A road map for global environmental assessments

Increasing demand for solution-oriented environmental assessments brings significant opportunities and challenges at the science–policy–society interface. Solution-oriented assessments should enable inclusive deliberative learning processes about policy alternatives and their practical consequences.

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Figure 1: Various actor groups demand more solution-oriented IPCC assessments.
Figure 2: Rapid growth of annual publications on 'climate change'.


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The insights presented here are based on a larger research project Future of Global Environmental Assessment Making (2013–2016) jointly initiated by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and UN Environment.

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Kowarsch, M., Jabbour, J., Flachsland, C. et al. A road map for global environmental assessments. Nature Clim Change 7, 379–382 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3307

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