How to ramp up transformation to Earth stewardship

There is increased public demand for an “earth stewardship vision” that replaces competitive consumerism with an ethic of responsibility, care, and empathy, according to a recent study in the journal Ambio. The study indentifies five pragmatic and strategic leverage points for transformation toward earth stewardship. It stresses that all countries can and must contribute, but at the same time current and historical responsibilities and uneven…

WTO must end harmful fisheries subsidies, scientists urge

Hundreds of scientists around the world have signed a letter in Science urging World Trade Organisation (WTO) members to reach an agreement to ban harmful fishing subsidies. With 90 percent of the world’s fish stocks either fully exploited or overfished, according to FAO, WTO members must prohibit fisheries subsidies that cause harm. Beijer researchers Anne-Sophie Crépin, Carl Folke and Max Troell are among the 296…

Healthy ecosystems crucial for reaching climate targets

Earth’s ecosystems have played a central role in keeping our planet’s climate system unusually stable throughout the last 11,700 years.  Today, ocean and land ecosystems remove around 50% of human induced CO2 emissions from the atmosphere each year. Without this biosphere carbon storage, current international climate targets cannot be met. Therefore, alongside efforts to transition away from fossil fuels, deforestation, environmental degradation and loss of…

Governance in the face of extreme events

The increasing frequency of extreme events poses challenges for our societies. The current pandemic is a case in point; but “once-in-a-century” weather events are also becoming more common, leading to erosion, wildfires and even volcanic events that change ecosystems, threaten the sustainability of our life-support systems, and challenge the robustness and resilience of societies. A new analysis by an international team of researchers explores governance…

Our future in the Anthropocene biosphere

Human actions are threatening the resilience and stability of Earth’s biosphere – the wafer-thin veil around Earth where life thrives. This has profound implications for the development of civilizations, say an international group of researchers in a report published for the first Nobel Prize Summit, a digital gathering to be held in April to discuss the state of the planet in the wake of the…

Nobel Prize Summit “Our Planet, Our Future”

The Beijer Institute is co-organiser of the first Nobel Prize Summit “Our Planet, Our Future”, bringing together Nobel Prize laureates and other esteemed leaders in the sciences, policy, business, the youth movement, and the arts to explore actions that can be achieved this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all. Across three days, 26-28 April,…

Building back better after Covid-19

There are many calls to use the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity for transforming to a future trajectory that is more equitable and environmentally sustainable. But this window of opportunity may be short, researchers warn, and propose that resilience theory could provide the necessary framework to achieve real transformational change. Resilience is the capacity of a system, be it a forest, a city or an…

Review: “Nature is a blind spot in economics that we ignore at our peril”

A fundamental change in how we think about and approach economics is needed if we are to reverse biodiversity loss and protect and enhance our prosperity, says a new  independent landmark review on the Economics of Biodiversity. First economic framework for biodiversity Beijer Fellow Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review, commissioned by the UK Treasury, presents the first comprehensive economic framework of its kind for biodiversity….

Easing the burden of climate migration

The number of people leaving their homes to flee climate related catastrophes such as storms, wildfires or drought, will rise as the effects of global warming become more apparent. Such climate migration comes with great personal costs for those forced to move, but there is also a societal price for the origin and destination locations. However, because it is a potentially effective adaptation to climate…

Seafood companies act on science based goals to save the oceans

For the first time in the history of seafood production, ten of the largest seafood companies in the world have committed to a set of time-bound and measurable goals that will ensure the industry becomes more sustainable. The goals are the result of four years of dialogues through the science-industry initiative Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS).    SeaBOS is a unique collaboration between scientists…

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