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New wave of nuclear business
January 2019: Rising pressure to reach climate goals incentivises governments to turn towards nuclear energy. In light of storage problems and grid congestions for renewable energies, advanced nuclear technologies are becoming promising alternatives for a decarbonised economy.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2019
Disease and malnutrition
December 2018: Research identifies malnutrition as the primary factor in the global burden of disease. Policies such as sugar taxes, awareness campaigns, and new data generation technologies offer a large potential to understand people’s eating habits and to design target interventions.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2018
Germany to exit coal by 2038
February 2019: Germany announced its plans to phase out coal by 2038, to invest €40bn in structural aid over the next 20 years, and to compensate businesses for closing down coal plants. Transforming Germany’s energy system towards natural gas and renewable energies impacts north-western Europe’s ability to reach its Paris climate change goals.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Austerity and the Green City Initiative in Oldham
February 2019: Initiatives such as the Green City Region Initiative in Greater Manchester are demonstrating that sustainable development plans can support the transformation of deprived regions. They aim to develop an integrated approach that simultaneously combats economic, social, and environmental challenges at the local level.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Implications of trade deals for farming and environmental standards in the UK
March 2019: Liberalised food production and farming standards could form a key element for future trade UK-US trade relationships. A deregulated post-Brexit food market could offer consumers food at lower prices but could also negatively affect public health outcomes in the UK.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
Ocean acidification
May 2019: Greenhouse gases reacting with seawater is leading to changes in the ocean’s surface chemistry. This can lead to habitat destruction and biodiversity loss with negative knock-on effects for coastal regions, food security and marine management practices.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
IPBES Report on biodiversity loss
May 2019: The UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reports that more than 1 million animal and plant species are under threat of extinction over the next decades due to human activities. The risk can be reduced by removing or redirecting perverse subsidies, increasing the number of protected areas, and moving away from economic growth as a measure for quality of life.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
Natural Climate Solutions (NCS)
June 2019: NCS focus on ecosystem restoration projects that could deliver approximately a third of the carbon reduction needed between now and 2030. Many solutions currently receive limited funding opportunities and attract only narrow political attention.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / June 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
Renewable energy drives energy poverty
July 2019: New evidence argues that current policies such as taxes or subsidies to incentivise a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy consumption may indirectly drive energy poverty and social exclusion, since low-income households are unable to afford increased utility prices.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 2019