This month we have new blogs on climate action, urban shifts, 10 years since the Haiti earthquake and more.
Huge bushfires darken Australia’s skies. The country often sees wildfires, but climate change has disrupted weather patterns, creating catastrophic conditions (Rob Russell via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

How can we avoid another ‘lost decade’ in the climate fight?

"As 2020 dawns, we are not seeing the urgency of intent or action necessary to confront the climate crisis in a remotely adequate way." In a new blog at the start of the 2020 'super year', IIED director Andrew Norton considers what it will take to galvanise meaningful action on climate change against a ticking clock and political reticence.

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An aerial image of old Delhi. But the megacity continues to grow and its predicted 43m inhabitants in 2035 would make it the world's largest city (José Antonio Morcillo Valenciano, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
Interview with David Satterthwaite

Q&A: blog series explores the transition to a predominantly urban world

IIED has launched a series of blogs that will examine different aspects of global urban change, including analysis of the social, political and environmental factors that cause cities to thrive or decline. David Satterthwaite highlights what to expect.

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"Large cities and rapidly growing cities are not new; but the scale and number of very large cities is – to the point where large city growth and increasingly urbanised societies are seen as ‘the problem’. But, as the blogs will discuss, there is an economic logic behind what makes very large cities grow."


–  David Satterthwaite
Earthquake debris in the Port-au-Prince city centre (Maggie Stephenson)
Blog by Lucy Earle

Haiti earthquake 10 years on – a new chapter in disaster response

12 January 2020 marked 10 years since the Haiti earthquake. The devastating tragedy raised challenges between traditional, more rural humanitarian responses and the difference for when it is in an urban area. It brought humanitarian actors into closer collaboration with urban development specialists and started a new chapter in disaster response. Lucy Earle reflects in a new blog.

Find out more about the newly launched Haiti Community Planning Archive 
Thousands of people called for more action on climate change at a march in Madrid organised by activist group Fridays for Future (Malopez 21 via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Blog by Sejal Patel

COP25 policy and activism: we deserved better

In the first of a new series considering the important role social movements play in prompting climate action and protecting nature, Sejal Patel reflects on COP25, both as a researcher seeking to influence policy and as an individual passionate about climate justice.

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Tea pickers at a Darjeeling tea processing unit (shankar s, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
Guest blog by Rijit Sengupta

We need more than business as usual, to leave no one behind

In the latest blog in our series exploring how business and investors can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Rijit Sengupta discusses the challenges and opportunities for businesses in India seeking to raise the bar on sustainability.

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Agriculture, nature conservation or both? Managing trade-offs and synergies in sub-Saharan Africa
Working paper, 40 pages

Agriculture, nature conservation or both? Managing trade-offs and synergies in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting agricultural production to meet the food demands of growing and more prosperous populations increasingly comes with a cost to ecosystems. Yet many developing countries (and some developed countries) do not acknowledge or understand these trade-offs. Greater understanding is needed. This paper summarises key concepts including trade-off analysis and management, to make approaches and methods more accessible.

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Indonesia’s triple burden of malnutrition: a call for urgent policy change
Research report, 36 pages

Indonesia’s triple burden of malnutrition: a call for urgent policy change

There is very little data available on people’s diets in Indonesia and few methods adapted to measure the triple burden of micronutrient deficiencies, undernutrition and obesity. This research report is the product of an innovative food diaries survey conducted in Jember, East Java, which aimed to provide information for local and international advocacy on healthy sustainable diets. The report reviews the research methodology, outlines the key findings, and provides recommendations for policy and methodological improvements.

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