by admin, October 9, 2017
Apple Corporation’s 2020 Environmental Progress Report (Lisa Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Policy and Social Initiatives, July 2020, 98p) -
This detailed report covers Apple's environmental initiatives and experiences through the 2019 fiscal year, i.e., September 2019. It covers Apple's efforts to address climate change, the resources it uses, and the role that chemistry plays in the company's environmental activities.
2019 Global Health Security Index (Nuclear Threat Initiative, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and The Economist Intelligence Unit, Oct 2019, 316p) - “Intended as a key resource in the face of increasing risks of high-consequence and globally catastrophic biological events.” Provides 195 country profiles on health security and capabilities across six categories, 34 indicators, and 85 sub-indicators. The key conclusion: “National health security is fundamentally weak around the world. No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address.”
2020 State of Climate Services: Risk Information and Early Warning Systems
A Future for the World’s Children? (WHO, UNICEF, Lancet Commission, Feb 2020, 54p). Argues for placing children 0-18 years old, at the center of the Sustainable Development Goals and the heart of the concept of sustainability.
A National Plan to Enable Comprehensive COVID-19 Case Finding and Contact Tracing in the US (Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, April 10, 2020, 15p) - In order to save lives, reduce burdens on healthcare, ease strict distancing, and confidently make progress toward returning to work and school, the US “must implement a comprehensive system to identify all COVID-19 cases and trace all close contacts of each identified case.”
A Security Threat Assessment of Global Climate Change: How Likely Warming Scenarios Indicate a Catastrophic Security Future (The Center for Climate and Security, Feb 2020, 84p). The National Security, Military, and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP) analyzed the security implications of two warming scenarios: Near Term (1-2oC by mid-century), and Medium-Long Term (2-4oC).
A World In Disorder: Global Preparedness Monitoring Board Annual Report 2020 (GPMB c/o World Health Organization, Sept 2020, 51p). The second report of GPMB, stating that “COVID-19 has taken advantage of a world in disorder,” the pandemic is “far from over,” the “lack of leadership is exacerbating the pandemic,” and “it is well past time to act.” Describes six Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and five Urgent Actions to strengthen the current response.
Ad-funded COVID-19 Disinformation: Money, Brands, and Tech (Global Disinformation Index, July 8, 2020, 3p) COVID-19 disinformation has real world harms to public health (claims about magical solutions and disinfectants), specific groups (Chinese cover-up Jewish elite, Aryan immunity) and public order (police state, vaccine mind control, WHO, bioweapons).
America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan
An Ethical Framework for Global Vaccine Allocation (Ezekiel J. Emanuel & 7 others, Science, 11 Sept 2020, 1309-1312) Once effective COVID vaccines are developed, they will be scarce. Allocation among countries raise complex issues among three groups: the COVAX facility led by WHO and GAVI, producers committed to a broad and equitable distribution, and national governments seeking priority. The authors propose a “Fair Priority Model” as a common ethical framework to reduce duplication and waste.
An investor guide to negative emission technologies and the importance of land use
Arctic Report Card 2019 (NOAA, Dec 2019, 100p, 3p exec summary) - Topics include rising air temperature, melting of the Greenland ice sheet, terrestrial snow cover, the rising threat of marine microplastics, the increase in river discharge, harmful toxic algal blooms, and how Arctic warming affects the jet stream by allowing cold Arctic air to move south.
Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Ecosystem Services
C40 Cities Mayors’ Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery (Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, July 15, 2020, 43p) COVID has caused immense suffering in our cities, exacerbating a wider social and economic crisis that has wiped out 400 million full-time jobs in the second quarter of 2020. It has exposed the stark inequality in our cities and our world, and laid bare the need “to improve resilience, strengthen data-driven government, and revive multilateralism.” Climate breakdown and the breach of other planetary boundaries threaten to be even more severe. “We must forge a new normal.”
Climate Change and Land
Climate Change-Fueled Weather Disasters: Costs to State and Local Economies (Environmental Defense Fund, 12th August, 2020, 111p) - Looks into the "frequency, severity, damage — and costs — from severe weather events". The EDF finds a steadily worsening trend due to the effects of man-made climate change. Weather based disasters "pose crushing safety, financial and health risks to families and communities." The report "documents these trends and what we can expect in the future if we don’t take action."
