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Researchers have modelled the exposure to multiple hazards across different regions of Europe in relation to heat, cold, drought, wildfire, flooding and wind. The study indicated that, over the next century, environmental hazards are likely to increase, particularly along coastlines and on floodplai…
A new study has estimated how changes to climate might affect the value of European farmland. Based on data for over 41 000 farms, the results suggest that their economic value could drop by up to 32%, depending on the climate scenario considered. Farms in southern Europe are particularly sensitive…
IFLA Global Vision materials for self-facilitated discussions.The challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation can only be met and overcome by an inclusive, global response from a united library field. IFLA’s Global Vision discussion brings together thousands of representat…
Restoration is becoming an increasing global priority. Particularly in high impact developments like open cut mining, restoring ecosystems to pre-disturbance states is difficult but essential. Successful restoration of vegetation communities requires complex achievements of cover, density, community…
Industrial Policy in Developing Countries offers an in-depth assessment of both the potentials and perils of designing and implementing policy in countries at early stages of economic development. The range of insightful case studies illustrates the key dilemma: directing economic and social develop…
As a partner in phase 1 of the ACP MEAs programme the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Global Mechanism (UNCCDGM) was in charge of the sub-component “Combating desertification”. UNCCD-GM streamlines and prioritizes action to build scientific evidence and public awareness; advocate…
Experts, governments, UN Member States and other stakeholders met for the first informal thematic session in preparation for the intergovernmental conference on migration. Ahead of the second informal thematic session, organizers released a procedural note and inter-agency issues brief on 'Addressin…
Three Maps that Show the Tensions of Climate & Migration Research More information can be found here . Original source of the infographics can be found here .
The increase in global average air and sea temperatures, the prevalent melting of snow and ice, the intensification and high variability of extreme weather events, the acidification of the oceans, and the rising average global sea levels all bear witness to climate change. Climate change affects all…
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 4:29 - Get used to hearing the terms "Climate Migrant" or "Environmental Migrant" as each have become increasingly common across news headlines. We constantly hear or read about entire populations having to move from the places they inhabited all their lives to other locations…
ISO 14080: New standard set to play 'essential role' in climate agenda. A new international standard for climate action is set to play an "essential role" in helping businesses achieve emissions reductions in line with the Paris Agreement goals, according to industry experts
The new ISO 20400 standard provides guidelines for organisations wanting to integrate sustainability into their procurement processes.Organisations looking to integrate sustainability into procurement processes can now adopt the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement, which…
Land and Soil Actors Pilot Methodology for Global SDG Thematic Reviews. Participants at this year’s Global Soil Week (GSW) will convene a series of “Thematic Review LABs,” using an integrative land and soil perspective, as a contribution to thematic reviews to be undertaken at this year’s High-level…
In the Gulu District of Uganda villagers learn permagardening, which integrates water-saving practices, soil fertility, companion-planting knowledge, and enriched raised beds. Around the world, farmers are walking away from lands that were once cultivated or grazed because those lands have been “far…
Seventy-five percent of EU inhabitants depend on groundwater for their water supply, which makes groundwater management extremely important. To manage groundwater effectively during drought periods like 2015, data about groundwater levels are needed in (near-) real time. However, observations of gro…
A new guidance document has been developed to support the design of well-balanced strategies for Integrated Flood Management. “This guidance document serves as the operational link between the policy and tool papers previously published by the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM),” said J…
Chatham House has recently released https://resourcetrade.earth - a new website offering comprehensive and accessible data and insights into the dynamics of global resource trade, including agricultural, fishery and forestry products, fossil fuels, metals and other minerals, and pearls and gemstones…
Land use is the only way to draw down carbon. “If you’re going the wrong way, you need to stop and turn around. Slowing down just means you’re going the wrong way more slowly.”
Globally, hunger levels are at their highest. In fact, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, over 70 million people across 45 countries will require food emergency assistance in 2017, with Africa being home to three of the four countries deemed to face a critical risk of famine: Nig…
Two billion people live in the drylands, which cover 41 percent of the world's land area. Far from being bare and lifeless, these drylands contain trees and forests essential to the lives of people and animals, supplying basic needs such as food, medicine, wood, energy, and fodder for livestock. But…
This forward-looking report highlights major disaster risks to food security and agriculture in the indicated reporting period. When a new emergency or deterioration of the current situation is very likely and might have severe impacts, it is indicated as “high risk”. In the case of moderate to high…
Addressing migration requires investments in sustainable rural development. Focus should be on rural youth. WFP undertook this study to determine the role that food security and other factors play in compelling cross-border migration. Drawn from quantitative and qualitative research, the study gives…
Most of us don’t think much about soil, let alone its health. It’s time to recommend some skin care for Mother Nature. Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity.…
From needs to implementation: Stories from the technology needs assessments. The Technology Needs Assessment process is organized around three main activities: a) To identify and prioritise mitigation and adaptation technologies for selected sectors; b) To identify, analyse and address barriers hind…
Resilient Cities 2017, the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation takes place May 4 - 6, 2017 in Bonn, Germany and anticipates more than 400 participants - among which local government representatives, international organizations, private and public sector resilience and climate chan…