A tractor ploughs a field in the Philippi Horticultural Area in Cape Town, South Africa.
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The work done by the campaign before, during and after the drought remains important for the food security of Cape Town
A paddler launches a canoe on Bass Lake in central Ontario on Canada Day, 2021. Could humble Canada be heading towards superpower status in the decades to come?
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
In 1776, with a population of 2.5 million, few imagined that within two centuries, the U.S. would become the dominant superpower. It’s not inconceivable that Canada could do the same by 2223.
Destructive mining in Congo’s protected areas is rampant because it generates money for citizens, officials and armed groups.
The energy-intensive process of producing cement and concrete contributes significantly to global warming while depleting resources. Much more sustainable alternatives are being developed.
Nigeria’s economy needs to diversify away from oil.
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There should be a better long-term strategy for foreign direct investments in Nigeria that’s not tied to its oil reserves.
Maria Elena Paredes, coordinator of the Community Vigilance Committee for the Ashéninka community of Sawawo Hito 40, points to satellite images showing deforestation.
Illegal roads have brought deforestation, fire and other environmental damage to the Amazon. The results of the 2022 presidential runoff could have a major impact for the future.
Image of Earth’s city lights, created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.
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A 1972 report warned that unchecked consumption could crater the world economy by 2100. Fifty years and much debate later, can humanity innovate quickly enough to avoid that fate?
Tourism-driven development is threatening one of Puerto Rico’s greatest draws: its rural coastlines.
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Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is booming as nations lift COVID-19 travel restrictions, but development is displacing people who have lived along its coastlines for years.
Marabou storks perch on a tree at sunrise in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
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As a major conference on the global biodiversity crisis opens in Montreal, a conservation biologist explains how ideas about protecting nature have evolved over the past 40 years.
Alain Libondo (17) left, and Nsinku Zihindula (25), hammering at solid rock to find cassiterite and coltan at Szibira, South Kivu.
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Coltan is indispensable to the making of modern electronic devices but its mining causes human and environmental disasters in the DR Congo.
Degrowth is an opportunity to recentre our economies on what really matters.
Degrowth offers the world a new story, one that acknowledges the role economic growth has had in climate change and identifies alternatives.
An abandoned forest road that has become impassable due to the washout of the culvert fill. The beaver dam has also contributed to road erosion.
(Forest Hydrology Laboratory of Université Laval)
By mismanaging its forestry road system, Québec and the forestry companies operating in public forests have made significant savings, to the detriment of protecting aquatic environments.
Alberta’s approach to fiscal management involves a nauseating cycle of big spending followed by massive cuts — almost entirely due to the outsized influence of oil and gas revenues. The rollercoaster at the West Edmonton Mall is seen in this photo.
Every time Alberta’s energy-based economy goes into a tailspin, it’s because the price of oil has declined precipitously, and when it booms, it’s because the price has soared.
Afghanistan has mineral resources that include precious gems and minerals such as copper and rare earth elements.
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Afghanistan has vast mineral resources that have long attracted interest from outside countries, but a lack of infrastructure and political instability means they’re unlikely to aid its economy now.
Coastal areas in West Africa are under intense pressure from demographic growth, economic expansion and ongoing climate change.
Around the world, fragile coastal ecosystems are under intense pressure, and understanding and managing their complex interactions requires an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.
Part of Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland is seen in June 2017. Tourism is critically important for many areas of rural Canada.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
Misconceptions of rural realities can have serious implications. Better use of data can help avoid this and lead to policies that will help rural communities recover in the post-pandemic.
Rural people’s access to fuelwood isn’t determined by the availability of the wood, instead it’s controlled by power dynamics.
South Africa’s east and west coastlines have some of the world’s richest, unexploited, naturally occurring heavy mineral sands.
Clashes between mining companies and communities are often about the age-old question of whether mining, with its adverse impacts, can benefit the many or only a selected few.
Other existential risks include the decline of natural resources (particularly water), human population growth beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity, and nuclear weapons.
Pictured is a slag pile at Broken Hill in New South Wales. Slag is a man-made waste product created during smelting.
Manufacturing minerals is an expanding field of study. Making more of them could help alleviate various pressures faced by our growing population. But how are they made, and where can they be used?