Sustainability

Mixed approach holds promise to African smallholders

An event has called for increased use of emerging tech to help African smallholders raise production and yields. Posted: Wed 15th of February, 2017

Invest in marine economy, African ministers say

Africa should invest more in marine-based economy to improve food security and development, a meeting has heard. Posted: Tue 27th of September, 2016

Asia-Pacific ‘hot spot for water insecurity’

ADB report warns that up to 3.4 billion people could be living in ‘water-stressed’ Asia by 2050. Posted: Tue 6th of September, 2016

Growth boom puts nature reserves at risk

Brazil’s need for infrastructure means protected areas are being downgraded or downsized, a trend also seen in India. Posted: Mon 5th of September, 2016

Scientists gear up to battle invasive species

A UK research centre teams up with local partners to combat farming losses caused by pests and weeds. Posted: Tue 16th of August, 2016

Abu Dhabi project uses sand to store solar power

A pilot project makes solar power plants more effective by keeping heat in sand and releasing it later. Posted: Fri 5th of August, 2016

A new breed of business for the SDGs

Firms need to adapt but governments must also draw up more robust laws for business, says Mark Malloch Brown. Posted: Thu 23rd of June, 2016

Atlas maps benefit ocean ecosystems

Atlas of Ocean Wealth maps vast coastal and marine resources that can assist conservation and development plans. Posted: Tue 21st of June, 2016

Palm oil shows need for socially aware research

The knowledge needed to avoid deforestation for plantations should be broader and linked to indigenous people. Posted: Mon 20th of June, 2016

Marsh loss shatters lifestyle of Iraq’s Ma’dan women

Marshland desiccation is threatening crucial water management and traditional knowledge in southern Iraq. Posted: Thu 14th of April, 2016

How science should feed into 2030 Agenda

ST&I can help implement the SDGs in more ways than many policymakers realise, says Måns Nilsson. Posted: Tue 5th of April, 2016

Seed banks overlook wild relatives of food crops

Wild species offer valuable traits for plant breeders, yet some are at risk of extinction, says study. Posted: Thu 24th of March, 2016

China’s bitter-sweet success at halting forest loss

Reports of slowing deforestation could mean wood imports simply shift the problem elsewhere, scientists warn. Posted: Mon 21st of March, 2016

Seed firms accused of neglecting female farmers

Global companies focus on key cash crops, rather than the easily processed plants women prefer, says report. Posted: Thu 25th of February, 2016

Ghana’s gold diggers: Scramble comes at high cost

In the first of four films, we meet local ‘galamsey’ miners and investigate the business of illegal gold mining. Posted: Mon 8th of February, 2016

Map shows India at top of climate violence

A map that details environmental conflict shows India, Colombia and Nigeria see the most violence. Posted: Wed 27th of January, 2016

Barefoot engineers bring solar power to Afghanistan

This photo gallery looks at a project that’s introducing electricity to remote areas by training local technicians. Posted: Tue 22nd of December, 2015

Island devastation as climate change batters Pacific

Vlad Sokhin photographs Pacific islands in danger of becoming uninhabitable as winds and water rises. Posted: Wed 2nd of December, 2015

Shelter after disaster: Facts and figures

How to build better with less? Monica Wolfe Murray charts new trends and enduring challenges in shelter provision. Posted: Tue 24th of November, 2015

How to make housing affordable for the urban poor

Cheaper or new building materials don’t go far enough to tackle the housing problem in cities, says Babar Mumtaz. Posted: Tue 24th of November, 2015

Vulnerability

The locust invasions devastating Niger

In between invasions of desert locusts, other locust species swarm in and destroy crops, causing food insecurity. Posted: Mon 20th of February, 2017

Jordan resorts to cloud seeding tech for water

Promising signs of boost in rainfall levels prompt government to extend ionisation technology pilot to March 2017. Posted: Thu 9th of February, 2017

Leave no child behind: Moving the agenda forward

Progress has been made protecting children around the world, but how can we continue this trend, as well as assess children under the radar? Posted: Tue 29th of November, 2016

Q&A: Climate fund working to improve access and process

Green Climate Fund accreditation process is tough to ensure high standards and safeguard against unsound proposals. Posted: Mon 21st of November, 2016

Environment suffers in Battle of Mosul

Toxic chemicals released by fires are set to reach neighbouring countries, threatening ecosystems and human health. Posted: Thu 17th of November, 2016

Competition funds tech innovations to help refugees

Award winners in a competition to alleviate problems for refugees with technology-related projects were announced in a special celebration. Posted: Mon 31st of October, 2016

