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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.

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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.

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Economic cost of herbicide overuse

February 2020: Similarly to the overuse of antibiotics in humans, the overuse of herbicides is leading to resistance in weeds. In turn, this reduces crop yields with risks for food security, availability and pricing. A National Action Plan that supports farmers in transitioning to integrated pest management practices may address the challenge.

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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.

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Renewable energy impacts on marine life

February 2020: Offshore renewable energy generation may impact negatively on marine life due to construction or operation noise in combination with risks of blunt trauma from blades, which increases risks for marine life when hunting or navigating. Researchers are calling for improved designs and strategic trade-offs between marine conservation efforts and a transition towards 100% renewable energy generation.

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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.

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2 April 2020 – Dame Polly Courtice, Director of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), reflects upon the impact of Covid-19 on business, society, and our collective future.

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