​Marine Protected Areas will be a topic for discussion at the IUCN World Parks Congress, which is opening today in Sydney.  And it should be: MPAs—which are marine spaces that restrict human…

Amanda Feuerstein |

By Valerie Hickey and Habiba Gitay At the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity happening right now in Korea, there has been a lot of talk about adaptation. Most…

Valerie Hickey, Habiba Gitay |

International trade has a critical role to play in environmental protection and the effort to mitigate climate change. While it certainly isn’t always framed this way, it is important to realize…

Miles McKenna, Jaime de Melo, Mariana Vijil |

Stunning photos we usually associate with the Pacific Islands often overlook the reality for many who live there. Faced with natural hazards and remoteness, they are some of the most vulnerable…

Denis Jordy |

My last project in China before transferring to Europe and Central Asia in 2008 was the Yichang-Badong (Yiba) expressway. This was a US$ 2.2 billion expressway through very challenging terrain,…

Chris Bennett |

Shenzhen, in south China, has grown from a small fishing community to a metropolis of 10 million people in just 35 years. Shenzhen occupies a special place in modern Chinese reform history. Set up…

Xiaodong Wang |

Also available in: العربية | Español | 中文 Packing an extraordinary amount of energy in little space, fossil fuels helped propel human development to levels undreamed of before the Industrial…

Vladimir Stenek |

We all know urbanization is important: Nearly 80% of gross domestic product is generated in cities around the world. Countries must get urbanization right if they want to reach middle- or high-…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Also available in: العربية  Español   In 2030, more than 300 million Chinese are expected to have moved into cities. By then, 70 percent will live in urban settings. Given China’s size, it will…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Also available in: 中文 China’s most arid regions are facing an increasingly serious water crisis, and local water policies often aggravate the problem. In such climates, growth in the agricultural…

Liping Jiang |