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Jockin Arputham, once an itinerant carpenter who slept outside, gives HRH Prince Charles an insight into urban development issues and a tour of Dharavi (Photo: SPARC)

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There's a surprising name on the list of winners of this year's US$1.25 million Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship
Earth from space

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"In Our World" relates to IIED's world of environment and development. It connects us with what's going on in both the real world and online worlds
A storm rages over downtown Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, in the early evening (Photo: Jeff_Holmes via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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Progressive countries, including some of the world's poorest, are acting to green their economies and build resilience to climate change
Cambodia's farmers face an uncertain future as the climate changes (Photo: Lorena Pajares via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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Cambodia is one of several countries that are developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks to track different climate change actions at national as well as local levels
A woman scoops water in a dry riverbed near Kataboi village in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya (Photo: Marisol Grandon/DFID via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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"Climate consists of so many things to us," says Ibrahim Shone, a pastoralist in Isiolo County in Northern Kenya. "It's not only weather, it's also about how we prepare for droughts and diseases, and find enough grass for our animals. These things change with the seasons."
A giant temple bell in Mongolia (Photo: David Berkowitz via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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IIED Senior Fellow Saleemul Huq, one of the co-authors of the latest IPCC report on climate change, highlights the key findings of the publication and what policymakers need to do next
Pilot projects including the Bolsa Floresta forest stipend scheme in Amazonas, Brazil, help to combat deforestation in Brazil (Google re-use licensed)

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Focus groups, choice experiments and votes in villages reveal big difference in how communities wish to be rewarded for avoiding deforestation
Some ecological settings, such as drylands, which are home to a high proportion of the world’s poor, are poorly studied and have become the neglected 'ugly duckling' of biodiversity research (Photo: Marie Monimart)

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There is an explicit assumption in international policy statements that conserving biodiversity can help in efforts to tackle global poverty
An example of crops grown through no-till farming in Western Australia (Photo: Bill Crabtree)

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Never heard of no-till agriculture? It's revolutionising agriculture in Australia and other drylands countries. "No-Till Bill", a pioneer in the technique, is now spreading the word in Europe
Top: Sohel Ahmed and colleague prepare to release the balloon; bottom: Some of the photographs taken from the air (Photos: Sohel Ahmed)

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A balloon, a camera and some interviews are helping researchers map a hidden aspect of food insecurity in an informal settlement in Nairobi

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