As the relatively cooperative world order of the past 75 years gives way to fragmentation and disorder, the environmental systems that support our economy and civilization are facing unprecedented challenges. As a result, biodiversity loss ranks right beside climate change and three other environmental risks as being both the most impactful and most likely threats to the global economy. The solution: better cooperation. But is it possible?
Microsoft says it will suck more greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere than it’s ever emitted, and environmental bad boy BlackRock says it’s flipping from amoral greed to green greed. There are reasons to believe them both.
We routinely check the nutrition labels of products we buy, but carbon footprint labels seemed to disappear as quickly as they materialized a decade ago. Now Quorn, a maker of vegetarian meat substitutes, says it’s time to start again.
For decades, scientists have warned that Australia’s unique ecosystems were especially susceptible to climate change, yet its people, encouraged by conservative politicians waving lumps of coal instead of snowballs, continued to emit greenhouse-gas emissions at per-capita rates rivaling those of North America. What’s happening there is what’s happening everywhere in microcosm.
This article originally appeared in The Guardian and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story.
This year will go down in history as the year of Natural Climate Solutions, and especially tree-planting. But more important than planting trees is ending unsustainable farming of palm oil, soy, beef, and timber.rs Here’s what we’ve learned addressing the challenge over 20 years in the Mekong Delta.
You may have read that that climate talks closed last Sunday without final agreement on a key piece of implementing the Paris Agreement, which goes into full effect in 2021. But international negotiations are not the whole story, and what we saw in our work on the ground this year has been incredibly energizing.