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U.S. Administration Cancels Offshore Oil Leases in Alaska and Gulf Coast

Written by: Kimberly White  The U.S. Administration has nixed three oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of...

Heavy Industry Town in B.C. Embraces 100% Renewable Energy Transition

Written by: The Energy Mix A heavy industry town in British Columbia with an ingrained suspicion of government has decided to say yes to a...

How We Discovered That Sea Turtles in Seychelles Have Recovered from the Brink

Written by: April Burt, Adam Pritchard, and Cheryl Sanchez It’s not always easy to assess whether animal conservation measures have worked. But we’ve discovered that...

3 Ways Colombians Are Making an Income While Restoring the Amazon Rainforest

Written by: Victoria Masterson The bioeconomy is becoming big business in Colombia. By protecting and restoring the Amazon rainforest – and cultivating some of its 80,000...

Smokey Bear: Preventing Wildfires Since 1944

Written by: Kimberly White This story was originally published on May 11, 2019 and has been updated and republished in honor of Wildfire Awareness Month. The...

Demand for Ecocide Law Receives Cross-Party Support in Iceland

Written by: Kimberly White  A parliamentary resolution to recognize ecocide as an international crime has garnered cross-party support in Iceland.  Twelve Members of Parliament from four...

These are the Countries Best Prepared for a Green Future

Written by: Victoria Masterson Iceland, Denmark and the Netherlands are the countries most prepared for a low-carbon future, according to a new report. Other countries making...

Indigenous Peoples Across the Globe are Uniquely Equipped to Deal with the Climate Crisis...

Written by: Janine Mohamed, Pat Anderson, and Veronica Matthews The urgency of tackling climate change is even greater for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,...

This Aeroponics Farm Could Be the Future of Food in Jordan

Written by: Douglas Broom The United Nations projects the world’s population will grow by over 3 billion to peak at almost 11 billion by 2100. Meanwhile, already...

A First for Large African Mammals: DNA Used to Count Gabon’s Endangered Forest Elephants

Written by: Fiona Maisels, Alice Laguardia, and Gaspard Abitsi Across the African continent the populations of both species of African elephants – forest and savanna...

How a Community-led Approach is Enabling Regeneration of the Sahel

Written by: Patrick Worms The incomes of the Sahel’s smallholders and herders are amongst the world's lowest, and their livelihoods are under increasing threat from...

Time to End Wildlife Crime: Malawi Advocates for Global Agreement to Combat Wildlife Crime

Written by: Kimberly White  The Government of Malawi has joined a growing call for an ambitious new global agreement to tackle wildlife crime.  Last year, Gabon...

Kenyan Community Successfully Restores Half of Their Forest in Just Five Years

Written by: Jackson Okata On a hot, sunny afternoon, Susan Aluoch is among a group of volunteers preparing a tree nursery in preparation for the upcoming...

Environmental Justice: Ecuador’s Indigenous Peoples Have Power to Protect Their Lands from Oil and...

Written by: Kimberly White  Ecuador’s highest court has recognized the right of Indigenous communities to have the final say when it comes to extractive projects...

The Great Amazon Land Grab – How Brazil’s Government is Turning Public Land Private,...

Written by: Gabriel Cardoso Carrero, Cynthia S. Simmons, and Robert T. Walker Imagine that several state legislators decide that Yellowstone National Park is too big....

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State to Ban Shark Fishing 

Written by: Kimberly White Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to ban shark fishing.  Hawaiian Governor David Ige signed the shark protection bill into law...

Plans to Develop World’s Largest Pure Gold Mine Threaten Indigenous Livelihoods, Health, and Traditional...

Written by: Laurel Sutherland  For Indigenous tribes living in Alaska’s remote Yukon-Kuskokwim region, southwest of the state, the future is bleak and uncertain. Tribal councils...

Why Education Systems Should Build Environmental Ethics Into Every Subject

Written by: Bellarmine Nneji One of the goals most of the world has agreed on is education for sustainable development. This means development that considers present concerns...

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Tapped to Lead COP27 Climate Talks

Written by: Kimberly White  The Egyptian government has chosen Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry to lead this year's UN Climate Change Conference. Egypt's Minister...

Modern Governments All Need a Ministry of the Oceans – Here’s Why

Written by: Chris Armstrong The ocean is becoming ever more central to our economies. Around 80 percent of internationally traded goods are transported by sea, and...

Rewilding Mozambique: Leopards Return to Zinave

Written by: Kimberly White  Leopards have been introduced into Zinave National Park in an effort to rewild the region. The two leopards, a female and...

Rights of Nature: Ecuador’s Highest Court Bars Mining Activity in Los Cedros Protected Forest

Written by: Kimberly White  Ecuador has moved to bar mining activity in the Los Cedros Protected Forest in a landmark case. The Constitutional Court of...

Why Protecting the Okefenokee Swamp Matters for the Climate

Written by: YCC Team Along the Georgia-Florida border, the vast Okefenokee Swamp is home to alligators, tortoises, otters, and hundreds of fish and bird species. “There’s...

4 Ways Pakistan is Tackling Plastic Waste and Pollution

Written by: Malik Amin Aslam Khan Plastic waste is a global crisis – one that’s growing more serious every day. Global plastic flows into oceans...

Alaska Native Villages Band Together to Keep the Yukon River’s Wild Salmon Afloat

Written by: Maia Wikler It’s nearly 2 in the morning and the sun is just beginning to set as Ben Stevens navigates the braided channels...

Governments Launch Landmark Alliance to Phase Out Oil and Gas

Written by: Kimberly White Governments from around the globe have joined together to kickstart the end of oil and gas. A landmark alliance of national...

Pope Francis: World Leaders Must Show Political Will, Not Defer Action on Climate Change

Written by: Brian Roewe Addressing the U.N. climate summit with his pen rather than in person, Pope Francis called on world leaders assembled here to...

More Than 100 Nations Pledge to Halt Deforestation by 2030

Written by: Kimberly White More than 100 nations have pledged to end deforestation by 2030 in a landmark agreement.  During COP26, leaders from around the globe...

COP26: A Four-minute Guide by a Climate Scientist

Written by: Richard Hodgkins COP26, which is taking place in Glasgow, is the latest in a series of meetings through which the world’s governments attempt...

UN Secretary-General: Humanity’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels is Killing Us

Written by: Kimberly White As COP26 revs up, UN Secretary-General António Guterres had a strong message for world leaders: humanity is digging our own grave.  On...

Glasgow Showdown: Pacific Islands Demand Global Leaders Bring Action, Not Excuses, to UN Summit

Written by: Wesley Morgan The Pacific Islands are at the frontline of climate change. But as rising seas threaten their very existence, these tiny nation...

Dinosaur Calls on World Leaders to Stop Making Excuses, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Written by: Kimberly White  The UN General Assembly Hall in New York has been taken over by a dinosaur with a message for world leaders:...

Rewilding: Cheetahs Will Return to Maputo Special Reserve After 60 Years

Written by: Kimberly White Cheetahs are set to return to Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve for the first time in 60 years. Maputo Special Reserve was initially...

Plastics To Surpass Coal in U.S. Carbon Emissions by 2030

Written by: Elizabeth Claire Alberts Plastics will outpace coal plants in the U.S. by 2030 in terms of their contributions to climate change, according to...

Nature Doesn’t Recognise Borders but Countries Can Collaborate to Save Species. The Escazú Agreement...

Written by: Rebecca K. Runting, Leslie Roberson, and Sofía López-Cubillos Nature rarely recognises national borders. Many Australian birds, for example, are annual visitors, splitting their time between...

UN Recognizes the Right to a Healthy Environment in Historic Vote

Written by: Kimberly White  The United Nations has recognized the right to a healthy environment for the first time.  In a landmark decision, the UN Human...

Angola Joins Global Call to Strengthen International Environmental Law to Tackle Wildlife Crime

Written by: Kimberly White The Government of Angola has joined a global call to strengthen international environmental law to tackle wildlife crime.  Earlier this year, Gabon...

