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The 2023 United Nations Global Climate Action Awards, run by UN Climate Change, are now accepting applications until 15 October 2023. Young people up to 35 years of age taking bold leadership on climate change are invited to nominate their work.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is looking for experts to contribute to the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Springs Outlook, which will be published in 2026. The HKH Springs Outlook is a comprehensive assessment which explores the current state of springs in the HKH region, their drivers of change, impacts on water resources, biodiversity, and people, and provides future scenarios in the region.

Ahead of the SDG Summit, a new UN report by an independent group of scientists launched today calls for transformational shifts rooted in science that would urgently reverse course and turbocharge the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report recognizes individuals and organizations who contributed to an open call for inputs held from September 2021 to November 2021, including the mention of the MRI (represented by Dr Carolina Adler on behalf of the network).

Climate science and services are central to solutions.

At the half-time point of the 2030 Agenda, the science is clear – the planet is far off track from meeting its climate goals. This undermines global efforts to tackle hunger, poverty and ill-health, improve access to clean water and energy and many other aspects of sustainable development, according to a new multi-agency report coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Following the designation of 2022 as the 'International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD),' the United Nations General Assembly has now proclaimed 2024 to 2033 as the 'International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development (IDSSD).'

As the world contends with raging wildfires, floods, droughts and record-breaking temperatures, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) initiated its seventh assessment cycle by electing the leaders who will guide the Panel’s work in providing timely information to support policymakers as they confront a rapidly changing environment.

The new Working Group on Droughts in Mountain Regions within the new scientific decade HELPING, by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, is seeking survey contributions and links with the MRI research community. They aim to provide inclusive opportunities for communities living in mountains to co-analyse emerging drought hazards, co-determine sources of vulnerability and resilience, co-quantify emerging risks, and co-design solutions for droughts in mountain regions.

A world-first study has found concentrations of plastics in some lakes are higher than in the most contaminated parts of oceans, demonstrating the extent to which plastics have invaded Earth’s ecosystems. Researchers sampled 38 lakes and reservoirs around the world, including in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. Plastics and microplastics were found at every site, including very remote locations. 

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