Resource security

The future of sand

This week: the world is running out of sand. The most-exploited resource after water should be recognised as a strategic material and regulated like a mineral commodity

Neon and chip shortages

This week: the world’s leading suppliers of neon are in Ukraine, and that threatens to make the ongoing microchip shortage even worse.

Soybean farms surrounded the Wawi Indigenous Territory in the Southeast Amazon. Rogério Assis/ Instituto Socioambiental, Author provided
How Brazil can beat the odds

Brazil has set itself a target of restoring almost 50,000 sq km of the Amazon rainforest by 2030. But it won't get there without changing its policies and how it engages with local people.