Closing the Racial Inequality Gaps: The Economic Cost of Black Inequality in the U.S.
College Sustainability Report Card
Contact Tracing for COVID-19: Assessing Needs, Using a Tailored Approach (Michael Osterholm and 5 others, CIDRAP, U of Minnesota, June 2, 9p). Part 4 of The CIDRAP Viewpoint series, “based on our current reality and the best available data.” Contact tracing is most effective early in the course of an outbreak, or much later when other measures have reduced disease incidence to low levels, e.g. it was “key in the late stages of the smallpox eradication program.” It is most effective when cases and contacts can be quickly and easily identified; less effective when contacts are difficult to trace (e.g. situations with airborne pathogens), the incidence of infection is high, or many infections are asymptomatic.
COVID-19: A Gender Lens (UNFPA Technical Brief, March 2020, 8p) - Key messages on protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting gender equality, e.g. pandemics worsen existing inequalities for women and girls.
COVID-19: A Global Perspective. 2020 Goalkeepers Report
COVID-19 Action Agenda Leaders on the Front Line: Why Social Entrepreneurs Are Needed Now More than Ever
COVID-19 Back to School (Irwin Redlener et al., National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia Univ, August 2020, 5p) Is it safe for my child to be in school? “As opposed to what we thought months ago, children can carry the coronavirus, infect others, and become ill from COVID-19, although far less frequently and generally less severely than adults.” New developments in testing, therapeutics and vaccines “may change everything,” but the considerations presented here are in line with best practices as of late summer 2020.
COVID-19 Briefing Materials: Global Health and Crisis Response (McKinsey & Company, April 13, 2020, 91p) An extensive analysis with many charts and graphs on the state of the science, 9 scenarios on how the situation might evolve, planning and managing responses (for resilience, supply chains, employees, and customers), state and local governments, challenges to emerging economies, and sector-specific impacts.
COVID-19: Global trade and supply chains after the pandemic
COVID-19: Potential Impact on the World’s Poorest People (World Food Programme, April 2020, 13p) Currently, “821 million people regularly go to bed hungry.” Due to the economic and logistical consequences of COVID-19, “the depth and breadth of hunger will increase worldwide.”
COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery: A Report for the Nation (Group of Eight Australia, late April 2020, 190p) An independent report by >100 leading researchers from Australia’s Group of Eight (Go8) universities, presenting two options: Elimination requiring restrictions for a longer duration at first and Controlled Adaptation by suppressing the illness to a low level and managing it—“a signal of pragmatic acceptance.” A third option of Herd Immunity was rejected at the outset.
COVID-19 Strategy Update
COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint. Part 1: The Future of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Michael T. Osterholm and 7 others, CIDRAP, April 30, 2020, 8p) The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota seeks to help planners envision what might happen later in 2020 or in 2021. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is “the worst global public health crisis in over 100 years…its future course is still highly unpredictable.” The best comparative model is influenza, which created at least eight global pandemics since the early 1700s. “Based on the most recent flu pandemics, COVID-19 will likely last 18 to 24 months.”
COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint. Part 2: Effective COVID-19 Crisis Communication (Michael T. Osterholm and 7 others, CIDRAP, May 6, 2020, 11p) - “Messages from government leaders and even public health officials have been all over the map, leaving in their wake much confusion and anxiety.” Fairly well-established principles too often ignored include “Don’t over-reassure,” “Proclaim uncertainty,” and “Admit mistakes.” They make for good leadership during infectious disease outbreaks and help us all cope.
COVID-19 Underscores the Need for Voting Reform
(Union of Concerned Scientists, July 2020, 4p)A brief and well-referenced report calling for states to make an immediate and large investment "into vote-by-mail capacity and provision of emergency, early, in-person voting centers. Verification of traceable ballots must be accurate and timely, and election officials need a transparent and standardized process to ensure an accurate count."
COVID-19: Urgent Call to Protect People and Nature (World Wildlife Fund, June 2020, 21p) Humanity’s broken relationship with nature comes at a cost, revealed in terrible ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. Humans have increasingly encroached on the natural world, resulting in escalating contact with wildlife and new zoonotic diseases causing deadly pandemics.
COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheets (UN Environment Programme, June 19, 6p). Masks, gloves, gowns, and other protective equipment produced by hospitals, healthcare facilities, and individuals can be infected with the virus, leading to public health risks. Nine 1-2p Factsheets are available.
Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Solutions to Feed Nearly 10 Billion People by 2050
Exponential Climate Action Roadmap
Financial Stability Report
Food in the Anthropocene
Forecasting Covid-19’s Course (Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 20, 14p) Commentary by the CSIS Senior VP on the pandemic as a “history-altering event,” with no “V-shaped recovery for major economies.” Presents three scenarios: Best Case (U-shaped recovery), Worst Case (5-10 year vaccine timeline, collapse of global trade, no global leadership), and Mixed Case (fall 2021 vaccine, uneven recovery, China as leader).
Get Turkey Cycling Project Report
(One of 31 projects supported by the European Union's Civil Society Support Programme, an initiative that is part of the Negotiation Framework Document, which constitutes the basis of the negotiations of Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU). Turkey has an underdeveloped bicycling infrastructure, while EU countries such as the Netherlands have advanced ones. The report is intended to "guide the local government units that want to support and improve cycling as an urban commuting mode and the CSOs that want to support this cause." , and World Resources Institute, Ross Center,
Global Catastrophic Risks The annual report of the new Global Challenges Foundation in Stockholm, overlaps with the WEF Risks Report in concerns about nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons, catastrophic climate change, ecological collapse, pandemics, and natural disasters–specifically a globally catastrophic volcanic eruption
Global Commission to End Energy Poverty: Inception Report
Global Energy Review 2020: The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on global energy demand and CO2 emissions (IEA, 28th April 2020, 56p) A flagship report by the International Energy Agency in "response to the exceptional circumstances" its coverage includes real-time analysis of current developments. As usual, it looks into the "2019 energy and CO2 emissions data by fuel and country" as well as the "energy use by country and fuel over the past three months and in some cases – such as electricity – in real time."
Global Environment Outlook Report 2019
Global Linkages: A Graphic Look at the Changing Arctic
Global Resources Outlook 2019: Natural Resources for the Future We Want
Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2020 (UNEP/BNEF, June 10, 2020, 80p) In the post-corona world "renewable energy is more cost-effective than ever – providing an opportunity to prioritize clean energy in economic recovery packages and bring the world closer to meeting the Paris Agreement goals." The United Nations Environmental Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance investigate the trends in renewable energy investments for the past year in context of the past decade as well as the decade ahead of us.
How COVID-19 is Changing the World: A Statistical Perspective (UN Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities, May 2020, 87p) “COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Everything has been impacted.” New statistical records are being set on an almost weekly basis. The CCSA has compiled “a snapshot of some of the latest information,” derived from 36 international organizations and assembled in four broad categories: economic, social, regional and statistical. The best information available is necessary because “decisions made now and in the coming months will be some of the most important made in generations.”
How Many Intensive Care Beds Will A Nuclear Weapon Explosion Require?
How the World Will Look After the Coronavirus ow the World Will Look After the Coronavirus (Foreign Policy, March 20, 2020) The magazine views the pandemic as “a world-shattering event whose far-ranging consequences…will lead to permanent shifts in political and economic power in ways that will become apparent only later.” It asked “12 leading global thinkers for their predictions.”
IGC COVID-19 Guidance Note: Containment Strategies and Support for Vulnerable Households
INFORM Covid-19 Risk Index
Interim Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution in the United States (Eric Toner and 17 others, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, August 19, 38p + 3p Executive Summary) The COVID-19 pandemic will continue for the foreseeable future, but widespread vaccination could hasten its end. “At least 165 candidate vaccines…are in development worldwide,” and there is hope that one or more will soon be shown to be sufficiently safe and effective to achieve emergency use authorization. When it is authorize, it will initially be in limited supply.
IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Special Report, Oct 2018, 630p; 26p Summary and 3p Headline Statements)
Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change The Lancet (28 Nov 2018)
Landscape Assessment of Financial Flows Lessons learned from pilot implementation (Tropenbas International and EcoAgriculture; Bas Louman, Seth Shames, Gabija Pamerneckyte, Mercy Owusu Ansah and Irene Koesoetjahjo, September 2020, 24p) - LAFF facilitates the identification and characterization of major flows of finance to understand how a landscape’s financial context does or does not support an integrated landscape approach.
Leveraging Blockchain Technology for Innovative Climate Finance under the Green Climate Fund (Karsten Schultz and Marian Feist, April 2020, Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 39, 26p)
This report provides insight into the interaction of global politics and technology regarding blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) by which data are recorded, shared and synchronized across a network of participants. Blockchain can be used to expedite payments, create new financial instruments, and organize transparent exchange of information.
Lives and Livelihoods: Assessing the Near-Term Impact of COVID-19 on US Workers (McKinsey Global Institute, April 2020, 10p) As of March 30, three-quarters of Americans were living under state or local stay-at-home mandates or advisories, and the economic fallout has been swift and dramatic. “Up to one-third of US jobs may be vulnerable—and more than 80% are held by low-income workers.”
Living Planet Report: Aiming High
Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening (Scott Gottlieb and four others, American Enterprise Institute, March 28, 2020, 16p) - Outlines “steps that can be taken as epidemic transmission is brought under control in difference regions” In four phases: 1) Slow the Spread; 2) Reopen, State by State; 3) Establish Protection Then Lift All Restrictions; 4) Rebuild Readiness for the Next Pandemic.
New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act 80×50 Report: Evaluating Our Progress And Identifying Pathways To Reduce Emissions 80% by 2050
NIAID Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research, FY2020-FY2024 (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, April 22, 2020, 10p) - NIAID, part of the US National Institutes of Health, “is committed to safeguarding the health of Americans and people around the world by accelerating research efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19.”
Ocean Connections: An Introduction to Rising Risks from a Warming, Changing Ocean
Our Future on Earth: Science Insights into Our Planet and Society (Future Earth, Feb 2020, 101p) A non-technical overview of our interconnected global risks, climate, politics, oceans, forced migration, biodiversity, finance, food security, digital innovation for good, and transformation
Pandemic Resilience: Getting It Done: A TTSI Technical Handbook for States and Municipalities
(Harvard Global Health Institute and Harvard Center for Ethics, June 30, 66p) -A handbook by the 8-member Massachusetts Testing, Tracing, and Supported Isolation (MA TTSI) collaborative. TTSI seeks to enable a safe and free society by providing an end-to-end framework with scaled-up testing, rapid contact-tracing, using assets and spirit of the regional ecosystem.
Pandemics—Lessons Looking Back from 2050 (Fritjof Capra and Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets Media, March 2020, 8p) - An idealistic scenario from 2050, looking back to the origin and evolution of the coronavirus over the last three decades, where there is widening human awareness of how the planet actually functions and the myopic policies that have driven inequality, poverty, pandemics, and rising social and environmental losses. Today in 2050, economies have become regenerative and poverty gaps and inequality have largely disappeared, as well as the ideologies of money and market fundamentalism.
Plastic & Climate The hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet
Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition
(United Nations, June 2020, 23p)Before the pandemic, >820 million people were identified as chronically food insecure, with 135 million people categorized as crisis level or worse. That number could nearly double by the end of 2020. Moreover, as of late May, “368 million school children were missing out on daily school meals on which they depend.”
Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors (Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, April 17, 2020, 23p). As chains of transmission begin to decline, along with new COVID-19 cases, decisions are needed at the state level on how to transition out of strict physical distancing.
Re-defining Value—The Manufacturing Revolution
Recovery Plan for Europe (European Commission, May 26/July 21, 7p) - On May 26, the EU proposed a major recovery plan to help repair the economic and social damage by the COVID pandemic, kick-start European recovery, and protect and create jobs. On July 21, EU leaders agreed on the plan and the financial framework for 2021-2027 to harness the full potential of the EU budget, “laying foundations for a modern and more sustainable Europe.
Rewiring America: A Field Manual for the Climate Fight (Saul Griffith, Laura Fraser, Sam Calisch, Rewiring America, July 29, 2020, 145p) Tries to layout a pathway towards the electrification of the US economy using technology that exists today. They aim to answer the question: "What is the best climate outcome we can achieve?"
