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Sustainability Horizons: what’s coming into view?

Sustainability Horizons is CISL’s monthly scan of issues and evidence coming into view, but which may not yet feature in the mainstream sustainability debate. This is not a prediction of the future, but a way of helping practitioners and policymakers to get early notice of new ideas, trends or evidence, to inform their own view of what might or should happen as a result.


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Belief that firewood is better for well-being could slow India’s cooking fuel transitions

February 2021: Scientific evidence has demonstrated that clean cooking fuels provide better health outcomes than traditional fuels such as firewood. Nonetheless, the transition to clean cooking fuels in many rural areas in India is slow. New evidence highlights how social and cultural factors are major drivers of the fuel transition and that women’s beliefs often drive family behaviour.

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Accelerated rates of biodiversity loss

February 2021: Human population growth and overconsumption of resources are accelerating biodiversity decline and climate disruption. These trends can lead to climate induced mass migrations, pandemics, and resource conflicts which are threatening employment, healthcare, economic growth, and political stability. Scientists are calling for systems level changes and accelerated action on biodiversity loss and climate change mitigation.

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Soil degradation costs farmers a half billion dollars every year

February 2021: One third of fertilizer to grow corn in the US is absorbed by the soil to bring nutrient levels back to pre-farmed levels instead of increasing yields. Considering the costs of fertilizer, the cost of nutrient loss due to high yield farming, and the impact of fertilizer on ecosystems, soil degradations costs farmers a half billion dollars every year. It highlights the needs to accelerate the transition to regenerative agricultural practices.

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Considering people’s needs when designing environmental policies

February 2021: New policies or investment decisions aiming to protect natural resources and ecosystems could be more effective and find higher acceptance if they consider people’s diverse benefits from ecosystems. A more holistic approach to policy designs could equip policies better to meet societal needs, increase equity and protect vital resources.

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Financial transparency in extractive industries leads to reduced carbon emissions

February 2021: The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative aims to increase publicly available data about environmental payments and to highlight needs for environmental policies that promote better natural resource and environmental management practices. Increased financial transparency in the extractive industries can be linked to significant reductions in carbon emissions.

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Connecting health prevention measures and conservation efforts reduces illegal logging activities in Indonesia

February 2021: Designing, implementing, and evaluating planetary health interventions by engaging local communities can significantly strengthen conservation efforts in global biodiversity hotspots. Such programmes include access to affordable healthcare systems and incentives to decrease logging activities.

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Biodiversity and technology

August 2020: Pairing artificial reefs with AI monitoring technology may support the restoration and protection of marine habitats. It could increase fish abundance and strengthen coastal protection in degraded ecosystems. Such approaches could be expanded to shipwrecks, wind turbine cables, or decommissioned oil and gas rigs.

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Disposal of PPE

August 2020: Due to the pandemic, the use and disposal of single use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has risen to unprecedented levels. It poses significant risks to environment and human health and could intensify pollution from plastics. New innovative methods for reusing disposed PPE will be needed in conjunction with increased waste management capacities.

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