Since coming into existence at the start of the environmental movement in 1970, Earth Day has grown into a global phenomenon. And yet, species extinction, climate change and other environmental problems continue to plague us. Here’s how we can get on track to a future in which every day is a celebration of nature.
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.
Senior United Nations officials today called on the international community to unite against intolerance at a critical time when people, communities and nations are grappling with disparity and radicalism.
Fighting a losing battle against a rash of political and humanitarian crises in 10 of the world’s critical “hot spots”, the United Nations needs collective power and solidarity, and more financial help from the international community.
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.
Despite an extraordinary Platform for Action committed to at the historic Fourth World Conference on Women 20 years ago this September, we can celebrate only modest gains in some areas. This fall the world’s leaders have the chance to re-commit so that we can truly and quickly breach the gender equality gaps that remain, argues the Executive Director of UN Women.
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.
In Norway, capturing and burying carbon emissions has brought down one prime minister, been likened to a national ‘moon landing’ by another and left the country’s highest-emitting gas plant as a monument.
Around the globe new processes are rapidly being developed to turn waste into renewable energy to power cars, planes and turbines. And now researchers in Germany have created a ‘biobattery’ that uses sewage sludge, green waste, production residues from the food industry, straw and animal excrement.
The US government has approved a $2 billion renewable energy transmission line that could help open up the West to stranded solar and wind assets, feeding enough electricity to power over one million homes into the grid.
A compelling Q&A with the originator of a holistic approach to restoring grasslands by using livestock to mimic nature’s herbivore herds.
In dealing with today’s sustainability challenges, what can we learn from millenia of harmonious interactions between humans and nature?
A sustainable development initiative aims to address climate change and food security, plus boost long-term business competitiveness in Egypt.
Can earthworms help save the planet? ‘VermEcology’ expert Rob J. Blakemore thinks they are key for a number of very convincing reasons.
Mangjing Village’s tea gardens show that traditional cultivation systems can both support local livelihoods and conserve biodiversity.