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Dams and sustainable hydropower
December 2018: A recent study found that dams might cause more ecological and social harm than energy benefits from hydropower. Less intrusive technologies such as in-stream turbines could offer more sustainable options and respond faster to changing river flows due to climate change.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2018
Starch levels in algae biomass
December 2018: Scientists found a new way of controlling the level of starch content in algae. Producing higher levels of algae-derived starch represents a valuable resource for biofuels and the production of other renewable materials such as fuel additives, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and bioplastics.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2018
Financial actors and climate stability
December 2018: A recent study identifies a small set of financial actors that have an extended ability to influence climate stability. It points towards an explicit link between stock ownership, global institutional investors and so-called tipping elements in the Earth’s system such as the Amazon or boreal forests.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2018
Challenges in the global food system
December 2018: In a global three-year research collaboration across the globe, the InterAcademy Partnership released their findings that underline the unsustainability of our current food system. Experts point out that the cost of the damage to human health and the environment is greater than profits of the farming industry. They point towards evidence-based opportunities for businesses and policymakers that range from climate-smart food systems to international science advisory mechanisms.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2018