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The loss of productive land is often one of the key drivers of human mobility. Land degradation might lead to increases in migration because of the need to diversify incomes, but it can also cause reduced mobility by eroding the financial or physical assets and capital required to finance migration.…
Researchers have examined environmental and economic impacts of supermarket food waste in a new study. Bread and meat products made the largest contribution to the environmental footprint of the supermarket assessed. Alternative waste strategies, such as using bread waste as animal feed, have the po…
Environmental protection and human food security co-exist in a critical balance, one that is often difficult to get right. The pressures of population rise, farming intensification, and loss of habitats and species mean that protections afforded under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are pi…
Topsoil is created by the physical and chemical weathering of rock into sand, silt and clay. It is estimated that this process builds topsoil at the rate of one inch every 500 years. Such a timescale effectively makes soil a non-renewable resource in our lifetime. Perhaps it was for this reason that…
The challenge to develop trends in soil erosion changes can be responded developing modelling scenarios of the two most dynamic factors in soil erosion: rainfall erosivity and land cover change. The mean rainfall erosivity for the European Union and Switzerland is projected to be 857 MJ mm ha-1 h-1y…
In 2011, the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) set up the Sino-European panel on Land and Soil (SEPLS). The group’s tasks are to provide the Commission with advice and expertise on the current state of land and soil resources and potential environmental and socio-economic consequenc…
Droughts, climate change, land degradation, and desertification are closely interrelated. The World Bank group is working with countries around the world to help build resilience to the growing economic, environmental, and social challenges we face today, including drought and desertification
The impacts of climate change on global temperatures profoundly affect people’s ability to sustain their livelihoods as well as their health; both of these dimensions in turn influence the migration of people. Indeed, increasing heat related to climate change is likely to result in more disruptive e…
Since instability broke out in Tripoli, irregular migration from West Africa towards Europe has surged. Though precise figures are hardly available, migration flows from Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and the Gambia have increased and these countries are the first areas of departure in West Africa, s…
BRICS countries commited to enhance cooperation on energy efficiency at the second meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Energy Saving and Improvement of Energy Efficiency, which was held in Beijing. The UNEP-DTU Partnership published reports identifying sectoral high impact opportunities for increa…
UNECA launched a High Level Panel on Migration in Africa, to report to the AU Heads of State Summit in July 2018. The Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts organized a Global Conference on Children on the Move, and is preparing a document to guide the inclusion of children's rights in th…
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) released a policy brief exploring how global standards and guidelines contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in agriculture. The brief, ‘How to Improve Gender Equality in Agriculture,’ explains how using voluntary sustaina…
The abovementioned paper carefully avoided the word forest in its title; it challenged the various definitions of forest that may cause more confusion than necessary, and preferred the more objectively observable ‘tree cover’ term for discussing what types of changes are occurring in China and wheth…
Green growth policies need to be founded on a good understanding of the determinants of green growth and need to be supported with appropriate indicators to monitor progress.
July 2015, updated June 2016 – Rewiring the Economy is CISL’s ten-year plan to lay the foundations of a sustainable economy. It is built on ten interconnected tasks, delivered by three key groups of leaders: business, government and finance. These tasks are not unique to the plan. Rather, Rewiring t…
May 2017 – This CISL working paper identifies that investors and companies alike want to create long-term value by mitigating risks and improving their impact on the natural environment. This paper concludes that to achieve this there is a need for useful, simple and commonly accepted impact metrics…
The Turkish State Meteorological Service has just published a brochure publicizing the main results of its study titled 'Analysis of Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) between the years 2003 and 2016 in the Middle East'. The study concludes that there is a significant increase in the frequency of dust event…
In recent months, the world has watched drought unfold in Near East and East Africa where an emerging and devastating famine in Somalia is occurring alongside famines in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. Famine has also hit Nigeria, and further to the east in Yemen. In the context of this region-wide…
The report assesses the occurrence and impacts of drought, the current policies underlying drought management as well as the mitigation measures and responses adopted in Central Asia and Turkey, with a focus on Agriculture Sector. It is part of a series of similar studies carried out in different re…
Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance. Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role of libraries and other education institutions in providing this.…
June 2017: UN agencies have released updated reporting on acute and imminent famine and set forth additional measures addressing food security and hunger in countries facing crises driven by conflict and drought. Several agencies reiterated appeals to donors to step up support to address immediate h…
qual rights and opportunities for women are not only matters of women’s justice and dignity. It is well known that when women and girls have equal rights in law and in practice—and equal opportunities to achieve their aspirations—their communities and countries also benefit. Development practitioner…
Protracted fighting and unrest are swelling the ranks of displaced and hungry ins some parts of the world, even as large agricultural harvests in some regions are buoying global food supply conditions, according to a new report by the United Nations agriculture agency. “Civil conflict continues to b…
Rising temperatures and more extreme, unpredictable climate events are making sustainable livelihoods tough for many people living in semi-arid regions of the world. To adapt, local communities, and especially farmers, use different strategies and responses. Research in India and Africa shows that a…
Land Degradation Neutrality is one of the Sustainable Development Goal targets, requiring on-going degradation to be balanced by restoration and sustainable land management. However, restoration and efforts to prevent degradation have often failed to deliver expected benefits, despite enormous inves…