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A new campaign seeks to tackle growing wildmeat consumption in Congolese cities, which threatens biodiversity and rural food security.
Rich countries have ordered a billion more doses of COVID-19 vaccines than their citizens need – enough to vaccinate the entire adult population of Africa.
Rather than waiting, Cuba and Iran are trialing their own homegrown vaccines, while Ghana has become the first country to receive vaccines from the U.N.’s COVAX scheme.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at 400 mink farms in eight European countries.
The Atlantic Ocean’s circulation system is now the weakest it’s been in at least 1,600 years, partly due to the climate crisis.
One potential effect is more frequent floods, which are already causing USD 20 billion in damage to homes in the U.S. alone each year.
Global warming is causing wildfires to spread into previously untouched parts of the world. It could also be making European forests more vulnerable to insect pests.
It also contributed to February’s winter storms, which caused oil refineries in Texas to shut down – but not before releasing tons of pollutants into the air through gas flaring.
Yemen is on the brink of mass famine. The U.N. is seeking USD 3.85 billion in aid to combat hunger in the war-torn country, which could affect more than 16 million Yemenis this year.
Indigenous communities are facing mounting human rights abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic in tropical forested countries such as Brazil, Indonesia and Colombia.
Native Americans are rapidly rolling out vaccines to protect their Elders from the pandemic. They’re also resisting an oil pipeline and buying back some of the lands taken from them during colonization.
In India, dwindling groundwater supplies could threaten hundreds of millions of livelihoods, while air pollution caused 54,000 premature deaths in New Delhi in 2020.
Almost a third of the world’s freshwater fish are at risk of extinction, and migratory fish populations have fallen by three-quarters since the 1970s.
Land grabbers are using Facebook Marketplace to illegally sell parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, including plots located on Indigenous lands and national forests.
Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer, lost 47,000 hectares of forests to cocoa farming in 2020.
The first cases of H5N8 bird flu in humans have been identified in Russia, though it’s unclear if the virus can be spread between people.
With the discovery of this “super plant” that can absorb roadside air pollution, could magnets and sea cucumbers be the answer to microplastics?
World leaders are doing nowhere near enough to prevent climate catastrophe, says the U.N., noting that emissions are set to decrease by less than 1 percent by 2030 based on current targets.
The U.S. and Canada will work together toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with new emission reductions targets to be announced by April.
China’s coal-mining Inner Mongolia region will end cryptocurrency mining and ban new steel and coke projects.
The Spanish city of Seville, famous for its bitter oranges, is now turning its leftover citrus into clean electricity.
BlackRock will now vote against company directors who fail to address climate risks, which could drastically affect the credit ratings of many countries and companies once factored in.
Volvo Cars will only sell fully electric cars by 2030, while this French shipyard is working on an “eco-friendly” cruise ship powered by sails.
But the innovation of the week goes to English football team Forest Green Rovers, which is trialing a kit made from recycled coffee bean waste.