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Risks to Africa’s flora
January 2020: More than 30% of Africa’s fauna could be at risk of extinction due to climate change, deforestation, land-use change, and population growth. The paper calls for a comprehensive assessment of global plant species to identify vulnerable species and regions and inform global bio-conservation strategies.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2020
Measuring water scarcity
October 2019: There is a lower level of access to clean drinking water in urban areas in the global south than previously thought. Access to piped utility water is often limited due to affordability, reliability, and quality of the water provided. The paper calls for a re-focus on public utility water provision.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / October 2019
Vehicle Ownership
October 2019: Exchanging existing vehicles with cleaner versions may not deliver sufficient environmental benefits. The report recommends a shift towards car ‘usership’ instead of ownership and encourages the government to improve public transport and to diversify investments into future transport technologies.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / October 2019
EU’s CAP
October 2019: Reforms of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) may not be efficient in improving or re-designing mechanisms to address climate change, land use, and biodiversity loss. Scientists are calling for a stronger focus on sustainability, an increased number of scientists partaking in negotiations, and a reduced influence of agri-business representatives.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / October 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
Palliative care
June 2019: The number of people with need for palliative care will rise by almost 87% by 2060. A global integrative policy framework could help integrate palliative care into public healthcare systems to alleviate economic costs and patient suffering.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / June 2019
Climate change and human health
July 2019: A large-scale first of its kind study outlines cross-European risks and connections between climate change and public health risks, promoting an increased policy focus on health risks and challenges of accessing health care facilities at the European level.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 2019
Challenges of commercial sand extraction
July 2019: New evidence shows that rapid urbanisation is causing more sand to be extracted from rivers and beaches than can be replaced naturally. However, the informal industry is unregulated with only limited monitoring capacity of extraction methods or source origins.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 2019
Blooming seaweed
July 2019: Analysis of the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt establishes a direct relation between the blooming seaweed and higher nutrient levels in the ocean. The ocean’s chemistry changes following higher nutrient discharge from the Amazon river in response to increased deforestation and fertiliser use since 2010.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 2019
Conservation burials in Britain
July 2019: Population growth and rapid urbanisation means that demand for burial spaces that will exceed graveyard capacity within the next five years. A new suggestion is to re-purpose Britain’s infrastructure to create green burial corridors by allowing ‘conservation burials’ alongside roads, railways and footpaths.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 2019