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Environmental footprint of cryptocurrency
September 2019: requires more computing capacity than previously anticipated and experts are calling to link the currency with renewable energy requirements to mitigate any knock-on effects for the energy sector and the currency’s overall carbon footprint.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019
Water resource management
September 2019: Groundwater levels are continuously decreasing around the world, emphasising calls for active governance and management of extraction practices. Impacts of depletion especially effect rural communities relying on groundwater as their primary source for domestic and agricultural use.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019
Climate change and land use
September 2019: Several land mark reports are calling for profound changes in the current ways we use land and produce food. Within the next decade, agricultural and food systems will have to transition to agro-ecological systems, requiring policy and financial incentives to accelerate the changes needed to combat climate change and alleviate the public health crisis.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 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
Reforesting as climate change mitigation
July 2019: A recent report highlights that planting 1 trillion trees on 0.9 billion-hectare land could substantially increase carbon capture. In comparison to other mitigation strategies, reforesting programmes are the cheapest and most efficient approach.
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
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
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
Renewable energy drives energy poverty
July 2019: New evidence argues that current policies such as taxes or subsidies to incentivise a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy consumption may indirectly drive energy poverty and social exclusion, since low-income households are unable to afford increased utility prices.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / July 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