Global Commons Stewardship Index 2021

The Global Commons Stewardship Index 2021has two central pillars: domestic impacts and international spillovers. It assesses both countries’ domestic effects on the Global Commons and the impacts embodied in trade and consumption. Aims to inform policymaking to reduce...

Munich Security Report 2022

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is a forum for debating international security policy. It acts as a venue for diplomatic initiatives to address the world’s most pressing security concerns by bringing together heads of state and government, ministers, leading...

The Security threat that binds us

  Describes the present ecological predicament and analyzes the security implications arising from this ecological disruption. In this sense, threats without “actors or explicit actor intention, such as infectious disease outbreaks, pandemics, and...

The Global Risks Report 2022

This year edition of The Global Risks Report presents the results of the latest Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS). The survey includes several sections: COVID-19 Hindsight, Future Outlook, Horizon, Severity, Effects and International Mitigation that underpin the...

Department of Defense Climate Risk Analysis

The Department of Defense Climate Risk Analysis describes how climate change is modifying the geostrategic, operational, and tactical landscape. This has significant consequences for the U.S. national security and defense. For instance, threats such as: increasing...

The UN Security Council and Climate Change

The UN Security Council and Climate Change elaborated by the Security Council Report, explores the intersection between Climate Change and International Security. Discusses the possibility of engagement that the UN Security Council has to promote action to maintain...

The World Climate and Security Report 2021

The World Climate and Security Report 2021 is a flagship publication of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS), “a group of senior military leaders, security experts, and security institutions across the globe dedicated to...

Emissions Gap Report 2021

(UNEP & UNEP DTU Partnership, October 2021, 112p, full report) This edition of the Emissions Gap Report 2021 shows that national climate pledges and other mitigation measures will direct the world towards a global temperature rise of 2.7°C by the end of the...

World Energy Outlook 2021

Since 1998, International Energy Agency’s yearly flagship WEO publication has provided reliable, scientifically-backed “insights into global energy supply and demand” as well as the “implications for energy security, climate targets and...

Whither the Arctic Ocean?

This multi- and transdisciplinary report/book dives into the vast pool of knowledge surrounding the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean and the continents around it. It explores the different but often complementary perspectives by “leading...

Our Common Agenda: Report of the Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres begins by stating that “We are at an inflection point in history,” with COVID-19 upending unending our world, threatening our health, destroying livelihoods, and deepening inequality. Six action areas are described to acceleration the Sustainable...

UN World Water Development Report 2021: Valuing Water

This notable publication is the UN-Water’s report on water security and sanitation issues. This report “gives insight on main trends concerning the state, use, and management of freshwater and sanitation, based on work done by the UN-Water members and...

IPCC Sixth Assessment Reports (2021-2022)

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, comprising 230 authors from 65 countries, has announced four “AR6” reports from its three Working Groups. In particular, to prepare these reports, the first step is the scoping process. The outline of the...

AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

Since its inception, through its research on the physical science of climate change, the IPCC has been assessing the state of knowledge on climate change. It identifies agreements in the scientific community related to climate change and topics where further research...

Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2020

(International Renewable Energy Agency, June 2021, 180p) During the decade of 2010 to 2020, the renewables power generation has been becoming increasingly competitive. Biggest cost reduction by energy source: Solar photovoltaics fell by 85%Concentrating solar power by...

Global Report on Food Crises 2021

The GNFC works to understand food crises, leverage strategic investments, and foster coordination across sectors. The report provides global and regional overviews of food crises (including a forecast for 2021). Additionally, it offers 34 country-level outlines of...

Biodiversity and Climate Change: Workshop Report

In December 2020, 50 of the world’s leading biodiversity and climate experts appointed by the IPBES and IPCC held a virtual workshop “to examine the synergies and trade-offs between biodiversity protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation. It...

Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) considered a range of information on UAP described in U.S. military and IC (Intelligence Community). The dataset described in this report is currently limited primarily to U.S. Government reporting of incidents...

America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan

Approximately 100 experts developed this richly illustrated plan intended to promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and the Paris Agreement. Deep transformation of six economic sectors These activities account for almost all CO2...

