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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
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Commentary/A better way to support marine fisheries

New research shows which coastal countries are most vulnerable to climate change impacts on marine fisheries. Prioritising the most vulnerable places for targeted assistance could yield positive impacts.

WRITTEN BY Robert Blasiak, Colette C. C. Wabnitz & Jessica Spijkers
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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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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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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
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Commentary/Making resilience, adaptation, and transformation real

Researchers have been working on a new way of examining the changes needed in social-ecological systems to achieve desired sustainability goals through the RAPTA (Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment) approach. Pilot projects in Ethiopia translate sometimes unfamiliar terms to reality.

WRITTEN BY Yiheyis Maru & Deborah O'Connell
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Commentary/Resilience 2017 in 7 quotes

A recent gathering in Stockholm brought together academic, artistic, and practitioner communities to discuss the latest in resilience research, and what might be next.

WRITTEN BY Owen Gaffney