The shimmering waters of Shark Bay, where the world’s largest plant has recently been discovered. julie burgher, Flickr

Waltzing away pollution, the Indigenous oyster trade, and the world’s biggest plant

News to know in our bi-weekly digest

It’s official: carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are now 50 percent higher than they were before the Industrial Revolution.

On Landscape News this week, we break down what that means for a climate on the brink. Also in this bi-weekly digest: traditional dance therapy, taxes on flatulence and the world’s biggest plant.

LANDSCAPE NEWS

An oyster reef habitat in Florida. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Unsplash
An oyster reef habitat in Florida. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Unsplash

Indigenous peoples harvested oysters sustainably for thousands of years – until European colonizers came and destroyed the fisheries. Could we bring them back?

It’s in your lungs; it’s in your water; it’s changing the state of Antarctic snow. Here’s all you need to know about black carbon.

Sustainable investing is the hottest thing in finance, but Africa receives just 3 percent of climate financing. One group of advisors wants to change that.

Up next on GLF Live: join us on 15 June for a conversation with legendary soil expert and 2020 World Food Prize recipient Rattan Lal.

CLIMATE

Coal still accounts for a significant portion of the world’s energy generation. Bart van Dijk, Unsplash
Coal still accounts for a significant portion of the world’s energy generation. Bart van Dijk, Unsplash

A new study found that even if we were to miraculously stop all greenhouse gas emissions today, we would still have a 42 percent chance of hitting 1.5 degrees of global warming within a decade. But this is not a reason for inaction: cutting emissions could still then lead to a period of cooling thereafter. 

The cost of aid to communities stricken by climate-related disasters has increased nearly tenfold in the last 20 years – and rich donor countries aren’t paying up.

Singapore is facing a major outbreak of dengue fever. The seasonal disease has arrived unusually early, and the climate crisis is likely to make matters worse.

Seventeen years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has a new flood protection system, featuring nature-based solutions like rain gardens and permeable pavement.

PEOPLE

A traditional dancer performs in Osh, Kyrgyzstan in 2015. United Nations Photo, Flickr
A traditional dancer performs in Osh, Kyrgyzstan in 2015. United Nations Photo, Flickr

Can traditional dance heal your lungs? Doctors in Kyrgyzstan are prescribing this waltz to tackle lung disease caused by severe air pollution.

Several African climate activists have spoken out about missing the Stockholm+50 climate summit after their Swedish visa applications were not issued in time.

A global food crisis is looming amid drought, the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine, two UN agencies have warned.

But we don’t all have to go vegan to save the planet: even adopting a healthy Mediterranean diet could go a long way.

PLANET

Nestor Montagu, Pexels
Nestor Montagu, Pexels

Almost half of the Earth’s land surface must be protected to curb the loss of biodiversity, scientists say.

The war in Ukraine may have already killed thousands of dolphins in the Black Sea. The country’s seed bank is also under threat, risking the genetic code for almost 2,000 crops.

Scientists want to ban narwhal hunting in Greenland, but local Inuit communities say their livelihoods and traditions are at stake.

Meet the world’s biggest plant: this seagrass off the coast of Western Australia measures about 200 square kilometers, or roughly three times the size of Manhattan.

BUSINESS

Marcin Jozwiak, Pexels
Marcin Jozwiak, Pexels

Many countries are embarking on a ‘gold rush’ for fossil fuels as oil and gas prices soar, but they’re not doing enough to improve energy efficiency alongside.

At COP26, investors launched a USD 100 million climate fund. Today, that fund is facing liquidation.

Still, investors are pouring record amounts of money into sustainable and ethical funds. Here’s how to know if a fund really aligns with your values.

POLICY

Ukraine accounts for around 10 percent of global wheat exports. www.tOrange.biz Valdemar Fishmen, Flickr
Ukraine accounts for around 10 percent of global wheat exports. www.tOrange.biz Valdemar Fishmen, Flickr

Africans are paying the price for Russia’s war in Ukraine, African Union chair Macky Sall has told Russian President Vladimir Putin as millions face starvation in the Horn of Africa.

The European Parliament has failed to pass several key pieces of climate legislation. The E.U. also spent EUR 72 billion less on climate solutions than it claimed, according to its own auditors.

Colombia’s military is targeting subsistence farmers working in national parks under the pretext of combating deforestation, while neighboring Peru is turning a blind eye.

New Zealand will start taxing sheep and cow burps to account for emissions from livestock. 

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