We throw away almost a billion tons of food each year – and around a third of the food we grow never gets eaten.
In this Landscape News bi-weekly news roundup, we explore innovative new ways to combat food waste, slash carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and more.
In case you missed it, here’s our 2021 list of 16 female leaders defining the future of our planet through their ideas, talents, actions and inspiration.
One of these trailblazing women is U.N. biodiversity chief Elizabeth Mrema, who shared her thoughts on the crucial role of women in conservation.
Desert locusts have been ravaging crops across the Horn of Africa and Yemen since 2018. Could the climate crisis be fueling the infestation?
And following the release of the Dasgupta Review, we asked European Forest Institute director Marc Palahí how to build a global economy that recognizes the value of nature.
Up next, don’t miss our special GLF Live episode for the International Day of Forests on 22 March, discussing the state of our planet’s forested landscapes with three of the world’s top experts.
Governments are spending some USD 14.6 trillion on rescuing their economies, but only 18 percent of that spending can be considered “green.”
World leaders also aren’t doing enough to prevent future pandemics by ending the wildlife trade and halting deforestation, says a new alliance of health and environmental campaigners.
Pfizer has been accused of holding several Latin American governments to ransom during COVID vaccine negotiations, including asking for sovereign assets to be put up as collateral.
The Amazon may now be a net contributor to global warming, due in large part to deforestation, logging and land clearance.
Also worryingly, the tropics could soon become unhabitable as the climate crisis stirs up a lethal cocktail of heat and humidity.
And with the Northern summer not too far away, scientists are fearful over how Europe is in a steady phase of its most severe droughts and heatwaves in more than 2,000 years.
Smoke from wildfires is up to 10 times more lethal to humans than car exhaust fumes, scientists have found.
Indigenous communities are some of the planet’s most important stewards – yet they’ve been largely excluded from global negotiations on biodiversity conservation.
And while farmers’ protests in India have made global headlines, it’s time to also turn attention to the farmers on the Indian-Pakistani border who have been barred from tilling their own land for decades.
Brazilian slum-dwellers, meanwhile, are turning to urban farms to bolster food security, while this Ugandan village is rebuilding from war with the help of solar energy and shea trees.
Humans have degraded or destroyed two-thirds of the planet’s tropical rainforests. The COVID-19 pandemic could aggravate the issue as governments roll back environmental protections.
As ecotourism collapses in Kenya, Maasai pastoralists are selling off their land to big farms, jeopardizing the country’s rare wildlife like lions and elephants – but could the carbon market save them?
But there’s also some good news from the underwater realms: five years after being hit by the Pacific’s worst cyclone, Fiji’s coral reefs are growing back stronger than ever.
Former Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann will take over as chief of the OECD despite a questionable record on climate policy.
France understated the impact of nuclear tests it conducted in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996. The new revelations could entitle over 100,000 people to compensation.
European cities have vastly expanded cycling infrastructure since the start of the pandemic. Athens is also creating green spaces to alleviate its summer heat.
Carbon prices will need to be raised sevenfold to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius, says consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.
Are conventional power plants the latest financial bubble? Energy analysts are vastly underestimating the cost of energy from fossil fuels, according to this new report.
Scientists have developed a way to turn food waste into jet fuel, which could drastically lower carbon emissions from flying.