Voedselproductie in de droogste gebieden van onze planeet is altijd al moeilijk geweest, maar in de afgelopen decennia is dit probleem uitgegroeid tot een ernstige voedselcrisis. Gebieden met een zeer droog klimaat zoals de Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) worden steeds meer geconfronteerd met de uitputting van ondergrondse zoetwaterbronnen, de toenemende…


Creativity is not limited to the humanities and the arts, but can be involved in anything. Before anything else, let’s take a step back and ask ourselves what creativity and being creative really means. …


“Starting to work with Except was a love-in-the-times-of-Covid kind of a situation”, smiles Eranda Janku. A fresh addition to the team, Eranda took up the role of urban and spatial planner. She bridges her professional and academic experience to come up with improved theoretical and practical tools for researchers and…


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The latest happenings show us that people, companies, cities, and entire countries are moving forward, realizing the importance of this planet where we live, our only home. In this edition, we celebrate holistic approaches and examples of goodwill which show us that another economy and society is not only possible…


When Jacob Verhaart was little, his favorite word was “why?”. That condition never got better.

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At Except Integrated Sustainability, Jacob Verhaart takes the role of industrial ecologist and head of the research team.

Jacob is Except’s Head of Research. An industrial ecologist and engineer, Jacob knows everything about energy and material flows, urban metabolism, impact and life cycle assessment, and the circular economy, with a particular love for…


This year’s Doomsday Clock, a metaphor of how close humanity is to doom developed by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, shows that catastrophe is creeping ever-close. The 100 seconds score beats the Cold War nuclear rough-and-tumble and continues the freefall that started in the 2010s.

Doomsday Clock’s verdict for 2020 was closer than ever due to increased threats of sustainability and cybersecurity.
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The Science and Security Board…


As a result of the fossil water crisis, population increase, prosperity increase, and slow sector growth, exacerbated by looming climate change, the domestic agricultural sector in the GCC is set for an expiration date. With food being a primary necessity, food security is a core element to the creation of…


Pivotal news stories on systemic sustainability from around the world. the Tomorrow Times is a monthly world news digest by Except Integrated Sustainability, a consultancy with a systemic view on sustainability challenges. Stay curious, keep up to date, and get inspired, all in a quick read.

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In this edition, we…


While society is struggling with the Corona pandemic, bananas are facing their own, a fungus called Foc-TR4.

It is not the first time that bananas face a serious threat. In 1950, the pathogen Foc-R1 brought the common banana to near extinction. The only surviving production crop was the Cavendish, due…


Paper vs. Digital
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“Go paperless, save trees”. Is that really the case? According to this popular motto, documents in digital versions are environmentally sounder than their old-school, paper counterparts.

It may be easy to think so since we’re quite aware of the link between a tree and our notebook. Yet the largely hidden…

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