Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest, near Manaus the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. Brazil. Palmer, CIAT

Sea symphonies, climate-friendly toilets and – how high will sea levels get?

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Scientists have long warned about the collapse of the Amazon rainforest and other crucial ecosystems. But could that happen sooner than we think – perhaps even within our lifetimes?

Find out in this Landscape News round-up, where we examine ecological tipping points, the Earth’s rotation, the truth behind debt-for-nature swaps, and much more.

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Sun Island Resort, Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives. Syd Sujuaan, Unsplash

LANDSCAPE NEWS

Mark your calendars: on 13 July, join us for a free online event on finance for nature in Latin America and the Caribbean.

El Niño is officially here. How will it impact our climate in the years ahead? Here’s all you need to know.

In the Maldives, the sea is closing in – and communities are having to make tough choices to adapt.

But the ocean also hosts one of our most valuable climate solutions: blue carbon.

Hyalophora cecropia, North America’s largest native moth. Cathy Holewinski, Unsplash

PLANET

The Amazon will probably reach a tipping point and dry out sooner than expected – possibly within decades, according to a new study.

You’ve probably heard that bees are in decline. But moths might be just as important to our ecosystems, and they, too, are under threat.

Could the sound of fish help heal degraded coral reefs? Scientists are deploying underwater speakers to attract coral larvae back, and it seems to be working.

In less than 20 years, humanity has pumped so much groundwater that we’ve shifted the Earth’s axis by about 80 centimeters.

Around 2000 fishers on E.U. vessels have gone on strike. Bernard Blanc, Flickr

PEOPLE

Thousands of hectares of Ukrainian farmland could turn into desert following the destruction of the Kakhovka dam, with dire repercussions for both local wildlife and global hunger.

About 2,000 African fishers employed on E.U. vessels have gone on strike against low pay, poor conditions and unsustainable practices.

In South Korea, haenyeo –freedivers who fish for seafood – are a dying breed. Or so it was thought, until these young women started quitting their corporate jobs to join the ranks.

Pretoria is one of Africa’s richest capital cities. So, how did it end up facing a major cholera outbreak?

Cities are looking for innovative solutions to tackle wildfires in North America. Marcus Kauffman, Unsplash

CLIMATE

Amid deadly heat in India and a marine heatwave in the North Atlantic, extreme heat is becoming the ‘new normal’ – especially in Europe, the world’s fastest-warming continent.

Sea levels are now guaranteed to rise for centuries to come. So, how bad can it really get – and does it still matter what we do now?

With wildfire season well underway in North America, some cities are placing sensors to detect fires before they get out of hand.

Climate disasters can be particularly deadly to people with disabilities. Here’s what needs to be done to make sure they survive.

Deforested lands near Coca, Ecuador. Tomas Munita, CIFOR-ICRAF

BUSINESS

Last month, Ecuador signed off on the world’s largest debt-for-nature swap. But do these deals really benefit biodiversity – or do they further entrench developing nations in debt?

Shell has dropped plans to cut production by 1 to 2 percent each year. It’s also set to invest USD 40 billion in oil and gas production between now and 2035.

3M has agreed to pay USD 10.3 billion to U.S. communities whose water it polluted with toxic  ‘forever chemicals,’ weeks after a similar settlement from Chemours, DuPont and Corteva.

What might a climate-friendly toilet look like? These composting and airplane-style concepts promise to help us relieve ourselves in harmony with the planet.

Swiss voters have backed a bill to reduce fossil fuel use as glaciers in the country melt. Paul Szewczyk, Unsplash

POLICY

It’s been six months since world leaders signed a historic agreement to protect nature. Here’s how the deal was done – and why we’ll be in trouble if we don’t follow through.

Climate talks in Bonn, Germany, have ended in deadlock, with disagreements over climate finance and the pace of emissions cuts, among other issues.

And in Paris, delegates have failed to reach a deal to tax emissions from international shipping. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has been asked to weigh in on the issue.

To end on a positive note, Swiss voters have backed a bill to reduce fossil fuel use and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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