Tundu Lissu, a leading opposition member of the Tanzanian parliament and a former colleague who worked on community land rights, was injured in what may have been political violence. Peter Veit, who has known Lissu for decades, writes about his friend and the risks he ran by making a difference.
Irma is the latest in a series of devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. Though many countries and territories have prioritized disaster risk management, extreme storms like this one can set vulnerable communities back for years.
Despite years of requests, Javanese villagers can't get the government to tell them the facts about their polluted river. Meanwhile, their fishing catches―and income―continue to decline.
The gold rush in Mongolia has left a toxic aftermath: contaminants from the mining process have leached into the water that poor communities rely on for drinking, bathing and raising livestock. Residents need the government to tell them if the water is safe to use.
Communities near a toxic hot spot in Thailand want the government to tell them what's in their water. Despite the country's strong "right to know" laws, they aren't getting the answers they need.
Returning to WRI as a Distinguished Senior Fellow on forest and governance issues, Frances Seymour reflects on the impact of technology and international efforts to turn the tide on deforestation.
U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement offers opportunities for India and China to lead on international climate action, but global progress is not yet matched by comparable leadership on domestic environmental policies in these two countries.
National policies encouraging women's political participation lack implementation guidelines they need to have effect.
Improving transparency of concessions data—the who, what, when and where of commercial activities that drive over 60% of global deforestation—is critical to preventing forest loss.
Amid corruption scandals, Brazil appears to be backsliding on commitments to secure indigenous land tenure.