Defense of the natural realm

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: At a crucial moment for nature, IIASA research offers hope to turn things around.

In this issue of Options, we take a look at biodiversity research undertaken at IIASA and how it is contributing to the global conversation around this important issue. We also provide a sneak peek into how different aspects of biodiversity will be studied across the institute as part of the new IIASA strategy.

Our second feature highlights how researchers at the institute continue to apply their expertise to the threat air pollution poses to the climate and global health, while our national member organization feature celebrates the institute’s collaboration with Indonesia over the past decade.


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Feature articles:
17 June 2021
Defense of the natural realm

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: At a crucial moment for beleaguered nature, IIASA research is showing that we can reverse biodiversity loss. It will need an effort that is grand in scale and focused where rewards are greatest.  More

16 June 2021
Clean air needs more than climate policy

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: Actions to curb global warming can have an added benefit-cutting air pollution and saving millions of lives. This bonus however only takes us part of the way to truly clean air. We need ambitious policies focused on pollution - and urgently.  More

15 June 2021
Indonesia and IIASA

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: A burgeoning collaboration is exploring how to balance complex tensions over land use and other interlinked environmental issues.  More

14 June 2021
Global research highlights

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: IIASA researchers collaborate with colleagues from member countries and partner institutions around the globe to develop holistic, systems-based solutions and provide policy advice for some of the most pressing problems society faces today.  More

13 June 2021
Opinion: Advancing global scientific collaboration

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: IIASA alumna and current Director of International Affairs and Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Kim Montgomery, highlights the role of science diplomacy in successfully addressing global challenges.  More

12 June 2021
Interview: Charting a course for IIASA strategic initiatives

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: Q&A with Tyseer Aboulnasr, Chair of the IIASA Committee for Egypt to discuss her participation in a series of workshops that aimed to set the agenda for the new program’s research activities.  More

11 June 2021
Where are they now: Ayelet Davidovitch

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: Ayelet Davidovitch was a postdoc in the IIASA-Israel Program from 2018 to 2019.  More

10 June 2021
Interview: Crossing frontiers towards sustainability

Options Magazine, Summer 2021:Michael Kuhn was appointed program director of the newly established IIASA Economic Frontiers Program in January 2021.  More

09 June 2021
Adapting to droughts in South Africa

Options Summer 2020: Smallholder farmers in the Western Cape of South Africa are particularly vulnerable to the region’s recurrent droughts. IIASA researchers looked into the impacts of the most recent drought to hit the region and how smallholder farmers adapted to the situation.  More

08 June 2021
Getting a fuller picture of COVID-19 infections

Options Summer 2020: Knowing how many people are infected is key to accurately monitor pandemics. IIASA researchers used a novel approach to indirectly estimate the fraction of people ever infected and the fraction of people detected among the infected in the United States.  More

07 June 2021
Tackling air pollution in India

Options Summer 2020: IIASA research informed a recent World Bank report outlining how governments can tackle the growing challenge of air pollution using the megacities Delhi, Beijing, and Mexico City as case studies.  More

06 June 2021
Co-creating digital tools to address misinformation in the social media age

Options Summer 2021:Working with a variety of stakeholders with different perspectives to develop digital tools is invaluable for addressing misinformation online. The IIASA Co-Inform project put this approach to the test.  More

05 June 2021
Understanding the impacts of climate change

Options Summer 2020: IIASA researchers and colleagues from several other institutions worked together under the auspices of the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries better understand issues around climate mitigation and adaptation, and build local capacity for targeted action to support vulnerable populations.  More

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