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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
Rising UK temperatures in February
March 2019: Arctic warming is leading to temperature spikes and drops in mid-latitude areas resulting in abnormally high temperatures in the UK in February. Extreme weather conditions demonstrate that climate change is not a future but a current threat.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
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
Loss of Arctic sea ice
August 2020: Melt ponds in the Arctic are causing sea ice to melt at an accelerated rate, suggesting that Arctic summers will be ice free by 2035. This may lead to sea level rises, changes in ocean currents and global weather patterns that can lead to floods, storms, costal erosion, and infrastructure destruction.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / August 2020
Just transition to decarbonised energy
August 2020: the energy sector should focus on local labour market conditions, available technology knowledge, geographic resources, and social impact in addition to its financial viability. Without integrating the social and economic dimension of energy transitions, such strategies are at risk of compounding existing inequalities.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / August 2020