Stockholm+49: Make 2022 a Game Changer

It has been nearly fifty years since the historic UN Conference on the Environment in Stockholm. The 1972 conference was the first of its...

7 Countries Launch Initiative to End New Coal Power

Written by: Kimberly White  Countries from around the world are calling for an end to new coal power.  During the UN General Assembly, a coalition of...

Vanuatu Launches Campaign to Seek International Court of Justice Opinion on Climate Change and...

Written by: Kimberly White  The government of Vanuatu has launched an international campaign to seek an advisory opinion on the issue of climate change and...

U.S. Pledges to Double International Climate Finance

Written by: Kimberly White The United States has pledged to double its international climate finance contribution.  The U.S. initially committed to a contribution of $5.7 billion...

G20 Urgently Needs to Step Up Climate Leadership Now

Written by: Kimberly White  It is time for the world’s main emitters to do more to tackle the climate emergency. New research from the United...

Packaging Generates A Lot of Waste – Now Maine and Oregon Want Manufacturers to...

Written by: Jessica Heiges and Kate O'Neill Most consumers don’t pay much attention to the packaging that their purchases come in, unless it’s hard to open or...

Specifically Tailored Action Plans Combat Heat Waves in India

Written by: Deepa Padmanaban Unprecedented heat waves swept through Canada, the United States, and northern India this year, claiming hundreds of lives. These heat waves...

Canada Announces $340 Million Investment to Support Indigenous-led Conservation

Written by: Kimberly White The Government of Canada has announced a substantial new investment to support Indigenous-led conservation.  The Canadian government will provide up to $340...

African Tropical Mountain Forests Store Far More Carbon Than Previously Thought – New Research

Written by: Aida Cuní Sanchez, Martin Sullivan, and Phil Platts Tropical forests are well known for being the “lungs” of our planet. Through photosynthesis, the trees in...

U.N. Science Panel Releases Initial Findings of Upcoming Overview of the Amazon

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Natasha Vizcarra An international panel of 200 scientists has called for a halt to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, saying the...

U.S. Administration Sued Following Decision to Open 80 Million Acres for the Nation’s Largest...

Written by: Kimberly White Environmental groups have joined together to challenge a controversial decision to lease out millions of acres of public waters for oil...

Indigenous Groups Accuse Brazil’s Bolsonaro of Genocide, Call on the ICC to Investigate

Written by: Kimberly White Indigenous groups in Brazil are calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro for genocide and ecocide.  The...

11,000-year-old Solution to Modern Problem: Ancient Potato Could Thrive in Changing Climate

Written by: Alastair Lee Bitsóí With drought a persistent problem in the Southwest, Hopi/Tewa seed keeper Valerie Nuvayestewa has eagerly joined the effort to bring...

New Global Biodiversity Goals Must Take These Key Lessons Into Account

Written by: David Obura A framework to help countries develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of their natural resources is nearing completion....

Hong Kong Cracks Down on Wildlife Trafficking, Adds Illegal Wildlife Trade to Organized Crime...

Written by: Kimberly White  Hong Kong is cracking down on illegal wildlife trafficking. The Legislative Council of Hong Kong (LegCo) passed a bill that incorporates...

‘Code Red for Humanity’: New IPCC Report Provides Stark Reminder on the Climate Crisis...

Written by: Kimberly White  Humankind has caused unprecedented warming and irreversibly altered the planet, according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

Will a Native-led Initiative Spur an Agricultural Revolution in Rural Alaska?

Written by: Max Graham When Eva Dawn Burk first saw Calypso Farm and Ecology Center in 2019, she felt enchanted. Calypso is an educational farm...

Greenland Halts New Oil and Gas Exploration to Combat Climate Change

Written by: Kimberly White  Greenland has suspended all new oil and gas exploration in an effort to combat climate change and focus on sustainable development.  The...

Nature Protection is a ‘Win-Win’ for Biodiversity and Economy, Could Prevent Nearly $3 Trillion...

Written by: Kimberly White  Nature protection policies are beneficial for both biodiversity and economies, according to a new report from the World Bank. The World...

María Espinosa and Izabella Teixeira: Humankind Needs to Promote Inclusive Development with Nature, Address...

https://www.youtube.com/embed/d8bQvEa7uCA Interview TranscriptTranscribed by Otter AI Kimberly WhiteHello and welcome back to Common Home Conversations for part II of our discussion with María Espinosa, President of...

Season 2 Trailer | Common Home Conversations Pathway to 2022

https://youtu.be/E3Qs4MlxDHw Transcript Our planet faces a myriad of catastrophic environmental challenges- climate change, widespread biodiversity loss, overexploitation of resources, air pollution, sea-level rise, extreme weather,...

Why Are Women More Vulnerable to Flooding in India?

Written by: Deepa Padmanaban In India, floods are the most frequently occurring natural hazard, accounting for 47 percent of all natural disasters and claiming 1,700 lives per year on...

How Colonialism’s Legacy Makes it Harder for Countries to Escape Poverty and Fossil Fuels...

Written by: Patrick Greiner While fossil fuels were powering wealthy nations’ economic growth in the 19th and 20th centuries, many countries across the Global South...

Amazonian Deforestation Could Cost Brazilian Agribusiness Hundreds of Billions by 2050

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Augusta Dwyer A new study published in Nature Communications has quantified for the first time exactly how much deforestation decreases rainfall in...

How a Great Green Wall Could Help Africa Combat Climate Change

Written by: Elvis Paul Tangem and Elvis Lyonga Edimo The Great Green Wall initiative is a reforestation project that aims to transform the lives of millions living...

Gabon Becomes First African Nation to Be Rewarded for Rainforest Protection, Receives $17 Million...

Written by: Kimberly White Gabon has been rewarded for its commitment to reduce deforestation and combat the climate emergency.  Gabon has received $17 million for the...

Climate Change: What G7 Leaders Could Have Said – But Didn’t

Written by: Myles Allen The four-day G7 summit in Cornwall ended with little cause for celebration from anyone worried about climate change. Most of the...

Wales Goes Green with Welsh National Forest Plan

Written by: Emily Withers A year ago the first minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, announced a big step forward towards a more verdant and accessible...

Shell Held Accountable for Role in Climate Emergency, Ordered to Slash Emissions 45 percent...

Written by: Kimberly White  Royal Dutch Shell is being held accountable for its role in perpetuating the climate crisis.  A Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch...

Scotland Could Become the World’s First ‘Rewilding Nation’

Written by: Stephanie Parker The worldwide populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish fell by an average of 68 percent between 1970 and 2016,...

Australian Government to Protect an Area Twice the Size of the Great Barrier Reef...

Written by: Rhett Butler The Australian government has moved to create two new marine protected areas that cover an expanse of ocean twice the size...

Gabon and Costa Rica: International Environmental Law Must be Strengthened to Tackle Wildlife Crime,...

Written by: Kimberly White  Gabon and Costa Rica have joined together to call for more ambitious international environmental law to tackle wildlife crime.  The Intergovernmental Science-Policy...

Respect for Indigenous Knowledge Must Lead Nature Conservation Efforts in Canada

Written by: Rachel Buxton, Andrea Reid, Joseph Bennett, and Paul A. Smith The past year has taught us important lessons about the consequences of the...

Driven to Extinction in the United States, Scientists Suggest Now May Be the Time...

Written by: Kimberly White Scientists suggest that it may be time to begin reintroducing jaguars into the United States.  Once ranging from southern Argentina to the...

What is the ‘Green List’ and How Can it Help Protect the World’s Natural...

Written by: Victoria Masterson Wetlands, forests, national parks and wildlife reserves in 16 countries are part of a campaign that is raising standards for nature...

Tristan da Cunha Becomes Leader in Ocean Conservation

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Augusta Dwyer Rising from the Atlantic swells, halfway between South Africa and Argentina, the wind-lashed archipelago of Tristan da Cunha is a...

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State to Declare a Climate Emergency

Written by: Kimberly White The state of Hawaii has made history as the first U.S. state to declare a climate emergency. The state Legislature has...

