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  • Centre science featured in new Spotify podcast hosted by Alexander Skarsgård
    “How We Fix This”, a new podcast series from Spotify and Norrsken, delves into concrete solutions to some of the world's most pressing sustainability issues. It is hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Alexander Skarsgård and features several Centre researchers.
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  • Collage: Peter Søgaard Jørgensen in front of the SRC office
    Centre researcher Peter Søgaard Jørgensen joins the Young Academy of Sweden
    Centre researcher Peter Søgaard Jørgensen has been elected into the Young Academy of Sweden, a junior version of the Swedish academies, including the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
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  • Members of the citizen assembly on stage at SRC
    First Swedish citizens' assembly: Sweden needs to be united on climate
    Make climate change a school subject, invest in high-speed trains and make public transport more reliable, equal and cheaper. These are 3 of 22 proposals from Sweden's first national citizens' assembly on climate change
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  • "If the planet doesn’t work, we will not be able to live on it”
    The decisions that humanity makes this decade will shape the living conditions on our planet for many generations to come.
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  • Centre report calls for investments in resilience
    Humanity is now on the brink of polycrisis, but vital transformations can still be made to secure a resilient and liveable future for people and planet, according to the Centre’s newly published annual report.
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  • Per Olsson talking at Greentopia.
    Greentopia: music and sports events,
    a highway to sustainability?

    Can music and sports events help societal transformations toward sustainability? During one of Sweden's premier festivals, Way Out West, the Centre co-hosts a climate summit to help answer that question.
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  • Centre research listed among top ten of most cited papers in policy
    Three scientific works with heavy involvement from the Stockholm Resilience Centre have been included on a list of the ten most cited non-economics papers in policy documents by Nature
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  • Germinating potatoes in an egg carton.
    Centre receives extended funding from Mistra for food research
    The research programme Mistra Food Futures, in which the Centre is a partner, receives SEK 64 million for the upcoming four and a half years
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  • A student tests the game.
    New planetary boundary game bridges education and climate action
    A new innovative computer game lets Danish school children learn about key research on planetary boundaries
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  • Sofia Bernett, Sverker Sörlin, Daniel Lindvall, and Tim Daw (left to right) present the citizens' assembly at a press briefing.
    First Swedish national citizens’ assembly on climate kicks off
    How should Sweden lower its emissions to be in line with the Paris Agreement? This question is at the core as Sweden’s first national citizens’ assembly on climate starts on 9 March 2024
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  • Collage: Lisen Schultz in front of the Albano office.
    Lisen Schultz listed as one of the most influential women in business in Sweden
    Centre deputy director Lisen Schultz, director of the Executive Programme on Resilience Thinking, has been included on the list of most influential women within the Swedish business sector
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  • Johan Rockström awarded the Tyler Prize
    Johan Rockström, professor and former director at Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, now leading the University of Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, has received the world's top environmental prize.
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  • Having good neighbours and few top predators make predatory fish populations more resilient
    A regime shift is gradually spreading through the archipelagos of the Swedish Baltic Sea coast, where shallow bays, previously dominated by pike and perch have one by one become dominated by one of their prey species, the three-spined stickleback.
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  • Eating new plant-based foods can be good for the environment, your health and your economy
    Replacing animal-source foods with plant-based alternatives or whole foods decreases environmental impact, meets nutrition recommendations, and can be cost-competitive with the current average Swedish diet
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  • Bird AI and sailing drones – green game changers for marine ecosystems
    Groups of guillemots on an island in the Baltic Sea have unknowingly inspired how marine research can be done. Two AI-powered research projects can change how to monitor marine ecosystems – and potentially manage them in real-time
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  • Centralised social networks can hinder innovation by making decision-making too similar
    Social systems where influence is centred around one or two individuals can lead to pack mentality and groupthink in farming communities
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  • Planetary Commons: Fostering global cooperation to safeguard critical Earth system functions
    We should look at tipping elements of the Earth system as global commons, argue researchers in a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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  • Soy: A world journey from success to uncertainty
    From a bean valued for its multitude of functions in ancient China to one of the most traded agricultural commodities of the modern world: the soybean has gone through dramatic changes throughout the millennia.