Roadmap to 2050: A Manual for Nations to Decarbonize by Mid-Century (UN SDSN, Sept 2019, 144p) - Outlines six pillars (1) Zero-Carbon Electricity, (2) Electrification of End Uses, (3) Green Synthetic Fuels, (4) Smart Power Grids, (5) Materials Efficiency, (6) Sustainable Land-Use.
SARS-CoV-2 Infection and COVID-19 Surveillance: A National Framework (Michael Osterholm and 11 others, CIDRAP, U of Minnesota, July 9, 14p) Part 5 of The CIDRAP Viewpoint focuses on surveillance—the ongoing and systematic collection and analysis of data—as “the cornerstone of public health practice.” To have a meaningful impact, the data must be organized and analyzed in a thoughtful, structured way, with results “communicated regularly, clearly, and effectively to the public health workforce, policymakers, and the public.”
Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 (United Nations, March 2020, 24p) - The pandemic is “a defining moment for modern society. This call for action asks every country to step up with public, private, and civic sectors collaborating to suppress transmission and stop the pandemic, cushion the economic effects of people (a large-scale response is needed involving at least 10% of global GDP), and learning from the crisis to build back better.
Six Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Social Cost of Carbon (Government Accountability Office, July 14th 2020, 88p) The GAO, a nonpartisan investigative office of the Congress’s, conducted this report in response to the Trump administration's move to assume substantially lower social costs of carbon emissions as the basis for relaxed environmental regulations. "To address climate change, some countries develop monetary estimates to assess the costs and benefits of government actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide."
Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America (Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Majority Staff Report, June 30, 2020, 538p; 15p Executive Summary) Formed in Jan 2019, the Committee held >1000 meetings with stakeholders and 17 official hearings. “American leadership and ingenuity are central to solving the climate crisis.” Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, “We cannot wait…while the harmful human and economic costs of inaction continue to compound.”
State of Green Business Report 2020 (Green Biz, 13th edition, Jan 2020, 88p) - This annual report examines "the key trends and metrics about corporate sustainability: how, and how well, companies are making progress in assessing and minimizing their impacts and embracing a range of strategies that move them forward in significant ways."
States’ Human Rights Obligations in the Context of Climate Change: 2020 Update (Center for International Environmental Law [CIEL), 2020, 47p) - The document contains an overview of the project (22p) and four annexes that synthesize the works of CIEL committees that monitor compliance of state with the obligations laid out in UN treaties protecting:
- Human Rights (3p)
- Women's Rights (8p)
- Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (6p)
- Children’s Rights (8p)
Supporting the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Land-based Solutions for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet
(United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, 2020, 14p)
This document aims to explain the work of the UNCCD, drawing on relevant developments in policy and practical examples of actions that can be to tackle land degradation and drought with a view to enhancing human health and well-being in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Protecting and restoring natural ecosystems is crucial for avoiding the well-understood risks of the emergence of novel infectious diseases. Land-based solutions that foster health and biodiversity offer innovative ways to tackle the pandemic.
Sustainable Development Outlook 2020: Achieving SDGs in the Wake of COVID-19: Scenarios for Policymakers (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, July 2020, 56p) “The crisis has been unprecedented in its scope and scale, (but) has not affected all countries and all people in the same way,” and setbacks need not be permanent. It is quite possible to move ahead towards the SDGs, and “even possible to convert the crisis into an opportunity for recovering better.” A “Pre-COVID 19 benchmark scenario” from 2019 is provided, along with Post-COVID-19 pessimistic and optimistic scenarios.
Sustainable Development Report 2019: Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Taking Stock: Where Are Geopolitics Headed in the COVID-19 Era? (Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, June 2020, 20p) The pandemic is having dramatic effects on everyday life, global prosperity, international security, and geopolitics. It is a transformative shock, and its negative effects on the global economy are a secondary shock.
