An aerial view of mangroves in Addu, Maldives. Mohamed Sameeh, Unsplash

Hydrogen hype, mighty mangroves and a look behind the scenes at COP28

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In this month’s round-up, join the GLF team for a close look behind the scenes at COP28. We also cover mangroves, microplastics, marine protected areas and much more.

In focus: COP28

Right now, world leaders are gathered in Dubai for the COP28 climate summit. Here’s everything you need to know about the event.

And now for the top headlines so far:

The GLF team is reporting from the ground in Dubai this week, so follow us here on ThinkLandscape, or on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates, live-streamed interviews and daily video wrap-ups.

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“Financing the future of forests” is a three-part series exploring the business case for investing in forests. Illustration by Inês Mateus

This month on ThinkLandscape

How are businesses investing in the future of forests? Our new interactive three-part series takes you on a virtual journey across the landscapes of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Both COP28 and COP27 have been held in one of the driest regions of the world. Here’s how countries in the Middle East and North Africa are adapting to the climate crisis.

What is climate risk? Our latest explainer covers how investors – and everyone else – can cope with the climate challenges to come.

We’re all familiar with flash floods, but what about flash droughts? Get acquainted with one of our least understood climate disasters.

And if you’re thinking of starting your own landscape restoration project, we’ve written a step-by-step guide to help you out, plus a list of our favorite reads.

What we’re reading

Yachts in Monaco
The world’s richest people are also some of the biggest emitters. Nick Karvounis, Unsplash

Climate

The carbon emissions of the richest 1 percent of humanity now equal those of the poorest 66 percent, while the richest 10 percent are producing half of all global emissions.

We already know that rich countries are largely responsible for historical emissions. If we account for colonialism, Western Europe and Russia get an even bigger share of the pie.

On the other hand, vulnerable countries need an extra USD 194 to 366 billion per year to adapt to the climate crisis, but the funding they’re getting is actually decreasing.

Local communities are doing what they can. From across the Global South, here are five grassroots movements fighting for climate justice.

Farmer in Gaza
Farmers in Gaza have braved bombings and gunfire from Israeli forces for decades. ISM Palestine, Flickr

People

In besieged Gaza, olive farmers are facing displacement and the destruction of their crops by Israeli bombings and aerial spraying of pesticides.

Microplastics are found virtually everywhere on Earth. Now, scientists say they could even be changing the weather.

Many Native American communities still aren’t connected to an electrical grid. Instead, some are building energy sovereignty with solar power.

And in South Africa, an all-female unit is taking the fight to wildlife poachers – without carrying any weapons.

Sperm whales
The world’s first sperm whale sanctuary has been created around the Caribbean island of Dominica. Linda 1 day at a time, Flickr

Planet

The world’s first rewilding center has opened in the Scottish Highlands, offering workshops, seminars and guided forest tours to help inform the battle for nature.

Dominica has created the world’s first marine protected area for sperm whales, covering nearly 800 square kilometers of waters around the Caribbean island nation.

Each year, about 20 typhoons ravage the Philippines – which is why some coastal communities are planting mangroves to protect themselves from storm surges.

Pakistan is restoring the mangrove forests of the Indus River Delta, which could absorb 142 million tons of carbon dioxide over the next 60 years. Not everyone is happy, though.

Lagos
A busy street in Lagos, Nigeria, where business for solar generators is flourishing. Muhammad-taha Ibrahim, Unsplash

Business

Can white hydrogen save us? There could be vast deposits buried deep underground that could fuel the green transition – but there’s a catch.

Nature is teaching cities to generate their own wind: check out these silent micro-turbines camouflaged as trees.

In Africa’s largest city, Lagos, 70 percent of the population relies on diesel generators for power. As fuel prices spike, some residents are gambling on solar.

The U.A.E. has bought a U.K.-sized area of Africa to use for carbon offsetting, stoking fears of a new ‘scramble for Africa.’

US warship
The U.S. military is a major contributor to the climate crisis. Michael Afonso, Unsplash

Policy

COP28 is happening in Dubai, but who will host next year’s COP29 is anyone’s guess. Russia is blocking any E.U. country from hosting it, while Armenia and Azerbaijan are vetoing each other.

Meanwhile, the world’s petrostates are planning to keep ramping up fossil fuel production. Here’s how Saudi Arabia aims to get developing countries addicted to oil.

How costly is war and militarism for the climate? The U.S. and U.K. militaries have caused at least USD 111 billion in damage through their carbon emissions alone.

Australia is offering refuge to citizens of Tuvalu displaced by rising sea levels, while India’s capital is considering using artificial rain to combat the world’s worst air pollution.

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