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War in Ukraine. Little girl on mom`s shoulder. Refugees from the evacuation train from Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kryvyi Rih

10 July 2024

Latest European Demographic Data Sheet highlights lasting impact of war and migration

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the consequent displacement of millions of people will have a significant impact on the country’s long-term population structure. Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, IIASA, and the University of Vienna are forecasting a substantial population decline of 21-31% by 2052.
Water scarcity

08 July 2024

Efficient water quality management could reduce future water scarcity by half

Global water scarcity, a result of both quantity and quality change, challenges the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. An international team of researchers developed a novel modeling approach to identify cost-effective combinations of water management, promising a substantial reduction in future water scarcity.  
Polluted beach

28 June 2024

Drowning in waste: pollution hotspots in aquatic environments

A new IIASA study explores waste management systems and reveals that achieving zero waste leakage by 2030 is unlikely, potentially jeopardizing related Sustainable Development Goals. The authors emphasize the need for global cooperation, particularly across four regions, to responsibly manage waste disposal.
Climate Change and Social Media Cover

27 June 2024

What can social media tell us about public views on climate change?

IIASA researchers contributed to a new study, analyzing the main narratives in public discussions of climate change on social media.
Man installing solar panels on the roof of a house

21 June 2024

Supporting the right small changes can have big impacts

Small changes in our everyday actions can trigger significant, rapid societal shifts especially when it comes to climate action. A new IIASA-led study highlights the importance of analyzing these dynamics with a comprehensive framework to harness their full potential for reducing carbon emissions.
Winter Agriculture

18 June 2024

Assessing the potential impact of nuclear winter on food security

Global crop modelers and IIASA scientists joined forces to explore the potential impacts of nuclear winter resulting from hypothetical nuclear detonations on food systems and food security.
Lancang-Mekong River Basin

10 June 2024

Analyzing the benefits of transboundary cooperation in the Lancang-Mekong River Basin

A new study conducted by IIASA researchers and their colleagues highlights that cooperation in infrastructure operation between countries surrounding the Lancang-Mekong River Basin could bring major economic and environmental co-benefits.
Mini electric cars at electric charging station in city of Frankfurt at night.

04 June 2024

Innovative demand strategies for clean energy

A perspective piece published in Nature Climate Change describes innovative strategies that significantly reduce both resource consumption and fossil fuel emissions.
Agriculture and fertilization

30 May 2024

New method could significantly reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

New research by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and IIASA proposes using soil bacteria to cut greenhouse gas emissions from food production.