It’s that time of year again: heatwaves are scorching large parts of our warming planet, sending records tumbling in India, France and the U.S., to name just a few examples.
In this week’s environmental headlines, we dive into the latest climate disasters, as well as Indigenous food forests, nature-based plastic solutions, and more.
Indian mystic Sadhguru is on a round-the-world tour to draw attention to the planet’s degrading soils. We caught up with him to find out why.
From Indonesia’s coral reefs to forests in Argentina, here are five youth-led restoration projects you should know, all led by our very own Restoration Stewards.
And mark your calendars for Wednesday, 29 June, when GLF Live returns with a special discussion on recent oil spills in Latin America.
Poor countries are bearing the brunt of climate disasters, but rich countries – which are mainly responsible for the climate crisis in the first place – are offering little aid to help them adapt.
And in this week’s climate disasters:
- Millions have been left without food and water amid floods in India and Bangladesh
- Hundreds of homeless people have died from extreme heat in the U.S. city of Phoenix
- Almost all of Portugal is experiencing severe drought
- Mexico’s drought-hit city of Monterrey is rationing water, sparking anger over inequality
- Floods have permanently altered the landscape of Yellowstone National Park (here’s why)
Across Africa, food insecurity is mounting amid drought and soaring food prices. These Somali children are resorting to stealing food while others in Niger face starvation. In the Ghanaian capital of Accra, this chef is serving free meals to hungry locals.
A secret treaty allows fossil fuel investors to sue governments for lost profits. These five young Europeans are suing their own governments to exit the agreement.
Air pollution is slashing 2.2 years off of global life expectancy, more than smoking and three times as much as alcohol. In the U.S., elderly Black people are disproportionately affected.
Could worms help us solve our plastic pollution problem? These polystyrene-eating ‘superworms’ might be on to something.
Meanwhile, scientists have designed this robo-fish to swim around the ocean collecting microplastics.
Fan mussels are on the brink of extinction. With 99.9 percent of its population wiped out in just six years, is there hope for one of the Mediterranean’s unsung heroes?
Airlines could start flying hydrogen-powered planes as early as 2028. However, Russia’s war in Ukraine threatens to derail Europe’s green energy transition.
Carbon emissions from cement have doubled in the last 20 years, while the U.S. oil and gas industries are likely underreporting methane leaks.
The world’s largest insurers are expanding into Africa, but there’s one major obstacle: the climate crisis.
Countries have struck a landmark deal over fishing subsidies, but critics say the agreement has several major shortcomings.
The UN will host its delayed COP15 biodiversity summit in Montreal, Canada, rather than China, in December.
Climate talks in Bonn, Germany have ended in stalemate, with rich countries refusing to put climate reparations on the agenda for COP27.
Australia’s new government has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. Canada will ban the sale of single-use plastics at the end of 2023.