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Supporting transparent, needs-based and relevant responses to food crises through coordinated analyses – Presentation of the results of the Global Report on Food Crises 2017
Over the last decades, food security has come to the fore as a relevant issue both for scholars and for policy-makers. The so-called “Arab Spring” revealed the strong linkage between food security, political instability and migration. The European Union’s food security policy has set up solid buildi…
This report builds on and complements existing products and initiatives on urban adaptation in Europe. It focuses on the state of actions in the field and progress achieved since the first EEA report in 2012, and it considers this analysis in relation to current challenges: Do existing actions lead…
Extreme weather events and climate variability threaten millions of livelihoods. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is developing a new tool that helps attenuate the impact of disasters before they occur.
For the past decade, western public discourse and the policy world have become increasingly concerned about ‘irregular’ migration and, to a slightly lesser extent perhaps, what driving role conflict and climate change play in triggering it. Addressing the causes and effects requires having a better…
Environmental crime contributes to destroying the ecosystem, as criminals damage environmental quality, hasten biodiversity loss, and deplete natural resources. However, environmental crime also impacts our society, as it constitutes a direct threat to development, peace, and security.
First operational Meeting of Partners of the Global Framework on Water Scarcity brings together key actors in the fight against water scarcity. If soil is the body of agriculture, then water is its lifeblood. However, we are going to have to get used there not being enough to go around if we continu…
“Smart equipment for sustainable agriculture” Precision Farming: producing more with less explains the role of innovative agricultural machinery technologies in helping to meet the global challenge of feeding the world in the run-up to 2050 presents key Precision Farming concepts & te chniques appli…
On 28 March, CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association joined the EU agri-food community at the annual "Forum for the Future of Agriculture" (FFA) organised by the European Landowners' Organization ELO and Syngenta. CEMA was present with a dedicated stand to inform participants abo…
What is planetary health? And what kind of science will this new journal be seeking? In The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, planetary health was defined as the health of human civilisations and the natural systems on which they depend. To explain this idea in simpler te…
Critical issues related to gender disparity and bias must be examined by sound studies. Drawing upon our high-quality global data sources, analytical expertise and unique gender disambiguation methodology, Elsevier has produced this comprehensive new report, Gender in the Global Research Landscape,…
The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development. The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 S…
The outlook for developing East Asia is expected to remain broadly positive in the next three years, with growth driven by robust domestic demand and a gradual recovery in the global economy and commodity prices. China’s economy will grow 6.5 percent in 2017 and 6.3 percent in 2018, compared with 6.…
The Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS)
Indian Ocean climate phenomenon is identified as a major factor in the drought threatening widespread famine around the Horn of Africa.
Over the last few decades, numerous studies have investigated human impacts on drought and flood events, while conversely other studies have explored human responses to hydrological extremes. Yet, there is still little understanding about the dynamics resulting from their interplay, i.e. both impact…
The World Meteorological Organization has issued its first annual Airborne Dust Bulletin, giving an overview of atmospheric dust levels and geographical distribution in 2016. The report is part of efforts to improve observations and warnings of sand and dust storms, which pose serious risks to the e…
It took hundreds of thousands of years for the global population to surpass one billion, but only a further 200 for it to top seven billion. Along with a sevenfold increase in Earth’s inhabitants comes a multitude of challenges for the environment, natural resources and ultimately society. What is c…
Youth participants in the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) East and North-East Asia’s internship program prepared a publication titled, ‘UN and SDGs: A Handbook for Youth.’ The handbook seeks to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among yo…
The vegetable world – the original consumer society – is responding to climate change. As the supply of carbon dioxide goes up, so does demand from plants, according to new research. Foliage now is currently removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it did two centuries ago − and the wor…
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.