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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) works to identify and draw attention to emerging issues of environmental concern. The UNEP Frontiers’ report continues to advance this work, signaling environmental issues and solutions for effective and timely responses. Some issues may be local, relatively small-scale issues today, but may have the potential to become an issue of regional or global concern if not addressed early.
What emerging issues are presented in the 2022 edition of the Frontiers report: Noise, Blazes and Mismatches?
Since 2016, UNEP’s Frontiers Reports have cast a spotlight on emerging environmental issues. This year’s edition, Noise, Blazes and Mismatches, looks at three concerns: urban soundscapes, wildfires and phenological shifts.
It’s easy to overlook noise pollution. But sounds like traffic, construction, and security alarms – collectively known as urban soundscapes – can cause long-term physical and mental health issues.
Wildfires are burning more severely and more often, urban noise pollution is growing into a global public health menace, and phenological mismatches