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Feature/Mongolian slums offer lessons for tomorrow’s sustainable cities

The ger district on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar expands as more people move from rural areas in search of a better life. Booming urbanisation is poised to put a strain on shared resources, but a combination of local and global knowledge may be key to tackling this.

WRITTEN BY Lou Del Bello
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Feature/Moving from “doing less badly” to “sustainability”

It’s time to start thinking about development that benefits both people and the planet. It’s time to talk about transformation, and changing the way we change.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman
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Commentary/The Nairobi Dam: from community resource to open sewer – and back again

Originally built in the early 1950s to create a water supply reservoir, the Nairobi Dam has deteriorated significantly and now poses a threat to human and ecosystem health. Residents of Kibera, the informal settlement that borders the reservoir, have been transforming its tributaries into a lively network of community amenities and programmes since 2006.

WRITTEN BY Joseph Mulligan
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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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Feature/Should nations close the high seas to fishing?

A radical idea to close the high seas to fishing could increase fish catch and revenue and improve climate resilience of coastal nations. But will it be on the menu of the United Nations High Seas Treaty?

WRITTEN BY Owen Gaffney
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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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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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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/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