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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
Water scarcity in India
July 2019: Water scarcity is a global challenge requiring local solutions. New evidence supports a shift towards localised small scale programmes to combat water scarcity and argues against large-scale infrastructure projects to address the water crisis in countries such as in India.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 2019
Environmental footprint of shared e-scooters
September 2019: Carbon emissions from upstream and downstream processes of electric scooters have similar overall emissions to travelling by bus, bicycle, or moped. These emissions could be mitigated if operators would use more efficient vehicles when collecting and re-distributing scooters, reduce the overall frequency of collection, and reduce the environmental impact during manufacturing.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019
Accelerated ice loss in Greenland
February 2020: Accelerated ice loss in Greenland corresponds to the IPCC high-end climate scenario and identifies warming oceans and warmer air temperatures as primary catalysts. Melting ice will cause sea levels to rise, which, in turn, exposes more coastal communities to flooding, hurricanes, and storm surges. It strengthens calls to mitigate climate change and limit warming to the IPCC’s low-end scenario.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2020
IPCC special report on the ocean and cryosphere
November 2019: special report on oceans and the cryosphere emphasises calls to accelerate a transition to a zero carbon economy and place at least 30% of the world’s oceans under protection. Rising temperatures, acidification, and lower oxygen levels in the oceans are severely impacting human and marine life.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2019
Environmental stress on women
January 2020: Women's capacity to adapt to climate change across Asia and Africa is negatively impacted by current adaptation strategies, leading to reduced health and wellbeing. The study calls for investments into equitable adaptive capacity building for men and women to prepare communities for safer and more effective future migration induced by climate change.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2020
Climate tipping points
January 2020: Increasing evidence is pointing towards Earth reaching climate tipping points. These events could cause cascading domino effects with long-term changes to current ecosystems and human activity.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2020
Soil management
October 2019: Climate change changing rainfall patterns may show negative effects on soil’s ability to retain water. Reduced soil resilience increases risks of groundwater depletion, flash floods, and release of carbon stored in soil.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / October 2019
Investments into tackling climate change
November 2019: Quantifying risks to critical systems finds that investing into climate change mitigation shows positive returns when compared to the projected costs of climate change impacts; hence reinforces the benefits of avoiding them.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2019
Maritime renewable energy
December 2018: New devices for ocean energy allow extraction of kinetic energy from tidal and wave movements. Its predictability offers particular value to grid-balancing operators looking for a stable energy supply for remote areas and coastal communities.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2018