NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places.
Indigenous communities in Mexico are suing over plans to install more than a million solar panels near their homes. They fear deforestation of the site will create a “heat island” and worsen water shortages – hurting their livelihoods for little reward.
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish school strike pioneer and environmental activist, has accused members of the European Parliament of surrendering on the climate and environment by voting in favour of a watered-down reform of the EU’s common agricultural policy.
If a third of the planet’s most degraded areas were restored, and protection were thrown around areas still in good condition, that would store carbon equating to half of all human caused greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial revolution.
The International Energy Agency says global emissions must fall by 40% by 2030 on the path to 2050 carbon neutrality. This would involve large scale investment in renewables and electric cars, behaviour change, and innovation in new technologies like hydrogen.