The Great Barrier Reef is going through a historic sixth mass bleaching event – its fourth in six years, despite temperatures being cooler than usual due to La Niña.
It’s a frightening preview of what’s to come as our planet gets hotter. More on that, as well as the metaverse, yogurt cups, Finland’s nuclear tomb and more in this week’s Landscape News round-up.
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Meet the scientists turning landscapes into soundscapes by using their ears to assess ecosystem health.
The metaverse could result in more greenhouse gas emissions, but could we reprogram it to help heal the planet instead?
Ukrainian and Russian climate activists have joined forces to demand a European embargo on Russian oil, gas and coal.
Some European countries are considering burning more coal to wean themselves off Russian gas, raising concerns over the war’s threats to the climate. Finland, meanwhile, is building an underground pit to store nuclear waste for the next 100,000 years.
Could this feed into a “just transition” to sustainable economies? Rich countries would have to stop producing oil and gas by 2034 to give poorer countries time to switch to renewables.
Meanwhile, world leaders have failed to agree on a treaty to protect the world’s oceans. Negotiations for a new, long-awaited global treaty to conserve biodiversity seem to have ground to a halt, too.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has proposed for the entire world to have early warning systems for extreme weather within five years.
Not a single country in the world meets air quality standards set by the World Health Organization, and only 3 percent of global cities have healthy air.
Microplastics have been found in human blood for the first time, the health effects of which remain unclear.
In Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa, locals are scouring the beaches for yogurt cups and reusing them to plant mangroves.
Biodiversity loss threatens global economic stability, says a report from a network of central banks, and yet these institutions are at the top of the list of those needing better biodiversity strategies to address it.
Almost all of the world’s largest banks have set net-zero targets, but none are taking meaningful action.
U.S. companies could soon be required to disclose greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks under new rules proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
McDonald’s is buying beef from ranches that drive deforestation in the Amazon, according to a Brazilian journalist group.
Both the Arctic and the Antarctic are experiencing heatwaves, with temperatures some 30 to 40 degrees Celsius warmer than average.
The warm weather has caused an ice shelf to collapse in East Antarctica for the first time in human history, while Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent more than two weeks earlier than usual.
Many birds are laying their eggs earlier in response to the climate crisis, but will there be enough food for chicks to eat?
The war in Ukraine threatens conservation in neighboring Belarus, where dozens of wildlife NGOs have been forced to shut down amid a mass crackdown on civil society.
A glimmer of hope in crisis-hit Lebanon: landscape restoration is creating jobs and building resilience in the Middle East’s largest biosphere reserve.