The politics of the environment face a paradox. While climate damaging emmisions and the use of resources globally continue to rise, solutions are also starting to become mainstream. Unlike twenty years ago, we know today that renewable energy, for example, is not a pipe dream but a fast growing global industry. Indeed, solutions for most if not all envirtonmental ills are available and affordable, and investments in clean technologies are rising. At the same time, development in both North and South remains deeply unsustainable.