Twenty-five years of European border restrictions have not only failed to curb immigration but have actually had counterproductive results — through an increase in irregular migration and an increasing dependence of migrants on smugglers, argues UNU-MERIT Prof. Hein de Haas.
The Gates Foundation is already helping to tackle global challenges like polio, HIV, malaria, sanitation, and much more. Now a new Guardian video is asking Bill Gates to lead the fight against climate change and divest from fossil fuels.
Detailing the latest and more intense phase in the ongoing battle for our hearts and minds between eco-modernists and eco-radicals, Brendan Barrett concludes that we should perhaps instead be seeking a new form of eco-something ideology.
After turning to self-government in response to illegal logging by narco-traffickers, a small town in Mexico is celebrating 4 years of communal decision-making.
Soren Ambrose details how we are living in an age of hyper-capitalism where the power of people is being curtailed by the people with power, and how to make a start of getting out of it.
Using technofixes to tinker with global climate systems is an excuse to avoid unpopular but necessary measures to reduce carbon emissions, argues professor of public ethics Clive Hamilton.
Political history was made in March when, becoming the first incumbent to lose an election since Nigeria’s 1960 independence, President Goodluck Jonathan was beaten by former military leader Muhammadu Buhari. Ahead of Buhari’s 29 May inauguration, UNU PhD fellow Ayokunu Adedokun sets out seven points that he wants to see on Buhari’s agenda.
With foodborne illnesses still impacting a disproportionate number of the world’s poorest people, the Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration project is gleaning lessons from South America’s successful health policy work.
UNU’s Ana Mosneaga, lead researcher for the Fukushima Global Communication Programme, reports how the recently adopted Sendai Framework, while falling short of expectations on many fronts, took some important steps towards integrating lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
To mark World Water Day, UNU-INWEH’s Dr Corinne Schuster-Wallace describes a programme that is helping disadvantaged communities across the world to implement holistic, affordable and sustainable change to combat waterborne diseases.
This photo-essay highlights a question ever more urgently in need of an answer: is there a bearable margin of ecosystem wreckage inherent to feeding and powering the world?
If you never thought ‘dirt’ could be interesting or ultra important, UNU’s Robert Blasiak recommends a fascinating book demonstrating how soil management has impacted the rise and fall of civilizations.
In Australia and the Arctic, scientists say, they have found unexpected ways in which natural processes are helping to compensate for global warming.
Microbes in soil may help identify ways to reduce gene-sharing among infectious bacteria, which could slow the spread of drug-resistant superbugs.
A doctor discovers that exposure to healthy farm soil holds keys to healthy bodies.