Task Force Report on Measuring Sustainable Development 2013, UNECE-Eurostat-OECD; sets of indicators
The Business Case for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution
The First National Flood Risk Assessment Defining America’s Growing Risk
The Fourth National Climate Assessment U.S. Global Change Research Program (Vol. 1, Climate Science Special Report, 2017, 470p; 23p Summary; Vol. 2, Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States, Nov 2018, 1,515p; 86p Report-in-Brief with 8p Summary).
The Global Pandemic, Transatlantic Security and National Defense: Views from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway
The Global Risks Report 2020 (World Economic Forum, 15th edition, Jan 2020, 92p) - A report based on the WEF Global Risks Perceptions Survey of “nearly 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, academia, and civil society.” Scientists are not mentioned, although some respondents, most likely, have science backgrounds.
The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability, and People International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal (Jan 2019, 627p; 61p Summary)
The Lancet COVID-19 Commission (Jeffrey D. Sachs and Five Others, The Lancet, July 9, 2019) The Commission seeks “to help speed up global, equitable, and lasting solutions to the pandemic.” A key aim is to enhance “awareness and adoption worldwide of successful strategies to suppress transmission.” Holding its first meeting on June 23, the Commissioners are leaders in health science and delivery, business, politics, and finance from across the world.
The social contract in the 21st century (McKinsey Global Institute, Feb 2020, 163p) - Seeks “to help business and policy leaders to understand the forces transforming the global economy, based on studies of 22 OECD countries.
The State of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019
The World Climate and Security Report 2020 (Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security, c/o The Center for Climate and Security, Feb 2020, 151p) - The 12 experts consider climate-related risks in seven world regions and a security risk perception survey of 56 other experts worldwide, 1 year, 10 years, and 20 years from 2020.
Time to Care: Unpaid and Underpaid Care Work and the Global Inequality Crisis (Oxfam International, Jan 2020, 50p) - In 2019, the world’s 2,153 billionaries had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. Calls for a "human economy that is feminist and benefits the 99%, not only the 1%."
Transformation is Feasible: How to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals Within Planetary Boundaries
UN World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-Based Solutions for Water
United States COVID Scenarios, January 2022 (Millennium Project/American Red Cross, Oct 2020, ~40p) Lively and extensive draft versions of a mixed, a pessimistic, and an optimistic scenario, each with advice for Red Cross preparedness.
Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times
Untreated and Unsafe: Solving the Urban Sanitation Crisis in the Global South (David Satterthwaite, Victoria A. Beard, Diana Mitlin, and Jillian Du, World Resources Reports Working Paper, December 2019, 67p) -
"Global monitoring efforts have resulted in an underestimation of the urban sanitation crisis and the risks to public health, the economy, and the environment." Studies of 15 cities in the global South (where 106M people live) showed that on average, 62 per- cent of sewage and fecal sludge is unsafely managed somewhere along the sanitation service chain. The number of urban residents who lack safely managed sanitation has increased from 1.9 billion in 2000 to 2.3 billion in 2015. 77% of those living in the South Asian cities studied did not safely manage sewage and fecal sludge.
US Cities Sustainable Development Report 2019
What World Post-COVID-19? Three Scenarios. (Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, April 2020, 33p) The pandemic presents “a substantial shock to the post WWII order, and the worst may be yet to come until a vaccine is widely distributed. The recovery will likely be difficult and extended, and US global leadership is at risk. The three scenarios: downward deglobalization, China as global leader, and optimistic multilaterialism.
WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019 (World Meteorological Organization, March 2020, 40p) - An annual survey of global climate indicators (temperature, greenhouse gases and ozone, oceans, cryosphere, high-impact events) and climate-related risks to human health, food security, population displacement, marine life, and biodiversity).
World Energy Outlook 2019 (International Energy Agency, Nov 2019, 790p; 6p summary) - The “gold standard” of long-term energy analysis: the annual report of the International Energy Agency, an independent arm of the OECD in Paris.
World Energy Outlook 2020
World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice
World Water Development Report 2019: Leaving No One Behind A report by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water, notes the 2018 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2018) seeks to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, about the potential of nature-based solutions (NBS) to address contemporary water management challenges across all sectors, and particularly regarding water for agriculture, sustainable cities, disaster risk reduction and water quality. hat “water use has been increasing worldwide by about 1% per year since the 1980s,” due to population growth, economic development, and evolving consumption patterns.