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Environment

Nature

As Our Actions Transform Nature, We Begin to Transform Our Actions

Impacts we’ve made on the Earth are beginning to affect us.

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Introduction: Biodiversity

Why the topic of biodiversity matters

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A Traditional Shareconomy

Indigenous communities in the Andes traditionally manage commons such as water. Their potential is still not exhausted.

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Seen but Not Heard

Despite repeated warnings from Unicef, children are not being involved in policymaking on climate change. How can they be included?

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Disrupt Climate Change

The movie “Disruption” was part of the mobilization for the People’s Climate March in September 2014. It leaves no doubt: Climate change is a social issue.

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“We Need a New Planetary Civil Society!”

The problem lies not in food production, but in access to food. We are letting them starve - but we are not the perpetrators says Jean Ziegler.

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Preserving Our Land

Seed banks are a vital insurance for smallholders’ livelihood. A journey to Santiago Yaitepec shows the need and benefits of local, agricultural self-aid.

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Dams - Development Or Delusion?

Dams are exceptional as a symbol of the changing development policy paradigms of recent decades.

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Resources

Black Gold?

While the discovery of oil means revenues for governments, local residents are displaced and often left in despair. The story of Sabina, an Ugandan widow.

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“A Friendly Tsunami”

Michael Braungart talks about the reverse character of sustainability and the actual potential of the human footprint. An interview with the founder of C2C.

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Water Stress

There’s no food production without water. But water is becoming scarce.

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Urban Anthologies: Learning From Our Cities

Cities have never prospered as much as they have over the past couple of decades.

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Much Upgrading, Little Effect?

More than half of Nairobi lives in slums where they face stalled projects and poor service. But improvements could be made.

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The Future’s Architects

Kibera, once named one of Africa’s worst slums, has watched officials repeatedly fail to respond effectively to its growth. Until now.

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The End of Growth: Panic or Salvation?

What happens when growth ends? Whether the world is heading for disaster or a golden age is a question of demographics.

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The Role of Earth Observation Technology

Technologies can help to support policy aims in enviromental and natural resources gouvernance

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Nutrition

Good Reason for Optimism

Kofi Annan identifies the two most important challenges for Africa's future development in this urgent and inspirational call to action.

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Stop Wasting Food

Food waste could feed every starving person on this planet. Here is some food for thought.

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Editorial

DDD takes a close look at the way food is produced today and what we will be eating tomorrow.

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The Real Costs of Cheap Food

Hans Herren, holder of the Right Livelihood Award, demands a global change of food production.

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The Anti-Restaurants

It is trendy to celebrate food culture. Organized through apps or blogs, strangers meet in so called supper clubs – but sharing food has a long tradition.

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Small Farmers’ Potential

How smallholder agriculture can contribute to reducing hunger and malnutrition.

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Strengthening Agriculture – Fighting Hunger

Food security is a key global mission: If we all pull together, we can succeed.

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Interview on Fair Trade / GEPA

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Disaster

Disaster Reporting

Disaster: reporters could do far more than merely assume the role of observers.

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The Resilience Revolution

Terrorism, earthquakes, violence – global cities face various threads. 100 Resilient Cities helps them to be prepared.

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Crisis Management: Understanding the Real Impact of ICTs

About Understanding the Real Impact of ICTs, Social Media and Crisis Mapping

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Disrupt Climate Change

The movie “Disruption” was part of the mobilization for the People’s Climate March in September 2014. It leaves no doubt: Climate change is a social issue.

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New New Orleans

After Katrina New Orleans’ residents discussed: Do we want to reconstruct or reinvent our city? Award-winning journalist Jed Horne looks at New New Orleans.

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Calling Freedom

Humans in remote areas or sensitive situations often find themselves detached from the flow of information – Freedom Fone is a software to tackle this.

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Help Is Coming via Twitter

Ushahidi is made up of digital maps on which (crisis-) events can be posted

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Policy

Fancy Schemes for a Dirty Business

Delhi struggles with unsustainable practices as air, water and land are under assault.

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Tackling Climate Change Locally

To counteract climate change’s effects, the CCIS working on the local level provides stakeholders with data for adaptation.

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The Water Sector Reform in Kenya Is Bearing Fruit

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Water – A Resource of Conflict and Source of Cooperation

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Is China Going Green?

It is hard to refer to China’s civil society as particularly developed. Yet the government is increasingly allying itself with the environmental movement.

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Is There a Role for Privatization in Water Services?

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Indigenous People, Native Communities

Preservation of the land is a prerequisite for survival in native communities.

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The Resilience Revolution

Terrorism, earthquakes, violence – global cities face various threads. 100 Resilient Cities helps them to be prepared.

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