Mother Pelican
A Journal of Sustainable Human Development

Vol. 7, No. 7, July 2011
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Advances in Sustainable Development


This supplement attempts to be a radar screen for recent/emerging/forthcoming advances in sustainable development. In selecting items for this supplementary page, priority is given to information about publications and tools with an educational and human-centric focus. This update includes the following reminders that sustainable development has a human face:

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action
2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences
3. Advances in Sustainable Development
4. Advances in Integral Human Development
5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development
6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases
7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process
8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation
9. Sustainable Development and the International Community
Note: Items in this page are updated as information is received and as time permits. If the reader knows about new pubs/tools that should be announced in this page, please write to the Editor.

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action


"Merciful God, we confess that too often we find ourselves in the service of money rather than God. Out of a desire for cheap energy we have destroyed what you have created. We have put our own needs ahead of those of our neighbors and children by using the creation you have blessed us with in ways that steal both its beauty and usefulness from future generations. We have sinned in what we have done, and in what we have left undone. It is easy for us to go through the day and not realize how many people are affected by our daily energy use. Forgive us our sins, and guide us as we struggle to live in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen."

Source: NCC Ecojustice.




This book by Earth Rights Institute Co-Director Alanna Hartzok presents a large and hopeful world view with profound possibilities for transformational action for economic justice and environmental restoration. The book is a collection of 30 essays on themes such as:

  • Democracy, Earth Rights and the Next Economy
  • Restructuring Economic Relationships
  • Land for People, Not for Profit
  • Ecotaxes and Citizen Dividends
  • Financing Local to Global Public Goods
  • Women, Earth and Economic Power
  • Economics of War and Peace
  • Land Value Tax and Resource Rent
  • Citizen Dividends and Oil Rent
  • The Alaska Permanent Funf


Ready to act but don't what to do?


Imagine all the People
Advancing a Global Citizens Movement

2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Environmental News Network

Planet Ark
World Environmental News

World News Network

Climate Action News

World Technology News

World Pulse

Human Development News

Science Daily
Earth & Climate News
Sustainability News
Science & Society News

International Institute for
Sustainable Development (IISD)
Reporting Services

Policy-Strategy Coverage

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Sustainable Development - Small Islands
Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Climate Change Policy & Practice
Energy Policy Issues
Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Theme Coverage

Sustainable Development
Biodiveristy & Wildlife
Chemicals Management
Climate & Atmosphere
Forests - Deserts - Land
Human Development
Intergovernmental Organizations
Trade & Investment
Water - Oceand - Wetlands

Regional Coverage

Lating America & Caribbean
Near East
North America
South West Pacific

Rio+20 Coverage

Sustainable Development Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4-6 June 2012

United Nations News Service
UN Sustainable Development News
UN Gender Equality News

Value News Network

Catholic News Service

Anglican Communion News Service

Ekklesia Christian News Bulletin

Religion News Service

LiveScience News

Inter Press Service (PSI)

Triple Bottom Line
CSR News

The Progress Report

Global Health News

Kosmos Journal


Eldis Development Newsfeeds

General - all subjects

Newsfeeds by Subject

Ageing populations
Aid and debt
Children and young people
Climate Change
Climate adaptation
Corporate responsibility
Finance policy
Food security
Health systems
ICT for development
Influencing policy
Jobs, Events and Announcements
Manuals and toolkits
Trade policy

Newsfeeds by Region

East Asia and Pacific
Latin America and Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia



Growing a Better Future: Summary
Growing a Better Future: Report
Oxfam, June 2011

The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, USDA, June 2011

Health in the Green Economy
WHO, 14 June 2011

Summary and Analysis of the the June 2011 Bonn Climate Change Conference, IISD, 21 June 2011

Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)
UNEP - First Draft Online
To be published May 2012

Climate Change, Disasters and
Electricity Generation

Strengthening Climate Resilience
Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management (CSDRM)
ELDIS, June 2011

Carbon Fat Cats 2011
Sandbag Climate Campaign, June 2011

Education for Sustainable Development:
An Expert Review of
Processes and Learning

UNESCO, 2011

Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change
UNESCO, 2011

Appetite for Change:
Reinventing the Global Food System

SustainAbility, 23 Jun 2011

Climate Change and Your Health:
Rising Temperatures,
Worsening Ozone Pollution

Union of Concerned Scientists
June 2011

Climate Change and Your Health:
Rising Temperatures,
Worsening Ozone Pollution -
Technical Appendix

Union of Concerned Scientists
June 2011

UK National Ecosystem Assessment
The True Value of Nature
UK DEFRA - 3 June 2011

Growing a Better Future
(Global Food System)
Oxfam International
2 June 2011.

