Although Nepal has strong laws about the use and disposal of plastic bags, weak regulation, and a general lack of awareness have made plastics a menace, especially for the rivers and rivulets of Kathmandu.
Ilan Kelman –
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
Florian Krampe –
The link between environmental degradation and terrorism is increasingly clear, but so is the link between environmental action and creating political stability, writes Florian Krampe.
Dipak Gyawali –
Having Donald Trump in the White House may actually spur aid agencies from developed countries to work in greater cooperation with the Global South, argues Nepal Water Conservation Foundation's Dipak Gyawali.
The quintillions of bytes in data we generate every day offer potential economic, cultural and political benefits. Here's how private data can be used for social good through the concept of data responsibility, according to New York University's Stefaan Verhulst.
Poverty eradication is crucially linked to energy access for the poor. By finding the sweet spot between policy and incentives, governments can engage the private sector in local energy provision, says ESCAP's Shamshad Akhtar.