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Taking the “Gross” Out of GDP and Adding ISEW

Taking the “Gross” Out of GDP and Adding ISEW

Gross National Product (GDP) is the common global metric for measuring economic growth, but it does not include the costs of development. The Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) seeks to add the costs of achieving GDP to reflect the social and environmental harm that growth incurs. The ultimate goal is to achieve a Steady State Economy, defined as a state of dynamic stability in which development is balanced with the positive and negative impacts that growth causes. The ISEW calculation begins with GDP and to that is added and subtracted all the factors reflecting the true impact on human lives and the environment. The ISEW is more complex which has slowed its adoption on a global basis. However, it has critics that believe it is too subjective. The long-term trend is increased adoption on a country-by-country basis which could eventually lead to its recognition as the global standard.

Tackling Global Warming with the Lowly Fungi

So Cool: Tackling Global Warming with the Lowly Fungi

Fungi got little attention in the past and certainly not as a pathway for lowering carbon emissions. Mycologists are now researching Mycorrhiza, the symbiotic relationship of a plant and a fungus, and are already making surprising discoveries. The microscopic fungus that clings to tree roots is supplying the tree with nutrients and, in return, obtains nutrients from the tree. During this process is the absorption, release, and storage of carbon at various steps of nutrient exchanges. Fungi are proving to be efficient at retaining some of the carbon which means less carbon in the atmosphere. Should fungi be on environmental protection lists as one pathway to preventing some amount of global warming?

Mahindra World City in Chennai, India: A Green Building Case Study Lesson pageSettings

Mahindra World City in Chennai, India: A Green Building Case Study

Winner of numerous sustainability awards, Mahindra World City in Chennai, is India’s first and one of the largest integrated business city with an operational Special Economic Zone. Join us as we explore this self-supporting urban eco-system “Mahindra World City” certified under the Indian Green Building Council’s (IGBC) Green Townships rating system.

The World’s Fair in Dubai: Iconic Buildings and Structures

The World’s Fair in Dubai: Iconic Buildings and Structures

Part 2 of the Dubai Expo series includes some of the iconic buildings and structures at the World’s Fair in Dubai including the entry portal made from Carbon-fiber ribbon, formed from thousands of ultra-thin carbon fibers, and the Al Wasl Dome with a 360-degree projection surface.

The World’s Fair in Dubai: Iconic Buildings and Structures

The World’s Fair In Dubai: Connecting Minds And Creating The Future Through Sustainability, Mobility, And Opportunity

More than a century-and-a-half of World Expos have displayed life-changing inventions and cultural treasures. The World’s Fair in Dubai shows the possibilities of the technology that can change the way we live to a safer better future. Join us as GBRI International Sustainability Program (ISP) – graduate and Sustainability Ambassador Nandana Sobhanan explores the world’s fair in Dubai with her friend Anagha Ajith.

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