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WBGU Report: A social contract for sustainability

Low-carbon economy and sustainable development

The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) has just published its latest flagship report, World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability. In this report, the WBGU explains the reasons for the urgent need for a 'post fossil-nuclear metabolism'. It also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of measures to accelerate the necessary restructuring. A WDEV summary


If the transformation really is to succeed, we have to enter into a social contract for innovation, in the form of a new kind of discourse between governments and citizens, both within and beyond the boundaries of the nation state, the report says. The modern era's global crisis can only be overcome through a profound, shared awareness of low-carbon value creation and sustainable development. In this report, the WBGU elaborates on the prospects of future sustainable economies - which, in view of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, must surely be on
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