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More droughts, more war?

Historically, violent conflicts tend to predominantly erupt in bad years, when droughts, floods, or heatwaves put the functioning of societies to the test. Does this mean that violent conflicts will become more frequent as extreme weather becomes increasingly common, globally, because of climate change? While each... click to read more

Views 851
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 14, 2020
Groundwater pumping poses worldwide threat to riverine ecosystems

We pump too much water out of the ground, impacting our rivers worldwide. In our study, we estimate that almost 20% of the catchments where groundwater is pumped for drinking water or to grow food suffer from low flows that are too low to sustain... click to read more

  • Inge de Graaf | Assistant Professor at University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 25, 2020
High extinction risk for wild coffee species and implications for coffee sector sustainability

It has been estimated that coffee farming provides livelihoods for around 100 million people worldwide, most of which are smallholder farmers. For many coffee producing countries, coffee exports make up a significant and critically important proportion of their export earnings. Despite the number of producers... click to read more

  • Aaron P. Davis | Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 5, 2019
Fish and ships

Three billion people depend on seafood as their primary protein, with hundreds of millions directly employed in fisheries worldwide. Research by the Sea Around Us, building on national data submitted to the United Nations but correcting for small-scale fisheries, discarded catches, recreational fishing, and under-... click to read more

  • David Tickler | PhD student at School of Biological Sciences & UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
  • Jessica Meeuwig | Professor at School of Biological Sciences & UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 18, 2019
Environmental sustainability of nationally recommended diets

It has long been understood that what we eat impacts not only our health, but our environment too. Despite this food-sustainability awareness, very few national dietary recommendations (NRD) make any consideration of sustainability. For example, the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a lot of... click to read more

  • Paul Behrens | Assistant Professor at LUC The Hague & Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 14, 2018