Preventing Wildfires Since 1944: The Story of the Real Smokey Bear

Written by: Kimberly White This story was originally published on May 11, 2019 and has been updated and republished in honor of Wildfire Awareness Month. The...

What Burkina Faso Can Teach Us About Forest Restoration

Written by: Natalie Marchant Centuries-old farming techniques used to restore degraded land in Burkina Faso could help guide wider landscape restoration efforts across Africa for...

Global Campaign Aims to End Cheetah Trafficking

Written by: Kimberly White The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) has launched a new campaign to put a stop to cheetah trafficking.  With less than 7,500 cheetahs...

US Intelligence Warns of Dire Climate Consequences that Biotech Could Ease

Written by: Joseph Opoku Gakpo Though climate change is likely to exacerbate food and water shortages for poor countries, increase migration, precipitate new health challenges...

Life in a Remote Alaskan Community on the Front Line of Climate Change

Written by: Connor Dunleavy  The world’s high-latitude regions experience climate change at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. Nowhere is...

How Scientists are Restoring Boreal Peatlands to Help Keep Carbon in the Ground

Written by: Bin Xu Peatlands are one of the most valuable terrestrial ecosystems in our fight against climate change. These deep layers of partially decayed...

Cities Must Cut Their ‘Consumption Emissions’ – Here’s How

Written by: Joe Blakey and Jana Wendler Almost every city now has some form of climate target. For instance Manchester, in northern England, aims to...

Increased Investment in Tree Nursery Infrastructure Essential to U.S. Reforestation Efforts to Combat Climate...

Written by: Mike Gaworecki Restoring forests in areas where they once stood is an important step toward halting climate change. It helps to ensure a...

World’s First Vegan Hospital: This Hospital Just Became the First in the World to...

Written by: Kimberly White  In a world-first, this hospital has gone 100 percent vegan. Located in Beirut, Lebanon, Hayek Hospital has pledged to serve an...

These 3 World Heritage Marine Sites Store Billions of Tonnes of CO2

Written by: Victoria Masterson Protected marine sites around Australia are crucial for capturing and storing of greenhouse gases, according to a new UNESCO report. The findings...

UK Government Launches New £150 Million Fund for Rainforest Protection

Written by: Kimberly White  The UK has launched a new multi-million pound fund to aid in the protection of rainforests in Africa, Asia, and Latin...

Lessons Learned From a Decade of REDD+ in Guyana

Courtesy of Forests News Written by: Gloria Pallares Guyana, meaning “land of water,” is one of the smallest, most densely forested countries in South America. It is...

This California City is the First in the United States to Ban New Gas...

Written by: Kimberly White  The City of Petaluma, California, is cracking down on fossil fuels. In an effort to curb emissions and accelerate the city’s...

Meet the Farmers Helping to Reforest Timor-Leste

Written by: Andrew Mahar High in the mountains of Timor-Leste, a group of subsistence farmers earn an income by planting trees, leading the way to...

Meet Coté Castañeda, the Recycling Expert that Connects People and Companies Contributing to the...

This profile is published in collaboration with Level Magazine Coté Castañeda is an industrial and civil engineer, and she is a dreamer and visionary of...

NASA Appoints First Climate Advisor

Written by: Kimberly White NASA has created a new role to achieve the agency’s climate science objectives set out by the current U.S. Administration. The...

More Than 250 Organizations Call on the U.S. Administration, Congress to Invest $1.3 Billion...

Written by: Kimberly White  Organizations across the United States are calling on the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to take action on plastic pollution. The group...

How Mexico City is Embracing Biodiversity

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Ming Chun Tang Wildlife and greenery aren’t Mexico City’s calling cards. But while the world’s fifth-largest metropolis is home to more than 21 million...

Sowing Seeds of Food Security in Africa

Written by: Catherine Nakalembe, Christina Justice, Hannah Kerner, Christopher Justice, and Inbal Becker-Reshef Food security is one of the most pressing issues, if not the...

Taking Care of Business: The Private Sector is Waking Up to Nature’s Value

Written by: Megan C. Evans For many businesses, climate change is an existential threat. Extreme weather can disrupt operations and supply chains, spelling disaster for both...

A New Initiative Could Make Cities More Biodiverse: Here’s How

Written by: Børge Brende and Ivan Duque The need to transform the relationship between cities and nature has become ever more urgent. Over half of the...

United States Commits to Protect 30% of Its Land and Ocean Areas by 2030

Written by: Kimberly White  The United States is taking ambitious action to tackle the climate crisis and address biodiversity loss. In an executive order, President...

President Biden Recommits United States to Paris Agreement

Written by: Kimberly White  The United States of America is returning to the Paris Agreement.  Hours after assuming office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order...

Great Green Wall Initiative Receives More Than $14 Billion Boost to Green the Sahel

Written by: Kimberly White  Africa's Great Green Wall Initiative has received a significant funding boost.  During the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity, the initiative garnered financial...

Global North Is Responsible for 92% of Excess Emissions

Written by: Rishika Pardikar The United States is responsible for 40 percent of the climate breakdown the world is experiencing today, and the European Union...

More Than 50 Countries Pledge to Protect 30% of the World’s Land and Ocean...

Written by: Kimberly White Governments from around the globe have come together to champion a global deal for nature protection. More than 50 countries have joined...

This Initiative is Paying Farmers and Ranchers to Combat Amazon Deforestation

Written by: Sibélia Zanon Establishing economic value for the service of preserving native vegetation and creating a new source of income for rural producers. These...

Veganuary: Asda Launches Vegan Butcher Counter

UK supermarket giant Asda is testing out a new plant-based concept to coincide with Veganuary. The retailer has teamed up with vegan concept creator,...

Chile’s Waste Bus Changes Throw-Away Societies

Written by: Alex Kirby If the climate crisis keeps you awake at night, the impact of what we casually throw away is sure to have...

Egypt’s Farmers Face Climate Impacts with New Agricultural Methods

Written by: Rahma Diaa After Egyptian farmer Muhammad El-Desouki lost more than half of his tomato crop to a long heatwave, he no longer thinks about climate...

Climate Change is Resulting in Profound, Immediate and Worsening Health Impacts, Over 120 Researchers...

Written by: Celia McMichael, Ilan Kelman, Shouro Dasgupta, and Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson Climate change is resulting in profound, immediate and worsening health impacts, and no country...

Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Forces with the European Commission and Global Wildlife Conservation for Biodiversity...

Written by: Kimberly White Leonardo DiCaprio has joined forces with the European Commission and Global Wildlife Conservation to protect biodiversity through the launch of two...

Crowdfunding for Conservation on a Deserted Tourist Island

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Ming Chun Tang In pre-COVID times, some half a million tourists would descend on the tiny Thai island of Koh...

Over 400 Female Climate Leaders Sign Open Letter Calling for Stronger Female Representation in...

Written by: Kimberly White Female climate leaders from around the globe are calling for greater accountability and transparency on gender equality in the COP26 leadership...

This NGO is Tackling Brazil’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Using WhatsApp and Facebook

Written by: Peter Yeung In the tropical forest surrounding Alter do Chão, a Brazilian town located on a languid stretch of the Amazon River and...

Canadian Government Commits Nearly $4 billion for Nature-Based Climate Solutions

Written by: Kimberly White Canada is stepping up its investments in nature-based solutions to combat climate change.  In its Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada...

António Guterres: “We are at war with nature and we have to make peace”

Written by: Manuel Planelles 2020 was to be the turning point in the international fight against climate change. But the pandemic forced the climate summit to be held...

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Names John Kerry as Climate Envoy

Written by: Kimberly White One of the leading architects of the Paris Climate Agreement is returning to government to combat climate change. U.S. President-elect Joe...

Secondhand Clothing Sales are Booming – and May Help Solve the Sustainability Crisis in...

Written by: Hyejune Park and Cosette Marie Joyner Armstrong A massive force is reshaping the fashion industry: secondhand clothing. According to a new report, the...

