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Global Policy is an innovative and interdisciplinary journal bringing together world class academics and leading practitioners to analyse both public and private solutions to global problems and issues. It focuses on understanding globally relevant risks and collective action problems; policy challe…
he series of recent hecatombs in the Mediterranean, together with the regressive reactions we have witnessed in and around Europe, highlight the importance of posing the question of climate change and migration. Climate change will interact with a number of drivers of migration, and will hit hardest…
In recent years, students of world politics have been shaken to the core by the ascent of post-truth politics, which is a particular style of ‘doing politics’ by politicians and pundits – a style that strategically relies on misrepresentations at best, and at worst, lies. The so-called post-truth wo…
The research article critically investigates recent European policy proposals that promote migration as an adaptation strategy to increase the resilience of communities vulnerable to the environmental crisis. Such proposals have been welcomed for breaking with alarmist discourses that framed climate…
The global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration represents a strategic and significant opportunity for the international community to progress in terms of international migration governance and offers a timely opportunity to account for environmental, natural disaster and climatic dimensi…
The next decade will be critical in containing global warming to the limits the world has set itself, European researchers warn. And at least one of the targets stipulated in the 2015 Paris agreement may be unrealistic, according to a second team of European researchers. Researchers in Austria repor…
Four widespread forms of SLM have been examined in the new publication "SLM in Asia: Introducing the Landscape Approach" by William Critchley and Frank Radstake in collaboration with Asian Development Bank - ADB. It is referring to specific WOCAT case studies and the WOCAT database. Have a look at i…
Are we headed for a green revolution in food and water?
DNA tests on almost 1,000 people have shown all non-Africans are related to a single population that migrated from Africa between 80,000 and 50,000 years ago. The research, published in the journal Nature, details how geneticists took DNA samples from people of different cultures in different parts…
The RECARE project has recently completed a review of EU polices on soil protection. In this review, 28 of the most relevant EU policy instruments for soil protection have been examined with respect to their provisions and mechanisms. The analysis shows whether, and how, the selected policy instrume…
IPBES is pleased to announce the start of the external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers of the IPBES regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia, as wel…
The tension between urban and rural populations in countries around the world is emerging as a 21st century polarizing political force, and its potency may be rooted in rising inequalities. Nowhere is the urban-rural divide more acute than on the issue of jobs. While agriculture has been the traditi…
The Urban Water Atlas for Europe comes with two online tools that can help cities manage water more sustainably. The City Blueprint is an interactive tool to support strategic decision-making by making it easy to access and understand relevant results and expert knowledge. The tool can present up to…
New Study Highlights Benefits and Costs of Action and Inaction on Drought. Working paper seeks to support policy and practice on drought mitigation and preparedness. Significant progress has been made over the past decade in improving understanding of droughts and their impacts. However, several que…
The European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE) develops much-needed education on integrated landscape management based on sustainable business models. ENABLE is a Strategic Partnership - including academic partners, private businesses, the public sector, United…
Doughnut Economics. Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist (Kate Raworth)-seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does
If humans go on burning ever greater volumes of fossil fuel, then dramatic rises in sea levels could turn 13 million US citizens into climate refugees and send them fleeing inland – many of them to Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix. This latest study, in Nature Climate Change, builds on an earlier assess…
Throughout the past 40 years, the Earth has lost a third of its arable land to erosion and degradation. China’s efforts to fight the problem have seen mixed results. Currently, 27.4 percent of China is desertified land, affecting about 400 million people.
“Extended drought due to enhanced warming and rapid population growth pose major threats to the people living in the drylands,” says atmospheric scientist Jianping Huang at Lanzhou University in China. “Degradation and desertification will become a challenge to the global ecosystem and human surviva…
Living trees are unlikely source of methane. Scientists have long been aware of a forest's ability to absorb carbon, but a new US study has discovered trees that emit methane.
Large sand and dust storms, which result from a combination of strong winds and loose dry soil surfaces in arid and semiarid areas, are detrimental to human health, agricultural land, infrastructure, and transport. Every year, an estimated 2,000 million tons of dust is emitted into the atmosphere. W…
If you are interested in reading more about research into noise abatement approaches, here is a selection of articles from the Science for Environment Policy weekly News Alert available to download. On 24th April 2017, the European Commission will be holding the 'Noise in Europe' conference in Bruss…
Top downloaded Articles in Climate and Environment, Springer's key climate and environmental journals. We invite you to read these articles for free until June 15th (open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis).​​​​​​​
Want to make land use sustainable? It’s a wicked problem. Using Australia as a case study confirms that it’s hard to have it all.
Barau, AS, Stringer, LC and Adamu, AU (2016) Environmental ethics and future oriented transformation to sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Cleaner Production, 135. pp. 1539-1547. ISSN 0959-6526