Sustainable development themes

Climate change / ozone depletion

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A polar bear manages to get on one of the last ice floes floating in the Arctic sea.
Gerard Van der Leun

Climate change is for many the greatest challenge, as it has such a significant impact on all other sustainable development issues. As such climate change has united many sustainable development activists. But rising global temperatures present still the greatest known threat to sustainable development of our time.

Perspectives on Climate change / ozone depletion

Dr Ranjendra Pachauri | Establishment of the IPCC and its contributions to global society

Ranjendra Pachauri describes how climate change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have brought together a scientific collaboration on a unique scale to influence thought, policy and strategy.

Walt Patterson | Energy and sustainable development: the view from me

Walt Patterson looks back at campaigning successes and challenges for energy and sustainable development, and ultimately at the campaigning challenges for climate change.

Water dripping from leaf

Dominic Waughray | Local no longer: water resources and sustainable development

Water sustainability - both problems and solutions - have generally been seen as local. But when you take a global perspective, you see a new scale of challenge. Dominic Waughrey gives us 10 years to act...


Timeline for Climate change / ozone depletion

Go to Sustainable Development Timeline to see milestones for all themes.