03 February 2021

Let’s get practical: Will 2021 mark a shift from theory to field testing for international carbon markets under Paris?

What 2021 holds in store for the new carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement remains to be seen – especially given the continued onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, countries and stakeholders are now moving beyond conceptual discussions and are starting to work together to test Article 6 on the ground.
10 December 2020

No super year for nature: Large-scale developments for infrastructure and mining could push forests over tipping point

As we reflect on 2020 - which was meant to be the "super year for nature" - we ask: how far have we come on protecting forests from rising global commodity demand and large-scale infrastructure development? Why has progress been so difficult to achieve, and who bears the cost of failure? And are the solutions staring us in the face?
01 August 2020

Towards better beans and a more sustainable cocoa sector

If you’ve had a piece of chocolate recently, there is a good chance the cocoa was grown in West Africa. The region produces over 80 percent of the world’s cocoa, which is farmed by nearly 2 million smallholders, who are living in extreme poverty. Our research showed, that improving their livelihoods (e.g. access to clean water, clinics, food security) is essential to addressing sustainability concerns.
27 May 2020

Working through wicked problems: Coronavirus and implications for the future

“Wicked problems”, such as climate change or the Covid-19 pandemic, are the most complex challenges our societies face. Despite there being no single solution to such problems, it is clear that we need a total systems change and societal transformation or else the domino effects and feedback loops of wicked problems will perpetuate.
12 May 2020

A crisis among crises: Reflections on the Covid-19 pandemic in Afghanistan

Since the first Covid-19 cases reached Afghanistan, the overall sentiment among ordinary people has been fear. Not only fear of the virus but also of hunger, which can be summed in what many people have told me: “Corona is bad but starvation is worse!”.
10 April 2020

Coronavirus and environmental justice in Washington, DC

In the US, the coronavirus lays pre-existing inequalities bare and shows that ecological destruction and marginalization go hand in hand. The Washington, DC area, like most of the country, is no stranger to wide disparities between the rich and the poor, between white people and people of color.