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This month on Landscape News

Carbon capture and storage is attracting billions in new investment. Can it really help us solve the climate crisis?

As COP28 draws nearer, get ready to hear plenty about climate ‘loss and damage.’ Here’s all you need to know about the term.

Is this the future of food? Here are five things you need to know about regenerative agriculture.

In Papua New Guinea, carbon credits could be a win-win for the climate and one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, but not all is as it seems.

Speaking of biodiversity hotspots, our first-ever scrollytelling article looks at how to make wild meat sustainable in Guyana.

We also asked two of our Restoration Stewards to walk you virtually through the vast peatlands of the Colombian Andes and the mangroves off the coast of Kenya.

And to round off this month’s stories, here’s an interview with our new CEO, Éliane Ubalijoro, on how Africa’s people can join forces to demand climate justice.

What we’re reading

A helicopter carrying a water bucket flies towards a mountain covered in think white smoke.
Wildfires have devastated countries around the world this year. via envato

Climate

From blistering heat to catastrophic wildfires across multiple continents, 2023 has been a rough year for climate disasters. But is the climate crisis really accelerating?

Wildfires have killed at least 115 people on the Hawaiian island of Maui and destroyed much of the island’s cultural heritage. Did U.S. colonialism make the fires worse?

Cities are fighting back: Seville is building a natural cooling system inspired by an ancient Persian technology, while Delhi is tapping into its restored lakes for its water supply.

And as the rising sea closes in around Tuvalu, the tiny Pacific island nation is getting ready to migrate to the metaverse.

Paddy fields are plowed near Kumarakom, Kerala, India. via envato

People

Almost a million years ago, our ancestors came perilously close to extinction. Did climate change play a part?

As the climate crisis wreaks havoc on the global food supply, here’s how we can prevent food shortages from becoming the new normal.

This is the world’s first Inuit Protected Area. Set in a remote corner of the Canadian Arctic, it’ll give Inuit communities joint control over conservation matters.

There’s a twist in Colombia’s deforestation success story: armed rebel groups are taking conservation into their own hands.

A new study claims to have found a direct link between our greenhouse gas emissions and polar bear survival. via envato

Planet

Invasive species aren’t just bad for the planet. They’re also expensive – costing the global economy USD 423 billion every year.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has dropped by 66 percent in the past year, reaching its lowest level in six years.

What happens when it gets too hot for leaves to photosynthesize? Some tropical forests are already approaching that point.

It’s confirmed: our greenhouse gas emissions are killing polar bears, according to a new study that quantifies that link for the first time ever.

Floating offshore wind turbines can be in much deeper water than their fixed-bottom counterparts. via envato

Business

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, whose CEO will be president of November’s COP28 summit, is set to spend more than USD 1 billion a month on fossil fuels for the rest of the decade.

How much of a difference do carbon offsets really make? This article traces one carbon credit from Kenya to the U.K. to find out.

Meanwhile, carbon credit speculators could rack up huge losses as their offsets go unused and turn into stranded assets.

The world’s largest floating wind farm has officially opened. Unfortunately, it’s being used to power the oil and gas industry.

Napo river, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. GRID-Arendal, Peter Prokosch

Policy

Voters in Ecuador have passed a historic referendum to end oil drilling in a protected area of the Amazon, considered one of the world’s most biodiverse regions.

This week, African leaders and campaigners are gathering in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for the first-ever Africa Climate Summit. Here’s what’s on the agenda.

The G20 spent a record USD 1.4 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies last year, despite having agreed to phase them out at COP26 two years ago.

France will raise taxes on flights to subsidize its railways. It also wants the E.U. to set a minimum price for flights within the bloc.

This article is focused on value chains in support of the work of the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR), with funding from the Global Environment Facility.

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