Two recent books suggest that climate scientists are becoming, at least in private, more pessimistic about our ability to mitigate climate change. George Marshall suggests we learn to better communicate with all segments of society about climate change and action thereon. Naomi Klein puts the blame for the crisis firmly at the door of capitalism and calls for direct action to tackle this global challenge.
Japanese sustainability thought-leader Junko Edahiro shares her list of things Japan’s government could do to help put the country on a path designed to bridge the hurdles ahead.
Oil price analysts explain how the current drop in oil prices is a fourth confirmation that a long-term oscillation in oil price volatility has been established and discuss what it could mean for the stock market.
An open source, code-based RapidSMS software is allowing rural clinics to receive HIV-exposed babies’ test results by SMS so parents can be alerted and important early treatment can be started promptly.
The idea of setting aside areas of land and water to be protected against human activities has become a staple of the conservation movement. But with that movement itself at a crossroads, five experts share their vision of what they hope protected areas will be like in 2050.
Democratic ownership, localized food production and a shift to renewable energy are key principles in growing the movement to re-envision our economy.
A movement is emerging made up of practitioners who are applying Open Source philosophy, of both the new and ancient kind, to food systems work with the aim of constructing the kind of resilient agricultural systems our future food ecosystems need.
Around the world scores of projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions or helping communities adapt to climate change are being paid for, at least partially, by a new type of financing.
With electronics a growing challenge for waste disposal, the UNU-coordinated StEP initiative has developed an affordable and environmentally sound e-waste recycling option for developing countries that connects local dismantling operations with global networks of infrastructure that can further refine materials.
Whether they travel alone to Europe and the United States fleeing danger or are not registered at birth by their undocumented parents, migrant children are too often left fearing deportation with no access to a process to gain the documentation needed.
Research using an African vetiver grass species to treat industrial effluents and domestic wastewater is showing promise under a project by the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa in partnership with Ebonyi State University in Nigeria.
Experience with affected communities in Fukushima shows that providing channels for public participation and dialogue is the very first step on the way to ensuring a sustainable recovery for communities impacted by complex disasters.
Many Fukushima residents, especially mothers of young children, do not trust medical assessments about radiation and addressing this problem requires the improvement of risk communication and the enhancement of governance.
The world’s largest pearl sector is a microcosm of the problems surrounding rapid socio-economic growth.