A leopard in suburban Mumbai. A.Davey, Flickr

Flying boats, city-slick felines and the future of Africa’s largest wetland

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Almost one in three people around the world are experiencing hunger – and that figure is set to rise as the war in Ukraine throws food supplies into turmoil.

In this week’s Landscape News round-up, we examine the challenges and potential solutions to the global food crisis, along with Africa’s newest canal, Stockholm’s ‘flying ferries’ and much more.

LANDSCAPE NEWS

Dom Phillips with a microphone near Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro during a breakfast with journalists. Marcos Corrêa, Presidência da República
Dom Phillips with a microphone near Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro during a breakfast with journalists. Marcos Corrêa, Presidência da República

A high-profile murder of a journalist and Indigenous activist have brought the world’s attention to the immense dangers of environmental defense. We asked a top Amazonian lawyer to piece together the wider picture.

Amid climate chaos, it’s a difficult time to be raising kids. Here are six new picture books to teach little ones about our complicated relationship with nature while maintaining glimmers of hope.

CLIMATE

Temperatures across Japan during a heatwave in 2007. nofrills, Flickr
Temperatures across Japan during a heatwave in 2007. nofrills, Flickr

There’s a common thread running through heatwaves in Japanfloods in Australiamudslides in India, and both drought and collapsing glaciers in Italy: the climate crisis.

Snow is already melting at one of the world’s highest observatories in the Austrian Alps, more than a month earlier than ever before.

Worryingly, methane is becoming more potent as the planet gets hotter – much more so than previously thought.

Brazil has broken yet another deforestation record in the first half of 2022. Meanwhile, the climate crisis is taking a permanent toll on the U.S.’s national parks.

PEOPLE

Growing legumes can add nitrogen to soils. imso gabriel, Unsplash
Growing legumes can add nitrogen to soils. imso gabriel, Unsplash

We can still feed the world while using far fewer chemical fertilizers, scientists have found.

Los Angeles and Mumbai are the only two megacities where big cats thrive alongside humans. Here’s how.

There is only one active uranium mill in the U.S. Could it be causing cancer in a neighboring Native American community?

Russia is exporting hundreds of thousands of tons of stolen grain, says Ukraine.

BUSINESS

Gabon is one of the world’s second most forested countries. Flo Lorenz, Unsplash
Gabon is one of the world’s second most forested countries. Flo Lorenz, Unsplash

Gabon, the world’s second-most forested country, is planning the largest-ever issuance of carbon credits. The plan isn’t without controversy.

The world’s largest hybrid ferry will soon set sail between Britain and France, while these electric ‘flying boats’ will serve commuters in the Stockholm archipelago.

Carbon capture firm Climeworks is building a new plant in Iceland to remove 36,000 tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year.

Offshore wind energy reached new heights in 2021, but it’s still set to fall short of the industry’s 2030 goals. 

POLICY

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Ian Hutchinson, Unsplash
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Ian Hutchinson, Unsplash

The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively stripped the federal government of its powers to slash emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Instead, the Biden administration is now channeling funds to 14 environmental justice organizations from across the country.

E.U. countries have agreed to phase out fossil fuel vehicles and protect the poor from the climate crisis. They are also set to label gas and nuclear energy as ‘sustainable’ investments.

India has banned some single-use plastics (here’s why), while NATO’s pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2050 has been met with widespread skepticism.

South Sudan is building a new canal to help boost Egypt’s water supply. What could that mean for Africa’s largest wetland?

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