At least 30 percent of the world’s tree species are facing extinction – and more than 140 species have already been wiped out.
In this Landscape News bi-weekly digest, we’ll discover some key ways to protect our remaining trees and forests. Plus, carbon capture, leaded gasoline, the largest-ever wildlife bridge and much more.
Save the date: from 21–23 September, we’ll be hosting the GLF Amazonia Digital Conference to explore ways to preserve and restore the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
Latin America and the Caribbean, which hold more than a quarter of the world’s forests, are aiming to protect and restore 50 million hectares by 2050.
In Africa, experts are pondering how to better tackle hunger and protect wildlife against poachers and extractive industries.
Two years ago, seven South American countries signed a pact to protect the Amazon. They haven’t made much progress since.
Less than half of the Amazon rainforest is currently protected. Indigenous groups want to raise that figure to 80 percent.
This is in part why some 6,000 people have gathered in Brasília, as Brazil’s Supreme Court gears up for a seismic decision to recognize – or deny – Indigenous land claims.
Almost a third of Brazil’s gold production could be illegal and driving deforestation in the Amazon. It’s mostly being sold to rich countries like Canada, the U.K. and Switzerland.
Greenhouse gas levels are now the highest they’ve been in at least 800,000 years.
Climate disasters are occurring four to five times more often than in the 1970s – and causing seven times more damage.
From heat deaths to skin cancer and from heart disease to mental illnesses, the climate crisis is taking a mounting toll on human health.
Dubai planted a million trees in the desert – and then, just a decade later, left them all to die. What went wrong?
The world’s largest wildlife bridge is in the making. Its mission: to save California’s heavily inbred mountain lions.
That said, just 1 percent of global development aid is used to address air pollution – less than the amount spent on fossil fuel projects.
Environmental activists are calling for the COP26 climate conference to be postponed, with many in the Global South unable to attend due to vaccine inequity and travel restrictions.
Medellín was once one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Today, it wants to reinvent itself as Latin America’s first ‘eco-city’.
Humanity has finally stopped using leaded gasoline, with Algeria using the world’s last stockpile.
The world’s largest carbon capture plant has launched in Iceland. It will remove up to 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year and store it underground.
Climate denialism is no longer working for the fossil fuel industry. Now, it’s accusing climate advocates of hypocrisy instead.