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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…
Global Policy journal Current Issue: May 2017 Volume 8, Issue 2 March 2017 Volume 8, Issue Supplement S2 Special Issue: Health Care Policy, Resource Allocation... February 2017 Volume 8, Issue 1 February 2017 Volume 8, Issue Supplement S1 Special Issue: Critical Perspectives on Human Mobility... Nov…
Systemic risks such as climate change and pandemics, and natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and asteroids, are often too big to handle physically, but they are no longer ‘Acts of God’ and beyond human understanding and the possibility of prevention and disaster relief preparation. Ind…
This special issue of Global Policy brings together leading experts from Asia, Europe and North America to examine the international institutions, national governance mechanisms, financing systems, devastating corruption and human rights abuses that together will determine the future of the energy s…
This special issue looks at the ruptures, oppositions and insecurities in Western/Northern perspectives on human mobility with the overall goal to explain how the West's claim to be a norm entrepreneur for rule of law, freedom and prosperity relates to a growing rejection of an ‘other’ who is asking…
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.