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June 2019

Natural Climate Solutions (NCS)

June 2019: NCS focus on ecosystem restoration projects that could deliver approximately a third of the carbon reduction needed between now and 2030. Many solutions currently receive limited funding opportunities and attract only narrow political attention.

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Emotivism of nuclear energy

June 2019: New evidence shows that nuclear energy remains a highly emotive topic. Most likely, there will be 40% less use of nuclear energy than there might have been without the general public’s high sense of dread, limiting its potential to decarbonise the economy.

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Waste exports

June 2019: An increasing number of South-East Asian countries are restricting waste imports, leading to spikes in landfill deposits and waste incineration in developed nations. However, this could encourage efforts to create a global governance framework for ‘circular’ resource management practices in the long-run.

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Community-forest management

June 2019: Regions engaging in small-scale community-forest initiatives show a 37% reduction in relative poverty and relative deforestation. These initiatives combine environmental conservation with human development and could make vital contributions to achieving the SDGs in low income countries.

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Economic inequality and social mobility

June 2019: Rising economic inequality reduces the belief that upward social mobility is possible amongst disadvantaged youth. Policies such as access to paid internships, mentoring programmes or subsidised education could counteract this.

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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.

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Hydrogen from wastewater

June 2019: Scientists have found a promising new way of using wastewater and sunlight to produce hydrogen. The technology almost doubles the efficient rate of ‘splitting’ water and delivers encouraging results for industrial scale application.

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