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Chewing the facts on sustainable diets

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 10:45

We'll need 70 per cent more food by 2050 to feed the projected 9.7 billion population. At the same time, agricultural practices and the global food supply chain are increasingly contributing to climate change and ecosystem destruction. Changing the way our food is produced, distributed and wasted can seem out of reach, but what we choose to consume has a major impact on both people and the planet. What does it really mean to eat sustainably?

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Listening beyond London post-Brexit

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 10:56

Working-class young people living outside of London have been overlooked in Brexit conversations. Empowering them could help shape the ‘new’ Britain, says youth charity worker Roxy Legane

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Living with lions

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 16:15

In Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, pastoral farmers share land with potentially dangerous predators, often leading to untimely deaths for livestock – as well as for wild animals, when humans intervene. PhD student Leejiah Dorward is interviewing farmers to gather data for the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which aims to reduce human-lion conflict. He describes a day in the field

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Africa’s Great Green Wall could halt desertification

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 16:53

In 2012 we reported on the beginning of Africa’s Great Green Wall project. Four years on, we explore how planting trees has nurtured communities as well as the land

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The politics of optimism: Brexit, crises and new beginnings

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 17:09

Professor Matthew Flinders advocates a politics of optimism to counter post-Brexit despair

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Opening the door to global equality

Thu, 21/07/2016 - 16:44

Open borders would accelerate the global economy and lift millions out of poverty, argues Dutch author and historian Rutger Bregman

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Into the woods on the National Forest Way

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 14:30

From a scarred, post-industrial landscape to thriving woodland packed with wildlife and economic opportunities alike: Meera Dattani laces up her boots to explore the National Forest Way

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New technology helps Pompeii rise from the ashes

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 17:46

Dr Estelle Lazer has spent the last three decades getting to know Pompeii’s dead. Now, new technology promises to reveal even more about the ancient population she has tirelessly worked to bring to life. Lorenza Bacino meets her

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Land rights victory for Indian women

Mon, 18/07/2016 - 13:56

A women’s land rights policy in the Indian state of Odisha has come to fruition meaning thousands of single women have been given their own land

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Rutger Bregman: It’s time to think utopian

Tue, 12/07/2016 - 15:34

Rutger Bregman is reimagining utopia. The 28-year-old Dutch historian and author says we have all the ideas we need, including the 15-hour work week, open borders and a universal basic income

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New issue of Positive News offers hope in uncertain times

Tue, 12/07/2016 - 10:47

Published in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the new issue of Positive News magazine reports on people, communities and organisations that are creating the building blocks for a thriving society

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Sharing the vision

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:46

Editor-in-chief Seán Dagan Wood introduces issue 86 of Positive News

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Featured owner: Stan Rosenthal

Sun, 10/07/2016 - 20:33

Meet our media moguls: In July 2015, we ran a community share offer and invited our readers to become co-owners of Positive News

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The moment I felt at home: refugees tell their stories

Fri, 08/07/2016 - 16:45

We meet seven people who, having fled their homelands, have found a new beginning in London. Photographing them in the place where they first felt safe or part of this country, we ask them about the moment the UK became home

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Employment and opportunity the key to refugee integration

Fri, 08/07/2016 - 15:03

Employment is an integral tool for tackling refugees’ social and economic exclusion, says Matthew Powell - CEO of charity Breaking Barriers

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‘When disaster strikes, business builds bridges’

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 13:22

Typhoons, earthquakes, flooding – natural disasters are increasing in frequency and scale. Sue Adkins, international director at Business in the Community, tells us what businesses are doing to help NGOs, humanitarian aid agencies, governments and citizens when disaster strikes

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The sky’s the limit for South African space project girls

Tue, 05/07/2016 - 16:58

South African schoolgirls are helping to create Africa’s first privately-funded satellite in an effort to reset the gender balance in maths and technology

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UK law puts gender on development agenda

Mon, 04/07/2016 - 13:44

In early 2014, we reported on the UK passing a law requiring development agencies to consider gender equality when funding foreign aid projects. Two years later, campaigners say the legislation is having a big impact

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Three good things: 3D printing

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 09:05

From architecture to healthcare; we look at new ways in which 3D printing is helping society to progress

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Nature connection: What we leave behind

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 10:48

Lucy Purdy explores the human urge to leave our mark on the natural world

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