Q&A: WHO's response to the Syrian health crisis

Tarik Jasarevich discusses the pace of deterioration in Syria, its healthcare needs and how stakeholders are working on the ground to improve the situation. Posted: Mon 24th of October, 2016

Latent TB high in India's healthcare workers

Research reveals that more than 4-in-10 health workers in India afflicted with latent tuberculosis. Posted: Thu 13th of October, 2016

Multiple dengue strains plague Pakistan

With four strains of the dengue virus circulating, Pakistan faces a serious health crisis, says study. Posted: Fri 16th of September, 2016

Glacial lake floods threaten Tibet

Tibet’s expanding glacial lakes threaten downstream communities in Nepal, reports Jane Qiu. Posted: Thu 15th of September, 2016

Sri Lankan mangroves respond to conservation plan

A conservation plan has resulted in the revival of Sri Lanka’s once condemned mangrove forests. Posted: Mon 22nd of August, 2016

Food insecurity follows floods in Sri Lanka

Extreme weather events are affecting Sri Lanka’s food security, UN reports and the country’s leaders say. Posted: Thu 11th of August, 2016

Syria’s wheat shortage deepens

After five years of war and chaos, the country has lost its self-sufficiency in wheat production, research shows. Posted: Wed 3rd of August, 2016

Why drug trials need to respect vulnerability

India’s experience shows a wider notion of vulnerability is needed to protect human rights, says Alan Leroux. Posted: Tue 2nd of August, 2016

Data gaps hide pockets of HIV

Bad quality data on HIV results in poor care for women and marginalised groups, a report finds. Posted: Wed 20th of July, 2016

Simple tools offer path out of conflict

Hackathons, crowdsourcing and open data can be potent solutions when resources are limited, says Edd Gent. Posted: Wed 13th of July, 2016

Lack of transgender healthcare curbs development

Limited support in Africa and the Middle East can stop transgender people working, researchers warn. Posted: Mon 20th of June, 2016

Systematic attacks on Syrian health facilities revealed

A Red Cross study reveals that attacks against hospitals are intensifying in number and ferocity. Posted: Fri 17th of June, 2016

Post-quake Nepal vulnerable to geohazards

Nepal faces quake-induced geohazards and the release of residual stress from the 2015 temblor, says study. Posted: Fri 27th of May, 2016

The cave hospitals of Syria’s front line

Medics are using underground clinics and surgery guided by satellite link to save lives, says Zaher Sahloul. Posted: Tue 24th of May, 2016

Policy

Lack of leadership hinders Nigeria’s nuclear road map

Nigeria’s target of producing electricity from nuclear energy by 2017 is in limbo, experts say. Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

Asia-Pacific Analysis: Tough times for the mining industry

The closure of several mines in the Philippines puts the region’s spotlight on an industry often seen as destructive. Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

Jordan resorts to cloud seeding tech for water

Promising signs of boost in rainfall levels prompt government to extend ionisation technology pilot to March 2017. Posted: Thu 9th of February, 2017

Back women’s movements for a real chance at equality

A new language of ‘transformation’ has emerged. The next step is to go beyond rhetoric, says Henrietta Miers. Posted: Mon 30th of January, 2017

Is warming behind India’s depleting groundwater?

Declining rainfall is more to blame for depleting groundwater than withdrawal for farming, says study. Posted: Wed 25th of January, 2017

US presidency: A climate challenge for Latin America

The new US presidency creates uncertainty and raises fears on climate change policy, particularly in Latin America. Posted: Mon 23rd of January, 2017

Millions exposed to mercury in urban Pakistan

Hair samples taken from 22 sites across Pakistan show high exposure to mercury from agriculture and industry. Posted: Fri 16th of December, 2016

African policymakers get new, reliable climate data

A new report with factsheets could help African policymakers plan to fight climate change. Posted: Mon 5th of December, 2016

Latin America struggles to absorb PhD students

A weak position in the latest G20 innovation report is linked with low uptake of doctoral researchers, minister says. Posted: Fri 2nd of December, 2016

Online censors are a barrier to sex education

Sex, lies and algorithms — educators need to work with a changing online landscape, says Pauline Oosterhoff. Posted: Wed 30th of November, 2016

Q&A: Risks of Brazil’s downturn in science funding

After reaching a high rank among leaders in science, Brazil faces a funding crisis and paralysed research projects. Posted: Mon 14th of November, 2016

Science museums and UNESCO join to meet SDGs

An agreement promises to use science museums as platforms to communicate about STEM, including hands-on, interactive exhibits. Posted: Fri 11th of November, 2016

Break down barriers between seed banks and field study

Food biodiversity needs both systems, just like pandas need zoos and bamboo forests, say Marie Haga and Ann Tutwiler. Posted: Tue 8th of November, 2016

