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Further to its aim of making the sustainable development agenda accessible and comprehensible to a wide range of audiences, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development has launched a Primer on Sustainable Development. This 2-page document serves as an entry-point to understanding the 2030…
New global database of trees affirms the need for greater conservation and protection of forests to slow the pace of global warming
Global warming’s greater than anticipated impact on permafrost will release huge amounts of methane and carbon dioxide as the soil thaws.
Former UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres brings new urgency to the global climate conversation with a campaign to ensure greenhouse gas emissions begin rapidly declining by 2020.
Survey of Syrian farmers reveals agriculture should be kick-started now despite huge destruction. New FAO report presents first nation-wide assessment of the impact of war on agriculture.
The journal Food Security offers a mixture of original refereed papers taking a synthetic view of the science, sociology and economics of food production, agricultural development, access to food, and nutrition, together with review articles, case studies and letters to the editor. The journal cover…
This piece is by Dr William Stiles from Aberystwyth University, and was originally published by Farming Connect, Welsh Government project that forms part of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, aiming to support the development of a more professional, profitable and resilient land based sector…
This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to…
2017 Atlas of the Human Planet will focus on Global Exposure to Natural Hazards. This years’ edition of the Human Planet Atlas will be released at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Cancun from 22 to 26 of May. The Atlas addresses the change in global exposure to six…
In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders agreed that a global Indicator framework was necessary to measure, monitor and report progress towards the 17 transformational Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated Targets. They also recognised the critical imp…
Humankind has always relied on clues from the environment to survive, to plant seeds when the rains come, to harness wind power to grind grain. It is only in the last few decades that we have the tools to observe the entire planet. Technology and scientific collaboration allow us to measure the full…
he third edition of the GTF provides an evidence-based look at progress at the regional, country, and international level toward ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy…
The importance of transforming the land sector to help meet the 2 degree C goal cannot be overstated. Today, emissions from agriculture and land use change account for nearly a quarter of all human-caused emissions. At the same time, forests soak up one-third of the fossil fuel emissions we emit eve…
Leading scientists say a carbon law requiring CO2 emissions to be halved every decade could drastically cut global warming – and is feasible.
Vital groundwater depleted faster than ever. Global use of irreplaceable groundwater is exhausting the supply so fast that researchers say it will drive up food prices and hit international trade.
The EEA report ‘Renewable energy in Europe 2017: recent growth and knock-on effects,’ shows that renewables have become a major contributor to the energy transition occurring in many parts of Europe. Growth in renewables continues to bolster climate change mitigation in the EU.
As population estimates for 2050 reach over 9 billion, issues of food security and nutrition have been dominating academic and policy debates, especially in relation to the global development agenda beyond 2015.1 A total of 805 million people are undernourished worldwide, even though the trend appea…
Forested landscapes provide a source of micronutrient rich food for millions of people around the world. A growing evidence base suggests these foods may be of great importance to the dietary quality of people living in close proximity to forests – especially in communities with poor access to marke…
New research "Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world" has revealed a multitude of ways in which forests create rain and cool local climates, urging a closer look at forests’ capabilities beyond just climate change mitigation.
In this white paper, IDEAA scientifically explains and justifies the need to give absolute priority to the regeneration of soils and ecosystems. The sustainability concept has driven positive changes but has failed on two levels: it has been easy to manipulate because of its inherent laxness, and be…
The coming year will be a crucial time for science that impacts forests and people. Following consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement in 2015, and the ratification of the climate agreement in 2016, this year will call for research and evidence to support policies th…
Our assessments show that climate change has wide-ranging impacts in Europe on ecosystems, the economy, human health and well-being. The scale of future climate change and its impacts will depend on the effectiveness of implementing global agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but also ensurin…
This report is the final publication of the European Union–funded Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project. The comparative report builds on desk reviews, household surveys and qualitative interviews conducted in the six project countries (Dominican Republic, H…
Since 2010, human mobility made its way into the global climate change negotiations. In 2015, the Paris Agreement recognized migrants in its preamble and the challenges of displacement. The Protection Agenda of the Nansen Initiative on cross-border displacement as well as the Sendai Framework on Dis…
The Role of Tenure in Reducing Land Degradation session from the Land and Poverty Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance—Towards an Evidence-Based Approach March 20-24, 2017Washington, DC