Often blunt and outspoken toward critics, Datuk Sam Mannan won the ire of timber companies by declaring hundreds of thousands of hectares of rainforest as permanent forest reserves. It is unclear where he will end up.
A shocking 48 killings were reported in the country last year, which was the worst on record for activist murders globally, according to a Global Witness report. For the first time, most of the murders occurred in large-scale agricultural plantations.
David Waskow and Paula CaballeroJoe ThwaitesRhys Gerholdt
and Christina Chan,Kathleen Mogelgaard, and Yamide Dagnet –
COP 23 was a mix of encouraging commitments, helpful momentum on climate action, and a reminder the need to accelerate progress towards the goal of capping global temperature increase at safe levels
Selim Jahan –
To make poverty history, it's time for a fundamental rethink of development should look like, says human development expert Selim Jahan. This means paying more attention to the less palpable features of progress.
Geoff Wells –
Drones and satellites swirl overhead to monitor our forests. Computers churn out calculations of forest growth, while carbon markets ring up transactions. This is the backdrop to carbon credits that are financing forest conservation. But how do local people fit into this fast-evolving world of technology?
Brazil's two proposed bills to revive its flagging economy could have the opposite effect—degrading the environment, diminishing human rights and even hurting the economy. WRI's Helen Ding and Rachel Biderman explain why.
Nature has been described as the "GDP of the poor". Trade and conservation experts outline policy ideas to help rural, poor, and indigenous people achieve sustainable and beneficial livelihoods based on natural resources.
Vaidehi Shah –
Brazil and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for activists fighting mining, agribusiness and hydroelectric companies for their rights to land, forests, and rivers, a new report by Global Witness found.