In this Landscape News round-up, we unpack the key headlines of the week, from gravity batteries to climate-induced insomnia.
Earlier this month, the world’s largest drylands conference wrapped up in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Here’s what happened at UNCCD COP15, according to ICRAF director general Tony Simons and Chadian activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim.
In Abidjan, we at the Global Landscapes Forum hosted two expert discussions on land tenure in partnership with TMG. We also met these six women from across Africa to hear stories about their home landscapes.
Soil degradation costs the world up to USD 10 trillion a year. Here’s what we can do about it.
U.S. meteorologists are forecasting a busy Atlantic hurricane season for the seventh year running, with three to six major hurricanes.
Carbon may dominate the climate discourse, but it’s equally important to slash methane emissions to prevent even worse impacts, scientists say.
Are you losing sleep over the climate crisis? Warmer temperatures could cost us up to 58 hours of sleep a year by the end of the century.
Pollution kills 9 million people a year, which accounted for roughly one in six deaths worldwide in 2019.
More than 23 million people are facing extreme hunger in East Africa amid drought and rising food prices caused by the war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, food and energy magnates are enjoying a bonanza.
Could seaweeds help tackle the climate crisis? Best known as an East Asian delicacy, these marine organisms are also extremely powerful at absorbing carbon dioxide.
Africa’s Great Green Wall is stalling. The ambitious restoration project is just 4 percent finished, with terrorism and political instability standing in the way.
Australia’s tropical trees are mysteriously dying out, but urban forests are bringing native birds back to cities in neighboring New Zealand.
Australia’s newly elected prime minister has pledged to take the climate crisis seriously. Will he deliver?
Protests will be allowed at the COP27 climate conference in November, host country Egypt has promised.
Scientists are growing increasingly frustrated at China’s hosting of the COP15 biodiversity summit, which still has no confirmed date after almost two years of pandemic-related delays.
Last month, India offered to help alleviate the world’s growing food crisis. Instead, it did the exact opposite.
A German farmer is suing Volkswagen for its contribution to the climate crisis. Campaigners are also taking Dutch national airline KLM to court for greenwashing.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is hellbent on mining the country’s Indigenous territories. Fortunately, some of the largest mining companies aren’t interested.
A study found that half of all fossil fuel production sites will have to be shut down early to keep warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.