La science au service de la paix

  • The Key to Managing Conflict and Cooperation over Water (2013, ENESFR), introducing key themes of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation led by UNESCO, with case studies
  • Genetic pollution is Permanent (2013, EN), interview on the ethical implications of synthetic biology for the environment and human health
  • Planning for an Uncertain Future (2012, ENESFR), on the difficulties in reconciling supply and demand for an increasingly precious resource: freshwater
  • Tales Set in Stone (2012, ENESFR), retracing the impact of climate change and natural disasters over the past 30 000 years on human civilizations living around the Black and Mediterranean Seas
  • The Risks Associated with Large-scale Foreign Land Acquisitions (2012, EN, ES, FR), interview on the implications for developing countries of this growing trend towards what one person has termed agrarian neocolonialism
  • Forty Years of Field Laboratories in Sustainability (2011, ENESFRRU), tracing the 40-year history of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, which seeks to reconcile humanity with nature
  • Science without Borders (2011, ENESFRRU), on the growing trend towards internationalization of science, science diplomacy and international business consortia in high-tech industries, based on the findings in the UNESCO Science Report 2010. The quest for clean energy sources is a growing focus of international partnerships
  • The Growing Role of Knowledge in the Global Economy (2010, ENESFRRU), on the findings of the UNESCO Science Report 2010, a series which monitors the status of science around the world every five years, with data supplied by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics
  • Why the Financial Crisis is also an Opportunity (2009, ARENESFRRU), on why now is the time to green the global economy
  • Learning to Live with Drought in Europe (2009, ARENESFRRU), on moves in Europe to adopt a drought policy and improve river monitoring in light of more frequent periods of drought on the continent
  • Why Modern Agriculture must Change (2008, ARENESFRMLYRU), on the findings of a major international assessment involving UNESCO
  • Why Scientists are Taking a Stand against Ocean Fertilization with Urea (2008, ARENESFRRU), on why 57 scientists from 18 countries oppose this geoengineering technique
  • Far from the Nanohype (2007, ENESFR), on maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks of nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • The Reasons for Central Asia’s Water Woes (2007, ENESFRRU), interview on the shared responsibility of melting glaciers and poor water policies for the region’s problems
  • The Last Frontier (2006, ENESFR), on the legal vacuum surrounding exploitation of biodiversity in the deep sea
  • The Future of Drylands Revisited (2006, ENESFRRU), presents new research at a time when one-third of land on our planet is threatened by desertification
  • Buried Treasure in the Americas (2005, ENFR), on cooperation between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in sharing aquifers, within a wider project to map transboundary aquifers in the Americas
  • A System for Managing the Planet by 2015 (2004, ENFR), on a global scheme which recognizes that land, atmosphere and oceans are not separate systems but interlocking parts of a single Earth system and that we thus need to combine existing observing systems into a single overarching system to improve global monitoring of the environment: the Global Earth Observing System of Systems
  • Afghanistan on the (Rocky) Road to Recovery (2003, ENFR), on UNESCO’s work to encourage cooperation among Afghanistan and its downstream neighbours, which share the Kabul, Helmand and Amu Darya Rivers (Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), at a time when Afghanistan was planning the construction of additional dams
  • Journey to the Highest Lake in the World (2003, ENFR), case study of Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru, and its indigenous populations, taken from the first World Water Development Report
  • The International Year of Freshwater (2003, ENFR), summarizing the work of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme and its plans for the Year
  • UNESCO and Johannesburg (2002, ENFR), on UNESCO’s strategy for following up the World Summit on Sustainable Development
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