Financial Stability Report

This report presents the Federal Reserve Board’s current assessment of the resilience of the U.S. financial system. Similar reports are issued by other central banks. The Fed monitors four broad categories of vulnerabilities: Elevated valuation pressures that imply...

The Business Case for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution

More than 11 million tons of plastic pollute the oceans yearly. There is an urgent need to amplify current efforts through a more coordinated and ambitious approach. Asserts that a new international treaty on plastic pollution will benefit both the environment and...

World Energy Outlook 2020

Via four scenarios, the extensively illustrated report (e.g., Energy Technology RD&D Budgets by country 2020) seeks to provide a comprehensive view of how the global energy system could develop in the coming decades. The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the...

United States COVID Scenarios, January 2022

Lively and extensive draft versions of a mixed, a pessimistic, and an optimistic scenario, each with advice for Red Cross preparedness. Scenarios: America Endures by Jerome C. Glenn (MP) with Jay Herson (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) describes stretched...

Capacity Development Plan of Action 2020-2021

The purpose of Forest, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA) Capacity Development is “to have capable forestry, agroforestry and sustainable land use research and development organizations, individuals, institutions and systems contributing to reducing poverty while...

An Ethical Framework for Global Vaccine Allocation

Once effective COVID vaccines are developed, they will be scarce.  Allocation among countries raises 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...

COVID-19: A Global Perspective. 2020 Goalkeepers Report

Goalkeepers focus on progress toward the SDGs, especially goals 1-6 on poverty, hunger, and good health.  COVID-19 has reinforced the fact that everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society, and the general public.  The Report...

COVID-19 Back to School

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...

Rewiring America: A Field Manual for the Climate Fight

This analysis lays out 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?” Main pathways: Layout how to use existing technologies to...

COVID-19 Underscores the Need for Voting Reform

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...

C40 Cities Mayors’ Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery

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...

Recovery Plan for Europe

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...

Social Cost of Carbon

The GAO,  a nonpartisan investigative office of the Congress, 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...

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...

COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheets

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. Factsheet topics: Introduction to COVID-10 Waste...

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2020

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...

INFORM Covid-19 Risk Index

An “experimental adaptation” of the annual INFORM Epidemic Risk Index in face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It surveys “countries at risk from health and humanitarian impacts of COVID-19 that could overwhelm current national response capacity, and...

COVID-19: Urgent Call to Protect People and Nature

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....

Forecasting Covid-19’s Course

Commentary by the CSIS Senior VP on the pandemic as a “history-altering event,” with no “V-shaped recovery for major economies.” Compares three scenarios based on a variety of variables: number of waves, vaccine availability, availability of therapeutics, vaccine...

COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery: A Report for the Nation

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...

What World Post-COVID-19? Three Scenarios.

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...

COVID-19 Strategy Update

The World Health Organization gives an overview of the current situation, key insights, and national and international strategies. “Countries must do everything they can to stop cases from becoming clusters and clusters from becoming explosive outbreaks.”  Speed,...

COVID-19: Potential Impact on the World’s Poorest People

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.” Describes countries at risk and the number of people “chronically food insecure” and...

National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening

Outlines “steps that can be taken as epidemic transmission is brought under control in different regions” Phase 1: Slow the Spread – Lists thresholds for action and 8 required steps: maintain physical distancing, increase testing capacity, ensure the functioning...

How the World Will Look After the Coronavirus

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.”  The...

Pandemics—Lessons Looking Back from 2050

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,...

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019

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). The past five years are...

COVID-19: A Gender Lens

Key messages on protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting gender equality, e.g. pandemics worsen existing inequalities for women and girls. Other key messages: in times of crisis, women and girls may be at higher risk of intimate partner...

The World Climate and Security Report 2020

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. Climate change not only acts as a threat multiplier but can have direct implications for...

The social contract in the 21st century

Seeks “to help business and policy leaders to understand the forces transforming the global economy, based on studies of 22 OECD countries. Work opportunities have increased everywhere, but work security and income growth have declined or expanded unevenly.  As...

