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October 2020 Global insect collapse: action must accelerate Aleksandar Rankovic

Alarming scientific data: an unrelenting observation Even the most prestigious scientific publications talk of the “windscreen effect”. You don’t even need to be particularly old to realize: even thirty-something year olds have probably noticed that far fewer insects are squashed onto their car windscreens today than on their parents’ cars when they were children. George […]

October 2020 West Africa is mobilising to protect the marine environment Julien Rochette, Romain Schumm, Dr. Abdoulaye …

The coasts of West Africa are home to large marine ecosystems (the Canary Islands, Guinea and Benguela currents), mangroves, wetlands and several hundred species of fish. With more than a third of the region’s population living along the coast, these natural assets allow several million people to live off the resources of fishing, aquaculture and […]

October 2020 How can developing countries reduce methane emissions? Benoît Blanc

Methane, a greenhouse gas forgotten in the fight against climate change? For the last 10 years, each year, 10 Mt of methane2 have been emitted more than the chemical reactions in the atmosphere can degrade, and the atmospheric concentration of this pollutant has increased,3 placing it on a warming trajectory at 4°C. It is therefore […]

October 2020 What to expect from the first SDG Summit? Elisabeth Hege, Damien Barchiche

Are the SDGs delivering on their initial promises? The world is not on track to achieve the SDGs. Although the extreme poverty rate continues to fall, this positive trend has slowed down. At its current rate, 6% of the world population will live in extreme poverty in 2030, missing the eradication of poverty target.1 In the […]

October 2020 Financing sustainable development: what challenges in the light of the promises of the 2030 Agenda ? Damien Barchiche

Financing more, and better The most important gaps concern developing countries. What assistance is provided to help them achieve their own Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? To date, no one knows: there are no international statistical standards to measure and monitor these resources. To fill this gap, several initiatives are emerging, such as the Total Official […]

October 2020 Regional Ocean Governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward Glen Wright, Julien Rochette

Executive summary [excerpt] This report provides an overview of a range of ongoing initiatives to improve governance of ABNJ at the regional level, including: novel modalities, such as the “Collective Arrangement for the North-East Atlantic”, whereby the OSPAR Commission and the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) seek to strengthen cooperation between organisations with a […]

October 2020 The ongoing biodiversity loss and how it can be stopped Yann Laurans, Aleksandar Rankovic

Key Messages The Global Assessment shows that biodiversity collapse on the continents is primarily due to land use changes related to agriculture, particuarly linked to the increased consumption of animal products. Regarding oceans, pressure from fisheries is the main cause of the decline. This suggests the adoption of commitments relating to food and agricultural systems. […]

October 2020 The American Green New Deal: from local debates to (inter)national ambition David Levaï

A new approach to the climate and environmental crisis For the first time, climate and the environment – two particularly politically polarised1 – will be at the heart of an American campaign. Following the announcement of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the American community of climate protection actors focused on depoliticiing […]

October 2020 Assessing vulnerabilities to climate change from the local to the global level. Comparing approaches Michaël Goujon, Alexandre K. Magnan

Therefore, adaptation to climate change now appears to be as important and urgent as strategies aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions; as endorsed by the Paris Agreement itself at the global level (Magnan et Ribera, 2016). Anticipating the effects of climate change is no longer one option among many but a necessary condition to ensure […]

October 2020 The New York Summits: a complex but essential political momentum Sébastien Treyer

Each component of this series is essential for the others. And it is this coherency that will maintain the political message of these negotiations: each country must design its own development model transformation pathway to simultaneously achieve all of the objectives (climate, biodiversity, inequality reduction…) but given the scale of the challenges in all of […]