Leading by Doing – Pakistani PM Imran Khan on the Urgent Need for Climate...

Written by: Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan Climate change is one of the defining global challenges faced by our generation. It has far-reaching adverse...

Europe Targets 100 Climate-Neutral Cities by 2030

Written by: James Dacey More people are moving to cities. Some forecasts predict that two thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the...

World’s Leading Conservation Groups Call on G20 to Invest in Nature to Reduce Risk...

Written by: Kimberly White  Twenty of the world’s leading conservation organizations have joined together to urge the G20 to invest in nature to protect biodiversity...

United Kingdom Moves Up Ban on Petrol and Diesel Cars to 2030

Written by: Kimberly White  The United Kingdom has moved up its ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2035. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has...

“Lost” Malagasy Chameleon Species Rediscovered After More Than a Century

Written by: Kimberly White  Scientists have rediscovered a “lost” species of chameleon. During a two-week expedition in Madagascar, a team of scientists successfully rediscovered the...

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Pledges to Rejoin Paris Agreement on First Day

Written by: Kimberly White The United States began the one-year process to leave the Paris Agreement last year and officially withdrew on November 4th. The...

Singapore to Plant One Million Trees by 2030

Written by: Morgan Erickson-Davis Languishing in the soft, silty mud, the living fossil looked as if it didn’t have a care in the world...

Tough Air Quality Rules are Making a Difference, Says London’s Mayor

Written by: Sean Fleming Londoners worrying about air quality can now breathe a little easier, thanks to news from the city’s mayor. There have been...

Creative Community-Based Policies in Bhutan Reveal Benefits of Planted Forests

Courtesy of Forests News Written by: Julie Mollins An innovative community-based forest management policy has resolved a long-simmering land-use conflict between migratory yak herders and sedentary...

Restoring Seagrasses Can Bring Coastal Bays Back to Life

Written by: Robert J. Orth, Jonathan Lefcheck, and Karen McGlathery A century ago Virginia’s coastal lagoons were a natural paradise. Fishing boats bobbed on the...

Empowering Food Security Strategies Amidst a Pandemic in Malaysia

Written by: Dr. Jeyanny Vijayanathan The COVID-19 pandemic swept the world without a warning, disrupting many industries and food supply chains, hampering economic growth, increasing...

Samoa Pledges to Preserve 30% of its Ocean in Historic New Strategy

Written by: Kimberly White The Government of Samoa has launched an ambitious new strategy to protect and preserve its ocean area.  Samoa’s culture and economy are...

Prince William Launches £50 Million Prize to Find Innovative Solutions to the World’s Greatest...

Written by: Kimberly White  Prince William has launched a new initiative to solve the world’s most significant environmental problems. The Earthshot Prize aims to incentivize...

How Germany and Costa Rica are Putting Nature at the Heart of their Recoveries

Written by: Natasha Ferrari and Klara Nilsson Decisions made by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will determine the future health, wellbeing and resilience...

Endangered Tasmanian Devils Return to Australian Mainland for First Time in 3,000 Years

Written by: Kimberly White  Tasmanian devils have returned to mainland Australia.  In an effort to rewild Australia, conservationists released 26 Tasmanian Devils into a 400-hectare wildlife...

These 12 Major Cities Have Committed to Divesting from Fossil Fuels

Written by: Kimberly White Mayors from around the globe have pledged to shift away from fossil fuels in an effort to accelerate momentum toward a...

World’s Largest Carbon Emitter Calls for Green Recovery, Commits to Carbon Neutrality

Written by: Kimberly White  China has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. In a shocking move, President Xi Jinping unveiled the nation’s long-term climate...

Africa’s Great Green Wall is Officially 4% – and Unofficially 18% – Complete

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Natasha Vizcarra Now in its second decade, the ambitious African Union–led restoration initiative known as the Great Green Wall has brought close to...

Mexico Issues Historic Sustainable Development Goals Bond Valued at $890 Million

Written by: Kimberly White Mexico has taken a big step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), standing at the forefront of sustainable finance...

COVID-19: The Cities Leading a Greener and Fairer Recovery

Written by: Giuseppe Sala The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense suffering, throwing the global economy into upheaval and bringing hardship to many, including the...

These South American Cities Join Global Pledge to Tackle Air Pollution

Written by: Kimberly White Two new cities have joined a global pledge for clean air. The Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, and the Mayor of...

7 Innovative Projects Making Cities More Sustainable

Written by: Andy Dunn With an ever-increasing global population and rising urbanization, creating safe, resilient and sustainable cities is right at the top of the...

26 Organizations Pledge to Conserve, Restore, and Grow More than 855 Million Trees

Written by: Kimberly White  Organizations across the U.S. have joined together in support of nature-based solutions. The World Economic Forum and American Forests have launched...

U.S. Plastics Pact: New Initiative Aims to Shift United States Towards a Circular Economy...

Written by: Kimberly White  Companies, government agencies, and NGOs across the United States have come together in a new initiative to combat plastic pollution- the...

Belize Bans Gill Nets, Expands Marine Reserve

Written by: Elizabeth Alberts Belize, a tiny Central American nation nestled beside the Caribbean Sea, is making giant strides in its ocean conservation efforts. In...

How Google Is Fighting Fire with Real-Time Mapping Data

Written by: Sean Fleming You probably can’t outrun a forest fire. They can travel at speeds of up to 22 kilometres per hour and are dangerously unpredictable. The...

Virtual Island Summit: Zero Carbon Conference to Connect Thousands of Islanders from Around the...

Written by: Kimberly White  Islanders from around the globe are coming together for the Virtual Island Summit. From September 7th through 13th, speakers and attendees...

Ghanaian Government Commissions University Dedicated to Sustainable Development and the Environment

Written by: Kimberly White  Ghana is opening a university dedicated to sustainable development and the environment.  The University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) is the...

Mexico City Wins One Planet City Challenge, Recognized for Ambitious Climate Action

Written by: Kimberly White  Mexico City has been recognized for its work to combat the climate crisis. WWF has announced that Mexico City is the Global...

Rhino Poaching Falls by More Than Half in South Africa and Namibia

Written by: Kimberly White  Rhino poaching has decreased significantly in South Africa and Namibia.  Rhino poaching in South Africa fell by 53 percent in the first...

In a World First, Australian University Builds Own Solar Farm to Offset 100% of...

Written by: Jake Whitehead, Andrew Wilson, Peta Ashworth, Saphira Rekker, and Tapan K Saha Limiting global warming to well below 2℃ this century requires carbon emissions to...

Tiger Populations Increase Across Six Countries, Offering New Hope for Iconic Species

Written by: Kimberly White  For the first time in four years, new tigers have been documented in a region of western Thailand. Thailand’s Department of...

Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver Wants His State to Embrace Energy Efficiency

Written by: Sarah Kennedy While governor of Iowa, Chet Culver pushed his state to become a leader in wind power. Now, a decade later, Iowa...

These Andean Communities are Helping Restore the World’s Highest Forests

Written by: Harry Kretchmer On the misty slopes of the High Andes, villagers are at work planting trees. Some have bundles of seedlings tied to their...

Vietnam Bans Wildlife Trade to Reduce Risk of Future Pandemics

Written by: Kimberly White  Vietnam has taken an important step forward in preventing future pandemics. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued an extensive...

Prioritizing Nature Could Be $10 Trillion Opportunity, Create 395 Million Jobs

Written by: Kimberly White  A new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found that prioritizing nature isn’t just good for the planet but...

This Startup is Using 3D Printing Technology to Create Plant-Based Steaks

Written by: Kimberly White  An Israel-based startup is shaking up the plant-based protein industry. Redefine Meat has unveiled a new plant-based alternative to steak- the...

New York City Paints Rooftops White to Help Residents Stay Cool

Written by: Stephanie Manuzak On hot days in New York City, residents swelter when they’re outside and in their homes. The heat is not just...

Canada Joins Global Ocean Alliance

Written by: Kimberly White   Canada has joined a global call for ocean protection. The Government of Canada has announced that it has joined the...

