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  • El Niño: Meet the man who tries to predict the unpredictable

    El Niño: Meet the man who tries to predict the unpredictable

    In 1985, El Niño research pioneers Mark Cane and Steve Zebiak came up with the first computer model that successfully predicted the periodic Pacific Ocean warming event the following year. Thirty years later, models have improved — but ...

    Tania Rabesandratana

  • Joint action on climate change: Facts and figures

    Joint action on climate change: Facts and figures

    Ilan Kelman examines the history, overlaps and conflicts between climate change, development and disasters. By the end of 2015, three global policy processes will have set the stage for how the world responds to major challenges facing humanity in ...

    Ilan Kelman

  • Disaster and climate risks aren’t separate

    Disaster and climate risks aren’t separate

    Governments must integrate work across frameworks if global policy won’t, say Zenaida Delica-Willison and JC Gaillard. Disasters are a serious challenge everywhere. All communities need resilient and sustainable development, and that cannot ...

    JC Gaillard

  • Joint action on climate change: Key resources

    Joint action on climate change: Key resources

    Who’s linking climate change, development, and disaster reduction? Ilan Kelman rounds up vital sources and voices. Many useful and mainly free online resources reflect the links amongst climate change, development and disaster risk reduction ...

    Ilan Kelman

  • Digging for data on Africa’s climate future

    Digging for data on Africa’s climate future

    The cardboard box is covered with a layer of dust so thick it must have been tucked away in this Kenyan basement for decades. The researcher wipes off the dust and rummages through the papers stored inside by someone long since retired. Sheet after ...

    Lou Del Bello

  • Carbon capture is a mirage for poor nations

    Carbon capture is a mirage for poor nations

    The world is witnessing a coal renaissance. While public attention remains focused on the progress of the clean energy sector, a ‘black revolution’ of coal power stations is taking shape in the developing world, in particular in Asia, ...

    Lou Del Bello

  • The Middle East should think twice about fracking

    The Middle East should think twice about fracking

    Securing energy resources is critical for fuelling development, but deciding which types of energy to invest in will affect a country’s future in many ways — and not all are good when it comes to shale gas. Four countries in the Middle ...

    Bothina Osama

  • Three ways to strengthen IPCC reports

    Three ways to strengthen IPCC reports

    As the UN’s COP 21 meeting in Paris, France, draws closer, the future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is under consideration. In numerous consultations from Nairobi to Berlin, member countries and scientists are ...

    Purnamita Dasgupta

  • Q&A: Patrick Wagnon on glaciers and climate change

    Q&A: Patrick Wagnon on glaciers and climate change

    Patrick Wagnon is a glaciologist at the Institute of Research for Development in France, and a visiting scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a global ‘glacier chaser’, he has ...

    Jane Qiu

  • Global water challenges

    Global water challenges

    Across the globe, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. One billion have to defecate in the open, 748 million lack access to improved drinking water and 1.8 billion use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces. These are ...

    Jon Spaull

  • Why we need to do better on adaptation indicators

    Why we need to do better on adaptation indicators

    Let’s measure only what really counts to make progress on climate change adaptation, says Susanne Moser. “What gets measured, gets done!” — those were the words spoken ten years ago by a municipal planner from a large ...

    Susanne Moser

  • Putting a price on deaths from vehicle pollution

    Putting a price on deaths from vehicle pollution

    Outdoor air pollution kills more than three million people each year. “We can now estimate the cost of air pollution for the advanced and emerging economies of the world, including China and India,” says Rana Roy, consulting economist ...

    Maria Cristina Saccuman

  • UN’s Technology Mechanism launches first project in Chile

    UN’s Technology Mechanism launches first project in Chile

    The first research project to be funded under the UN’s Technology Mechanism, a process that supports the development of technologies that can help mitigate climate change, has kicked off. The project, which involves designing a network to ...

    Lisbeth Fog

  • Q&A: The best ways to track the SDGs

    Q&A: The best ways to track the SDGs

    The indicators to measure the success of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were an afterthought devised by UN officials “in a dark room in New York and thrust down countries’ throats” and, as such, were a lost ...

    Yojana Sharma

  • Forest camera traps monitor world’s endangered species

    Forest camera traps monitor world’s endangered species

    Hidden in some of the world’s most impenetrable forests, a network of cameras with inbuilt motion sensors are snapping animals in their tropical habitats. The photographs in this gallery were captured in forests in Africa, Asia and Latin ...

    Giorgia Scaturro

  • How to turn human waste into disease-free fertiliser

    How to turn human waste into disease-free fertiliser

    Poor sanitation can contaminate drinking water, especially in rural areas. Unless properly dealt with, faeces and other human waste can pollute the soil and eventually wells, causing diseases such as diarrhoea. The EcoSanitation method provides a ...

    Julia Schell

  • Should access to phosphorus be a human right?

    Should access to phosphorus be a human right?

    Food is a fundamental human right, as set down by international human rights treaties and, often, national constitutions. But the right to food cannot be ensured without a corresponding right to phosphorus, as some scientists pointed out at the ...

    Michelle Dobrovolny

  • Q&A: Helping the poorest nations with development goals

    Q&A: Helping the poorest nations with development goals

    Next week’s Climate Summit in New York is one of a few remaining stepping stones to the internationally binding agreement to tackle climate change expected to be agreed at a UN summit in Paris next year. At the same time, the global community ...

    Yojana Sharma

  • View on Private Sector: Insuring against climate change

    View on Private Sector: Insuring against climate change

    A recent UN report said that global warming will cause trillions of dollars of damage to coral reefs in the Caribbean. It also warned that small island states will be disproportionally affected by the impact of climate change: their coral reefs, ...

    Aamna Mohdin

  • Asia Analysis: Battling climate impacts in low-lying Maldives

    Asia Analysis: Battling climate impacts in low-lying Maldives

    Going carbon neutral and protecting marine environment are key to fighting climate change in the tiny island nation, says Nalaka Gunawardene. ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’ is the theme for this year’s World Environment ...

    Nalaka Gunawardene