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Early start: A cow being milked at first light in the village of Kimokouwa (credit: Toby Mitchell)

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Tanzanian meteorologists and traditional weather forecasters in pastoralist communities are working together to develop a unified system of climate information.
Left: Women and schoolgirls discuss the benefits of harvesting rainwater (Credit: ISET). Right: A girl collects water from the rainwater storage tank (Credit: Fawad Khan)

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Assessing how development interventions can help people cope with climate variability will help us prepare better measures for the effects of future climate change, say Simon Anderson and Fawad Khan
The Ewaso Ng'iro River, in Isiolo County's Shaba National Reserve, Kenya where pilot projects to support adaptation 'may not yet be perfect, but have the right idea'. (Photo: Ninara via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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Proponents of community-based adaptation to climate change need to put communities in the driving seat, says Anju Sharma
Demonstrating the use of alternative building materials at the Jinja Building Materials Training Centre, Uganda. (Photo: David Dodman)

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Climate change, health and urban resilience are all connected, and this means research and policy in these arenas must join up
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 field team designing a REDD strategy in Mozambique talk to farmer Nimale Maribu Saidi as part of their research (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

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IIED publishes an outline of 'our thinking' on research ethics, an output of our most recent strategy's 'research quality' objective
A giraffe takes stock at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where Social Assessment of Protective Area fieldwork starts next week (Photo: www.kicheche.com  via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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A new framework for assessing the social impacts of protected areas will be key to ensuring conservation is effective, and contributes to human well-being and poverty reduction
A borehole in Zambia, among the countries to have started thinking about NAPs, is developed for domestic water and irrigation as part of climate change adaptation measures (Photo: Pascal Manyakaidze via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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While many policymakers in the world's richest nations continue to deny the urgency of action on climate change, governments in the 48 least developed countries are pushing ahead with plans to adapt – or at least trying to
Deforestation and fire ravage a forest area in Uganda (Photo: Paul Hatanga)

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To assess whether a promising approach to reduce poverty and conserve forests in Uganda really works, we need to use a randomised controlled trial, says Paul Hatanga.
A traditional farmer selects seeds in the Eastern Himalayas, India. (Photo: Ruchi Pant/Ecoserve)

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Life's too short for long, dull text – and when life itself is the topic, it is critical to get the message across in a quick, clear way.

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