Farmers in Honduras and Costa Rica Learn Alternative to Slashing and Burning Rainforests

Written by: Stephanie Manuzak Rainforests are an important defense against climate change because they absorb carbon. But many are being destroyed on a massive scale. In...

This Chinese Megacity is Building a Massive Car-Free District

Written by: Sean Fleming The breakneck speed of China’s economic and urban growth has gone hand in hand with some of the worst traffic congestion...

Two Australian Cities Go 100% Renewable

Written by: Kimberly White  Two Australian cities are now powered using 100 percent renewable energy. The City of Sydney and the City of Adelaide have...

Germany Announces New Ban on Single-Use Plastic Products

Written by: Kimberly White Germany is taking a step forward in the battle against plastic pollution. The German Cabinet has agreed to end the sale...

Italian Divers Just Rescued a Whale Caught in ‘Ghost’ Fishing Nets

Written by: Charlotte Edmond Just because a net is no longer being used doesn’t mean it can’t continue to catch things. Italian divers have...

Arctic Records Its Highest Temperature Ever

Written by: Jeff Berardelli Alarming heat scorched Siberia on Saturday as the small town of Verkhoyansk (67.5°N latitude) reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees above...

This Underwater Sculpture is Helping to Restore Coral Reefs in Thailand

Written by: David Elliott Dive beneath the brilliant blue waters surrounding Thailand’s Koh Tao island and you might come face to face with a giant...

226 South Korean Local Governments Declare Climate Emergency

Written by: Kimberly White  Local governments in South Korea have declared a climate emergency. Representing 98 percent of South Korean governments, 226 local governments have...

New Jersey Becomes First U.S. State to Require Schools to Teach Climate Change

Written by: Kimberly White  New Jersey schools will now be required to teach students about climate change.  The New Jersey State Board of Education has adopted...

Drone Captures Thousands of Sea Turtles Flocking to Great Barrier Reef

Written by: Elizabeth Claire Alberts From high above, the blue sea looks like it’s speckled with tiny white dots. But a closer look reveals more:...

Ethiopia to Plant 5 Billion Tree Seedlings in 2020

Written by: Kimberly White  Ethiopia has set out to plant 5 billion tree seedlings this year. The planting is part of the country's larger reforestation...

New Institutional Arrangements in Climate Mitigation Programs Show Promise in Peruvian Amazon

Courtesy of Forests News Written by: Julie Mollins Indigenous federations and the Peruvian government are confronting obstacles caused by conflicts over land-tenure rights to implement effective climate...

Race to Zero: Global Campaign Calls for Resilient, Zero Carbon Recovery

Written by: Kimberly White Companies, cities, investors, and civil society have joined together in pursuit of a resilient, zero carbon recovery.  Led by the UNFCCC's Champions...

New International Alliance Aims to End Wildlife Crime

Written by: Kimberly White A new alliance has formed to take on the illegal wildlife trade. To mark World Environment Day, an alliance of environmental, policy,...

Colorado College Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Written by: Jan Ellen Spiegel This year, Colorado College met a goal it set in 2009 to become carbon neutral. It’s one of a small...

Farm to Fork: EU to Dedicate €10 Billion Toward Plant-Based and Alternative Proteins

Written by: Kimberly White The European Commission has proposed a new plan to catalyze a global transition to sustainable food systems.  The Farm to Fork Strategy...

Philippine Village Delivers Nearly 300 Critically Endangered Sea Turtle Hatchlings to Sea

Written by: Erwin M. Mascariñas Villagers in the southern Philippines taking part in an initiative to protect turtle nesting sites have recorded their most successful...

Houston Commits to 100% Renewable Energy in Step Toward Carbon Neutrality

Written by: Kimberly White  The City of Houston has committed to 100 percent renewable energy. Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the city has teamed up...

This Pacific Island has Banned Fishing to Allow the Marine Ecosystem to Recover

Written by: Kate Whiting People on the Pacific archipelago of Palau firmly believe in the old saying, "We do not inherit the earth from...

More than 75 Years of Wildfire Prevention: The Story of the Real Smokey Bear

Written by: Kimberly White This story was originally published on May 11, 2019 and has been updated and republished in honor of Wildfire Awareness Month. The...

Hong Kong Authorities Seize 26 Tonnes of Shark Fins

Written by: Kimberly White  Authorities have seized 26 tonnes of shark fins in Hong Kong, the largest shark fin seizure in the region. Customs officials...

Global Fossil Fuel Demand’s ‘Staggering’ Fall

Written by: Kieran Cooke One of the pillars of industrial society is tottering: global fossil fuel demand is buckling, with only renewable energy expected to...

The Entrepreneurs Bringing Us One Step Closer to Solving the World’s Toughest Challenges

Written by: Louisa Montagu-Pollock The world faces an unprecedented set of challenges, from a global pandemic and rampant income inequality, to man-made climate change and...

Morgan Stanley Will No Longer Finance Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in the...

Written by: Kimberly White Morgan Stanley will no longer fund oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Morgan...

It’s a Galloping Goodbye to Europe’s Coal

Written by: Kieran Cooke The energy that has powered a continent for several hundred years, driving its industry, fighting its wars and keeping its people...

Global Wildlife Coalition Launches to End Wildlife Trade, Stop Future Pandemics

Written by: Kimberly White A new coalition has launched to put an end to the commercial wildlife trade. WildAid, Global Wildlife Conservation, and the...

Papua Mangroves Could Help Indonesia Coast to Climate Targets

Courtesy of Forests News Written by: Julie Mollins The characteristics of mangroves in a range of ecosystems – from undisturbed natural settings to areas where...

Project Green Schools Launches Race for the Planet: Virtual Home Edition

Written by: Kimberly White Project Green Schools has officially launched the Race for the Planet: Virtual Home Edition. The program aims to inspire students, schools,...

World’s Largest Online Climate Conference Announced to Mark 50th Anniversary of World’s First Earth...

The countdown begins for what is shaping up to the be the biggest climate conference of 2020. From April 20th through 25th, around 100...

Climate Week NYC Not Postponed, Will Go On as Planned in September

Written by: Kimberly White Climate Week NYC will take place as scheduled in September.  The Climate Group announced that despite COVID-19, Climate Week NYC will still...

Helping Alaskan Communities Facing Climate Risks

Written by: Randy Showstack Darlene Tocktoo Turner fondly recalls growing up in Shishmaref, Alaska, a community on Sarichef Island, just north of the Bering Strait....

How the Middle East is Shifting to a Sustainable Future

Written by: Sunil Kaushal The urgency of addressing climate change has driven investors to put sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices at the...

COP26 Postponed Until 2021 Due to Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by: Kimberly White The UN Climate Change Conference has officially been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Originally set to take place in Glasgow...

Girl Scouts Bring Comfort and Familiarity to First Responders and Local Communities During COVID-19...

Written by: Kimberly White  The world is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, thus far 182 countries have confirmed COVID-19 cases. During these troubling...

Ecosystems Containing “Irrecoverable Carbon” Must be Protected to Avoid Climate Catastrophe Says New Study

Written by: Kimberly White New research spearheaded by Conservation International has identified key land areas in need of protection to avoid catastrophic climate change. Published...

Global Farmland is Expanding Due to Climate Change- What Does this Mean for the...

Written by: Evelyn Smail The changing climate is transforming the global agricultural landscape. As our planet heats, areas suitable for growing key crops such as rice,...

In the Seychelles, Blue Bonds Turn National Debt into Marine Protection

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Monica Evans To manage its oceans better, the Seychelles uses an unlikely resource to come up with the cash...

Wales to Ban Single-Use Plastics Next Year

Written by: Kimberly White The government of Wales has announced a new plan to battle plastic pollution. In honor of Global Recycling Day, the Welsh...

In Africa, Bamboo Bicycles are Shifting Gears for Women in the Workforce

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Monica Evans Bamboo might seem an unusual material from which to build bikes, but for young Ghanaian entrepreneur...

