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.
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.
Ninety students — ranging from 11 to 18 years old — won places at a three-day Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions Leadership Summit based on their innovative ideas on how best to monitor, raise public awareness and ultimately reduce this non-biodegradable waste.
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?
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.
New economic research incorporating theories from psychology is showing that, in addition to those commonly cited, there are other mechanisms that may keep people stuck in the ‘poverty trap’.
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.
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.