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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
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Feature/How Kenya’s herders got their livestock insured

Researchers puzzled out how to include dryland livestock herders in the global insurance market. Their next challenge is to stay in balance with a changing ecosystem.

WRITTEN BY Lucas Laursen
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Feature/Low-lying Vietnam is squeezed between its neighbours and the rising seas

Climate change, heavy-handed water management, and upstream dams are changing the Mekong Delta, pushing residents to adapt.

WRITTEN BY Erica Gies
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Commentary/Biomimicry builds urban possibilities in South Africa

The gardens and “living gutters” of Langrug are more than just a stopgap, delivering basic services to manage waste and treat grey water in an informal settlement in South Africa. The Massive Small Collective assesses a small-scale, nature-inspired project that has impacts beyond its boundaries.

WRITTEN BY Lauren Hermanus & Andrew Campbell
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Feature/Resilience lessons from a water goddess

Ancient religious practices protected rice crops and coral reefs for centuries in Bali. These farming practices can inform future management there, and help people see landscape-level patterns elsewhere.