New Zealand Pledges $2 Million to Help Relocate Fijians Displaced by Climate Change

Written by: Kimberly White The government of New Zealand is pledging $2 million to help relocate Fijian communities displaced by the climate crisis.  Fiji is comprised...

EU Funding to Aid in Conservation of the World’s Rarest Gorilla

Written by: Kimberly White The EU has launched a new initiative to protect the world’s rarest gorilla. The EU announced a four-year, two million euro...

Air Pollution From Fossil Fuels Costs $2.9 Trillion Annually- Study

Written by: Kimberly White  Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is costing the world approximately $2.9 trillion each year, according to new research. Greenpeace Southeast...

Global Resource Consumption has Topped 100 Billion Tons per Year

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Monica Evans Humanity just gained a dubious new accolade. In the last year, for the first time ever, we...

Rhino Poaching Has Declined in South Africa for Fifth Consecutive Year

Written by: Kimberly White  Rhino poaching has decreased for the fifth straight year in South Africa. The South African government has reported fewer rhinos were...

Peruvian Government Proposes New Marine Reserve Harboring 1,100 Species

Written by: Maria Salazar Under the sea, jutting into the Pacific from the southern Peruvian department of Ica, rises a mountain range called Dorsal...

United Kingdom to Ban Petrol, Diesel, and Hybrid Cars By 2035

Written by: Kimberly White  The UK government is phasing out petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars by 2035. The sale of new petrol and diesel cars...

1,400 Pounds of Shark Fins Seized in Miami

Written by: Kimberly White U.S. government officials recently seized 1,400 pounds of shark fins at a port in Miami, Florida. Wildlife inspectors discovered the shark...

The Carbon Sequestration Powers of the Near-Extinct Forest Elephant

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Augusta Dwyer As they move through the rainforest munching plants and shouldering aside small trees, Africa’s forest elephant might...

Dr. Jane Goodall, Malala Yousafzai, and More Than 2,000 Activists Declare State of Emergency,...

Written by: Kimberly White  Activists, campaigners, and movement leaders from more than 140 countries have come together to declare a state of emergency for people...

Climate Crisis: The Countryside Could be Our Greatest Ally- if We Can Reform Farming

Written by: Ian Boyd Around 20% of the UK’s farms account for 80% of the country’s total food production, and they do this on about...

China Temporarily Bans Wildlife Trade to Contain Coronavirus Outbreak

Written by: Rhett Butler Conservationists are welcoming news that the Chinese Government has temporarily banned the sale of wildlife in markets, restaurants and over...

Buy One, Get Fifteen: New Campaign Shines Light on Strict Penalties for Wildlife Crime...

Written by: Kimberly White WildAid and CHANGE are raising awareness of strict penalties for wildlife gifts in Vietnam with a new campaign. Disguised as the...

China Announces Plan to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics

Written by: Kimberly White  China has announced a new plan to tackle plastic pollution. On January 19th, the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled the...

France Phases Out Single-Use Plastics

Written by: Kimberly White France is beginning the decade by phasing out single-use plastics. France became the first country in the world to ban disposable...

In the Future There Will be More Rain, but Less Water, in the Nile...

Written by: Ethan D. Coffel and Justin S. Mankin The Nile – the world’s longest river – runs through 11 countries in Africa and has a basin that covers...

Dunkin’ and Snoop Dogg Team Up to Launch New Breakfast Sandwich

Written by: Kimberly White  Dunkin' has unveiled its latest plant-based meat offering. In the United States, Dunkin's latest creation is a remix on the traditional...

Environmental Defense Fund Teams Up with Ball Aerospace and New Zealand Government to Launch...

Written by: Kimberly White The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has set out on an ambitious new project to tackle the climate crisis. EDF has teamed...

Transition to Renewable Energy Would Cut Carbon and Costs in Indonesia, Says New Study

Written by: Della Syahni In Indonesia, a major producer and consumer of coal, politicians often argue that continued reliance on the highly polluting fossil fuel...

New Zealand Commits to Carbon Neutrality, Establishes Climate Change Commission

Written by: Kimberly White New Zealand lawmakers have passed landmark legislation committing to carbon neutrality. The Zero Carbon Act received substantial cross-party support and was...

How small states can cut their carbon emissions to net zero – Wales has...

Written by: Filippos Proedrou Efforts to tackle climate change often focus on international agreements and the actions of large countries such as the US and...

TED Launches Countdown for Climate Action

Written by: Kimberly White  Renowned media organization, TED, has announced a new global collaboration to spur climate action. During the first week of COP25, TED...

Towards Two Billion Trees: New Plan to End Deforestation and Aid Koala Recovery in...

Written by: Kimberly White  The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia has announced a new strategy to aid koala recovery following the bushfires that have razed...

Critically Endangered Crocodile Confirmed Nesting in Nepal After 37 Years

Written by: Shreya Dasgupta There may be a glimmer of hope for the critically endangered gharial, a unique crocodile known for its long, narrow snout...

UN Chief: World’s Main Emitters Must Do More to Defeat Global Climate Emergency

Written by: Kimberly White  The UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) has officially begun. Over the next two weeks, more than 25,000 representatives from 200 countries...

Mark Carney Named UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance

Written by: Kimberly White Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has been named the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance. The United...

Amazon fires are causing glaciers in the Andes to melt even faster

Written by: Matthew Harris If you have turned on a TV or read the news during the past few months, you have probably heard of...

27 Countries Pledge $9.7 billion for Climate Action in Developing Countries

Written by: Kimberly White  Countries from around the world have pledged more than $9.7 billion to replenish the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  The Green Climate Fund...

North Pole Walk for Climate Action: Endurance Athlete to Shine Light on Devastating Climate...

Written by: Kimberly White  Endurance athlete Michael Haddad has set out to highlight the devastating impacts of climate change in the Arctic. Haddad is attempting...

Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here’s how

Written by: Peter Johnston There’s an assumption in the agricultural industry that the yields and prices of crops will vary according to local conditions as...

14 Cities to Reduce Meat Consumption by 2030

Written by: Kimberly White  Mayors from around the globe are committing to reduce meat consumption in their cities. Mayors from 14 cities signed the C40...

COP25 Moves to Madrid

Written by: Kimberly White  The UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, has officially been moved to Spain. Initially set to take place in Santiago, Chile, COP25...

U.S. Announces Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

Written by: Kimberly White  The United States is leaving the Paris Agreement. The U.S. has begun the one-year process of leaving the Agreement and will...

Afghanistan Increases Use of Renewable Energy Sources

Courtesy of Wadsam Afghanistan’s renewable energy resource potential is estimated at over 300,000 megawatts, with hydropower currently being the main source of renewable energy. Naghlu Hydropower...

Chilean Government Announces Cancellation of Global Climate Summit

Written by: Kimberly White The Chilean government has announced the cancellation of the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference in December. COP25 was scheduled to take...

Tracking Bolivian Forest Fires: New App Launched May Aid Firefighter Response Time

Written by: John C. Cannon A new app aimed at tracking forest fires in Bolivia could shake up the way authorities and firefighters battle fires,...

McDonald’s Tests Plant-Based Burger in Canada

Written by: Kimberly White  McDonald's and Beyond Meat have teamed up to bring a new plant-based burger to North America. Announced in September, McDonald's is...

Deforestation Intensifies Warming in the Amazon Rain Forest

Written by: Jim Daley Fires raging across the Amazon in recent weeks have gripped the world’s attention and renewed concerns over deforestation in this iconic...

Mass movement and the “femininization” of agriculture

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Gabrielle Lipton In the vernacular of climate change, the term “climate justice” is nowadays rolling off tongues much in the...

Pittsburgh Becomes Second U.S. City to Adopt UN Sustainable Development Goals

Written by: Kimberly White  Pittsburgh has become the second U.S. city to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mayor William Peduto announced the...

Sumatra survey looks to identify at-risk rhinos for captive breeding

Written by: Junaidi Hanafiah Translated by: Aria Danaparamita As Indonesia prepares to launch a new captive-breeding facility for Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in the northern province...

