Special Outlook Reports

Labex Korea has selected a list of ten recent special reports with practical and authoritative analysis of key international issues, such as climate change, renewable energy, intellectual property, science policy, biotechnology, etc.  See below a short description for each report as well as the links to access and download the corresponding PDF files.  Enjoy! 

Brazil Low-carbon Country Case Study – 2010.  This is the first national multisectoral analytical work on emissions mitigation opportunities in Brazil, developed by the World Bank Group in close coordination with the Government of Brazil sectoral public agencies and institutions, such as CEAF, CETESB, COPPE-UFRJ, CPTEC/INPE, EMBRAPA, UFMG, ICONE  INICIATIVA  VERDE, INT, LOGIT, PLANTAR, UNICAMP and USP.  Click here to access this report.

Agriculture’s Role in Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Capture – 2010.  This report examines the evidence for greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration in the major U.S. agroecosystems.  It summarizes current knowledge of GHG emissions and capture as influenced by cropping systems, tillage management practices and nutrient source. Also, topics requiring further research have been identified.  Click here to access this report.

Beyond borders – Global Biotechnology Report 2010.  This is the the Ernst & Young’s 24th annual report on the biotechnology industry.  It shows that “the global biotechnology industry was able to deliver a strong financial performance in 2009, with the world’s established biotech centers reaching profitability for the first time in history. However, the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in the industry continued to widen in 2009, posing new challenges for emerging companies in accessing the capital needed for R&D”.  Click here to learn more and here to access this report.

The Renewables 2010 Global Status Report provides an integrated perspective on the global renewable energy situation.  “Since the first Global Status Report was produced five years ago, the analysis has become the most frequently referenced on renewable energy business and policy, serving a wide range of audiences from investors and government decision makers to students, project developers, researchers, and industrial manufacturers. It provides testimony of the undeterred growth of electricity, heat, and fuel production capacities from renewable energy sources, including solar PV, wind power, solar hot water/heating, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal.”  Click here to learn more and here to access the report.

The New Frontier in Sustainability – 2010.  This report was produced by BSR, a corporate responsibility organization that works with a global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.  The purpose of the report is to highlight opportunities for business to address sustainable consumption.  It raises questions, insights and awareness about the enormity of the challenges we face to promote economic growth without causing immense environmental disruption in the future.  Click here to access this report.

Australia´s State of Climate – 2010.  This report provides observations and analysis of Australia’s climate and the factors that influence it. Two organisations, CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have combined to present this current picture of Australia’s climate.  The Bureau of Meteorology has been observing and reporting on weather in Australia for over 100 years, and CSIRO has been conducting atmospheric and marine research for over 60 years. The snapshot is sourced from peer reviewed data on temperature, rainfall, sea level, ocean acidification, and carbon dioxide and methane levels in the atmosphere.  Click here to learn more and here to download the report.

The Science of Climate Change August 2010 – Questions and Answers.  Published by the Australian Academy of Science, this report provides a firmer basis for understanding the science of climate change and its implications.  The publication is useful to clear up confusions created by contradictory information available in the public domain.  Organized in a Q&A style, it provides authoritative answers to many questions on the science of climate change.  A useful resource to help improve understanding of the science upon which policies response on the subject should be based.  Click here to access the report.

Illegal Logging and Related Trade – Indicators of the Global Response 2010.  This report, sponsored by Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), shows that illegal logging is estimated to have fallen during the last decade between 50 and 75 per cent in the Brazilian Amazon. Brazil also scored the highest, among the countries analyzed, in many important areas of government response, thanks to a major overhaul of laws, policies and regulations to prevent deforestation during the last five years.  Click here to access the report.

A Snapshot Guide to Intellectual Property Systems.  This is a collective work of professionals from the National Partners Initiative, a forum of the CGIAR Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property.  The Compendium contains IP systems information from 15 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Please note the disclaimer that the compendium is not an official representation for the IP systems highlighted. However, links are provided so that the proper governmental offices can be contacted.  Click here to access the document.

Building a low-carbon Economy – the UK’s Innovation Challenge 2010.  In order to build a low carbon economy and meet carbon budgets, the UK will need  access to new technologies. This requires public sector investment in all stages of the innovation process from Research, through Development and Demonstration to Deployment (RDD&D). This report consider the effectiveness of current policy measures and institutional arrangements to deliver the technologies required to meet the UK’s 2050 emissions target. Click here to learn more and here to access the report.

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