Climate change, one of most pressing global problems of our time, has been reduced to a punch line — right when high temperatures, reduced rainfall, and drought have pushed the cost of maize and soybeans to record highs.
A view of mangrove shoots planted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others on Tarawa, an atoll in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, on September 4, 2011. (Eskinder Debebe/ United Nations Photo /Flickr)
The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable: What hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?
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