Environment

Development press review
Press Review

Development press review

This month’s press review highlights striking news from the beginning of June 2021.
Interview

Is deforestation the root cause of new diseases?

Jean-François Guégan, Gwenaël Vourc'h
Environment and tourism: it’s about the journey
Development news

Environment and tourism: it’s about the journey

ID4D editorial staff

Other news

Importation and deforestation: a scourge from the North
Analysis

Importation and deforestation: a scourge from the North

How can we put an end to “imported deforestation”? In this third episode in our “Forests in Danger” series, we examine destructive interactions between consumption, importation and deforestation, along with some proposals for combatting them.
Aurelie Darbouret
The Plastic Empire Strikes Back
Press Review

The Plastic Empire Strikes Back

This month’s press review highlights striking news from the beginning of May 2021.        
ID4D editorial staff
Proliferation of roads in forests causes irreversible damages on biodiversity
Opinion

Proliferation of roads in forests causes irreversible damages on biodiversity

In this second episode of our series “Forests in danger”, Pierre Ibisch, professor for Nature conservation, Eberswalde University (North of Berlin), and co-founder of the Center for Econics and Ecosystem Management, analyzes the impact of road construction on deforestation. He pleads for more...
Pierre Ibisch
Francis Hallé: “Forests are a common good to be protected”
Interview

Francis Hallé: “Forests are a common good to be protected”

Francis Hallé, a tree and tropical rainforest expert, has designed a canopy raft to better study the canopies of tropical forests. In 2019, he began a project to restore a primary forest in Europe. In this first episode in our “Forests in Danger” series, he revisits their definition and natural...
Francis Hallé
Pollution in space: high-risk debris
Interview

Pollution in space: high-risk debris

For Nicolas Bobrinsky, Head of Department at the European Space Agency and specialist in space safety, space is the new frontier for sustainable development. Flying debris, collisions, treatment of space debris… These are all issues that need to be addressed to manage our orbit, which is a common...
Nicolas Bobrinsky
Jason Hickel (part II): “Going out of the crisis, we can have a recovery without growth.”
Interview

Jason Hickel (part II): “Going out of the crisis, we can have a recovery without growth.”

Dr. Jason Hickel, economist and specialist on inequalities, published in 2020 Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World. He examines propositions for a post-capitalist economy in the context of an exit from the Covid-19 crisis, which includes decolonizing nature and recovering the commons....
Jason Hickel
How are developing countries tackling the issue of overfishing?
Opinion

How are developing countries tackling the issue of overfishing?

The Global South is rich in marine life and pivotal to the future of our ocean. Still, this marine life is under threat because of intensive overfishing. Governments, fisheries, scientists, NGOs and companies have been seriously tackling this issue with concerted mobilizations for years, but this...
Yemi Oloruntuyi
Ethics for the non-human world: is a plant equal to an animal?
Interview

Ethics for the non-human world: is a plant equal to an animal?

Should plants and animals be viewed in the same way? For philosopher Florence Burgat, a clear line should be drawn between the plant kingdom and animal life at a time when there is a rise in the discourse attributing nearly human consciousness to plants.
Florence Burgat
Vegetarianism, a solution for the planet?
Development news

Vegetarianism, a solution for the planet?

The FAO’s figures for the year 2021 indicate that animal husbandry is responsible for 50% of the world’s methane emissions, 24% of nitrous oxide emissions and 26% of carbon dioxide emissions (all three greenhouse gases). These figures raise a few questions – do we need to stop eating meat to save...
ID4D editorial staff
Urban agriculture: tomorrow’s cities will be green
Interview

Urban agriculture: tomorrow’s cities will be green

Christine Aubry, a researcher at INRA-AgroParisTech specialized in urban agriculture, discusses this growing phenomenon in cities of both Global North and South.
Christine Aubry
Using technology to protect tuna stocks in the Pacific region
Shared Innovation

Using technology to protect tuna stocks in the Pacific region

Climate change, pollution, and overfishing are putting enormous pressure on the Pacific. Against this background, eight island nations want to sustainably commercialize their tuna stocks, by conducting research, rolling out electronic monitoring technology and informing environmental policy.
Mark Zimring
Groundwater, a common good that calls for our urgent protection
Opinion

