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Sustainable Development

In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainable development as “development which meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

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Energy for All? Last Updated on 2010-04-16 00:00:00 Energy for All On SciDev.Net on 14 April 2010, Kandeh Yumkella and Morgan Bazilian offer an Opinion article, titled "Energy for all — a joined-up approach".  They believe " . . . energy access is the missing Millennium Development Goal that will end the ppoverty trap." After inspecting the Opinion article, let us know your views on the prospects for more equitable and balanced access to energy resources, worldwide.  Comment below. Image:  About 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass such as wood for fuel. Source: flickr/United Nations.  Universal access to energy services is technically possible, but new approaches are needed, say Kandeh Yumkella and Morgan Bazilian. About 1.5 billion people in the developing world do not have access to electricity and about 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass, such as wood,... More »
Research and Agricultural Development Last Updated on 2010-04-10 00:00:00 Research Alone Won't Drive Agricultural Development SciDev.Net's Commissioning Editor, Sian Lewis has penned this Editorial and notes: Even focused research will not deliver agricultural progress unless donors also help join up links in the development chain. When international development aid funds science, donors increasingly ask potential grant recipients what benefits they will achieve with the money. And there may be many good answers! Read More . . . Image: Flickr/World Bank/Gennadiy Ratushenko More »
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