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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
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Commentary/Machines learning development

Algorithms are all around us, from banking machines to agriculture. Is it time to rethink how they shape development?

WRITTEN BY Victor Galaz & Denis Malpartida
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Commentary/Global gambles in the Age of Humans

People’s activities have changed the whole planet so much that they are triggering entirely new types of risks. Cutting-edge research looks at improving the odds for our gambles with the Earth, both now and into the future.

WRITTEN BY Patrick W. Keys
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Commentary/Trading off Nile perch futures

East Africa’s Lake Victoria faces immediate problems. The solutions lie in long-term perspectives.

WRITTEN BY Andrea Downing