Every year on May 17, we mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and honor the tremendous progress that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex…

Maninder Gill, Trishna Rana |

In the summer of 1742, two typhoons swept across Japan in quick succession, bringing torrents of heavy rain and flooding major rivers. Records from a young monk who witnessed the floods describe a…

Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Jia Wen Hoe |

Located on the western tip of the Himalayas, Tajikistan has abundant fresh water resources in its rivers, lakes, and glaciers. Yet, access to improved drinking water, and to sanitation connected…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Emcet O. Tas |

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York. Photo credit: © Kevin Arnold Municipal leaders face hundreds of difficult choices every day. With so many needs and worthy programs, how does one choose where to…

Joel Paque |

More than one billion people globally – about 15% of the world’s population – are estimated to have a disability. Most of them live in developing countries.

Maninder Gill, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

The future is uncertain. It’s hard to know exactly how our climate will change. That means there is also deep uncertainty around its impacts on flooding, the most prevalent disaster worldwide. [[…

Adeline Choy, Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

Cities are critical engines of global growth. But as cities grow, they’re increasingly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.

Sameh Wahba, Horacio Cristian Terraza |

Photo credit: Lois Goh/ World Bank Urbanization and economic growth go hand in hand.  Cities are turning into centers of attraction in developing countries and their population is rising…

Fen Wei, Gunes Basat, Hyunji Lee |

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Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |