The Green Economy Post Rio+20

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Science  16 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6109, pp. 887-888
DOI: 10.1126/science.1227360

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The distinguishing theme of the June 2012 United Nations (UN) Rio+20 conference was the “green economy” or, more precisely, how economies can achieve “green growth” (1). Although many green economy policies were endorsed in Rio, no new international commitments emerged. I outline steps that could be taken in the aftermath of Rio to salvage the momentum in support of green growth.