"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.
Rights and Resources
- An arrest over bribery in the deal that raised eyebrows, even within the buccaneering world of African mining.
- Mining company has boasted of an Indonesian government decision to free up 1.2 million hectares of virgin forest for commercial exploitation
- Once neglected, now courted: The run on Latin America's resources
- National Geographic News has a special series on “Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater”
- Keith Slack on the growing battle between mining and agriculture.
- China and United States form a "Climate Change Working Group" to advance cooperation on technology, research, conservation and alternative and renewable energy.
- Jaspreet Kindra reports on the Nansen Initiative, which aims to support people displaced by climatic shocks.
- Ed King puts questions to Prakesh Mathema, chair of the Least Developed Countries group at the UN climate change talks.
- The Economist says we can simply adapt to climate change. Louis Verchot and Arild Angelsen of CIFOR disagree.
- Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050.
- On the DFID blog, Hannah Ryder asks what the development sector can learn from Wikipedia when sharing knowledge.
- Pablo Barros explains how collaborative consumption and the sharing economy in emerging economies could rewrite development – and business -- models.
- Corporations can't ignore climate change, says Mindy S. Lubber -- President of Ceres, and director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk.
- Li Shuo says it’s time to end China-bashing on the environment.
- Margaret Thatcher: four views on her impact and legacy in global development
- Entrepreneurs are bringing light to Nepal – and you, writes Melissa C. Lott
- The International Energy Agency says development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming.
- A Pew Research Center report says private investment in clean energy globally was US$269 billion in 2012, five times greater than 2004.
- Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Change will broadcast for free on Earth Day (22 April)
- Meet Esther Agbarakwe -- the young woman passionately spreading the word on climate change in Nigeria
- InsideClimate wins Pulitzer Prize for reporting on tar-sands spill.
Land and Investment
- Ireland’s President calls for an international framework to regulate land deals (full speech here).
- How China is rewriting the rules of investment in Africa.
- Rob Nash – a former banker now with Oxfam – examines the World Bank’s position on large land deals.
- Tanzania's Maasai battle game hunters for grazing land. Jason Patinkin reports.
In the City
- Ahmedabad gets India's first ever heat wave preparation and early warning system.
- UNEP report says scaled-up investments in sustainable cities will be crucial for improved resource efficiency and poverty eradication The 30 detailed case studies are available here.
- Foreign land owners, shoe-repair shops and other visions of Bangkok in 2040, by Witchaya Pruecksamars.
- In Lima, Peru, through riots and police barricades, a market for the poor staggers on.
- None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use. David Roberts report on the findings in this report by Trucost.
- FAO underlines the urgency of safeguarding genes that will help farmers face climate change.
- Biodiversity loss doesn't appear for decades, says a new large-scale study.
- Mike Childs shares his top five reads on ‘bioproductivity’.
Mike Shanahan is IIED’s press officer.
In Our World is a new blog series. Each week it will publish links to top content about environment and development that we have seen online in the past week. You can subscribe by email here or via the RSS feed using this link. As we develop this new feature its content and length will vary – so do let us know what you like and don’t like about it.