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Commentary/Imagine all the people – a resilient future in 2050

The year is 2050, world population has reached 10 billion and the vast majority of people live in cities. The biosphere – for decades under catastrophic pressure – experienced a turn of fortune in 2030, when the sustainable development goals were declared a success. Climate change was halted below 2 degrees. Ecosystem restoration and protection secured degrading ecosystem services and coastlines. Investments in agriculture created resilient supply chains, and financial innovations placed resources in the hands of local communities. The tide was turned.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman
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Commentary/On the move: migration can contribute to sustainable economic development

Migration is often demonised by the media and politicians but the benefits can outweigh the drawbacks with good governance. Globally, migration is at an all-time high; we discuss how migration can generate surprising gains in support of sustainable development.

WRITTEN BY Lori Hunter, Clara Brandi, John Connell, Kathleen Hermans, Jens Newig & Mark Stafford Smith
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Feature/Disaster, hope, fear, and resilience in rural Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of hurricanes, the isolated rural communities in Puerto Rico were left to weather the damage and rebuilding alone. By returning to old ways and adopting new methods, they built stronger networks and sought deeper knowledge, inside and outside the US island territory.

WRITTEN BY Glynis Board
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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/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
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Feature/Squeezing water from a drying Himalayan desert

Hydrologists work with mountain farmers in Nepal to meet changing climate challenges. In the process they're learning to use local insight to guide their data collection.

WRITTEN BY Lucas Laursen
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Feature/Traversing the dry corridor

Environmental changes in the Dry Corridor - Corredor Seco - and Atlantic Coast have driven migration in Honduras, one of the countries most affected by climate change. Here, women have gathered together in old and new collectives, as they struggle to create economic opportunities and grow crops against increasing weather variability.

WRITTEN BY Monica Pelliccia
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News/5 research reads for resilience thinking

Climate and conservation, managing the global commons, pollution and cities make it to the top of the list for resilience reads from the recent scientific research literature. Owen Gaffney shares new "essential reading" for anyone interested applying resilience thinking in global development.