A innovative UNU-TKI programme is sharing the groundbreaking Australian indigenous fire management experience to show how similar approaches can lead to significant emissions reductions, biodiversity protection and sustainable livelihoods globally.
Illegal wildlife trade is threatening the survival of some of Earth’s most charismatic species, but also some plants and animals you may have never heard of. This must end, the UN declared today on World Wildlife Day, as it undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources.
Humans and the cities we build are driving evolutionary changes in the creatures and plants around us faster than previously thought, new research shows.
Russia’s recent defiance of the US and NATO has convinced some analysts that we now live in a multipolar world. Sunil Dasgupta, isn’t so sure. Such a world would require India and China to side with Russia in confronting the West, which they remain reluctant to do, at least openly.
More than half of India’s population — 660 million people in total — live in regions where air pollution levels are higher than national standards. If those levels were brought down, a new study says, residents would gain 3.2 years of life expectancy.
Rob Hopkins of Transition Culture gives an indepth review of a recent pro fossil fuel industry book, debunking the author’s contentions and showing why he believes there is no “moral case for fossil fuels”, just as there was no “moral case for slavery” in 1860.
Brendan Barrett discusses Naomi Klein’s and George Marshall’s new books on climate change and concludes that we must stop running away from the glaring science.
Humans may be predisposed to turn a blind eye to the precarious reality of our planet’s health. But what about those of us who have ‘quit denial’? What role can we play?
UNU-WIDER, as part of its Development Under Climate Change (DUCC) project, has created a framework to help developing countries implement climate change policies that avoid negative biophysical and economic outcomes.
Mental health was once left behind in development processes, but now that effort has gone in to making the immeasurable measurable, it is vital that this crucial factor in human well-being be included in the post 2015 development agenda.
The distinction between sex trafficking and labour trafficking is often assumed, but by taking a human rights approach to the problem, this dichotomy becomes irrelevant and all victims’ rights are better protected.
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.