In climate change adaptation and development circles we often speak of ‘politics’ and ‘power’ as things that stand in the way of progress. We see this frequently in international negotiations where obstruction and grandstanding are common negotiating tactics by politically motivated actors. Yet this negative view of politics is altogether more widespread than that—it’s present in national planning workshops, project development, and just about any forum were complex interests are negotiated.
Article published by Nature (Nature 531, 551 (31 March 2016) doi:10.1038/531551a) written by Dr Adam Briggs
Health campaigners and political observers got a surprise in the United Kingdom's latest budget. This month, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced a sugar tax in the form of a levy on sugary-drinks manufacturers.
By John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, on the 'Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System' report to which he contributed:
By Prof. Charles Spence
Introduction by Marie Persson of the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), Blog post by Henri de Ruiter
The UK is increasingly “outsourcing” the environmental impact of its food supply
'People are assaulted by food at every turn, and we’re biologically programmed to eat in case there might be a famine round the corner,' explains Professor Susan Jebb as the West struggles with plenty.
Professor Susan Jebb studies behavioural medicine at Oxford, and her work is becoming more important by the year as the West battles obesity, diabetes and a multitude of other weight-related illnesses. She focuses on why we eat too much, why fad diets are counterproductive, and how to get the public losing weight efficiently. Here, she talks through strategies to tackle our collective weight problem.
By Cecilia Schubert, Communications Officer and Joost Vervoort, CCAFS Scenarios Officer
Scenarios work makes headway as it now informs climate, agriculture and socio-economic development policies across seven countries.