Building a sustainable future
A systems perspective will be crucial to systematically and comprehensively reducing human footprints and enhancing the resilience of natural and socioeconomic systems in pursuit of a sustainable future. IIASA has the credibility and flexibility to bring together teams of researchers that cover a wide range of disciplines, the latest scientific expertise, and the international as well as local knowledge required to explore pathways to realizing this ambitious goal.
Plant and animal species across the world are steadily disappearing due to human activity. A breakthrough IIASA-led study emphasizes that without ambitious, integrated action, turning the tide of biodiversity loss will not be possible by 2050.
Environmental hazards affect populations worldwide and can drive migration under specific conditions, especially in middle-income and agriculture-dependent countries. Changes in temperature levels, increased rainfall variability, and rapid-onset disasters such as tropical storms play an important role in this regard.
Air pollution has serious health impacts and is considered the number one environmental risk factor for human health globally. According to IIASA research, achieving clean air is an attainable goal that would prevent millions of premature deaths every year.