Catalysing Climate Finance
UNDP, 2 June 2011

World Population Prospects
United Nations, 3 May 2011
"World Population to reach 10 billion
by 2100 if Fertility in all Countries
Converges to Replacement Level"

Report on the Gender Initiative:
Gender Equality in Education,
Employment and Entrepreneurship

OECD, May 2011.

Findings of the
UK Poverty Truth Commission:
General Summary Report
Violence and Community Breakdown
Kinship Care
Poverty Truth Commission Manifesto
UK Poverty Truth Commission
April 2011

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation
IWPR, April 2011

World Development Report 2011
World Bank, 11 April 2011

Conscious Leadership for Sustainability
Barrett Brown
Integral Institute, April 2011

Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
IUCN & WBCSD, April 2011

World in Transition –
A Social Contract for Sustainability

German Advisory Council on Global Change
April 2011

Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2010
UNEP & WMO, April 2011

Renewable Energy:
From Analysis to Action

International Energy Agency, March 2011

Rio+20: Making it Happen
Newsletter of the UN Conference
on Sustainable Development
Special Issue on Green Economy
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 31 March 2011

Beyond the Growth Paradigm:
Creating a Unified Progressive Politics

James Gustave Speth
Great Transition Initiative
March 2011

Urban world:
Mapping the economic power of cities

McKinsey Global Institute
March 2011

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2011
An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation
By Marcus P. Zillman, LLRX

The World's Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet
Population Reference Bureau
March 2011

Sophia Rises:
Changing the World
through Feminine Wisdom

Heather Plett, Sophia Leadership
March 2011

Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being
White House Council on Women and Girls
March 2011

The Climate Technology Mechanism:
Issues and Challenges

ICTSD, March 2011

Governance for a Green Economy
Pardee Center - Boston University
March 2011

Energy+: Opportunities, Challenges and Options
David Reed and Pablo Gutman
International Architecture for Climate Finance
March 2011

Interactions of Policies for
Renewable Energy and Climate

Cedric Philibert, IEA
March 2011

The untapped potential of the church
in addressing sexual violence

Anglican Communion
Tearfund, March 2011

Adaptation Strategies
for Climate Change at Micro Level

Swati Samvatsar
Networking for Development
March 2011

The Scapegoat:
René Girard's Anthropology
of Violence and Religion

Video (5 Parts)
CBC Radio, February-March 2011

Facing Up to Climate Change
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
1 March 2011

The State of the World's Children 2011
Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity

UNICEF, 25 February 2011

Infrastructure for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development in Africa
UN-HABITAT, February 2011

Nuclear Subsidies:
Still Not Viable Without Subsidies

Earth Track & Union of Concerned Scientists
February 2011

Towards a Green Economy:
Pathways to Sustainable Development
and Poverty Eradication

UNEP, February 2011

Cancún De-briefing:
An Analysis of the Cancún Agreements

Climatico, February 2011

Renewable Energy in Europe 2010
EurObserver, February 2011

The Energy Report:
100% Renewable Energy by 2050

World Wide Fund for Nature
2 February 2011

The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage

MIT/BCG, Winter 2011

UNFCCC - The Future of the Process:
Remedial Action on Process Ownership
and Political Guidance

Climate Strategies
2 February 2011

Post-Cancun Analysis
Policy Briefing, The Climate Group
17 January 2011

Decision Making In A Changing Climate
World Resources Institute
January 2011

Longer-term climate finance after Cancun
Benito Muller
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
January 2011

