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Summer school with a difference
Participants from around the globe explored the complex relationship between culture and the environment during summer school in Yunnan, China.
Awardees tackle sustainability challenges
Although scientists are often stereotyped as staying in their laboratories, these young award-winners continue to move beyond academia.
Lessons for Japan from the WorldRiskReport 2011
The WorldRiskReport may help to convey the complexity of disasters and strengthen Japan's adaptive capacities.
Real costs of hydropower in Cambodia
While the benefits of expanding hydropower are undeniable, such development carries steep costs that impact the livelihoods of local people and should not be ignored.
Contest winners shine with green talent
The Green Talents competition is a forum for outstanding young scientists from around the world working in sustainable development.
Chile’s native seeds in danger of being monopolised
Indigenous and environmental groups fear appropriation of native seeds by foreign companies will impact Chilean biodiversity.
Japanese agricultural heritage systems recognized
Sado Island and the Noto Peninsula are the first sites in Japan, and the developed world overall, to be listed as globally important.
The thriving biodiversity of Peru’s Potato Park
Based on cultural and ecosystem contexts, local communities are well placed to enhance conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity.
Sacred groves sustain bio-cultural richness in Yunnan Stone Forest
Sacred natural sites play a vital role in conservation.
Feeding a crowded world
The president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development argues that a global agro-industrial revolution that places rural smallholders at the centre is required.
OS Homo Sapiens 2.0: New human software coming soon?
New interpretations of our terrestrial existence have the potential to justify the rescuing of the Earth's climate and eco-systems.
Japan should look to satoyama and satoumi for inspiration
Traditional ways of living in harmony with nature offer the country hope as it rebuilds after the triple disaster.
Bio-enterprises, endogenous development and well-being
In the quest for development, community thinking and actions are dynamic and evolving, yet a sense of ‘rootedness’ guides them.
Mongolia’s herders seek a new approach
Ecological changes are impacting livelihoods in the Gobi region. One collaboration seeks to put traditional knowledge back into a formula for sustainability.
Local innovation to help nourish the planet
Speculation about any future global food crisis aside, here are some inspiring examples of agricultural innovation from the Nourishing the Planet blog.
Can we evolve beyond money?
If coming generations are weaned on collaborative consumption, it is possible they will naturally gravitate away from consumerism.
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