›October 5, 2015 // By Schuyler Null
When war breaks out, what happens to the weather forecast? Violent conflict disrupts many essential services in developing countries and one of the most overlooked is meteorology, which has surprisingly big consequences for farmers, policymakers, and the aid workers who are there to help.
The board of the United Nations’ lead organization on trade and development, called UNCTAD, released an assessment of Gaza’s development challenges during their annual meeting in Geneva this month and the news is not good. In 2012, the UN warned that a “herculean” development effort would be to keep pace with Gaza’s rapid population growth. Since then, more fighting with Israel has made things worse, particularly with regard to water and food security. Ninety-five percent of the water from Gaza’s coastal aquifer is unsafe for drinking without treatment, the report says. Contamination and over-extraction may even render it unusable by next year and damage may be irreversible if not addressed in the next five years.
›September 17, 2015 // By Wilson Center Staff
The Sundarbans – a collection of densely populated islands in India’s sprawling Ganges Delta – are so remote that the only way to get there is by boat. But human traffickers still manage to get in, and that’s left many families with missing daughters.
›September 9, 2015 // By Carley Chavara
According to recent polling, climate change is seen as the single most threatening international challenge around the world, and there’s evidence that all that worry is taking a psychological toll. Adding to droughts, floods, extreme weather, and die-offs, psychologists are observing higher levels of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder in certain areas and professions. Even people who do not actively stress about global warming or view it as a major threat may still suffer psychological trauma from its effects.
Beginning With the End in Mind: Midterm Results From an Integrated Development Project in Lake Victoria Basin›
More than 80 percent of the estimated 42 million people living in Central Africa’s Lake Victoria Basin depend on fishing or farming for survival. Given this overwhelming reliance on natural resources, the lake’s deteriorating condition – driven by climate change, agriculture, pollution, deforestation, overfishing, and industrialization – has far-reaching implications.
›Guest Contributor // August 31, 2015 // By Students of the 2014 Balkans Peace Park Expedition
One of the last biodiversity hotspots in Europe was also backdrop to one of its last violent conflicts and now home to its newest nation states. The Prokletije/Bjeshket e Nemuna Mountains, often referred to as the Southern Alps, are a large expanse of wilderness and stunning alpine landscapes that form the border between Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo. Three national parks share borders and form a patchwork of protected land that could be the basis for an international peace park – a shared resource that could promote cross-cultural exchange collaborative natural resource management, and eco-tourism.
›August 26, 2015 // By Josh Feng
Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos and the richest woman in Africa, owes her wealth to the oil industry. Delfina Fernandes, a woman living in abject poverty in the village of Kibanga, uses gasoline as an anesthetic to dull the sheering pain of her rotting teeth.
With a new peace process underway between the Colombian government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Cuba, the spotlight is back on this long-troubled South American country. But decades of civil conflict have overshadowed an incredible fact: Colombia is among the four most biologically diverse countries on Earth.
Join the Conversation
- Reaching New Audiences on Climate Change, Energy, and National Security Wednesday, October 21, 2015
- A River Runs Again: Reporting on India’s Natural Crisis—and Its Surprising Solutions Tuesday, October 13, 2015
- Innovative Technology in Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Fisheries: Lessons from USAID’s ECOFISH Project Tuesday, October 6, 2015
- Lack of electricity locks people in poverty – low-carbon energy is the key | Mafalda Duarte | Global development | The Guardian
- UN camp in South Sudan: 'There were far too many little bodies in that morgue' | Hannah McNeish | Global development | The Guardian
- China's sponge cities: soaking up water to reduce flood risks | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
- ‘We have talked so much about it, and it just goes nowhere.’ - The Washington Post
- The invention that aims to make periods less of a pain | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian