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Commentary/Changing behaviour to improve sustainability

Media and research remind us daily of the dire risks of climate change, overfishing, industrial agriculture, freshwater depletion, deforestation, and loss of wildlife. How can we create behaviours that benefit people and the planet?

WRITTEN BY Shauna Mahajan & Kate Graves
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Feature/Farming with nature

Around the world, innovative agroecological farmers increasingly challenge the dominant industrial way of farming. Combining local and scientific knowledge, they put resilience thinking into practice to feed growing populations and cope with climate change, water scarcity, market volatility, and more.

WRITTEN BY Fredrik Moberg
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Commentary/How cities can use nature to cope with change

Heatwaves across south-east Australia continue to break records. New Orleans is still searching for solutions to its flooding issues following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Researchers look for global lessons in the aftermath of extreme weather events to see how cities can respond to environmental challenges ahead.

WRITTEN BY Dave Kendal & Joshua Lewis
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Commentary/How access to nature improves well-being

In development efforts, trees and greenery are seen as luxuries not priorities. But spending more time in nature helps people cope with adversity and improves their health; these aspects should be considered alongside material and economic benefits.

WRITTEN BY Susanne Vetter & Michelle Cocks
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Feature/The many layers of Cape Town’s water crisis

More than half of the world’s cities already face recurring water shortages. Cape Town’s lack of water is a shock to many but also a result of slow changes. Beyond blame and technical fixes there lie insights into new ways of thinking about water.

WRITTEN BY Megan Lindow
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Feature/Should nations close the high seas to fishing?

A radical idea to close the high seas to fishing could increase fish catch and revenue and improve climate resilience of coastal nations. But will it be on the menu of the United Nations High Seas Treaty?

WRITTEN BY Owen Gaffney
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Commentary/Cleaning up Lilongwe River

How hundreds of tonnes of organic waste in the Malawian capital were turned into a precious resource – compost manure – that helps poor farmers increase their yields.

WRITTEN BY Jessica Kavonic & Stephen Chiunjira
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Feature/Turning desert to fertile farmland on the Loess Plateau

Soil is not just dirt but a living system with many important functions. Degraded soils impact on food production, erosion, and more, affecting the lives of people around the world. Restoration efforts in China, Zambia and other countries seek to reverse this trend.

WRITTEN BY Richard Blaustein
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Commentary/Hillside communities learn to mitigate landslide risks

Every year landslides cause loss of life and damage to property in Colombia. People in informal urban settlements are particularly exposed. With support from local government, researchers, and others, they can understand – and work to mitigate – such risks.

WRITTEN BY Harry Smith, Soledad Garcia-Ferrari, Gabriela M Medero & Helena Rivera
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Feature/Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

In August 2017 Hurricane Harvey flooded whole communities in Houston. With predicted increases in extreme weather events, city planners across the globe are faced with the task of working with, rather than against, nature.

WRITTEN BY Daniel Grossman