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Also in this Landscape News bi-weekly news roundup: cloud seeding, green bonds, fundraising for the Amazon and the continued funding of fossil fuels.
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The climate crisis is taking a massive toll on the Earth’s drylands. In southern Madagascar, some 1.3 million people are on the brink of famine after the worst drought in a decade.
Around 1.4 million people with tuberculosis missed out on treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, eliminating 12 years of progress in just 12 months.
Governments should increase taxes on the wealthy to cover the cost of the pandemic, says the International Monetary Fund.
Vaccine nationalism is taking hold as the coronavirus surges. India has suspended vaccine exports until at least June, while the E.U. has tightened export rules. The U.S. has not exported any vaccines at all.
India’s move will hit low-income countries particularly hard, with Indian-made vaccines making up 71 percent of the initial supply for the UN’s COVAX initiative.
The U.S. government now holds the patent for a technology used in five mRNA vaccines – and advocates are pushing it to use that power to ramp up global production.
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reached a new record of 421 parts per million.
A year on from its worst ever wildfires, Australia has suffered its worst flooding in decades, while communities in South Sudan are slowly rebuilding after two years of rain.
Meanwhile, much of the western U.S. is experiencing drought. Eight states have started seeding clouds in an attempt to make it rain.
Bottom trawling isn’t just harmful to life in the ocean: it causes more carbon emissions than the entire aviation industry.
Meet the informal waste pickers of Barcelona, an army of mostly migrant men who collect 100,000 tons of metal for recycling across Catalonia each year.
Lawyer Steven Donziger took Chevron to court on behalf of Indigenous groups in the Amazon. He’s now been under house arrest for 600 days.
In Mexico, Indigenous communities are battling organized crime groups to defend a forest sanctuary for monarch butterflies.
The average westerner’s diet causes the destruction of four trees each year, with coffee, chocolate and beef among the worst culprits.
Not even a global pandemic was enough to slow deforestation: tropical forest loss was about 12 percent higher in 2020 than in 2019.
The African elephant is now recognized as two species, both of which have been listed as endangered.
Seaspiracy, a documentary about the fishing industry’s environmental impact, is making waves on Netflix, but it’s also come under fire from scientists and conservation groups for containing inaccuracies and misleading claims.
The World Bank has revised its climate policy, but it has stopped short of ending funding for fossil fuels.
India is unlikely to commit to achieving net-zero carbon emissions, arguing that the burden should lie with rich countries responsible for the bulk of historic emissions.
U.S. President Joe Biden has unveiled a USD 2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes employing hundreds of thousands of workers to clean up old fossil fuel plants.
Canada’s federal carbon tax is constitutional, the country’s supreme court has ruled.
However, the Brazilian military has given up fighting deforestation in the Amazon.
Saudi Arabia plans to plant 50 billion trees across the Middle East, though critics question how this will be implemented in such an arid climate.
The climate crisis could reduce the credit ratings of over 60 countries by 2030, with China, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico among the hardest hit.
Green bonds are leaving many emerging markets behind, including some of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries.
But could sustainable investing just be a “deadly distraction,” as a former BlackRock executive claims?
After all, the world’s largest banks have provided USD 3.8 trillion in financing for fossil fuels since 2015.
Speaking of fossil fuels, the oil industry knew about the health risks of air pollution at least 50 years ago.
But even aviation is turning electric, with this 19-seat aircraft set to join Norwegian airline Widerøe by 2026.