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Wang Zhi, assistant production manager of Jiamusi Zhongheng Thermoelectric Ltd, which was built in 1999 to provide 1.75 million GJ annually for Dalkia with an annual coal consumption of 350,000 tons (Photo: Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

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China is quickly reducing its coal use, leading to lower emissions and less air pollution. Maarten Akkerman explores how this shift could adversely impact Vietnam and other countries
2015 is a critical year for sustainable development: IIED is tracking the route to Paris and COP21 in December (Image: IIED)

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Much is at stake in 2015 – IIED's director Camilla Toulmin looks at how far we have come, the obstacles that remain, and what we need to do if we are to bring about change
Levocatus Saidi Bujiku has been working as an artisanal miner for about two years (Photo: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

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To better understand the wide range of people who depend on gold mining, IIED travelled to Tanzania to talk to some of them. Here are some of their stories
International climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Delegates from nearly 200 countries are preparing the text for a global climate deal to be negotiated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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As climate negotiations continue in Bonn this week, Stephanie Andrei and Saleemul Huq argue that it would be in everyone's interest to strengthen the target for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees
Women harvesting brinjal near the Indian city of Gorakhpur. Peri-urban agriculture helps to ensure local food supplies, especially of fruit and vegetables (Photo: Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group)

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Farming land on the edge of the Gorakhpur, India, can help boost the city's flood defences, support livelihoods and reduce migration, finds guest blogger Nivedita Mani
A boat near Fiji. Tourism and fishing are important industries for the Pacific nation of Fiji. Both of these economically important sectors depend on effective marine conservation (Photo: Sam Gao, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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On World Oceans Day, Essam Yassin Mohammed says it is time to rethink the way we look at the world's ocean resources
Campaigners celebrate the UK becoming the first G7 country to enshrine in law the UN-agreed target of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on oversea aid (Photo: UNA-UK via Google licence)

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A constant feature of David Cameron's premiership has been as champion of international development, including unwavering support for Britain's overseas aid contribution
Women crush and separate rocks containing gold ore for extraction at Nsangano Gold Mine, Mawemeru village, Geita, Tanzania (Photo: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

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Involving a wide range of stakeholders is helping create a common understanding of the issues in addressing artisanal and small-scale mining. Matthew McKernan looks at how IIED’s 'visioning workshop' has helped shape priorities going forward
Consultation of local communities affected by the Kandadji dam about long-term leases to secure land tenure (Photo: GWI West Africa)

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In the face of displacement due to large-scale development projects, can innovative legal solutions be used to protect smallholders' land rights?
Should public money from Europe used to build wind farms, such as this one in Mulan, around 170km north east of Harbin City in Heilongiang, China, constitute official development assistance? (Photo: Land Rover Our Planet, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

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Ahead of the Financing for Development conference in Addis, Paul Steele asks whether changes are needed to the way we address climate and development finance

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