Global Risks Report 2011
World Economic Forum

World on the Edge: How to Prevent
Environmental and Economic Collapse

Lester R. Brown
Earth Policy Institute
January 2011

Global Chief Supply Chain Officer Strategy
EFT, Environmental Leader
January 2011

Global 3PL & Logistics Outsourcing Strategy
EFT, Environmental Leader
January 2011

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
A Knowledgebase of International Activities
Preparing for the UN Conference
on Sustainable Development
(UNCSD, or Rio +20)
IISD, 2011

Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster
and the Future of Offshore Drilling

USA GPO Oil Commission, January 2011

Population: 7 Billion
National Geographic
Population & Environment Series
Starting January 2011

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory 2009,
GHG Management Institute
January 2011

Human Rights World Report 2011
Human Rights Watch
January 2011

Global Employment Trends 2011
International Labor Organization
January 2011

Global Technology: Changes and Implications
National Academy of Engineering USA
January 2011

Creative Economy:
A Feasible Development Option

UNCTAD, 4 January 2011

Closer Than Ever:
A guide for social change organisations
who want to start working online
Margarita Salas and Sulá Batsú,
Association for Progressive Communications (APC), 2011.



Forestry Industry Carbon Assessment Tool
Green Resources, Tanzania

Agent-based Computational Economics
of the Global Energy System

Climate Hot Map, Union of Concerned Scientists

Solar Thermal Barometer, EurObserv-ER

BioCarbon Tracker

Forest Monitoring for Action

Water Evaluation And Planning System

Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System
Energy Community

Global Land Tool Network

UN-Energy Knowledge Network, including
Multi-dimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI)
Energy Development Index (EDI)

Measuring Energy Poverty
Visualization Platform


United Nations Data
UN Statistics Database
UN MDG Indicators
UN Human Development Index (HDI)

Humanity's Footprint Data
Ecological Footprint
Footprint for Nations
Footprint for Cities
Footprint for Business
Carbon Footprint
Personal Footprint
Footprint & Biodiversity
Footprint & Human Development

Earth Policy Institute Data Sets
Population, Health, and Society
Natural Systems
Climate Change
Energy Resources
Transportation Systems
Food and Agriculture
Economics & Development

World Bank
World Development Indicators (WDI)

Data for the Social Sciences

STAR Database Beta-Test Now in Process
Invitation to Participate

Links Government Investment,
Science, Technology,
Firms, and Employment

Global Cities of the Future
Interactive Map

McKinsey Global Institute
March 2011

TopTen Search Tool (Europe)
Indentifies the most energy-efficient
appliances on the European market

TopTen Search Tool (USA)
Indentifies the most energy-efficient
appliances on the American market

Sustainable Society Index
Interactive Map

Interactive Mapping of
Population and Climate Change

Population Action International

Global Advocates Toolbox
Population Action International

Development Timelines Data Application

Green Media Toolshed
Green Media Tools

Toolbox Top Ten
Progressive Communications Net

Teaching and Learning
for a Sustainable Future:
Dissemination and Training Toolbox

UNESCO Education for
Sustainable Development

Global Corruption Barometer
Transparency International, 2010

Analysis of Supply Chains

Happy Planet Index (HPI)

Global Debt Clock

Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Human Development Index (HDI)

Living Planet Index (LPI)

Quality of Life Index (QOLI)

Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)

Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Climate Scoreboard

Global Climate Dashboard

Oil Reporter

Green Transitions Scoreboard

OECD Social Institutions
and Gender Index (SIGI)

OECD Gender, Institutions
and Development Database

TouchGraph Browser Google

Community Earth System Model 1.0

How to master complex projects

World Digital Library (WDL)

HathiTrust Digital Library

INED Population Simulator

WorldWideScience Search Engine

US Government
MetaLib Search Engine

Apps for Development

Adaptation Learning Mechanism

ENVISION Version 5
GIS-based tool for scenario-based community and regional planning and environmental assessments
Oregon State University



Conference Alerts
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by Topic, Country, or Keywords.

Calls for Papers
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by Specialization, Country, or Keywords.

