Stories we loved the week of June 12, 2016:
With 17 goals and 169 targets, it can be challenging to develop a strategy for approaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an integrated way. This paper provides a conceptual tool for stakeholders by examining links and potential synergies or tradeoffs among the SDGs to support comprehensive implementation of these targets. Further case studies examining how this model can be used in practice are forthcoming.
UN Builds Momentum to Combat Desertification – UN News Centre
“Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. ‘The livelihoods and well-being of hundreds of millions of people are at stake,’ the Secretary-General said in his message to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification, whose theme this year is ‘Protect Earth. Restore land. Engage people.'”
‘Pristine’ Landscapes Haven’t Existed for Thousands of Years, Says New Study – Global Landscapes Forum
Not only are there few if any places in the world unaltered by human societal and technological impacts, these changes occurred thousands of years sooner than most people expected, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences and led by Nicole Boivin of the University of Oxford. The spread of agriculture played a key role in accelerating anthropogenic alterations of plant and animal communities.
Featured image: “Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest” by Neil Palmer/CIFOR, on Flickr.