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  • Imagining pathways towards desirable futures
    Every day, people plan for the future, but having structured thoughts about what futures could look like is a skill we should all practice in the face of the Anthropocene, according to recent research
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  • More rain, fewer droughts — rainfall effects from targeted forestation can reduce climate change
    By prioritizing targeted increases in rainfall, forestation programs may not only mitigate global climate change itself but also reduce its concrete negative effects such as droughts, new study finds
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  • Wild plants and animals are key for well-being in the tropics, as is economic development
    Should the use of wild plants and animals be rapidly phased out in the tropics for conservation and development purposes? A new study argues that this would not be such a good idea
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  • New system guides businesses to act within planetary boundaries
    Only measuring carbon emissions will not help companies understand if they are on track in their sustainability work. A research team of ecologists and economists has developed a new reporting system: Earth System Impact, ESI
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  • Centre strengthens its research portfolio with Formas grants worth SEK 25 million
    Research teams from the Centre have successfully applied for grants from Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development. They receive SEK 25 million across four research projects, as announced in November 2023
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  • COP28: Promising shifts, but a lot remains unsolved
    A deal referred to as historic was made to conclude COP28. Centre researchers recognise that important progress was made, but warn about thinking new technology can solve challenges ahead
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  • Five key actions to fight the food crisis
    A new science brief from Stockholm Resilience Centre and Global Resilience Partnership launched during COP28 discusses why the current food crisis has escalated so quickly up to global proportions. The researchers list five key actions for policy-makers to address.
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  • Malin Falkenmark, water pioneer and academic mother of water research has passed
    It is with deep sadness we have learned that professor Malin Falkenmark has passed away at 98 years of age. She has been a pathbreaking pioneer and hero, always curious, always eager to learn more and always dedicated to sharing her knowledge with the next generation
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  • New report: Tipping point threats and opportunities accelerate
    The world has reached a pivotal moment as threats from Earth system tipping points – and progress towards positive tipping points – accelerate, a new report shows
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  • Powerful financial giants could play vital role in preventing the next pandemic
    A relatively small number of powerful financial institutions, such as investment companies, pension funds, and banks could help accelerate actions that mitigate the risks of new pandemics
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  • “We need to transition back within
    all Planetary Boundaries”

    Phase out fossil fuels, transform the food system, and remove pressures on all planetary boundaries — in a just way. Centre researchers send a clear message to all participants at COP28
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  • Putting resilience at the heart of COP28
    Stockholm Resilience Centre will host and join a range of activities at COP28. The participation is done in close collaboration with the Global Resilience Partnership and our development programme SwedBio
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  • First Swedish national citizen assembly on climate could show the way to transformation
    Can a citizen assembly come up with ideas on how Sweden could live up to the Paris Agreement? This will be tested in a new collaboration of Swedish universities, which Stockholm Resilience Centre is a part of
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  • Researchers from the Centre listed among the world’s most cited
    Four researchers associated with Stockholm Resilience Centre made it onto the 2023 Clarivate Analytics overview, a ranking of the most cited scientists in the world
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  • Norms must change in order for academia to walk the talk on sustainability, new paper argues
    Sustainability research is rarely sustainable, neither for the planet nor for academics, argues a new paper. In it, researchers call for a rethink of current norms and practices
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  • New research maps 14 potential evolutionary dead ends for humanity and ways to avoid them
    Humankind risks getting stuck in 14 evolutionary dead ends, ranging from global climate tipping points to misaligned artificial intelligence, chemical pollution, and accelerating infectious diseases
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  • The bumpy road towards a global plastics treaty
    Plastic pollution needs to end. While most countries agree on this, negotiations for a legally binding UN plastics treaty are going slowly. Centre researcher Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez explains why.
