventions have had a social impact, and what a more sustainable society might look like.
(Workshops for Ethics in Business, September 2010. Video, audio, transcript.)

Public Ethics Radio: Matthew Rimmer on Intellectual Property and Clean Technology
Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University; Christian Barry, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics; and Matt Peterson, Yale University
How do we both create new technologies and spread them as widely as possible? We need climate-friendly technology to be used everywhere, including in developing countries with limited resources.
(Public Ethics Radio, June 2010. Audio, transcript.)

Green Bonds: Devin Stewart Interviews Christopher Flensborg

Christopher Flensborg, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council
Banker Chris Flensborg is one of the pioneers who developed green bonds. Issued by the World Bank, these bonds give institutional investors the opportunity to earmark their investments into climate-friendly projects.
(Global Policy Innovations, June 2010. Audio, transcript.) 


Global Ethics Corner: The Impact of Dependence on Oil
William C. Vocke, Carnegie Council
Oil is cost-efficient as a primary energy source—in the short term. Long-term, however, oil poses economic risks and damages the environment. Should we allow markets to determine energy sources or implement energy policies to invest in alternatives?
(Global Ethics Corner, April 2011. Video, audio.)

Canadian Tar Sands: There's No Such Thing as Ethical Oil (or Nuclear Power)
Evan O'Neil, Carnegie Council
After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and now the nuclear meltdown in Japan, it should be clear that oil and nuclear power are not benign forces. Both are toxic, dirty, and insecure forms of energy. It is thus astonishing that the Canadian energy industry proposes a combination of the two.
(Carnegie Ethics Online article, March 2011.)

The U.S. Navy's New Energy Revolution
Ray Mabus, U.S. Navy
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is working to chart a new course for the Navy and Marine Corps, that by 2020 will dramatically reduce the Navy's consumption of fossil fuels. He also prepared the long-term recovery plan for the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the oil spill.
(Workshops for Ethics in Business, November 2010. Video, audio, transcript.)

Leading by Example
Colonel Bob "Brutus" Charette, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office; Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, Fleet Readiness Division of the U.S. Navy Staff; Brigadier General Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca, North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army; and Jonathan Powers, Truman National Security Project
Representatives from the Navy, the Marines, and the Army Corps of Engineers illustrate how the U.S. military is on the forefront of efforts to develop and implement renewable, clean energy sources.
(Workshops for Ethics in Business, September 2010. Video, audio, transcript.)


EIA Interview: Mathias Risse on Justice and Common Ownership of the Earth
Mathias Risse, Harvard Kennedy School and John Tessitore, Carnegie Council
Philosopher Mathias Risse discusses his concept of common ownership of the earth—the equal claim of each person to the planet and its resources—and what this means for worldwide immigration policies and for climate change refugees, for example.
(EIA (Ethics & International Affairs) Audio Interviews, September 2010. Audio, transcript.)

The Ethical Implications of Sea-Level Rise Due to Climate Change [Abstract]
Sujatha Byravan, Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai and Sudhir Chella Rajan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Does humanity have a moral obligation toward the estimated millions of individuals who will be displaced from their homes over the course of this century primarily due to sea-level rise as the earth's climate warms? What form should these actions take?
(Ethics & International Affairs article, Fall 2010.)

Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
Steven Solomon, journalist and author
Everything hinges on water; it is essential to life and to civilization. Will there be enough fresh water for 9 billion of us by 2050? In this talk, journalist Steven Solomon discusses the impending global water crisis.
(Public Affairs, March 2010. Video, audio, transcript.)

The Politics of Carbon Leakage and the Fairness of Border Measures [Abstract]
Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne
It is possible to design fair border measures that address carbon leakage, are consistent with the leadership responsibilities of developed countries, do not penalize developing countries, and ensure that consumers take some responsibility for the emissions outsourced to developing countries.
(Ethics & International Affairs article, Winter 2010.)


Face Reality? After You!--A Call for Leadership on Climate Change [Abstract]
Henry Shue, Centre for International Studies
Humanity's so far leaderless approach to dealing with rapidly accelerating climate change embodies a profoundly tragic catch-22 that has, among other twists and contradictions, transmuted justice into paralysis.
(Ethics & International Affairs article, Spring 2011.) 

The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity
Paul Collier, Oxford University
What, asks Oxford economist Paul Collier, are realistic and sustainable solutions to correcting the mismanagement of the natural world? Can an international standard be established to resolve the complex issues of unchecked profiteering on the one hand and environmental romanticism on the other?
(Public Affairs, April 2010. Video, audio, transcript.)