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Transition to clean cooking good for people and planet


More than 700 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa still use traditional biomass on open fires or inefficient traditional cookstoves for cooking. A new report shows that a transition towards clean cooking not only reduces child mortality, but also can save money and has positive effects on biodiversity and climate.

New UN report calls for wide-ranging innovations and integrative policies


The world is not on track to achieve internationally agreed environmental targets. To get back on track, wide-ranging innovations in production and consumption are required, combined with integrated policy approaches. This is concluded in the sixth Global Environment Outlook published by UN Environment. 

Growth in global greenhouse gas emissions resumed in 2017


In 2017 the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions resumed at a rate of 1.3% per year, reaching 50.9 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent, excluding those from land-use change. This was mainly due to emissions of CO2 and methane (CH4), which increased by 1.2%, after two years of almost no growth.


The Geography of Future Water Challenges: the website

Water-related risks are increasing in many regions across the globe. Main drivers are rapid population growth and climate change. This storyboard aims to increase the awareness of the urgent need to tackle the challenges ahead.

Progress on climate action after Global Climate Action Summit

At the Global Climate Action Summit held last September, cities, regions and businesses initiated new goals and cooperative initiatives that could enhance climate action. How do these measure up? Read blog post by Mark Roelfsema, researcher International Climate Policy.

Mobility and electricity in the digital age

Digitisation has unmistakably entered a crucial phase in infrastructure, especially in mobility and electricity. In this report, PBL explores the related comprehensive societal consequences.

Blog post in Climate Strategies

How learning from the past could help to bring the Paris Agreement climate goals closer within reach. Blog post by Mark Roelfsema, Michel den Elzen and Detlef van Vuuren, researchers International Climate Policy at PBL.

Linking water security threats to conflict

The relationship between water issues and conflict risks received much attention, both in the literature and the media. PBL provides an extensive overview of the available literature and debates and analyses the certainties and uncertainties in the water and conflict domain.