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  • Centre programme educates Swedish trade union leaders on sustainability
    Representatives from twenty Swedish trade unions attend a centre-hosted course for becoming leaders in a just climate transformation
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  • Carbon offsets should embrace uncertainty
    Exact predictions of how much carbon can be stored in offset projects are a scientific impossibility. That's why the carbon offset market should build resilience instead and learn from other sectors, argues a new policy research paper in Science
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  • Study maps and groups threatened coral reef ecosystem services
    New study investigates how coral reef ecosystem services are linked and distributed in 18 countries around the world
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  • Combining modeling and empirical research can give better sustainability insights
    Mixing empirical methods and modeling can provide better insights into cause-effect relationships in sustainability, and improve governance
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  • New Google.org grant funds Centre research on AI-powered climate risk tool
    Google.org has awarded five million US dollars to a group of scientists, including Centre researchers, to develop and scale ClimateIQ , an artificial intelligence-powered climate risk evaluation tool for cities
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  • Researchers and chefs team up for a sustainable lunch week
    “Risotto on Swedish oat-rice, with apple cider vinegar, blue mussels from Bohuslän, parsley, and grated Svecia cheese”. That’s one of the science-cooked dishes that guests can enjoy at “A Planetary Lunch” — an experimental lunch week at Stockholm university
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  • The SDGs are not on track — new report outlines what needs to happen
    Humanity is set to miss the Sustainable Development Goals. But decisive and timely policy actions can kickstart extraordinary turnarounds and a giant leap toward achieving the SDGs
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  • All planetary boundaries mapped out for the first time, six of nine crossed
    For the first time, an international team of scientists is able to provide a detailed outline of planetary resilience by mapping out all nine boundary processes that define a safe operating space for humanity.
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  • Centre secures 28 MSEK research funding in two new Formas grants
    The two grants worth 14 million SEK each will focus on the intersection of climate, water and biodiversity
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  • Science and music met as Centre research was presented in a concert at the Baltic Sea Festival
    “Dialogues” premiered – a piece of music written about Carolin Seiferth’s PhD research
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  • New book tells the story of Centre initiative on ocean stewardship
    How can corporations, guided by science, be part of the solution to the challenges of the biosphere? A new book by Centre researcher Henrik Österblom delves into the origins and lessons of SeaBOS
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  • Working with nature is essential for making cities climate neutral
    New technology itself will not be sufficient for cities to become climate neutral. Nature-based solutions are required too. That is the main result of a recent study based on satellite data from 54 European cities
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  • How ocean science can contribute to peace
    In a world of conflict, can the ocean be a place of peace? Yes, says a new review paper, and concludes that the UN Ocean Decade has an important role to play
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  • Lisen Schultz new Deputy Director
    Associate Professor Lisen Schultz has been appointed Deputy Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre.
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  • Harnessing aquaculture for SDGs: A pathway to human and planetary health
    Aquaculture contributes substantially to the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, but its future potential needs careful consideration of trade-offs, a new study shows
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  • The art and science of biosphere stewardship
    New publication summarizes experiences from a unique art-science collaboration and explores the many ways that artists and scientists interact with the natural world
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  • Find new inspiration with our pop-culture tips!
    We asked our staff for recommendations on what to get inspired by during the upcoming Swedish summer months. Here is their full list!
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  • A crisis is not always an opportunity for transformation — this new study explains why
    For change agents, the COVID-19 pandemic created new barriers and uncertainties rather than a chance for positive change, a new study finds
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  • Aquatic foods around the world face severe risks from environmental change, finds new research
    Aquatic foods are essential for global diets, but they are also vulnerable to environmental change. This vulnerability has been largely understudied, according to a new paper
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  • Envisioning alternative futures helps rethink human-ocean relationships
    Imagining sustainable futures for the high seas may inspire change today, according to a recent study.
