Vanuatu has led a successful UN resolution calling on the world's highest court to consider whether governments should be held liable for climate change. Seiji Seiji, Unsplash

Oysters and whisky, water class wars and a landmark climate resolution

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Do countries have a legal obligation to tackle the climate crisis? We’ll soon find out from the International Court of Justice after a successful UN resolution led by cyclone-hit Vanuatu.

This week on Landscape News, we mark a watershed moment for climate justice, expose the environmental excesses of the super-rich, and much more.

The latest GLF Live podcast episode explores the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
The latest GLF Live podcast episode explores the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Nordgen / Landbruks- og matdepartementet, Flickr

LANDSCAPE NEWS

Humanity has one last chance to keep the planet livable for future generations. Here’s what we learned from the latest IPCC Synthesis Report.

What do crowdfunding, microfinance and peer-to-peer lending all have in common? Learn all you need to know about community financing and community funding in our new primer.

On the GLF Live podcast, we take a glimpse inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and learn what it means for the future of our food.

And from calling out greenwashing to demanding Indigenous rights, here are the highlights from last month’s GLF–Luxembourg Finance for Nature conference, plus our favorite quotes and all the key numbers.

Private jet flights within Europe increased 64 percent in 2022.
Private jet flights within Europe increased 64 percent in 2022. Yaroslav Muzychenko, Unsplash

PEOPLE

Globally, the super-rich are fueling urban water crises with their extravagant lifestyles. In Cape Town, for instance, the richest people use 50 times more water than the poorest.

Private jet flights are booming, too, with more than half a million flights last year in Europe alone – a 64-percent increase from 2021.

Drought-hit Tunisia has cut off water to its citizens at night. Even when water is available, only one in five Tunisians is satisfied with its quality – the lowest percentage in the world.

In India’s ‘cyclone capital,’ the climate crisis is forcing women into sex slavery. Here are their harrowing stories.

India's tiger populations have more than doubled since 2006.
India’s tiger populations have more than doubled since 2006, but at what cost? Upasana Saigal, Unsplash

PLANET

All across India, tiger populations have bounced back from the brink of extinction, more than doubling since 2006 – albeit at the expense of Indigenous communities.

Norway is set to tax its highly lucrative salmon farming industry. What could that mean for marine life?

Oysters and whisky don’t just go together at the dinner table: one Scottish distillery is enlisting 4 million oysters to purify its water supply and boost biodiversity at the same time.

How did a tiny American bird end up nesting in England? Cargo ships are reshaping avian migration much more than you might think.

As Antarctica's ice melts, the Antarctic overturning circulation could shut down within decades
As Antarctica’s ice melts, the Antarctic overturning circulation could shut down within decades. Ronald Woan, Flickr

CLIMATE

The world’s oceans are the hottest they’ve been in recorded history. Meanwhile, a crucial ocean circulation around Antarctica could could be just decades from collapse.

We’re also halfway to a tipping point for the Greenland ice sheet, which – once crossed – would raise global sea levels by 1.8 m.

Heat-related deaths in the Middle East and North Africa are set to rise 60-fold by 2100. Luckily, we can still prevent the vast majority of those deaths by limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

Spring has barely arrived in Europe, yet wildfires are already raging in eastern, northern and southern Spain, parts of which are experiencing their worst drought in decades.

Plastic Bank is paying informal waste pickers across the Global South for their work.
Plastic Bank is paying informal waste pickers across the Global South for their work. Avinash Kumar, Unsplash

BUSINESS

Only 9 percent of the world’s plastic is recycled. This company is hiring informal waste pickers in the Global South to bolster that figure and help them improve their livelihoods.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport was hoping to ban overnight flights and restrict private jet movements, but a Dutch court has struck down those plans.

Either way, airline passengers may be in for a bumpy ride: the climate crisis is making in-flight turbulence more unpredictable.

The E.U. was set to ban the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars in 2035. That is, until Germany backed out.

Bangkok is one of the world's most vulnerable megacities to flooding.
Bangkok is one of the world’s most vulnerable megacities to flooding. Braden Jarvis, Unsplash

POLICY

If you live in a coastal city, chances are you’ll have to get used to floods in the decades to come. Here are five cities learning to live with water.

India has set an ambitious goal for the centenary of its independence in 2047: to obtain 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

The U.S. has approved a major oil and gas drilling project in Alaska. It’s now auctioning off parts of the Gulf of Mexico for new offshore drilling.

The E.U. has unveiled plans to crack down on greenwashing and double the share of energy it gets from renewable sources by 2030, but it’s also placing a risky bet on natural gas.

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