You – yes, you – can make people’s diets more sustainable

    Many recent studies have reported that shifting to a more sustainable diet can help reduce the impacts of climate change, but it remains unclear what can actually drive widespread diet changes.  A new study investigates the behavioral drivers that motivate dietary changes and finds that peer pressure is a significant factor.

    Urvi Talaty

    January 21, 2020
    Aloha ‘āina and Hawai’i’s potential for self-sufficiency

    On a quest to find examples of food-secure islands, Sara Santiago interviewed Dr. Natalie Kurashima, who studies traditional agriculture practices in Hawaiʻi. With kindness, humility, and dedication, Natalie shares her experience of tying her research to her indigenous roots in Hawaiian land and agriculture. 

    Sara Santiago

    January 14, 2020
    The Road to Energy Security in Jordan and Israel

    In contrast to their oil-rich neighbors, Israel and Jordan are currently dependent on imported fossil fuels to meet their energy needs.  Expanding renewable energy production provides a promising pathway to achieving greater energy independence and security for these nations.

    Nour Mardini

    January 7, 2020
    Can the açaí berry accelerate forest conservation and reduce poverty?

    Globally, the conversion from forest to agriculture and livestock rearing is among the key threats to tropical forests. Harvesting non-timber forest products can be a sustainable alternative source of livelihood for forest-dependent communities. A recent study from Brazil considers the potential of the açaí palm in enabling forest conservation and ending poverty.

    Joyita Ghose

    December 31, 2019
Feeding the multitude – The role of religion in natural resource management

Fish hold value across many areas of life. They are metaphysically representative of Christianity, critical for healthy aquatic ecosystems, and provide a staple in the nutrition of billions of people around the world. One study suggests looking at religion as one approach to hold fishers to the regulations designed to protect fish for the future.

Hannah Darrin
December 24, 2019
Small projects, big impact: Understanding the consequences of hydropower development in India

Hydropower has been widely considered a “green” energy source. However, a new study from India examines the wide ranging and severe impacts that small hydropower projects can have on the environment – and the consequences of not evaluating these impacts before a project starts.

Emma Johnson
December 17, 2019
Disrupting communities: How forced evictions reinforce traditional women’s gender roles in postcolonial Jakarta, Indonesia

Kampungs in Jakarta, Indonesia, also known as “informal housing,” are historically understood to be contaminated and unhygienic, which has often been used as an excuse for their destruction. New research shows that women in these communities resist the state’s justification for removing people from kampungs, especially when it has profound alterations to their social and economic way of life.

Dewi Tan
December 10, 2019
Creating community: The role of green and blue spaces in cities

Cities have long recognized the ecological benefits of natural features such as forests and rain gardens. However, a new study from Vancouver, Canada emphasizes how accessible greenspace can improve community belonging – benefiting not only the city, but its residents as well. 

Abigail Chan
December 3, 2019