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Succession for World Bank President
February 2019: Traditionally, the President of the United States nominates the president of the World bank. The president of the World Bank exerts considerable influence over the institution’s lending policies, project focus, level of transparency, and accountability. There are growing concerns about the new president potentially reverting the organisation’s focus on combatting climate change and introducing an inclusive lending policy for fossil fuel energy projects.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Economic cost of herbicide overuse
February 2020: Similarly to the overuse of antibiotics in humans, the overuse of herbicides is leading to resistance in weeds. In turn, this reduces crop yields with risks for food security, availability and pricing. A National Action Plan that supports farmers in transitioning to integrated pest management practices may address the challenge.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2020
Scientists declare climate emergency
December 2019: An interdisciplinary and international coalition of scientists have declared a climate emergency and are calling on decision-makers to act on climate change. The paper sets out clear interventions and identifies energy, short-lived pollutants, nature, food, economy, and population size as primary domains for intervention.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2019
Horizontal urban growth
February 2020: Current urban growth patterns show strong tendencies for outward and horizontal expansion outside East or Southeast Asia. These growth patterns are generally considered to be unsustainable. It highlights the need to incentivise vertical/upward urban growth to deliver low carbon, walkable, resource efficient, and resilient future cities.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2020
Climate tipping points
January 2020: Increasing evidence is pointing towards Earth reaching climate tipping points. These events could cause cascading domino effects with long-term changes to current ecosystems and human activity.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2020