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Water shortages and reallocation
April 2019: Data suggests that Britain will experience significant water shortages due to climate change by 2050. It is paramount to consider the social and environmental impact of water management projects when defining policies and investments into water security.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 2019
Expansion and intensification of neglected tropical diseases
April 2019: Milder climates in Northern Europe and North America could lead to a global spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as Malaria and Zika. Spreading mosquito populations increase pressure on health care systems and pose high risks for global public health security.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 2019
Competitive carbon negative power generation using BECCS
April 2019: Combining coal-bioenergy gasification with carbon capture and storage technologies could be economically and technically viable. This could incentivise the transition of large coal-dependent countries such as China to a carbon negative energy system.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 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
Reforesting as climate change mitigation
July 2019: A recent report highlights that planting 1 trillion trees on 0.9 billion-hectare land could substantially increase carbon capture. In comparison to other mitigation strategies, reforesting programmes are the cheapest and most efficient approach.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 2019
Climate change and land use
September 2019: Several land mark reports are calling for profound changes in the current ways we use land and produce food. Within the next decade, agricultural and food systems will have to transition to agro-ecological systems, requiring policy and financial incentives to accelerate the changes needed to combat climate change and alleviate the public health crisis.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019
Policy planning in the anthropocene
February 2019: Researchers have developed a new 7 point-plan promoting cross-departmental and international collaboration to combat global challenges in the ‘Anthropocene’, such as climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. Earth’s systems will only be at a biophysical level favourable to human life if policy design moves from a short-term mind-set to long-term collaborative strategies.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 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
WEF global threats - Environment
February 2019: The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report lists five environmental threats in their list of top 10 global risks (according to their likelihood and impact). The report calls for international collaboration to combat climate change and mitigate economic and human health threats.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Environmental change as enabler for disease transmission
March 2020: The spread of emerging infectious disease can be amplified by climate change and habitat loss. Environmental change is altering human-wildlife interactions which can accelerate the spread and intensity of disease outbreaks. It is recommended to treat disease outbreaks as symptoms of environmental degradation instead of isolated incidents.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2020