'The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it wasn't a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective. This is a centralized transformation that is taking place because governments have decided that they need to listen to science. So it's a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different'
'A royalty on all undersea mineral resources extracted more than 100 miles offshore of any nation's territory...would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from the rich nations of the world — especially the U.S. — to poorer ones, in line with U.N.-directed economic, social and environmental development'
Green groups urge Clinton to 'support a financial transaction tax to help fund the fight against climate change. A transaction levy, or 'Robin Hood Tax,' could help fund $100 billion of climate change aid that developed countries have pledged by 2020'
Lisa Jackson 20th January 2012, 'As Rio+20, the 20th anniversary of [UN's] 1992 Earth Summit, approaches in June, we have a chance to learn lessons, build partnerships and put in place innovative strategies that can reshape the economic and environmental future of our entire planet. It is the rarest of opportunities to truly change the world, and make a difference that will benefit billions of people'
'It should be part of a rethink of the world's economy, in which green issues and social questions should be integrated into the search for profit...'The new capitalism which emerges from the crisis has to be environmental, or it won't be new...We are looking for a new kind of environmental governance, something more inclusive, in which all parties have a stake and it's not just governments which have the right to speak'
UN panel: 'Current global development is unsustainable' - EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, said report should be a 'wake up' call for action. Hedegaard said the Rio+20 summit was an opportunity to 'kick off this global transition towards a sustainable growth model for the 21st century'
Tony Heller: "The Biden Administration claims July was third hottest on record in the US. This claim has no basis in reality, and is what happens when there are no checks and balances to protect the public from intentional misinformation from government sources."
Since 1986, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) surveys roughly 100 of the 3000 coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Ridd used this data to construct the coral cover since 1986 (Figure 1) which shows that the GBR has record high coral cover.