Biodiversity

Major budget reductions for environmental monitoring in 2023

Budget cuts in environmental monitoring come at a time when global requirements are increasing. Sweden is already being threatened with fines for inadequate monitoring of lakes and watercourses.

Hängmatta

Climate

“Sustainability is about our relationships”

Why aren’t leaders or citizens doing enough to address the climate crisis? One answer is that an outer transformation of politics, technologies and behaviours is not enough. According to researchers, we also need to be aware of the inner causes of the crisis.

Demonstration

Social sustainability

“Equal societies are more peaceful”

Uppsala researcher Erik Melander has shown that there is a connection between gender equality and peace. He is monitoring developments in Ukraine and believes that Russian women can have an impact on how long the Putin regime can continue its invasion.

Rött hus

Rural areas

Remote work provides new opportunities in rural areas

Remote work driven by the pandemic has opened new doors for urbanites who long for small-town life, and for rural municipalities that want to grow. Hans Westlund, professor of urban and regional studies, calls it a silent revolution.

Rea klädbutik

Lifestyle & consumption

Never-ending sales threaten the sustainability of commerce

Black Friday has morphed into Black Week, and in some shops even Black Month. Researcher Gabriella Wulff is finding that retailers are getting stuck in a vicious cycle of sales, promotions and overproduction.

Forest

Mixed-species forests bring diverse benefits

Spruce trees account for the majority of Sweden’s forests. But this species is sensitive to infestation by the spruce bark beetle, which is becoming more abundant as temperatures rise. Could more deciduous trees offer a way of spreading this risk in the future?

Fjäril

Climate

Environmental goals guide climate efforts – despite little impact

Not a single Aichi biodiversity target was reached, and since the Paris Agreement in 2015 emissions have continued to rise. As global agreements are being renegotiated, the key question remains: How are all the goals and promises being turned into action?