Gabon to Receive $150 million from Norway to Preserve Rainforests

Written by: Kimberly White Gabon and Norway have entered into a historic agreement to preserve Gabon's rainforests. The partnership between the two nations provides Gabon...

Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida’s Gulf Coast

Written by: Jayur Mehta and Tara Skipton Native North Americans first arrived in Florida approximately 14,550 years ago. Evidence for these stone-tool-wielding, megafauna-hunting peoples can be...

New Initiative Launched to Protect Central America’s Five Great Forests

Written by: Kimberly White  Global Wildlife Conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Society are working to save Mesoamerica’s five largest forests. The wildlife groups teamed up...

Five things every government needs to do right now to tackle the climate emergency

Written by: Rebecca Willis If targets were enough to beat the climate crisis, we would have cause for celebration. The UK, Norway, Sweden and France...

Costa Rica Named UN Champion of the Earth, Launches Global Coalition to Protect Nature

Written by: Kimberly White  Costa Rica has been awarded the 2019 UN Champion of the Earth award. The Central American country is recognized for its...

Germany and Slovakia Commit to Phase Out Coal, Join Global Alliance

Written by: Kimberly White  Germany and Slovakia have committed to phasing out coal. The two European nations are the newest members of the Powering Past...

Youth climate movement puts ethics at the center of the global debate

Written by: Marion Hourdequin Even if you’ve never heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist who crossed the Atlantic on a sailboat to attend a Sept....

Climate breakdown is pushing Brazil’s iconic Araucaria tree to extinction – new research

Written by: Oliver Wilson For hundreds of thousands of years, the distinctive candelabra shapes of Araucaria trees (Araucaria angustifolia) have defined landscapes at the southern...

Glasgow to Host 2020 UN Climate Summit

Written by: Kimberly White  The United Kingdom is set to host the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference. The UK won over international partners and will...

European Union Partners with the Smurfs in Global Beach Cleanup Campaign

Written by: Kimberly White  The European Union has teamed up with the Smurfs in an effort to encourage people to take action and protect the...

Ethiopia’s future is tied to water – a vital yet threatened resource in a...

Written by: Meron Teferi Taye and Ellen Dyer In July Ethiopians planted 350 million trees in a single day. This was part of the country’s national green legacy...

United Kingdom Doubles Contribution to Green Climate Fund

Written by: Kimberly White  The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has pledged to double the UK’s contribution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), amounting...

Canada Invests $175 Million in Nature Conservation Projects

Written by: Kimberly White The Government of Canada is investing $175 million in projects that protect nature. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine...

Worsening Water Quality Reducing Economic Growth by a Third, Says World Bank

Written by: Kimberly White The World Bank has released a new report highlighting the impacts poor water quality has on economies and health. Quality Unknown:...

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Releases New Film Urging Climate Action

Written by: Kimberly White The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has released a new film showcasing the urgency needed to fight the climate crisis....

Microplastic waste fouls up beaches on Sri Lanka’s southern tourism coast

Written by: Dilrukshi Handunnetti Sri Lanka’s southern coastline is dotted with popular resorts and beaches, but this once pristine landscape hasn’t been spared by the...

Climate Change Threatens Global Food Security, Says New UN Report

Written by: Kimberly White The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) on...

Kenya Launches Awareness Campaign to Stop Illegal Ivory Trade

Written by: Kimberly White The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, has officially launched the “Ivory Trade is a Rip-off” campaign. The campaign is a...

Ethiopia Breaks World Record, Plants More than 350 Million Trees in 12 Hours

Written by: Kimberly White  Ethiopia planted a record-breaking 353,633,660 trees in 12 hours on July 29th. Initially setting out to plant 200 million trees, the...

Panama Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Written by: Kimberly White  Panama’s plastic bag ban has gone into effect. Panama became the first Central American country to ban single-use plastic bags in...

Elephant and Rhino Populations Rebounding Following Poaching Crackdown in Tanzania

Written by: Kimberly White  Rhino and elephant populations are on the rise in Tanzania. The population rebound is a result of government efforts to crackdown...

Streets of Rio de Janeiro to be Free from Fossil Fuels by 2030

Written by: Kimberly White Best known for its beaches and annual Carnival, the city of Rio de Janeiro has taken a step in its battle...

Roadside wildflower meadows are springing up across the UK – and they’re helping wildlife...

Written by: Olivia Norfolk Since the end of World War II, 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have been dug up or destroyed. Many won’t remember a...

Governor of Montana Joins US Climate Alliance, Establishes Climate Solutions Council

Written by: Kimberly White  Montana Governor Steve Bullock started off July with two new climate change commitments. On July 1st, Governor Bullock announced that Montana...

New York City Styrofoam Ban Begins

Written by: Kimberly White New York City has officially begun enforcing its ban on styrofoam after a 6-month warning period. Businesses were given until the...

Conservation Win for Elephants in Mozambique

Written by: Kimberly White Once plagued with wildlife crime, the Niassa National Reserve has become a safe haven for elephants. On June 17th, the Wildlife...

Canada Announces Ban on Single-Use Plastics

Written by: Kimberly White Another country is ramping up its battle with plastic pollution. On June 10th, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that...

Indigenous peoples’ work in world’s protected areas is ignored and untapped

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Sandra Cordon This topic will be explored at the Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019 on 22–23 June. Register to attend...

IUCN’s Inger Andersen Starts New Role as Head of UN Environment

Written by: Kimberly White The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Inger Andersen has officially begun her new role as Executive Director...

Action is needed to save West Africa’s critically endangered chimpanzees

Written by: Tatyana Humle, Rosa Garriga, and Luna Cuadrado In 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the western African subspecies of...

Why Apple is investing in Colombia’s mangroves

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Natasha Vizcarra This topic will be explored at the Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019 on 22–23 June. Register to attend or tune-in...

World Environment Day Aims to #BeatAirPollution

Written by: Kimberly White It is that time of year again- World Environment Day! Celebrated every year on June 5th, the United Nation’s biggest...

New Reality TV Concept Seeks to Take Sustainable Housing to the Masses

Written by: James McGregor What do you get when you mix in a Government policy objective, some reality TV celebrities, the latest in behavioural science...

ADB Lends $4mn For A Solar Project in Kandahar

Courtesy of Wadsam The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has issued a $4 million loan to Barakat Kandahar Solar Energy for the development of a 15.1MW...

Chile Joins the Plastics Pact Network

Written by: Kimberly White Chile has taken another step forward in their battle against plastic pollution. In April, the Plastics Pact network welcomed its first...

Governor of Pennsylvania Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

Written by: Kimberly White Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed in 2017...

Finalists Chosen for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Competitions

Written by: Kimberly White The competition for Europe’s greenest cities is heating up. Six cities have entered the last stage of the European Commission’s European...

In Ghana, one man plants a future with 20 million new trees

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Hugh Biggar Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa is helping Ghana see the forest for the trees. His country has experienced drastic deforestation in...

75 Years of Wildfire Prevention: The Story of the Real Smokey Bear

Written by: Kimberly White The Smokey Bear wildfire prevention campaign was launched 75 years ago in 1944 and is the longest-running public service campaign in...

UN Secretary-General Appoints 2019-2020 Class of SDG Advocates

Written by: Kimberly White The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed the 2019-2020 class of advocates for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 17...

24 hours for more sustainable todays and tomorrows

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Sandra Cordon From sustainable landscape restoration that mitigates climate change, to tenure security and innovative financing tools, to climate-smart lifestyle...

Microplastics have even been blown into a remote corner of the Pyrenees

Written by: Dr. Sharon George and Carolyn Roberts Microplastics have been discovered in a remote area of the French Pyrenees mountains. The particles travelled through...

Impossible Whopper Test Goes “Exceedingly Well”, National Roll Out Confirmed

Written by: Kimberly White Last month, fast food giant Burger King began testing out a new plant-based version of the Whopper. Initially testing in...

