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Commentary/Can science fiction reimagine the future of global development?

Why science-based fictional narratives can help us develop a more sustainable and equitable future for humanity on spaceship Earth.  

WRITTEN BY Andrew Merrie
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Feature/How Hin Lad Nai’s farming saved a forest and its poetry changed international policy

A tiny community of farmers in northern Thailand caring for their traditional land, biodiversity, and culture fought the government and won. They influenced international policies governing biodiversity to use their practices at home, and continue to defend them.

WRITTEN BY Viveca Mellegård
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Feature/Amazon on the edge

Combined pressures on the Amazon are pushing it towards a tipping point, which may be much closer than scientists previously thought. Can a new economic paradigm emerge to prevent it?

WRITTEN BY Owen Gaffney
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Commentary/Designers build a “Cloudfactory” to rethink design for resilience

Design thinking shares similar characteristics to resilience thinking. The Massive Small Collective reflects on the Cloudfactory’s focus on process rather than product as an example of doing “social design” and development differently, in a community in northern Hungary.

WRITTEN BY Lauren Hermanus & Andrew Campbell
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Commentary/Rethinking development aid to avoid traps

Researchers have put together new puzzle pieces in the poverty traps framework, in order to find ways to look at different possible solutions for development. Adding nature and culture, they find, changes everything.

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Feature/Keystone seafood companies set to change course for sustainable oceans

What happens when global sustainability researchers invite chief executives of major seafood companies to discuss the future of the oceans? A sea change in attitudes. We trace the long road to the Soneva Dialogue and preview the next steps.

WRITTEN BY Naomi Lubick
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Opinion/The roads to 2050

An ambitious international scientific initiative aims to chart the pathways from now to 2050 with a single aim: successful completion of the Sustainable Development Goals within planetary boundaries.

WRITTEN BY Owen Gaffney
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Feature/Low-lying Vietnam is squeezed between its neighbours and the rising seas

Climate change, heavy-handed water management, and upstream dams are changing the Mekong Delta, pushing residents to adapt.

WRITTEN BY Erica Gies
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Feature/Seeds of investment for the future

Ethiopia’s first communal seed bank is an example of the power of genetic diversity to shield humans from environmental crises. But threats to the seed banks loom with the industrialisation of agriculture.

WRITTEN BY Lou Del Bello
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Feature/Running out of reef resilience?

The world’s coral reefs are increasingly threatened by climate change and other human pressures. But it’s not too late to save them – and the livelihoods of the many communities that depend on them.

WRITTEN BY Fredrik Moberg