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Interactive map shows nature’s benefits
December 2019: A new high-resolution and interactive map models nature’s contribution to people’s lives around the globe. It highlights nature’s declining ability to provide food security, high water quality, and protection for infrastructure. The map could serve as a platform for policy-makers to develop high-impact investment strategies for high-value ecosystems.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / December 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
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
Economy of Borneo’s rainforest
November 2019: Infrastructure plans for creating a Pan-Borneo Highway are placing the region’s biodiversity at risk. Recent findings suggest that there are greater economic benefits in maintaining biodiversity and supporting emerging bio-economies than in depletion of natural resources.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2019
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
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
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
Measuring water scarcity
October 2019: There is a lower level of access to clean drinking water in urban areas in the global south than previously thought. Access to piped utility water is often limited due to affordability, reliability, and quality of the water provided. The paper calls for a re-focus on public utility water provision.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / October 2019
Climate change challenges human rights
September 2019: Climate change has the potential to erode human rights, such as social security, access to food, healthcare, shelter, and decent work. The report identifies government leadership and private sector investments as key drivers to adapt current human rights mechanisms.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019
Socially accepted litter – cigarette butts
September 2019: Cigarette ends remain one of the most socially accepted and common forms of litter, but can inhibit plant growth and are hazardous to marine life. New evidence supports calls to ban single-use plastic cigarette filters, and highlights the need for policy intervention.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019