Cuba, alone, is achieving sustainable development

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New Scientist [newsletter@email.newscientist.com] 4 October, 2007

Cathrine Brahic, Online Environment Reporter, writes: “World Failing On Sustainable Development ” “If the world is to start developing in a sustainable way, we are going in the wrong direction. This is the message from the first study to show the ecological impact of our changing lifestyles. The international team looked at 93 nations over the last 30 years and found that just one nation - Cuba - is developing sustainably. Cuba was the only nation found to provide a decent standard of living for their people without consuming more than its fair share of resources”…MORE

Well, it appears that we can’t read more — at least not until the issue arrives in any of these 3 libraries: Chemistry, Stokes or Engineering. (It is embargoed for 1 month from being electronically available on EBSCO, and it won’t be available on Omnifile (Wilson) or ProQuest for 6 months.)

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WRONG!
Cuba - Has anyone been to Cuba to see that Cubans are having "a decent standard of living?"

Most Cuban people earn $10-$15 month. Educated professors earn $40/month and have to clean toilets to earn extra money to support their families. Ordinary Cubans can't even afford aspirins. I could go on and on. Whoever does these studies must be hired by the communist government of Cuba to put out these lies about Cubans having Cubans having "a decent standard of living."

WRONG!
Cuba - Has anyone been to Cuba to see that Cubans are having "a decent standard of living?"

Most Cuban people earn $10-$15 month. Educated professors earn $40/month and have to clean toilets to earn extra money to support their families. Ordinary Cubans can't even afford aspirins. I could go on and on about how hard done by the Cuban people are. Whoever does these studies must be hired by the communist government of Cuba to put out these lies about Cubans having "a decent standard of living."

Here is a bit more:
"This is a preview of the full article. New Scientist Full Access is available free to magazine subscribers
World failing on sustainable development
03 October 2007
Daniele Fanelli
Magazine issue 2624
WE DON'T need environmental evangelicals to tell us that sustainable development is a good idea. Yet, if that is our goal, we are heading in the wrong direction - with the exception of Cuba. So says the first study to examine the ecological impact of changing lifestyles around the globe.

An international team led by Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network looked at how the living conditions and ecological footprints of 93 nations have changed in the last 30 years.

They used the ecological footprint (EF) index, a tool devised in 1993 by Wackernagel and William Rees, his PhD supervisor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. EF quantifies the area of land required to provide the infrastructure used by a person or a nation, the food and goods they consume, and to reabsorb the waste they produce, using available technology. This value can then be compared ...

The complete article is 711 words long."
Here is the URL for Global Footprint:
http://www.footprintnetwork.org/index.php

I do get the journal/news magazine at home, so i'll have to soon investigate this further.

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