African initiative calls for focus on land restoration

Africa’s degraded natural resources could be restored through research and a focus on smallholders, say experts. Posted: Fri 28th of October, 2016

Ethical research code influenced by San leader

The first indigenous-developed ethics code in Africa is being finalised by TRUST after Andries Steenkamp, San leader, passed away recently.. Posted: Thu 20th of October, 2016

Q&A: Why we need a standard for fair partnerships

Evidence needs to replace experience to correct imbalances in North-South research, says Carel IJsselmuiden. Posted: Wed 12th of October, 2016

A step towards better science for education policy

A registry of trials and experimental studies is a promising move towards more robust evidence base. Posted: Mon 10th of October, 2016

Tool targets fairness deficit in research

There is cautious support for initiative that looks to compliance to promote a level playing field among partners. Posted: Mon 3rd of October, 2016

Poor countries have the edge on climate innovation

Policy is sluggish after the Paris accord but developing nations could be pioneers, says former White House advisor. Posted: Thu 8th of September, 2016

Largest marine reserve opens amid controversy

US launches world’s largest ocean research area in Hawaii, but comes under fire for neglecting impact on fisheries. Posted: Tue 6th of September, 2016

Conflict

Khat cultivation fuels food crisis in Yemen

Official figures show cultivation of the drug is expanding, taking up land that could produce food. Posted: Tue 3rd of January, 2017

Environment suffers in Battle of Mosul

Toxic chemicals released by fires are set to reach neighbouring countries, threatening ecosystems and human health. Posted: Thu 17th of November, 2016

Q&A: How architecture paved the way for Syria’s war

Architect and author, Marwa al-Sabouni, tells us why she thinks architectural practices influence war and conflict. Posted: Fri 4th of November, 2016

Q&A: WHO's response to the Syrian health crisis

Tarik Jasarevich discusses the pace of deterioration in Syria, its healthcare needs and how stakeholders are working on the ground to improve the situation. Posted: Mon 24th of October, 2016

Mixed science panels diffuse conflict on conservation

Joint efforts by conservation researchers and oil industry reps have led to action on protecting habitats. Posted: Tue 13th of September, 2016

Nature protection mulled as path for peace

Researching and looking after nature together can bring warring factions round the table, scientists say. Posted: Fri 9th of September, 2016

Middle East life expectancy drops due to conflict

After five years of war and political unrest, the region’s health resources are depleted, study finds. Posted: Thu 25th of August, 2016

3D printing upgrades crisis response

Hear MSF’s Elvina Motard explain how new technologies are transforming emergency response. Posted: Wed 10th of August, 2016

Syria’s wheat shortage deepens

After five years of war and chaos, the country has lost its self-sufficiency in wheat production, research shows. Posted: Wed 3rd of August, 2016

Technology for peace

Our Spotlight explores the creative uses of communication tools to counter conflict, their promise and limitations. Posted: Wed 13th of July, 2016

Can tech tip the balance towards peace?

Programmes to counter conflict are enlisting digital tools. There are successes, and questions over lasting impact. Posted: Wed 13th of July, 2016

Tech for peace: Facts and figures

Giorgia Scaturro examines how phones, drones, satellites and computer games help spot and prevent conflict. Posted: Wed 13th of July, 2016

Tech helps but only people can make peace

ICTs can support peacebuilding, but the only way to end conflict is to change minds, says Anahi Ayala Iacucci. Posted: Wed 13th of July, 2016

Simple tools offer path out of conflict

Hackathons, crowdsourcing and open data can be potent solutions when resources are limited, says Edd Gent. Posted: Wed 13th of July, 2016

Teacher refugees target brain drain

Reconnect charity seeks to offer work to those who fled to the United Kingdom by sending them to teach in Africa. Posted: Wed 6th of July, 2016

Telemedicine saves lives in disaster zones

Remote consultations help medics provide better care to those hit by war and catastrophe, says Raghu Venugopal. Posted: Thu 30th of June, 2016

Systematic attacks on Syrian health facilities revealed

A Red Cross study reveals that attacks against hospitals are intensifying in number and ferocity. Posted: Fri 17th of June, 2016

Periods are the next frontier of humanitarian response

Five simple changes in water and sanitation can help manage menstruation in crises, says Nicole Klaesener-Metzner. Posted: Fri 27th of May, 2016

The cave hospitals of Syria’s front line

Medics are using underground clinics and surgery guided by satellite link to save lives, says Zaher Sahloul. Posted: Tue 24th of May, 2016

El Niño and fighting leave 80 million in food crisis

Conflicts as well as droughts caused by Pacific warming have hit global food supplies, reveals report. Posted: Mon 23rd of May, 2016