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  • More freshwater experts needed in the IPBES biodiversity panel
    Centre researcher Jan Kuiper lists why and how more freshwater experts could contribute to the Intergovernmental Science–Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
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  • Centre researcher Juan Rocha elected into Young Academy of Sweden
    Centre researcher Juan Rocha joins the Young Academy of Sweden, a junior version of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, for a five-year term
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  • Groundbreaking study quantifies safe and just Earth system boundaries
    International commission proposes new safe and just boundaries for maintaining a healthy planet and protecting people from significant harm
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  • AI could create a perfect storm of climate misinformation
    The speed and the way misinformation about climate change and sustainability issues moves around the world is rapidly changing. Now, the Centre presents a new synthesis on AI and climate misinformation in connection to the Nobel Prize Summit 2023, "Truth, Trust and Hope"
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  • Financial actors and academia join forces to build back biodiversity
    Today is International Biodiversity Day! This year with the theme “From agreement to action: build back biodiversity”, and for us, that is a good reason to highlight the potential of the finance sector in reviving biodiversity
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  • Maria Tengö appointed special professor at Wageningen University
    Maria Tengö is the most recently appointed professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre
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  • Grasping food supply risks: how self-sufficient and resilient are nations?
    Lack of self-sufficiency and diversity in crop production remain main risks to national food supply, new study finds
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  • The cognition of the commons
    The ability to monitor, evaluate and share our own cognitive processes can improve group decisions and enable more sustainable use of common-pool resources
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  • Building back better: Resilience means more than bouncing back
    Adapting, transforming and creating new ways of functioning as a society: This is how reshaping a resilient future in the aftermath of a shock should look like, argue researchers
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  • Explore our annual report for 2022
    The Stockholm Resilience Centre continues to grow stronger as an organisation and in influence
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  • Five steps to design diets that are good for people and planet
    What we eat globally needs to shift. National dietary guidelines can play a major role in improving peoples’ environmental food footprint. A new framework looks at how to create them
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  • Time to put ocean sand on the global sustainability agenda
    Sand is a key foundation of society, yet on the ocean sustainability front, it remains a blind spot, says new report
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  • The sound of co-production
    Centre researcher Carolin Seiferth’s work will be featured in the Baltic Sea Festival – as a piece of music
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  • Centre co-founder Johan Rockström listed among TIME’s 100 most influential people of the year
    Centre researcher and co-founder Johan Rockström made it onto the TIME100, the TIME magazine’s annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world
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  • Centre researchers awarded for groundbreaking paper on urban sustainability
    Centre researchers Thomas Elmqvist, Erik Andersson, Timon McPhearson, Per Olsson, Owen Gaffney and Carl Folke are selected as recipients of the Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award 2023
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  • New ERC advanced grant boosts centre’s research on transformative change
    Centre researcher Maja Schlüter receives an European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant of 2.5 million euros for a project that aims to build models of, with and for sustainability transformations
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  • IPCC: It’s not too late if we take climate action now
    In its most recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issues a stark warning but also a message of hope
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  • Growing “plastic smog” of 170 trillion particles afloat in the ocean
    More than 170 trillion microplastic particles are floating in the World’s oceans, new study finds
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  • Historic high seas treaty a win for planet and people
    The new UN treaty on biodiversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction is a major step for ocean sustainability, according to centre researchers
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  • Planetary boundaries must include justice, say researchers
    Earth system boundaries must not only ensure the stability of the planet but also protect humans and other species from significant harm
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  • World is set to miss UN targets for preventing deadly disasters
    The global toll of disasters like the recent earthquake in Türkiye and Syria is on the rise because of a breakdown in communication between scientists and governments, according to a new report
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  • Blue foods can help solve multiple global challenges
    Blue foods – fish, shellfish, algae and aquatic plants – can be instrumental in solving multiple global crises, new analysis shows
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  • New report: Swedish parliament should decide on a fair carbon budget
    Sweden is not on track to reaching its own national climate targets – and it is not even clear if the targets are sufficient, according to scientists of the research programme Fairtrans
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  • Deer crossing a dirt road in front of a tourist car in a Kenyan nature reserve.
