The world’s most influential banker says an orderly switch from fossil fuels to renewables is needed to avoid chaos on world stock markets. Mark Carney, chairman of the G20 countries’ Financial Stability Board and Governor of the Bank of England, says that he’ll be advising G20 nations to put policies in place to prevent such future turmoil.
The massive earthquake that hit Japan and sparked a nuclear crisis in 2011 narrowed the nation’s options in moving to a carbon-reduced future. Some nonetheless deem the Japanese government’s energy plans as inadequate, and it is likely that the country will remain in the shadows of current global deliberations around climate change.
Campaigners in South Korea have accused organisers of the 2018 winter Olympics of destroying a “sacred” 500-year-old mountain forest to make room for a ski slope, and dismissed official assurances that the site will be restored to its original state after the Games.
Oil industry giant Royal Dutch Shell today announced that it has stopped Arctic oil and gas exploration off the coast of Alaska after “disappointing” results from a key well in the Chukchi Sea. Disappointing, and expensive. Shell has invested $3 billion in development of the basin, with another $1.1 billion of “future contractual commitments.”
The current crisis in the Balkan region clearly shows that intensifying border controls at one crossing point only leads to a geographical reorientation of crossing points. It is thus outrageous, argues UNU-MERIT’s Hein de Haas, that politicians are still trying to make us believe that border controls can ‘solve’ refugee crises.
UNU researchers Prof. Parvati Nair and Dr Melissa Siegel urge global leaders to respond proactively to the ongoing migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
How do different countries deal with migrant integration? Do policies give immigrants the chance to survive or even excel? Or do policies act as barriers to integration? These are just a few of the questions tackled by UNU-MERIT’s Dr. Özge Bilgili.
Notwithstanding increasing concern over the links between organized crime, terrorism and violent conflict, the United Nations, Member States and non-governmental organizations remain ill-equipped to deal with this challenge. John de Boer and Louise Bosetti of UNU’s Centre for Policy Research review the state of evidence on this crime-conflict nexus.
During times of conflict and insecurity, maintaining access to education is vital for children’s protection and development. Yet almost 3 million Syrian children are not in school and girls, who face increased threats and loss of access to school in the context of conflict, are particularly at risk.
In our highly connected world, management actions have multiple outcomes. And while the intended outcome might occur, unexpected outcomes will always occur. Taking a systems analysis approach, policymakers can avert the ‘cobra effect’ where simplistic policies come back to bite you with unintended feedback impacts.
A UN University agriculture researcher gets her hands dirty to find out the costs and benefits of growing her own vegetables in Tokyo’s urban sprawl.
Nine more giant corporations, including Nike and Walmart, pledged to transition to 100 percent renewable energy Wednesday. The announcement is intended to show international governments that there is broad-based business support for going off fossil fuels in advance of the United Nations climate talks in December.
Around the globe new processes are rapidly being developed to turn waste into renewable energy to power cars, planes and turbines. And now researchers in Germany have created a ‘biobattery’ that uses sewage sludge, green waste, production residues from the food industry, straw and animal excrement.
Biofuels can be controversial because they are often produced from food crops or grown on farmland. But common seaweed, found in abundance around coastlines and clogging up beaches, is being transformed by scientists into a valuable raw material.