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As dawn breaks across the beach and the first rays of sunlight illuminate the turquoise waters of southern Vietnam’s Ninh Hai coastline, fishermen are already hauling in their nets of shimmering, slithering silver fish. Here, in Nui Chua National Park, the sea is the backbone of the economy and the key source of sustenance for local families, many of whom have been fishermen for generations.

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How many people does it take to change a light bulb? So begins the old joke, but the more serious question for India’s Energy Efficiency Services Ltd was how many people need to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs in order to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint?

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A new generation of farmers brings productivity back to Cuba’s landscape.

With its tropical beaches and rolling hills, spotted with tobacco plantations and pine forest, Cuba might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of degraded land. But behind the tourist idyll lies a grimmer reality.

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Online data is helping water authorities collaborate across borders to fight the impacts of climate change

It’s a cycle that is becoming all too common around the globe. A swing from flood to drought and back that costs nations billions of dollars every year and threatens not just the livelihoods but the very lives of millions of people.

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While most people are familiar with the link between fossil fuel burning and the release of greenhouse gases, not so many are aware of the role land use management can play in mitigating climate change.

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In a small village approximately four hour’s drive south of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, Loas Polyvann, 52, and his wife, Phan Chinda, 46, run a small but successful family business. 

Over the years, the couple’s hard work has paid off. Originally, they sold only fuel, cigarettes and sugarcane juice, and offered a telephone service.  Now, their business is more like a local convenience store, selling everything from toothbrushes and shampoo to groceries and rice.

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"I live on a small island. When storms hit, they damage houses and land and pour saline water into the paddy fields and crops. Already I’ve shifted my home once due to river erosion and it is further in danger because the mighty river Meghna is only one kilometer away." Adition Chandra Das, Rahmanpur, South Sakuchia, Monpura, Bhola 

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At age 56, Vietnamese farmer Luan is still actively working the land. She is also still learning new things and open to fresh ideas.

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Wildlife rangers in South Africa are at the heart of the effort to tackle rhino poaching, undertaking work that is incredibly difficult and dangerous at times. Tasked with tracking poachers and protecting other species at risk of illegal wildlife practices, rangers never know what dangers face them in the field.

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With heavenly beaches, an active volcano with an impressive crater, and the ever-present scents of ylang-ylang, vanilla and clove, the Comoros is an island archipelago located in the Indian Ocean between Africa and Madagascar, known as the “Perfume Islands.”

This is paradise. But climate change is threatening lives and livelihoods, upending traditional agricultural practices, and putting paradise at risk. 

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