Journal Articles
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from thousands of scholarly journals
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Global Studies Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18-20 July 2011

System Dynamics Conference
Washington DC, USA
24-28 July 2011

Technological Innovation Systems:
Conceptual, Methodological,
and Empirical Advances

EAWAG, Gothenburg
15-19 August 2011

Resource Economics,
Biodiversity Conservation,
and Development

13th Annual BIOCON Conference
Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies (IHEID)
Geneva, Switzerland
11-13 September 2011

Human Potential
The Next Level of Competition

The Economist
New York, 14-15 September 2011

Technology Transfer in a Global Economy
University of Augsburg, Germany
21–23 September 2011

Take Lead Conference
Green Growth Leaders
Copenhagen, Denmark
12-13 October 2011

International Conclave on Climate Change
Center for Climate Change
Engineering Staff College of India
Hyderabad, India
12-14 October 2011

40th Annual Conference
of the North American Association
for Environmental Education

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
12-15 October 2011

SMEs: Moving toward Sustainable Development
(SMEs = Small and Medium Enterprises)
Network for Business Sustainability
Montreal, Canada
20-22 October 2011

Arts, Sciences, Technology
and the Global Environmental Crisis
Conference at Concordia University
Montreal, Canada
4-5 Novermber 2011

First International
Energy & Meteorology Conference
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
8-11 November 2011

25th International Congress for
Conservation Biology (ICCB 2011)

Christchurch, New Zealand
28 November - 2 December 2011

Behavior, Energy & Climate Change
Conference (BCEE 2011)

Washington DC, USA
29 November - 2 December 2011

International Conference on Emerging Economies
Symbiosis International University
Pune - India
12-13 January 2012

GLOBE Conference 2010
Trade Fair on
Business and the Environment
Vancouver, Canada,
14-16 March 2012

Planet Under Pressure
In anticipation of UNCSD - Rio+20
London, 26-29 March 2012

UNCSD - Rio+20
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4-6 June 2012

3. Advances in Sustainable Development

Humanity Can and Must Do More with Less, UNEP Press Release, 12 May 2011
Download UNEP Report              Download UNEP CHARTS

  • UK National Ecosystem Assessment: The True Value of Nature, UK DEFRA - 3 June 2011.
  • Sustainable Development Policy & Practice, A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20)
    IISD, 2011
  • ISO 26000 – Social responsibility, International Standards Organization, 2011.
  • 4. Advances in Integral Human Development

    Dialogue and Mutual Understanding
  • Gender equality between aspirations and realities, Ioan Voicu, Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. Online Opinion: Australia's e-journal of social and political debate, 29 June 2011.
  • Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World, Hakan Altinay, ed., Brookings Institution, 2011.
  • Conscious Leadership for Sustainability, Barret Brown, Fielding Graduate University, April 2011.
  • Leadership for Sustainability, Judi Marshall, Gill Coleman, and Peter Reason, Greenleaf Publishing, 2011.
  • Human Development Index and the Ecological Footprint, Global Footprint Network, 10 February 2011.
  • Population 7 Billion, Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, January 2011.
  • The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development, Human Development Report (HDR), United Nations, 4 November 2010.
  • International Human Development Indicators, Human Development Index (HDI), United Nations, 4 November 2010.
  • The HDI includes demograhic, health, education, income, inequality, poverty, gender, sustainability, and human security factors. Several analysis options are available:

    To plot combinations of HDI factors and ranks by country in linear or log scales, click here
    To view HDI trends for any combination of countries and factors, click here
    To customize the index by selecting any combination of factors, click here
    To partition the HDI data by more specific subsets of the above 9 factors, click here
    To build tables for any combination of countries, indicators, and years, click here
    The resulting subsets of data can be downloaded as spreadsheets for further analysis. For example:

    1980-2010 Human Development Index Trends by Year and by Regions
    Based on the Human Development Index 2010 Database

    It is worrisome that human development - as measured by the HDI - seems to be flattening in recent years for all regions. When only the end-of-decade (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010) data points are plotted, the flattening is not so apparent but it is still evident that human development has not kept pace with the explosive growth in financial wealth after 1990, which persists even after the 2008 financial debacle. In either case, when the year by year differences are plotted by region, the geographic distribution of human development exhibits wide and persistent inequalities between regions. Neither the flattening nor the inequalities of human development trends bode well for the future of human civilization.

