In these challenging times, we stand for peace and in solidarity with everyone affected by war and armed conflict.
In this Landscape News bi-weekly round-up, we examine what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for the world, as well as the latest IPCC report, a new plastic treaty, fish oil myths and much more.
The climate crisis is already affecting billions of people, and it’s progressing at a rate faster than we can adapt to, warns the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its latest report.
Humanity is also on the brink of causing a sixth mass extinction, and the immense hardship that will bring for the world’s poorest people makes it a moral issue, scientists say.
Most European airlines are no longer allowed to overfly Russia and vice versa, resulting in longer flight times and increased carbon emissions. This, plus the fact that air travel is set to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024, makes the search for plant-based jet fuels even more imperative.
WAR AND CONFLICT
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent commodity prices soaring to their highest levels since 2008.
Russia and Ukraine together produce almost a third of the world’s wheat, and rising prices of this staple crop are expected to drive up the cost of food globally.
The war in Ukraine also threatens to exacerbate hunger in war-torn Yemen, which is on the brink of famine.
The cost of fuel and heating is also set to rise as oil and natural gas prices spike. Russia is the world’s second-largest oil and gas producer and supplies around 40 percent of Europe’s natural gas.
In Afghanistan, people are selling their kidneys amid widespread hunger and economic collapse, just weeks after the U.S. seized USD 7 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank.
From the future of food to questions over adaptation, here are seven main takeaways from the new IPCC report.
The climate crisis will be costly, but so too is the battle against it. Who’s going to pay for it?
Hotter weather isn’t just harmful to our physical health: in the U.S., it’s also leading to more mental health emergencies.
Many of Africa’s coastal heritage sites are at risk from rising sea levels. Could landscape restoration help save them?
Don’t fall for the fish oil craze: the industry is wiping out the livelihoods of fishers in West Africa.
Guatemala has one of the world’s highest rates of child malnutrition. Climate disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic are both making matters worse.
Always pick up after your dog – especially if you’re in a nature reserve. Dog feces and urine are harming wildlife by over-fertilizing the ground with nitrogen and phosphorus.
The booming metropolis of Mumbai isn’t just home to 20 million people; it also hosts an impressive array of marine life.
Despite their net-zero pledges, Europe’s largest banks have lent some USD 33 billion to oil and gas companies over the past year.
Scientists are celebrating a huge breakthrough for nuclear fusion energy, though the technology will take decades to mature.
In a potential watershed moment, 175 countries have agreed to start negotiating an international treaty to address plastic pollution, which will be fleshed out by the end of 2024.