Economically beset Greece got a stay of execution from the European Central Bank ahead of its controversial referendum this weekend. Whilst headlines abound regarding the chances and impact of the nation exiting the eurozone, UNU-MERIT’s Howard Hudson asked senior researcher Dr. Thomas Ziesemer for insight on the situation.
There’s a big difference between knowing about the ocean and knowing the ocean, reflects UNU-INWEH’s Professor Peter Sale in a thought-provoking article about the things that go through his mind when he’s conducting underwater research.
Technology can buy us time in a failing environment, but ultimately it will not save us. To be effective, environmental policies need support from all levels of society: from national ministries to local communities. These are just two of the messages from UNU-MERIT Prof. René Kemp for World Environment Day.
Humanitarian responses and relief need to be quick, effective and correctly focused to be able to save as many lives as possible. UNU-EHS’s Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson discusses Nepal’s recent earthquake and some important new disaster risk reduction approaches that are key to a future where the impact of such occurrences doesn’t continue to mount.
Why are poor countries poor and rich countries rich? How are wealth and poverty related to changes in health, life expectancy, education, population growth and politics? UNU Prof. Adam Szirmai’s new book takes a long-term broad interdisciplinary perspective that gives an empirical basis along which to judge these questions.
Culture is so essential to societies, but how are creativity and development linked? UNU Junior Fellow Katariina Oivo inteviews UNU-IAS Visiting Professor John Clammer about his new book that examines the ways in which creativity and imagination in the arts can help to build a genuinely holistic understanding of development.
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.
Brazil and the United States announced a joint effort to address climate change and boost renewable energy during a visit this week by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the White House. Brazil also committed to restore and reforest 12 million hectares — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania — and to eliminate illegal deforestation.
Brendan Barrett discusses popular city ranking indexes and what they do and do not mean, and then gives a glimpse of the kind of liveable city ranking that he would like to see.
In world’s first climate liability suit, a Dutch court has ordered the state to cut emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change.
Equipped with the latest research and measurements of various anomalies, scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios of coastal flooding as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.
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.
The current wave of international terrorism has seen an influx of disenfranchised youth joining the ranks of militant groups. This feature examines why and shows how the solution lies in treating the world’s youth as peacebuilders in a system that prioritises progressive youth policies and investment.