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Horizontal urban growth
February 2020: Current urban growth patterns show strong tendencies for outward and horizontal expansion outside East or Southeast Asia. These growth patterns are generally considered to be unsustainable. It highlights the need to incentivise vertical/upward urban growth to deliver low carbon, walkable, resource efficient, and resilient future cities.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2020
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
Global sustainability is local
February 2020: Progress towards realising the UN’s SDGs by 2030 is generally measured at the global level. However, recent evidence points towards sustainability being most effective and deliverable at the local level. The localisation of sustainability requires careful balancing between competing sectors to avoid achieving progress in one area and decreasing or reversing progress in another.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2020
Socio-economic cost of deforestation
February 2020: Measuring changing carbon emission from forested lands due to commercial developments reveals the socio-economic costs of deforestation, in addition to environmental impacts.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 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
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
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
Increased antibiotic stewardship needed
December 2019: An overuse of antibiotics in human health, animal health, and the agricultural sector are contributing to the rise of antimicrobial resistance and superbugs which pose risks to public health. Increased research efforts could lead to a robust evidence base that informs antibiotic stewardship programmes.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2019
Recycling plastic waste
December 2019: Developments in steam cracking and pressure technology now enable the production of ‘virgin’ quality plastics from recycled plastic waste. This could allow for plastic manufacturing sites to transition to plastic collection and refineries within the framework of their existing infrastructures.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2019
Smart yarn
December 2019: Flexible, electrochemically, and electromechanically active yarns could allow for the scalable production of textile-based devices. Such smart garments have a wide range of applications from public health to military defence and could produce clothing that responds to outside conditions while retaining wearability
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 2019