Toward a Sustainable America: Advancing Prosperity, Opportunity and a Healthy Environment for the 21st Century

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Martin A. Spitzer
DIANE Publishing, 1999 - 158 pages
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Each chapter of this report corresponds to one of the substantive policy areas the President's Council on Sustainable Development has considered. The introduction establishes the context and illuminates some of the cross-cutting lessons, findings, and recommendations that inform the council's work. Chapters: climate change; environmental management; metropolitan and rural strategies for sustainable communities; and international leadership. Appendixes: environmental management; examples of sustainable community initiatives; international capital flows; and council member profiles. Further reading.

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Page 12 - Convention, stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Such a level should be achieved within a time frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.
Page 122 - Nation's coastal zone for this and succeeding generations, (b) to encourage and assist the states to exercise effectively their responsibilities in the coastal zone through the development and implementation of management programs to achieve wise use of the land and water resources of the coastal zone giving full consideration to ecological, cultural, historic, and esthetic values as well as to needs for economic development...
Page 12 - The objective of the convention is to: achieve. . . stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
Page 2 - Our vision is of a life-sustaining Earth. We are committed to the achievement of a dignified, peaceful, and equitable existence. A sustainable United States will have a growing economy that provides equitable opportunities for satisfying livelihoods and safe, healthy, high quality of life for current and future generations.
Page 122 - Congress finds and declares that it is the national policy (a) to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, to restore or enhance, the resources of the Nation's coastal zone for this and succeeding generations...
Page 110 - ... the developed country Parties. 4. The developed country Parties and other developed Parties included in annex II shall also assist the. developing country Parties that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change in meeting costs of adaptation to those adverse effects.
Page 58 - Sustainable Communities Encourage people to work together to create healthy communities where natural and historic resources are preserved, jobs are available, sprawl is contained, neighborhoods are secure, education is lifelong, transportation and health care are accessible, and all citizens have opportunities to improve the quality of their lives...
Page 60 - The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Page 12 - The Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

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