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Large areas around the world are under pressure from land degradation


Pressures on land will increase, worldwide, due to a growing demand for land for food, wood, bio-energy and urbanisation. Land degradation and climate change will put further strain on land. Drylands, where populations grow much faster than in other regions, are especially at risk.

Visualising the complex cohesion between global sustainability challenges


The publication People and the Earth contains 23 infographics on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These infographics show the complexity of global challenges related to the sustainable use of food, water, land and energy.

PhD promotion Mariësse van Sluisveld: 2°C through different lenses


On 4 July PBL researcher Mariësse van Sluisveld obtained her PhD at Utrecht University. The main conclusion of her research is that, in order to stay well below the 2°C climate objective, combining different sources of knowledge is essential.


PBL academy lecture by Manish Bapna (WRI)

According to Manish Bapna (Managing Director World Resources Institute) pitting economic growth against a low-carbon economy and sustainable development is a false dilemma, as they can be achieved together. Read the summary of the PBL Academy lecture he held on May 30.

Opportunities for a circular economy

Countries in Europe can profit from a circular economy. This 1-page website covers all aspects of a circular economy, showing that it involves much more than merely recycling materials.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.

Cities in Europe and the Netherlands

Cities are expected to play a key role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth. Cities and urban areas in Europe presented in 25 infographics.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend?

What is happening to life on earth? What are the pressures affecting biological diversity globally, and what can be done to stop its decline? This animated film brings you to the year 2050. The choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.