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UN report on greenhouse gases
January 2020: Concentration of warming gases has reached a record high in 2018 and will continue to rise over the next years. The findings identify an increasing gap between ambitions set out in international accords such as the Paris Agreement and reality. The authors are calling for increased levels of ambition and acceleration for decarbonising the economy and limiting warming to 1.5C.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2020
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
Emotivism of nuclear energy
June 2019: New evidence shows that nuclear energy remains a highly emotive topic. Most likely, there will be 40% less use of nuclear energy than there might have been without the general public’s high sense of dread, limiting its potential to decarbonise the economy.
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
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