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Global economic inequality
May 2019: Evidence suggests that global warming increased global economic inequality by 25% between the world’s richest and poorest countries. Simultaneously, the study suggests that implementing climate change mitigating practices will stimulate economic growth in poorer countries.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
Rising vaccine hesitancy
March 2019: Falling MMR vaccination rates result in rising measles outbreaks, increasing child mortality rates, and a significant cost increase for public health systems. Underlying causes for rising vaccine hesitancy are populism, marginalised communities distrusting elites or experts, and economic inequality in disenfranchised communities.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
Economic inequality and social mobility
June 2019: Rising economic inequality reduces the belief that upward social mobility is possible amongst disadvantaged youth. Policies such as access to paid internships, mentoring programmes or subsidised education could counteract this.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / June 2019
Urban agriculture
November 2019: Community gardens and urban farms under the umbrella of urban agriculture can contribute to combatting inner city ‘food deserts’, improve air quality, provide green spaces, and reduce CO2 emissions. A new paper calls for holistic and strategic interventions to expand such networks and adopt urban planning mechanisms.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2019
Measuring water scarcity
October 2019: There is a lower level of access to clean drinking water in urban areas in the global south than previously thought. Access to piped utility water is often limited due to affordability, reliability, and quality of the water provided. The paper calls for a re-focus on public utility water provision.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / October 2019
Environmental stress on women
January 2020: Women's capacity to adapt to climate change across Asia and Africa is negatively impacted by current adaptation strategies, leading to reduced health and wellbeing. The study calls for investments into equitable adaptive capacity building for men and women to prepare communities for safer and more effective future migration induced by climate change.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2020
Inequality and poverty in Britain
December 2018: A UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty visited the UK. His preliminary report points to extreme levels of child poverty in the UK and that a fifth of the British population is living in poverty despite rising employment levels, economic growth, and pockets of high wealth levels. His findings identify poor skill levels amongst workers, weak infrastructures, lack of affordable housing, and the centralisation of political and commercial power in London as main impact factors on poverty in Britain.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2018