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Improving markets for recycled plastics
This report shows the vulnerabilities of the markets for recycled plastics and the possible interventions to overcome the barriers to their further development, highlighting the benefits of reducing plastics production for the ecosystems, the economy, and the human health.
Towards the urgent elimination of hazardous child labour
Despite the commitments of the international community, the worst forms of child labor do persist. The definition of the minimum age of work by the ILO Conventions is rather flexible, whereas the protection from the hazardous work is without exceptions, although it should be more frequently updated.
Catastrophic risk to ecosystems puts biotechnology fixes on the table
By Bart Kolodziejczyk & Edward Perello
Synthetic biology is able to stop the decline of coral reefs and countless other species. It’s time to open a discussion within nations to adopt conservation technology policies until at least anthropogenic stressors are mitigated.
The Artic’s Message to G7: Commit on Climate
By Gail Whiteman & Julienne Stroeve
Source: Scientific American, 8 June
The Arctic’s record-breaking temperatures throughout 2018 show that the shift to a low-carbon economy is still far away, but the Arctic sea ice is the scientific evidence of the risks for all the world of extreme events. The agreed threshold of 2C global warming is the only our chance of future.
G7 fossil fuel subsidy scorecard
By Shelagh Whitley et others
This analysis shows that G7 governments continue to fund the production and use of fossil fuels delaying the energy transition, although we are seeing also a decline in investments for oil and gas production and in the coal power capacity growth, as well a growth in renewables.
Building trust in a changing world of work
The social dialogue between governments, employers, and workers set by the collective bargaining in the increasing fragmentation of production and the rise of non-standard labor relations, if based on a sound regulatory and institutional framework, helps to address inequalities fostering inclusive growth and democratic participation.
National climate change vulnerability and risk assessments in Europe, 2018
The purpose of this report is to give a scientific definition of vulnerability and to improve the methods of its evaluation assuming climate change mitigation and adaptation as an urgent task to be addressed jointly with the social injustice linked with it.
Gina McCarthy, former U.S. EPA Administrator, launches C-CHANGE at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Source: https://green.harvard.edu/, 30 May
The Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) by the Harvard University intends to emphasize the role of science in building a safe and just future and in addressing health and environmental problems trough informing political decision-making and transforming marketplaces.
Plastique la poubelle bleue
By Aude Massiot
Source: Libération, 2 June
The governmental measures for the reduction of plastics are the most effective strategy to address the pollution of the seas, while the worldwide mobilization of consumers is an important signal for the industrial production, in view not only of the reduction but also of the waste management.
Immer mehr Städte ziehen gegen grosse Ölunternehmen vor Gericht. Sie machen sie für die Folgen der Klimaerwärmung verantwortlich und fordern Milliarden.
By Jakob Pallinger
Source: Der Standard, 2 June
If it is still difficult within a trial to determine and quantify the damage produced to the environment and hence to citizens’ health by a single oil company, the scientific knowledge becomes more and more accurate and the investors take into account the climate risks and the evolution of case law in this field.
Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2018
This report shows policy coherence as a transformative means, which not only contributes to sustainable development in the critical interlinkages between its goals, but also strengthens institutions and governance capacity over the risks that undermine the social, economic, and environmental systems.
World Water Development Report 2018
Increasing demand water in all sectors requires nature-based solutions that ensure the long-term sustainability of the more and more degraded environmental resources. Legislation, funding and social acceptance will help to enhance natural capital for a resource-efficient and competitive circular economy.
Guide to corporate sustainability
The private sector can help to address the most important world’s challenges. A business responsible for the human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption areas creates a community which speaks a universal language and is voted to success because their action has a joint societal and economic return.
Guidelines for Training Cabin Crew on Identifying and Responding to Trafficking in Persons
Source: International Civil Aviation Organization
Trading of human beings for different forms of exploitation profile the modern –day slavery. Raising awareness of this hidden crime is essential in combating trafficking, but it is also important an approach which extends the action to the causes that foster the human exploitation.
La Tierra suma 400 meses de altas temperaturas
By Javier Salas
Source: El País, 18 May
After the latest NOAA’s data, from 1977 to these days the global temperature has been higher than the average recorded in the XX century, with a worrying peak signaled last April. But the most alarming numbers concern the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.