    5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

    Ryan Katofsky, Matthew Stanberry & Lisa Frantzis, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
    Workshop on "Renewable Energy: From Analysis to Action"
    IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment Implementing Agreement
    OECD Conference Center - Paris, 15-16 March 2011
    To download the report, click here

  • Making Rio 2012 work: Setting the stage for global economic, social and ecological renewal, Alex Evans and David Steven, New York University, June 2011.
  • The Building Technology Showcase, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, May 2011.
  • Energy Report & Scenarios 2000-2050, World Wide Fund for Nature, February 2011.
  • Green Economy Report, United Nations Environmental Program, February 2011.
  • 6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

  • Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Knowledgebase, UNCSD/IISD, 2011.
  • Environmental Knowledge, Maps, and Graphics Library, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, 2011.
  • Ecological Footprint Data and Trends, Global Footprint Network, October 2010.
  • 7. Visualizations of the Sustainable Development Process

  • Sustainable Land Development Inititiative, TriplePundit, 2 December 2010.
  • Sustainable-Development-Model-318x273
    Source: TriplePundit
    This is a hierarchical model that visualizes sustainable development in terms of three interacting dimensions, each with three interaction sub-dimensions:

  • Profit (economics)
    Create Value
    Eliminate Waste
    Recognize Interdependence
  • Planet (the human habitat)
    Natural Resources
    Energy Flows
    Humans & Nature
  • People (society)
    Share Knowledge
    Accept Responsibility
    Quality of Life

  • Fifteen Global Challenges for Humanity, Millennium Project, 2010.
  • MillenniumProject-15GlobalChallenges-315x235
    Source: Millennium Project
    The lines show all the interactions between 15 challenges facing humanity. It provides a better visualization of the complexity of the process.

    Assuming that the 15 challenges can be analyzed in groups of 5, the number of group combinations to be analyzed is 15!/10!5!, or 3003. If the order in which they are considered matters, then the number of challenge permutations to be analyzed is 15!, or 1307674368000.

    Computers can crunch numbers, but resolving these 15 challenges together requires more than number crunching.

  • The Perfect Recipe, Concita Ladelfa, EuroEcoTeens.Net, Energy and Environment Comenius Project, 23 November 2010.
  • sustainable-development-euroecoteens-315x302
    Source: Comenius Project
    This is the best visualization. It shows that, in the ultimate analysis, the transition from consumerism to sustainability must happen in human minds and hearts before it can happen at any level - local, national, or global.

    This model suggests the additional (and critical) insight that the transition is contingent on gender equality and cross-gender solidarity. Sustainable development will require the collaboration of all men and women of good will.

    The transition from homo economicus to homo ecologicus requires gender equality, because the ecological mindset cannot take root and grow as long as humans are engaged in any form of domination; and patriarchy is the most pervasive structure of domination.

    8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

    Simulating Energy Transitions, Emile Chappin, Delft University, 16 June 2011.

    Energy infrastructures as socio-technical systems
    Simulating Energy Transitions, Emile Chappin, Delft University, 16 June 2011, Figure 1.2, page 3.

    Electricity and CO2 prices and CO2 emission levels for three carbon policies
    Simulating Energy Transitions, Emile Chappin, Delft University, 16 June 2011, Figures 4.13a and 4.13b, page 110.

    9. Sustainable Development and the International Community

    Click on the image to visit the web site
    RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4-6 June 2012

    Objectives & Themes of the Conference
    History of Sustainable Development
    UN System, IGOs, and NGOs
    Links to Documents, Publications, and Databases

  • Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Summit Meeting 20-22 September 2010.
  • Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014), UNESCO.
  • Are We Learning to Change? Mapping Global Progress in Education for Sustainable Development, Daniella Tilbury, UNESCO/IRIS, 2011.
  • AmazonRainforestBrazilWiki
    Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, South America
    2011 - International Year of Forests
    IRENA Brochure, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    2012 - International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

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