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.
Soren Ambrose details how we are living in an age of hyper-capitalism where the power of people is being curtailed by the people with power, and how to make a start of getting out of it.
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.
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.
Xyza Cruz Bacani’s is an artist first and foremost, a young woman with a passion and a camera; she also happens to be a migrant domestic worker but that doesn’t define her. Her story shows that women migrants have great potential to be agents of change in their own lives and the societies to which they contribute.
If you never thought ‘dirt’ could be interesting or ultra important, UNU’s Robert Blasiak recommends a fascinating book demonstrating how soil management has impacted the rise and fall of civilizations.
In Australia and the Arctic, scientists say, they have found unexpected ways in which natural processes are helping to compensate for global warming.
Microbes in soil may help identify ways to reduce gene-sharing among infectious bacteria, which could slow the spread of drug-resistant superbugs.
A doctor discovers that exposure to healthy farm soil holds keys to healthy bodies.
Mangjing Village’s tea gardens show that traditional cultivation systems can both support local livelihoods and conserve biodiversity.