A Future for the World’s Children?

Argues for placing children 0-18 years old, at the center of the Sustainable Development Goals and the heart of the concept of sustainability. The health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate...

State of Green Business Report 2020

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...

The Global Risks Report 2020

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. This 15th annual edition on...

Arctic Report Card 2019

Report of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Published annually since 2006, these essays involve 81 scientists from 12 countries reporting on the acceleration of ice melting in a region where temperature changes are twice as high as elsewhere. ...

World Energy Outlook 2019

The “gold standard” of long-term energy analysis: the annual report of the International Energy Agency, an independent arm of the OECD in Paris.  The report describes global energy trends, energy and the Sustainable Development Goals, and scenarios for oil, natural...

2019 Global Health Security Index

“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...

Global Commission to End Energy Poverty: Inception Report

Some 850 million people still lack access to energy.  “The Integrated Distribution Framework” is proposed, to integrate “energy access into financially sustainable utility concession agreements.  Seeking “universal energy access” to end energy poverty (Sustainable...

Climate Change and Land

This Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change looks into the connection between climate change and land, but also the impacts of human land use on the ecosystem. They conclude that “climate change has adversely impacted food security and...

US Cities Sustainable Development Report 2019

This report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network has ranked 105 cities annually since 2017. The results show that there will be significant work to do across the board if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030, as cities on average scored only 48.9%. The top...

Plastic & Climate The hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

A sobering detailed, comprehensive, and richly referenced and illustrated analysis that asserts that, whether measured by its present scale or projected growth, the existing plastic economy is fundamentally inconsistent with the Paris Agreement. In 2019, the...

The Fourth National Climate Assessment

A massive two-volume effort from the U.S. Global Change Research Program that was mandated by the U.S. Congress, and thus escaped the head-in-sand climate change denial of the Trump administration. Volume 1: Climate Science Special Report (2017, 470p; 23p Summary),...

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

A recent Special Report by the International Pane for Climate Change summarizing >6,000 studies. It focuses on impacts of 1.5°C warming above preindustrial levels, with comparisons to 2.0°C warming.  The key message: at current rates, “global warming is likely to...

Global Environment Outlook Report 2019

The flagship report of the UN Environment Programme was first published in 1997. This 6th report (GEO6), with the theme of “Healthy Planet, Healthy People,” covers climate change as a priority issue, the growing chasm between rich and poor countries, declining genetic...

Global Linkages: A Graphic Look at the Changing Arctic

Produced by GRID-Arendal, a Norwegian foundation cooperating with the UN Environment Program, written by a team of 15 scientists and 12 reviewers.  In addition to many maps and charts, the clearly-written text warns of the melting cryosphere (ice, snow, permafrost),...

The State of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

The first global assessment from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Commission on Genetic Resources, drawing on information from 91 country reports prepared by some 1,300 contributors, and inputs from 175 authors and reviewers.  Discusses genetic...

Food in the Anthropocene

The 37 scientists from 16 countries, led by Walter Willett and Johan Rockström, warn that most of the world population is inadequately nourished and many environmental systems and processes are pushed beyond safe boundaries by current food production. A global...

Living Planet Report: Aiming High

The 12th edition the World Wildlife Fund’s biennial flagship report, provides the latest data of the Living Planet Index, which tracked over 4,000 vertebrate species in the 1970-2014 period.  The key finding is that global populations have declined by 60% due to...

Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

This report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development highlights the value of natural ecosystems in economic growth and good practices in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. They focus on the need “to mainstream biodiversity into economic...

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...

Re-defining Value—The Manufacturing Revolution

A report by produced by the International Resource Panel that stresses the need for a circular economic system to create a sustainable global economy, enabled by remanufacturing, refurbishing, repair, reuse, and value-retention processes, resulting in less waste,...

Task Force Report on Measuring Sustainable Development

On 12 June 2013, the Conference of European Statisticians held under the auspices of UNECE in Geneva, endorsed a set of recommendation for a framework to measure sustainable development and associated sets of indicators. This is a “key step toward harmonizing various...