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EAT-Lancet Commission
February 2019: The EAT-Lancet Commission’s report delivers scientific targets for a healthy, plant-based diet with a low amount of animal-based foods. It promotes investments into smallholder farms and systems that operate in harmony with nature. Further, the report advocates policy changes and an effective governance of ocean and land use.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Dynamic ocean management
March 2019: Flexible algorithms based on tracking and ocean-condition data allow researchers to predict fish behaviour in real time. It allows for a greater balance between conservation concerns and economic viability of fisheries in warming oceans.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
Conflicting priorities in sustainable agriculture
March 2019: Scientific evidence shows that there is very little alignment between objectives for policy makers, farmers, and researchers in sustainable agriculture. Key to aligning diverging interests is exploring the social dimension of sustainable agriculture and increasing collaboration between the groups.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
Sustainability reporting
April 2019: An increasing number of investors is consulting ESG data before making investment decisions. However, a lack of standardisation in reporting systems and the lack of an accreditation system for sustainability assurance professionals challenges comparability between companies.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 2019
Causal link between climate, conflict, migration
February 2019: A recent empirical assessment shows a causal connection between climate change, conflict, and migration in countries with poor governance and lower levels of democracy, such as Syria. The study underlines the complexity of migration but offers new perspectives on the potential consequences of climate change and fulfilling the UN’s SDGs.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Renewable energy impacts on marine life
February 2020: Offshore renewable energy generation may impact negatively on marine life due to construction or operation noise in combination with risks of blunt trauma from blades, which increases risks for marine life when hunting or navigating. Researchers are calling for improved designs and strategic trade-offs between marine conservation efforts and a transition towards 100% renewable energy generation.
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
Waste exports
June 2019: An increasing number of South-East Asian countries are restricting waste imports, leading to spikes in landfill deposits and waste incineration in developed nations. However, this could encourage efforts to create a global governance framework for ‘circular’ resource management practices in the long-run.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / June 2019
Infrastructure investments
September 2019: The emergence and rise of new multilateral development banks is increasingly shaping how large infrastructure projects are financed. New evidence calls for collaborative guidelines and standardised lending approaches to promote the design of climate resilient infrastructure projects.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019
Global sustainability is local
February 2020: Progress towards realising the UN’s SDGs by 2030 is generally measured at the global level. However, recent evidence points towards sustainability being most effective and deliverable at the local level. The localisation of sustainability requires careful balancing between competing sectors to avoid achieving progress in one area and decreasing or reversing progress in another.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2020