UNESCO-SCOPE-UNEP Policy Briefs

The policy briefs provide "at a glance" information relating to global environmental issues, building on the contributions of international experts at multi-disciplinary workshops. Each brief reviews current knowledge, highlights trends and controversies, and opens perspectives for policy planners, decision makers and stakeholders in the community. This series of policy briefs is intended to concretely and significantly impact on the capacity of UNESCO’s Member States to rely on scientifically-sound information for the purpose of decision-making.  

The issues include:

N°14- Engineering the Climate: Research Questions and Policy Implications 

N°13- Third Pole Environement  

N°12- Global environmental change and food security 

N°11- Biodiversity, health and well-being: critical links  

N°10- The Human perturbation of the carbon cycle: the global carbon cycle II

N°9- Towards sustainable agriculture 

N°8- Biofuels and environmental impacts: scientific analysis and implications for sustainability

N°7- Coastal basins on the edge  

N°6- Livestock in a changing landscape

N°5- Human alteration of the nitrogen cycle: threats, benefits and opportunities

N°4- Hidden assets: biodiversity below-surface

N°3- How to improve the dialogue between science and society: the case of global environmental change

N°2- The Global carbon cycle

N°1 - Indicators of sustainability: reliable tools for decision making  

Recently published

Engineering the Climate: Research Questions and Policy Implications

Earth’s climate appears to be changing faster than previously observed. Even with active mitigation and adaptation measures, additional efforts to avoid significant climate disruptions may be needed.
Geoengineering the climate  is an option that is now gaining scientific, policy, and public attention while raising important environmental, ethical, social, and political challenges.

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