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Opinion/Resilience-thinking reading roundup 2017

As the end of the year approaches, we offer you a countdown to good reads: three books from this year, two fundamental books, and one classic-to-be.

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Feature/Rediscovering local wild food in South Africa’s Western Cape

Dutch colonists introduced commercial farming techniques to the region more than 300 years ago. Today, local wild food activists are working with communities to reintroduce endemic edible plants into the local food system, recover long-lost food heritages, and potentially help save the threatened biodiversity of the Cape.

WRITTEN BY Megan Lindow
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Commentary/Urban Earth

A call for “new urban knowledge” – and a little bit of tinkering – might help to address how cities and their regions can develop resilience in the face of a quickly urbanising planet.

WRITTEN BY Thomas Elmqvist & Timon McPhearson
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News/5 research reads for resilience thinking

Climate and conservation, managing the global commons, pollution and cities make it to the top of the list for resilience reads from the recent scientific research literature. Owen Gaffney shares new "essential reading" for anyone interested applying resilience thinking in global development.

WRITTEN BY Owen Gaffney
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Feature/Redefining poverty in Kenya’s fishing villages

Fishers in Kenya earn a wage above the poverty line. Why do many of them feel that they are poor?

WRITTEN BY Ida Gabrielsson
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Feature/Saving Mexico’s most totemic chilli

Chefs, scientists, and entrepreneurs are giving the chilhuacle pepper – a once-imperilled ingredient of Mexico’s holiest mole – a new future. Lucas Laursen tracks a potentially purposeful transformation.

WRITTEN BY Lucas Laursen
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Commentary/A pro-microbial state of mind

Microbes are not the enemy. They are vital co-inhabitants of our planet and bodies – and essential for health and well-being.

WRITTEN BY Peter Søgaard Jørgensen & Marika Haeggman
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Feature/Challenges along Guyana’s alternative development path

Can a forest conservation programme funded by Norway keep the nation’s forests intact while respecting indigenous rights and fostering other economic interests?

WRITTEN BY Erica Gies
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Feature/Globalisation and global warming threaten Inuit food security

Indigenous peoples face twin challenges to their food security: global warming and globalisation. Old ways are threatened. New foods are often unhealthier. Lou Del Bello explores how new ways of self-organisation may help support resilience in the Far North.

WRITTEN BY Lou Del Bello
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Commentary/Pollution lessons from the Himalayan foothills

Regions like Pakistan, already naturally prone to heavy-metal contamination, also experience high levels of added pollution from human activities. How can understanding chemical risk in Pakistan help us to address chemical pollution, in order to protect our future – and our children?

WRITTEN BY Avit K. Bhowmik