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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
Building design to minimise carbon emissions
March 2020: A novel technique to assemble wooden buildings uses preconfigured sub-units of cross-laminated timber to build 8-12 story high buildings. The technique only emits half the emissions compared to conventional steel and/or reinforced concrete constructions and allows for buildings to absorb carbon post construction.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2020
Beach erosion
April 2020: Climate change may amplify natural beach erosion which could significantly impact on sensitive wildlife habitats and coastal communities. Researchers are calling for increased adaptive capacities from coastal communities to build resilience and to increase efforts to curb climate change.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 2020
UK overseas emissions
April 2020: finds that nearly half of UK’s carbon footprint in 2016 originated from ‘hidden emissions’. Hidden emissions refer to carbon released during manufacturing of goods in the country of origin. WWF calls for carbon adjustments for imported goods to ensure UK’s effective carbon neutrality by 2050.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 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
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
Social impact of biodiversity conservation
January 2020: Plans to place 50% of Earth’s oceans and land under protection may have significant social and economic impact on people. These impacts should be taken into consideration when formulating conservation strategies at the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2020