In north-west China, environmental restoration programmes are successfully reducing soil erosion and improving land degradation. However, a lack of precipitation, population growth and economic boom mean water resources are seriously stretched, making it crucial that the nexus between water and soil be considered.
Contemporary civic leaders face a complex array of problems and it’s clear that cities around the world cannot stick to “business as usual”. Achieving the necessary transformation, Brendan Barrett argues, will require a fundamental re-think by all concerned and ethical questions ought to be at the centre of this process.
With serious challenges like pollution and overfishing putting the food security and livelihoods of tropical coastal communities at risk, UNU’s Prof. Peter Sale explains a new approach to managing coastal seas that could help developing countries sustainably meet the ecological, economic and social objectives for their oceans.
Anthropocene is a term many ecologists are beginning to use to describe the current geologic age in which Homo sapiens have become the key structuring species that could alone determine the fate of Earth’s life forms. Is the present structure of the United Nations up to the task of helping its peoples in the governance challenges of our increasingly urban world?
Today is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development — a day for renewed commitment to ensuring that our differences enrich and strengthen us, instead of dividing us.
Using military technology and a zero-emission engine invented by a 19th-century Scot, a Swedish firm is seeking to revolutionise solar energy production.
On Saturday, in often sweltering heat, more than 44,000 people in Ecuador sowed their way into the Guinness Book of World Records by planting 647,250 trees of over 200 species in one day.
‘Degrowth’ has emerged as a provocative term that questions the false consensus on the necessity of growth. Economist Federico Demaria uses Spain’s example to explain how degrowth is not recession but rather a way out of the ‘growth trap’ that breeds inequality.
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.
In order to avoid displacement when possible, displacement and human mobility issues need to be better integrated within national and regional climate change adaptation planning processes.
A team from UNU’s Institute for Natural Resources in Africa gives insight into what is needed to find lasting solutions to clean water and water accessibility challenges across the African continent.
With a young Bangladeshi girl’s survival of a powerful cyclone on her mind, UNU researcher Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson argues that no one should need luck to survive a disaster. Which is why, she explains, the Gibika research-to-action project is bridging gaps in vulnerable communities’ preparedness.
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.
People ride bicycles for many different reasons, resulting in financial, health, environmental and social benefits to individuals and broader society.