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Commentary/Marine plastic pollution – a planetary environmental problem

The amount of plastic in our ocean has been called “a planetary crisis”. Could marine plastic pollution be considered a threat to how the Earth functions?

WRITTEN BY Patricia Villarrubia Gómez
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Commentary/Collaboration without consensus

Rehabilitating degraded lands, restoring fisheries, or reducing greenhouse gas emissions all demand changes by actors at multiple scales; and power, profit, and livelihoods are at stake. Blake Ratner of Collaborating for Resilience recounts his experiences of pursuing big, systemic change when people don’t agree what the problem is, or how to solve it.

WRITTEN BY Blake Ratner
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Commentary/Building resilience one mangrove forest at a time

Mangrove forests protect coastal communities from floods and provide livelihoods, resources, and many other functions, but they are one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. Across the globe, different initiatives are now working to secure these vital watery forests.

WRITTEN BY Ida Gabrielsson, Simone Verkaart & Nathanial Matthews
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Commentary/The informal food economy – a source of income and belonging

Small businesses in the informal food economy are important sources of income in migrant communities in ‘Somali Town’ in Cape Town, South Africa. Food also offers a sense of belonging for people fleeing conflict, climate change, and ecological degradation.

WRITTEN BY Luke Metelerkamp & Jules Mercer
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Commentary/The guardians of the Earth’s ecosystems

Frontline environmental defenders are critical in safeguarding healthy ecosystems. They work tirelessly to protect biodiversity and uphold human rights, and their efforts need to be formally recognised.

WRITTEN BY Claudia Ituarte-Lima
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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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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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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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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