The U.S. has formally rejoined the Paris Agreement under new president Joe Biden, just three months after exiting the treaty. But will it be enough?
In this Landscape News bi-weekly news roundup, we bring you the latest in environmental policy, innovations, lawsuits and much more.
Restoring the Earth’s ecosystems is one of the most effective ways to combat biodiversity loss – but which landscapes should we restore first? Scientists believe they now have an answer.
To that end, Luxembourg has launched a new sustainable finance strategy to ramp up private investment in the planet.
And on GLF Live, leading climate policy expert Ko Barrett explains why women continue to be underrepresented in science and what we can do about it.
Did the climate crisis help cause the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers believe it may have increased the diversity of bat species in southwestern China.
Evangelical missionaries are spreading disinformation about vaccines in Indigenous communities in the Amazon, which have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic.
With 6.8 billion face masks being disposed of daily, researchers in Australia have devised a way to recycle them to make roads.
Coal power is rapidly losing ground to other energy sources, but green stimulus makes up just 12 percent of economic recovery spending so far.
A flash flood has killed at least 58 people in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Scientists believe it was triggered by an avalanche that sent debris into a controversial series of hydroelectric dams, causing them to fail.
The climate crisis will make such deadly floods more likely, including in the Peruvian Andes, where a farmer is demanding compensation from German energy company RWE.
Conversely, effective climate action could save millions of lives each year through reduced air pollution, improved diets and increased physical activity.
Meet the musician on a mission to clean up Mauritius – by upcycling trash into musical instruments.
The burning of fossil fuels caused 8.7 million deaths globally in 2018, accounting for almost one-fifth of all deaths that year.
Fortunately, air pollution levels are falling across much of Sub-Saharan Africa due to reduced biomass burning.
Thanks to drug lord Pablo Escobar, Colombia is home to the world’s largest hippo population outside of Africa – and scientists think it’s time to cull the invasive species.
Meanwhile in the Colombian capital Bogotá, a popular nightclub is blending techno beats with birdsong recorded from the city’s balconies.
Ocean warming is pushing great white sharks to migrate further north along the coast of California, where they threaten endangered species such as sea otters.
The wildlife trade, widely blamed for the emergence of COVID-19, also poses a major threat to biodiversity, including in protected areas.
Humans often get in the way of wildlife migration, but digital mapping could help create corridors to enable animals to travel between protected areas without encountering humans.
The Paris Agreement is nowhere near sufficient to abate the climate crisis – and countries will need to cut emissions by an extra 80 percent to keep global warming below 2 degrees.
India is set for ‘explosive growth’ in solar energy, which could match coal in terms of power generation by 2040, while South Korea will launch the world’s largest offshore wind farm by 2030.
But China has angered Tibetans by announcing plans to build the world’s largest hydroelectric dam on the sacred Yarlung Tsangpo River.
And Mexico is doubling down on coal, while in the U.S., the Trump administration caused 22,000 extra deaths in 2019 by weakening environmental and occupational health standards.
Oil-polluted communities in Nigeria can sue Shell in England, the U.K. Supreme Court has ruled.
Eight former child slaves are suing several major chocolate companies including Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz for aiding and abetting their enslavement in Ivory Coast.
In Brazil, mining giant Vale has agreed to pay USD 7 billion in compensation for the Brumadinho dam disaster in 2019.
British Airways is partnering with biotech company LanzaJet to develop low-emissions jet fuel from ethanol, while this fashion company is using blockchain to ensure that its materials are sustainably sourced.
And this timber tower – set to be the tallest in Europe – could soon grace the skies of Berlin, providing its gentrifying Kreuzberg neighborhood with affordable and eco-friendly housing.
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