CDE Policy Briefs provide useful research insights on important development issues. The series offers accessible, timely and policy relevant information on topics such as global change, innovations, sustainable development, natural resources, ecosystem services, governance, livelihoods, and disparities.
Good intentions, big footprints: Facing household energy use in rich countries
Emission of CO2 by burning fossil fuels is altering our climate. The risks of maintaining this carbon-burning trajectory make it imperative to change course. This means drastically reducing our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy as quickly as possible. Households account for a large share of CO2 emissions. But which households consume the most energy and how could their carbon footprints be reduced?
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Commercial Horticulture in Kenya: Adapting to Water Scarcity
Commercial horticulture is Kenya’s second largest foreign exchange earner, exporting flowers and vegetables to Europe in particular. The economic benefits must be weighed carefully against social and environmental risks, including competition over precious water.
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Sustainable livestock production? Industrial agriculture versus pastoralism
People who herd animals or combine livestock keeping and cropping at a smaller scale – called pastoralists or agro-pastoralists – can sustainably produce animal products while providing vital ecosystem services.
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