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Increasing water risks are a barrier to sustainable development


Where in the world will people’s lives be affected by water issues? What is the impact of a growing global population, urbanisation and climate change on these water risks, the food supply and migration? PBL’s report, The geography of future water challenges, uses powerful images to provide insight into these global challenges up to 2050.

KNAW membership for PBL researcher


Professor Detlef van Vuuren, climate scientist at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, has been awarded membership of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Van Vuuren receives this membership because of his outstanding scientific research on global sustainability issues, and on climate in particular.

The 1.5°C target can also be met using less negative emissions


The objectives of the Paris Climate Change Agreement can be attained with less negative emissions than shown in the majority of analyses. A greater focus on lifestyle change and renewable energy can scale down the use of negative emissions significantly a new study shows.


EU Green Week

The city council of Utrecht and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency are jointly organising the start of the EU Green Week in Utrecht. How do you see a green and healthy city and what could you do to contribute? Join us on May 21.

People and the Earth

The publication ‘People and the Earth: International cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals in 23 infographics’ uses visual representations to communicate challenges and options for making progress towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Opportunities for a circular economy

Countries in Europe can profit from a circular economy. This 1-page website covers all aspects of a circular economy, showing that it involves much more than merely recycling materials.

Cities in Europe and the Netherlands

Cities are expected to play a key role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth. Cities and urban areas in Europe presented in 25 infographics.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.