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July is set to be the hottest month on record. The world has already experienced its hottest week ever, with unprecedented temperatures across the northern hemisphere – and scientists fear there’s worse to come.
In this revamped Landscape News digest, we dig through the alarming climate headlines and examine how we can prepare ourselves for a potentially much, much hotter future.
This month on Landscape News
It’s been 50 years since India launched Project Tiger to keep its iconic big cats from going extinct. Now, its tigers are bouncing back. Can they coexist with people?
In East Africa, over 23 million people are going hungry amid the worst drought in 40 years. Here’s what we can learn from this deadly catastrophe.
Meanwhile, local people are doing what they can. We spoke with four Africa-based GLFx chapters to learn how they’re building a greener food future for their communities.
And as Gabon closes in on a USD 500 million debt-for-nature swap, here’s how the West African nation is leading the world in biodiversity conservation.
What is greenwashing, and what can we do to tackle it? Our latest explainer covers all you need to know: what the term means, and how to spot it, avoid it and help get rid of it.
And in case you missed it, here’s what happened at the Finance for Nature Digital Forum, which explored how finance can help build a stewardship economy in Latin America and the Caribbean.
What we’re reading
These are just a few of the places experiencing extreme heat, wildfires and floods in what is likely the world’s hottest month ever recorded.
Worse yet, the Gulf Stream could shut down as early as 2025, a contentious new study has found.
Even if this month’s heatwaves aren’t affecting you directly, they’re bad news for the world’s food supply. Expect widespread crop failures and fish die-offs to come.
Is the Anthropocene a thing? This small lake in Canada could tell us when we started to fundamentally alter the state of our planet.
Avian flu may have killed millions of birds in the past two years. The latest outbreak has shown no signs of stopping and is now on the brink of spreading to Antarctica.
Last year, the world lost an area of tropical forests the size of Switzerland – a 10-percent increase from 2021. Fortunately, deforestation has decreased considerably in both Brazil and Colombia.
And 20 years after the end of Angola’s brutal civil war, native giraffes have returned to the country’s national parks.
In drought-hit Uruguay, millions have been left without clean drinking water, but that isn’t stopping Google from building a new data center that would use 7.6 million liters of water a day.
Deep-sea mining could start as early as next year despite concerns over its impacts on marine life. After negotiators missed a deadline to regulate the practice, mining companies and Nauru are ready to pounce.
Is natural gas really cleaner than coal? Not if you take leaks into accounts, according to a recent study.
India is mulling a partial ban on rice exports – a move that could send global food prices soaring.
The U.S. will not pay reparations to poorer countries impacted by the climate crisis.
China is drilling the world’s deepest holes in search of natural gas.
Russia is scaling up its military presence in one of the most biodiverse areas of the Arctic.
And from fake Twitter accounts to Wikipedia editing, the U.A.E. is greenwashing its way to COP28.