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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.

Find out more about our own work in developing new ideas and approaches that have the potential to deliver transformational change and rewire the economy.


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Environmental stress on women

January 2020: Women's capacity to adapt to climate change across Asia and Africa is negatively impacted by current adaptation strategies, leading to reduced health and wellbeing. The study calls for investments into equitable adaptive capacity building for men and women to prepare communities for safer and more effective future migration induced by climate change.

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UN report on greenhouse gases

January 2020: Concentration of warming gases has reached a record high in 2018 and will continue to rise over the next years. The findings identify an increasing gap between ambitions set out in international accords such as the Paris Agreement and reality. The authors are calling for increased levels of ambition and acceleration for decarbonising the economy and limiting warming to 1.5C.

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Social impact of biodiversity conservation

January 2020: Plans to place 50% of Earth’s oceans and land under protection may have significant social and economic impact on people. These impacts should be taken into consideration when formulating conservation strategies at the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020.

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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.

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Impacts of single use bioplastics

December 2019: Swapping conventional plastics for bioplastics may have adverse effects on waste generation and further incentivise a culture of single use. Instead, new research recommends to rather reduce the general consumption of plastics and to only substitute plastic for bioplastics in food packaging. This could generate a waste stream that does not contribute to landfills and reduces the amount of non-recyclable plastics due to food contamination.

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Indigenous land management

December 2019: Adopting indigenous management practices could support the long-term environmental management of land and waterways. Partnering with indigenous peoples may contribute to carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and land restoration at a global scale.

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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.

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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.

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Pomeroy Academy Scholarship launched for Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Feb 26, 2020

February 2020 – The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Professor Jason Pomeroy are delighted to announce the launch of a new scholarship for prospective Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master's students.

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