    Biodiversity policies need to move beyond economic growth
    A post-capitalist approach to conservation is key for humans to live sustainably with nature
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  • With Will Steffen, Earth system science has lost its father
    Centre director Line Gordon and chair of the board Carl Folke look back on their time with cherished colleague Will Steffen, who recently passed away
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  • Three quick questions for Marcus Lundstedt, our new head of communications
    We welcome Marcus Lundstedt, the centre's new head of communications, and have a quick chat with him about his new role
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  • The best way to deal with shocks is by combining diverse responses
    Humankind’s best chance to deal with looming turbulences and crises is by diversifying response strategies
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  • Policymakers need to work more closely with researchers to fight the global food crisis
    We are facing the worst food crisis in modern history – Sweden and the EU need to take action to shift how food is produced and consumed. That was the message from researchers to policymakers during a high-level meeting for the Swedish government at Stockholm Resilience Centre
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  • Time for an "IPCC for the ocean"
    Leading ocean experts propose a new International Panel for Ocean Sustainability (IPOS) to build consensus and inform policy
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  • Going beyond dichotomies of local versus global food systems
    Food systems are becoming increasingly stressed, but whether they are local or global is not the big issue
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  • Overshooting climate targets could significantly increase risk for tipping cascades
    Temporarily overshooting the climate targets of 1.5-2 degrees Celsius could increase the tipping risk of several Earth system elements by more than 70 per cent, a new risk analysis study shows
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  • Human rights gain recognition in new biodiversity framework
    The new Global Biodiversity Framework adopted at COP15 takes the important step of recognising the rights of Indigenous peoples, local communities, women and youth
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  • Beatrice Crona and Magnus Nyström appointed as new science directors
    Shifts in the scientific leadership of SRC in the new year
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  • Biodiversity offsets create dangerous incentives
    Biodiversity offset schemes may shift the focus from the actual drivers of biodiversity loss and require more, not less, regulations, argue researchers
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  • Andrew Merrie awarded for highly significant futures research
    Centre researcher Andrew Merrie is awarded for his contributions to advancing futures work in ocean research
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  • Lack of understanding of ocean risks can worsen inequities
    Ocean-related risks are not well understood in the region which might be hardest hit by them, Sub-Saharan Africa, concludes new review
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  • David Collste awarded the Donella Meadows Prize
    Centre researcher David Collste was commended as a promising young scientist in sustainability research
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  • For biodiversity to thrive, conservation must be ‘Nature and People Positive’
    Scientists argue that stronger outcomes for biodiversity can be attained if conservation actions are combined with justice measures to tackle the underlying causes of decline
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  • Where to find us at the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15
    Through the programme SwedBio, Stockholm Resilience Centre engages at COP15 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal
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  • View from behind of an audience at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. A spectator wears a sign reading "1.5 is Life".
    Successes and shortfalls: reflections on COP27
    In the wake of COP27, we gather reflections from centre staff who were involved on the ground
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  • Access to greenery and water goes hand in hand with human wellbeing during the pandemic
    Green wedges and large nature areas are especially important for the young, elderly and unemployed, a new comparative study finds
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  • A man fills up a red basin with water from a tap in a concrete water point in a courtyard in Cape Town.
    Fair access to water is a subjective issue in post-drought Cape Town
    Who should pay for and benefit from water services? It depends on who you ask, finds a study that revisited Cape Town after its 2015-2018 water crisis
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  • Centre researchers listed among the world's most influential scientists
    Carl Folke, Johan Rockström, Thomas Elmqvist, Per Olsson, Max Troell and Jonathan Donges ranked as some of the globally most cited researchers
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  • Image of a green field with multiple trees.
    In data scarce regions, fieldwork and historical images help researchers fill in the gaps
    Researchers combined current data with historical images and inputs from previous studies to estimate how ecosystem services have changed over time in northern Burkina Faso
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  • Fair global redistribution of resources is key for planetary stability
    Redistributing resources and transforming society are necessary to ensure universal access to basic needs while staying within Earth’s limits
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