Slow Onset Events related to Climate Change - Special Issue

This special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) collaborates with the UNFCCC Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism to bring together a collection of articles on environmental sustainability in relation to those adverse climate impacts –slow onset events--which unfold gradually over time. Sometimes these slow onset events interact with rapid-onset hazard events and often irreversible in nature relative to human society. The articles review and synthesize literature which evaluate the nature of slow onset events and highlight emerging topics in the scientific literature. The special issue helps identify the gaps and challenges in understanding slow onset events and their local, national, and regional impacts, and possible approaches to manage these. The guest editors hope that these papers will enhance the knowledge base and highlight potential approaches to assess and address such adverse impacts of climate change at the local, national and regional levels that can support the development and accessibility of tools, which inform national planning and policymaking processes in assessing and addressing the impacts and risks associated with slow onset events and response options

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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper reviews the evidence on slow-onset events presented in the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). It provides an overview of the state of the art on the eight types of slow-onset events and helps to identify gaps and challenges in understanding their nature, their impact and effective management approaches.
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper looks into the connections between slow-onset climate events and the increasing number of people at risk of poverty and social marginalization. By looking into the multiple dimensions of vulnerability and resilience, this paper derives recommendations on how potentials can be translated into strategic policy agendas and discusses options for financing such interventions in developing countries. In addition to the main SDGs this article is related to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper assesses the impact of geodiversity on biodiversity focusing on the relevance of patch- to hillslope-scale geodiversity for the slow-onset effects of climate change, including land and forest degradation, biodiversity loss and desertification. It also argues that geodiversity fits the concept of biodiversity hotspots, ecological niches and climatic refugee and that human-made geodiversity may either restore or degrade ecosystem functioning.
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper evaluates possible sources of finance for addressing loss and damage from slow-onset climate events in developing countries. While insurance schemes are not appropriate, levies and taxes are seen as relatively predictable, adequate, transparent, and additional. The results confirm that current options for sustainably and equitably financing loss and damage from slow-onset events are limited. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to: SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production)
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper covers an extensive research on the process of soil salinization in the last few decades in the area of Vojvodina (Serbia), including qualitative and quantitative composition of salt in various systematic soil units. This article is directly related to SDG 6 and SDG 15, and is indirectly related to SDG 13.
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper investigates approaches to planned relocation as one possible response to slow-onset climate change impacts and principles to inform the design of a fair and effective funding system. This article relates to SDGs 10, 15 & 17 and is indirectly related to SDG 11 and SDG 13.
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Neither slow-onset events (SOE) nor non-economic losses (NELDS) in the context of loss and damages have identified a sustainable source of finance and distribution mechanism. By reviewing literature on philanthropic organisations and solidarity funds, this article aims to identify a sustainable source of finance and distribution mechanism for addressing L&D associated with SOE and NELDs.
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper looks into the negative effects of slow-onset events related to climate change in Southeast Asia ranging from economic, ecological, and social impacts. As such they require an integrated response option whether mitigation or adaptation that pays attention to the complexity of the intersection between human and natural systems.
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

A comprehensive loss and damage finance taxonomy and framework identifies a set of finance options for supporting slow-onset driven key systems as they will need avoid breaching soft and hard limits: natural systems and social systems. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 13 (Climate Action).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Land and forest degradation and desertification (LFDD) are a driver of human displacement and have implications for long-term development policy. The study finds that, in Latin American and Caribbean countries, the linkages between LFDD and human mobility are poorly acknowledged in their climate and desertification policy frameworks. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

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