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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 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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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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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
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Theme/Ecosystems matter

Why a biosphere-based world view is an important part of development.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman
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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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Feature/Tipping into the future

A history of tipping points from an ecological perspective and how they inform resilience thinking in global development.

WRITTEN BY Wudan Yan
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Opinion/Rethinking 2017 while looking ahead to 2018

Turning the calendar to a new year, whether lunar or solar, presents an opportunity for reflection and celebration. Rethink’s editors take a stab at both.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman & Naomi Lubick