Groundwater, a common good that calls for our urgent protection

Pressure is growing on groundwater throughout the world, especially from agricultural use. A “silent revolution” has been occurring, for a long time invisible but now increasingly manifest. It is essential that we contain it as soon as possible.
Stéphanie Leyronas, Aurélien Dumont, Sami Bouarfa, Quentin Ballin, Olivier Petit
Digital technologies, a critical resource running out
Interview

Digital technologies, a critical resource running out

Frédéric Bordage, a specialist in digital issues and founder of the collective GreenIT.fr, believes that digital technology is an asset that is being depleted at a very rapid rate. To pass this resource on to future generations, we need to go low-tech.
Frédéric Bordage
Agroecology, the path to a sustainable future?
Development news

Agroecology, the path to a sustainable future?

Acknowledged by agronomists for its effectiveness and sustainability for years, agroecology has finally found its place in world debates. In January 2021, it was at the center of the One Planet Summit discussions. Is it really a large-scale solution to address environmental protection, food...
ID4D editorial staff
Soil pollution: A silent threat in the ground beneath us
Development news

Soil pollution: A silent threat in the ground beneath us

What is the ground we walk on made of? For the FAO, soil pollution is a time bomb which is largely ignored. Where does it come from? How do we stop it? Here is an update by iD4D for World Soil Day.
ID4D editorial staff
“Decontamination through the living world takes time”
Shared Innovation

“Decontamination through the living world takes time”

Jean Weissenbach (CNRS) has been interested in a decontamination technique for twenty years now: biodegradation. He has focused on the search for microorganisms that break down pollutants, which he describes in his book Dépolluer la planète (Éditions CNRS, 2019).
Jean Weissenbach
Ecocide and “Planetary Boundaries”: Strong words provoke major debate
Opinion

Ecocide and “Planetary Boundaries”: Strong words provoke major debate

The concept of “planetary boundaries” forms the basis of the ecocide proposal put forward by the members of the Citizens’ Convention for Climate. Planetary boundaries are characteristic of a systemic approach to environmental issues, with the concept continuing to incite controversy among...
Ecocide: Bringing the accused to justice
Opinion

Ecocide: Bringing the accused to justice

Debates on the classification of ecocide as a crime are taking place against the wider global backdrop of increased use of litigation to address environmental issues. Can the law be used to advance ambitious climate change goals? Second episode in our series.
Ecocide, origin of an environmental struggle
Opinion

Ecocide, origin of an environmental struggle

For nearly half a century, recognizing the crime of ecocide has been the cause for debate among lawyers and activists, but it could soon enter into French law as an offense. The story of its advocacy.
The agriculture of tomorrow is yet to be invented
Interview

The agriculture of tomorrow is yet to be invented

According to Christophe Lavelle, a food specialist and researcher at CNRS and the French National Museum of Natural History, ensuring our food security requires changes in both consumer behavior and farming practices.
Christophe Lavelle
Primary forest loss remains stubbornly high across the tropics
Interview

Primary forest loss remains stubbornly high across the tropics

Primary forest loss has remained persistently high for the last two decades. GIS Research Manager for Global Forest Watch, Elizabeth Dow Goldman offers her analysis of the primary forest situation worldwide.
Elizabeth Dow Goldman
Noise Pollution in Oceans:<br>A Resounding Threat
Development news

Noise Pollution in Oceans:
A Resounding Threat

Little is known about noise pollution in oceans because it is impalpable and invisible. And yet, its effects are felt by marine animals. Noise is far louder underwater than in air; it is a threat to marine fauna and alters the balance of natural ecosystems
ID4D editorial staff
Environment: What’s a post-COVID-19 World?
Press Review

Environment: What’s a post-COVID-19 World?

Despite notable environmental progress, climate change is still a reality. As the COVID-19 crisis is widening inequalities, global warming continues to threaten ecosystems and the survival of populations. A post-COVID-19 world must consider the danger of both crises.
ID4D editorial staff
Water Kiosks Used in Cambodia to Reach Isolated Communities
Interview

Water Kiosks Used in Cambodia to Reach Isolated Communities

In 2017, only 17% of the rural population in Cambodia had access to safe drinking water. In 2005, NGO 1001fontaines developed a water kiosk model in the country that has been replicated all over the world. Interview with its Executive Director for Cambodia, Frédéric Dubois.
Frédéric Dubois

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