Climate change forced these Fijian communities to move – and with 80 more at...

Written by: Annah Piggott-McKellar, Karen Elizabeth McNamara, and Patrick D. Nunn The original Fijian village of Vunidogoloa is abandoned. Houses, now dilapidated, remain overgrown with...

San Francisco’s Downtown To Be Powered by 100% Renewable Electricity

Written by: Kimberly White Mayor London Breed has announced a new plan to curb San Francisco’s carbon footprint. On Earth Day, Mayor Breed shared a...

New Campaign Calls on Japan to End Ivory Trade

Written by: Kimberly White WildAid Japan and Tears of the African Elephant (TAE) are calling on Japan to end its ivory trade beginning with abandoning...

New Private Sector Alliance For Sustainable Development Goals Announced

Written by: Kimberly White On April 15th, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced a new CEO alliance to finance the Sustainable Development Goals. Coordinated by...

Alberta grizzly bears will feel the effects of climate change

Written by: Greg McDermid, David Laskin, and Scott Nielsen Toward the end of each summer, grizzly bears in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains gorge on the tart...

Chile President Sebastián Piñera Launches COP25 Climate Summit

Written by: Kimberly White On Thursday, April 11th, President Sebastián Piñera launched the COP25 climate change summit. Chile will be the host of the 2019...

New York Yankees Join UN Sports for Climate Action

Written by: Kimberly White Last week, the New York Yankees became the first major North American sports organization to sign on to the UN...

Camera traps are revealing the secret lives of Britain’s mammals

Written by: Sian Green Wildlife populations are declining globally, but it’s not all doom and gloom. We’re in the midst of an exciting time for UK mammals. There are...

Thailand: Advancing Partnerships for Sustainability

Written by: Kimberly White In November 2018,  H.E. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, the ASEAN 2018 Chairman and Prime Minister of Singapore, officially handed over...

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

Written by: Kimberly White Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Earlier this month, Governor Sisolak accepted the...

Canada Announces Nature Champions Summit

Written by: Kimberly White The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, has announced that Canada will host a summit focused on the global...

From Start-ups to Fortune 50: ReGenFriends Hosts Customer-Centric Summit in San Francisco

Written by: Kimberly White ReGenFriends is bringing everyone from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies together with their ReGenFriends Customer-Centric Summit tomorrow in San Francisco, California. During...

A Jurisdictional Approach to Sustainability: Chester is the World’s First Sustainable Palm Oil City

Written by: Datuk Darrel Webber The city of Chester celebrates as it becomes the world’s first ‘Sustainable Palm Oil City’. This is no small feat...

Women’s Climate Leadership: Mayors of Sydney, Lisbon, Quito, Montreal, and Paris Launch Mentorship Programs

Written by: Kimberly White Mayors from cities around the globe are joining together to support women climate leaders. The Mayors of Sydney, Australia; Lisbon, Portugal;...

Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay Join Battle Against Marine Plastic Pollution

Written by: Kimberly White Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay have joined the battle against marine plastic pollution this week at the United...

UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion Launches at UN Environment Assembly

Written by: Kimberly White The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion launched today at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal of...

Japan and UN Environment Join Together in Battle Against Marine Litter

Written by: Kimberly White Earlier this month, the Government of Japan and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), announced they join together to develop countermeasures...

Restoring New York Harbor with One Billion Oysters

Written by: Kimberly White Before the concrete and container ships, when canoes were more common than cars, the New York Harbor was a pristine biodiverse...

Conserving the Congo Basin: Cuvette Centrale

Written by: Kimberly White A bountiful fusion of rivers, flooded forests, swamps and savannahs, the Congo Basin is abounding with life. A vital refuge for...

2019 European Innovation Competition Begins, Looks for Innovations to Reduce Plastic Waste

Written by: Kimberly White Last week the European Commission launched the 2019 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This year’s theme...

Private Sector Involvement In Afghan Energy Production

Courtesy of Wadsam The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Program (ESIP) conducted a workshop at Serena Hotel in Kabul on Wednesday.  The workshop aimed at identifying...

Diggin’ Dallas: How 9 Simple Waste Digs May Sway Council’s Vote for a Commercial...

Written by: Stacy Savage In August 2018, the Dallas City Council voted to approve a recycling ordinance for all multi-family dwellings with 8 units or more. By...

New agreement to boost transborder conservation of rhinos, elephants, and tigers in India and...

Written by: Mayank Aggarwal/Mongabay India and Nepal, which share a border running more than 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles), are set to sign an agreement...

Do we need a wildlife crime convention?

Written by: John E. Scanlon There is no global agreement on wildlife crime, nor any universally agreed definition of wildlife crime. In the absence of such an agreement, CITES, the Convention on...

IUCN’s Inger Andersen to Head United Nations Environment Programme

Written by: Kimberly White The United Nations General Assembly has elected Inger Andersen of Denmark as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)....

Indonesia Deforestation Decline Prompts Payments from Norway

Written by: Kimberly White In 2010, Norway and Indonesia joined together for a climate and forest partnership to support Indonesia’s efforts to reduce...

Why reality TV might be the answer to mass market uptake of sustainable housing

Written by: James McGregor Popular home makeover TV shows like “This Old House”, “Grand Designs”, and the “Property Brothers” are highly influential in setting new...

Aquatic Pollution and Watershed Management in Galliyat

Written by: Ahmed Raza, WWF-Pakistan Nature has blessed Pakistan with adequate surface and groundwater resources. However, rapid population growth, urbanization, and the continued industrial...

UK Government Launches Year of Green Action

Written by: Kimberly White In January, Environment Secretary Michael Gove called upon people to join together to protect the environment. While speaking at the ZSL...

Mountain Gorilla: Population Increase Gives Hope

Written by: Kimberly White The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has reclassified the Mountain Gorilla from “critically endangered” to “endangered.” The status change...

How to Empower Women By Being Change Agents

Written by Glenda Monge Alvarado Talks about sustainability with a gender focus are rarely found. Although gender equality is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),...

Alaska: Climate Changed

Written by: Kimberly White Often referred to as “the last frontier,” Alaska has become one of the first frontiers of climate change impacts. Melting sea ice and permafrost...

Afghan Women Meet To Advocate For Women in Peace Process

Courtesy of Wadsam More than 75 women members of Provincial Peace Councils (PPCs) met in Kabul on Wednesday to plot a strategy to advocate for the interests...

Bali Bans Single-Use Plastics

Written by: Kimberly White On December 24, 2018, Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced that the Indonesian province of Bali is officially banning single-use plastics. The ban is a...

New Zealand Plastic Bag Phase Out Confirmed

Written by: Kimberly White In December, Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, confirmed the plastic bag phase out for retailers. From July 1, 2019, retailers will be...

Ministry of Environment Announces Korean Sustainable Development Goals

Written by: Kimberly White On December 24, 2018, Minister Cho Myung-Rae announced the confirmation of the Korean Sustainable Development Goals (K-SDGs). The K-SDGs are in line with the...

Scottish Government Powers Past Coal

Written by: Kimberly White During the United Nations climate change conference COP24, the Scottish Government announced their intention to join the Powering Past Coal Alliance. The Powering Past...

The World’s 5 Most Sustainable Cities

Written by: Kimberly White The world’s most sustainable cities have been revealed. In October, the global design and consulting firm, Arcadis, released its 2018 Sustainable Cities Index (SCI)....

Nepal Set to Double National Tiger Population

Written by: Kimberly White The Government of Nepal announced that the country’s wild tiger population has nearly doubled since 2009. Nepal estimates 235 wild tigers are roaming the...

Investment Accelerator Competition to Help UK Businesses Tackle Ocean Plastics

Written by: Kimberly White The UK Government has announced a new investment partnership that offers up to £6 million in grant and private funding for businesses with innovative...

THE COMMITTEES: Setting out to ‘transform the world’ in the General Assembly’s Second Committee

Courtesy of UN News Centre Header image: UN Photo/Cia Pak: To mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a 10-minute film introducing the Sustainable...