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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.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) brings together a collection of articles on environmental sustainability in relation to those adverse climate impacts –slow onset events--which unfold gradually over time.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Sea-level rise poses a significant threat to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) due to the concentration of people, assets, and infrastructure in coastal zones. This paper reviews approaches to address sea-level rise as well as limits to adaptation and resultant economic and non-economic loss and damage that may be experienced by SIDS. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).
This paper reviews recent analyses of intensifying seasonal and year-round extreme heat exposure as a slow-onset event. It focuses on occupational contexts, including impacts on worker productivity, health and wellbeing, reduced GDP, and the viability of economic sectors. It closes with an indication of tools available to assess and address these risks. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This study looks into impacts caused by forest degradation and disturbance in the Amazon, which diminish carbon storage and erode ecological integrity, on the vitality of Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) and Protected Natural Areas (PNAs).
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This study looks into how droughts are significant climatic drivers of land degradation and affect land degradation-migration dynamics within a larger context of multi-scale interactions of socio-economic, political, demographic, and environmental processes. The study also assesses methods used to identify, measure, and understand migration related to land degradation. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 1 (No Poverty).
The study draws from sociological and psychological perspectives on mental health outcomes among survivors of violence and abuse to show how potential for individual transformation is differentially constructed through personal life trajectories and intersectional social relations. Integrating a psychological perspective into climate change and sustainability thinking suggests a more equitable way to think about the individual’s role in societal-scale shifts. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Public bureaucracies at different levels of government can play an important role in managing gradual events, including slow-onset climate change events. This review develops a model of bureaucratic influence on climate policy-making. In addition to the main SDG this article is indirectly related to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
Land and ecosystem degradation increase the risks of loss and damage during droughts, whereas well-adapted human practices and policies can enable society to (re)build resilience. A review of land and ecosystem degradation in Africa highlights opportunities for proactive planning and policies and actions needed to connect and fill gaps in the present systems. 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).
The relocation of vulnerable communities as a means to avoid slow-onset climate change impacts in Fiji highlights the complex range of considerations that must be factored in when assessing relocation options and strategies. Participatory scenario-building exercises are particularly well-suited as a means and platform to assist communities to self-navigate relocation issues. In addtion to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

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