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.
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.
A run-down of green technology’s most cutting-edge innovations, including transparent solar cells and microgeneration boilers.
‘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.
Economically beset Greece got a stay of execution from the European Central Bank ahead of its controversial referendum this weekend. Whilst news headlines abound regarding the chances and impact of the nation exiting the eurozone, UNU-MERIT’s editor Howard Hudson asked senior researcher Dr. Thomas Ziesemer for insight on the situation.
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.
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.
Today, migration-related phenomena can affect both the international security of states and the human security of people. UNU’s Valeria Bello explains why this complex issue should not be tainted by prejudice.
Statelessness can place people among the most vulnerable, disenfranchised and impoverished within a society. It is crucial, therefore, to ensure that stateless persons are included in the development of global goals relating to human development, poverty eradication and access to rights.
Sixty years ago, the world agreed to protect stateless people, but around 10 million people are currently denied a nationality. This revealing photo essay illustrates why a new campaign aims to end the devastating legal limbo of statelessness.
Traditional knowledge and a holistic culture are key factors in the longevity of many indigenous peoples. Yet today they are all under intense pressure to be part of a globalised economic system that offers some benefits but too often destroys their land and culture. Stephen Leahy demonstrates why this paradigm should be flipped around.
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.
In a candid Q&A, author Frances Moore Lappe talks about how to shift our mental map so as to sync human nature with nature’s rhythms.