The European Court of Human Rights has told the governments of 33 industrialized countries to respond to a climate lawsuit lodged by youth campaigners, giving it priority status because of the “importance and urgency of the issues raised.”
Supermarkets and fast food outlets are selling chicken fed on imported soya linked to thousands of forest fires and at least 300 sq miles (800 sq km) of tree clearance in the Brazilian Cerrado, a joint cross-border investigation has revealed.
John Kerry said the next US administration would treat the climate crisis as “the urgent national security threat it is”. Kerry, who signed the Paris climate Agreement on behalf of the US in 2016, will work to address climate change full time.
Saudi Aramco, has emitted significantly more CO2 than any other major fossil fuel company over the last half century. Saudi Arabia’s own pandemic recovery plan aims to bail out an oil industry that brings in over 60% of government revenues.
New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, as part of what PM Boris Johnson calls a “green industrial revolution”. Critics say the £4bn allocated to implement the 10-point plan is far too little.
After a long rainy reason, what the UN called the “worst locust swarm in 25 years” has returned with a vengeance to the Horn of Africa. As surveillance and spraying operations cease due to conflict, there are fears the existing food crisis could worsen.
The world’s largest power station is planned for a vast piece of desert about half the size of greater suburban Sydney in Australia’s remote north-west. This and other green shoots and big ideas are on the horizon or, in some cases, already with us.
The waters around Tristan da Cunha, in the middle of the South Atlantic, are set to become a completely protected marine area. The region is home to whales, sharks, seals, and tens of millions of seabirds, such as yellow-nosed albatross and rockhopper penguins.
Our diets and agricultural production around the world are so carbon-intensive that emissions from the global food system alone would be enough to put the Paris climate goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down.
Botanical heritage enthusiasts are spearheading a movement in India for the revival and preservation of the country’s rapidly vanishing food biodiversity by bringing back the rich crop varieties that thrived in the past, but are now on the verge of extinction.
Unless the destruction of the natural world is halted, pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people, and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to a report from some leading scientists.