Chapter 4: Cross-cutting Issues (2019)
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As understanding of the interdependence between a healthy planet and healthy people becomes more developed, complex issues that thread through systems and societies gain new importance. Beyond the traditional Global Environment Outlook (GEO) themes addressing air, biodiversity, oceans, land and fresh water, this GEO-6 assessment addresses cross-cutting issues worthy of further examination. Using a systems approach, these cross-cutting issues offer entry points allowing another dimension for analysing GEO-6 themes as well as understanding the network of interconnections throughout earth and human systems. These cross-cutting issues are grouped according to shared characteristics: health, environmental disasters, gender, education and urbanization are grouped as ‘people and livelihoods’; climate change, polar and mountain regions, chemicals and waste and wastewater are grouped as ‘changing environments’; and resource use, energy and food systems are considered as ‘resources and materials’. While each issue provides useful entry points into GEO-6 themes, it is important to discuss the state of the environment and policy context for each one.
CitationMcClain SN, McMullen CP, Abiodun BJ, Armiento G, Bailey R, Balasubramanian R, Barra R, Bowen KJ, Crump J, Dankelman I, De Pryck K, Djalante R, Dutta M, Gemenne F, Godfrey L, Grellier J, Halalsheh M, Hurley F, Iraola MJ, King R, Kirilenko A, Lei S, Lemke P, Liggett D, Lucas R, Lyne K, Martino D, Mathur R, Mullaney EG, Perch LN, Rieckmann M, Sádor F, Savino A, Schandl H, Thomalla F, Wellesley L, Wright CY, Zenghelis DA, Zickgraf C (2019). Chapter 4: Cross-cutting Issues. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK GEO-6 HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY PEOPLE Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. United Nations Environment. Cambridge University Press. 75-103.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research41 - Environmental sciences::4105 - Pollution and contamination
41 - Environmental sciences::4101 - Climate change impacts and adaptation::410103 - Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
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