2015 is a major test for the international system. “But our challenge is years of sustainable development,” said Alan Hecht, director for sustainable development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “How do we take actions today, how do we prepare for the future in such a way that we will achieve a more sustainable outcome?”
The water-energy-food nexus is creating a complicated challenge for China and the world. Energy development requires water. Moving and cleaning water requires energy. Food production at all stages – from irrigation to distribution – requires water and energy.
In India’s resource-rich Meghalaya State, demand for coal is transforming the environment and the people who depend on it. Coal mine owners are prospering from booming production, but few laws regulate the dangerous and polluting practice known as “rat-hole” mining. Until now.
In the fifth year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center, USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, and Cities Alliance, this volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice.