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Cyprus’s haunting new underwater sculpture park – in pictures

Musan, a gallery of sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor exploring our relationship with nature, has opened off Ayia Napa Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Photography, Environment, World news, Cyprus, Culture, Wildlife, Art and design, Biodiversity, Travel Photography, Cultural Trips, Beach Holidays, Europe Holidays, Jason deCaires Taylor, Cyprus Holidays


Delta blues: why estuaries are the canaries in the climate crisis coalmine

These fragile ecosystems are where the impacts of the climate crisis are often felt first, say expertsThe Ebro delta appears to be in robust health, to a casual observer. There is water gurgling in the canals and irrigation channels, and what appears to be a mighty river flowing into the sea. The dazzling green rice fields are dotted with ibis, egrets and redshanks.However, all is not what it seems. The Ebro, the only one of Spain’s three great rivers that flows into the Mediterranean, is one of...
Tags: Europe, Animals, Environment, Spain, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Endangered Species, Invasive Species, Biodiversity, Coastlines, Rivers, Mediterranean


New Zealand rated best place to survive global societal collapse

Study citing ‘perilous state’ of industrial civilisation ranks temperate islands top for resilienceNew Zealand, Iceland, the UK, Tasmania and Ireland are the places best suited to survive a global collapse of society, according to a study.The researchers said human civilisation was “in a perilous state” due to the highly interconnected and energy-intensive society that had developed and the environmental damage this had caused. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, Ireland, Conservation, Fossil Fuels, Global Economy, Globalisation, Population, New Zealand, Energy Efficiency, Biodiversity, Sustainable Development Goals, Extreme Weather


Biodiversity bonanza! Why it is time to let weeds go wild in our gardens

The Royal Horticultural Society has just awarded a gold medal to a garden full of ragwort and other weeds – and there are some clear benefits to letting nature take its courseName: Weed gardens.Age: Possibly older than actual gardens. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Bees, Biodiversity, Insects, Gardens, Wild Flowers, Royal Horticultural Society


The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them’

Insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they performI have been fascinated by insects all my life. One of my earliest memories is of finding, at the age of five or six, some stripy yellow-and-black caterpillars feeding on weeds in the school playground. I put them in my empty lunchbox, and took them home. Eventually they transformed into handsome magenta and black moths. This seemed like ...
Tags: Food, Science, Biology, Environment, Birds, Bees, Thailand, Wildlife, Conservation, Pesticides, New Zealand, Patagonia, Biodiversity, Insects, Butterflies, Borneo


Big mission to save tiny frog

A pioneering project has released 800 captive-bred Pickersgill’s reed frogs back into the wild in KwaZulu-Natal The post Big mission to save tiny frog appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Biodiversity, KwaZulu-Natal, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Pickersgill, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Ian Du Plessis, Jeanne Tarrant, Joburg Zoo, Pickersgill’s reed frogs


Creecy taken to court over oil, gas plan

An environment group says its application is a ‘watershed’ case for stopping deep sea exploration The post Creecy taken to court over oil, gas plan appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Pollution, Oil Spills, Noise, Biodiversity, St Lucia, East London, Marine Protected Areas, Sasol, Judicial Review, Top Six, Pretoria High Court, Oil And Gas Exploration, Marine Mammals, KwaZulu-Natal


World’s feral pigs produce as much CO2 as 1.1m cars each year, study finds

Researchers estimate the invasive species releases 4.9m metric tonnes of greenhouse gas annually by uprooting soilThe climate impact of wild pigs around the world is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 1.1m cars annually, according to new research.Modelling by an international team of researchers estimates that feral pigs release 4.9m metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year globally by uprooting soil. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Agriculture, Endangered Species, Invasive Species, Biodiversity


Race to save the Richtersveld from mass extinction

Climate change, mine dust, drought and succulent poaching are causing centuries-old iconic plants to die The post Race to save the Richtersveld from mass extinction appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Plants, Biodiversity, Succulents, Northern Cape, Orange River, Top Six, Richtersveld, Dust Storm, Endemism, Sanparks, Subs-only, Pieter van Wyk, Diamond Mining, Botterbome


New decade, new empty promises for nature

Draft text released for a post 2020 framework to guide biodiversity recovery as we enter the UN Decade of Restoration The post New decade, new empty promises for nature appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: China, Environment, United Nations, Un, Biodiversity, Kunming, Top Six, COP15, Environmental Targets, UN decade on ecosystem restoration


Trillions of dollars spent on Covid recovery in ways that harm environment

Only 10% of $17tn global bailout directed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and restoring nature, report findsTrillions of dollars poured into rescuing economies around the world from the Covid-19 crisis have been spent in ways that worsen the climate crisis and harm nature because governments have failed to fulfil promises of a “green recovery” from the pandemic.Only about a tenth of the $17tn in bailouts provided by governments since the start of the pandemic was spent on activities that red...
Tags: Energy, Business, Climate Change, Environment, Economics, Green Economy, World news, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Global development, Green politics, Biodiversity, Natural resources and development


UN sets out Paris-style plan to cut extinction rate by factor of 10

Ambitious draft goals to halt biodiversity loss revealed, with proposed changes to food production expected to ‘raise eyebrows’Eliminating plastic pollution, reducing pesticide use by two-thirds, halving the rate of invasive species introduction and eliminating $500bn (£360bn) of harmful environmental government subsidies a year are among the targets in a new draft of a Paris-style UN agreement on biodiversity loss.The goals set out by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)to help halt ...
Tags: Food, Climate Change, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Oceans, Paris, Agriculture, Un, Biodiversity, UN Convention on Biological Diversity CBD


‘Change is coming’: UN sets out Paris-style plan to cut extinction rate tenfold

Ambitious draft goals to halt biodiversity loss revealed, with proposed changes to food production expected to ‘raise eyebrows’Eliminating plastic pollution, reducing pesticide use by two-thirds, halving the rate of invasive species introduction and eliminating $500bn (£360bn) of harmful environmental government subsidies a year are among the targets in a new draft of a Paris-style UN agreement for biodiversity loss.The goals set out by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to help hal...
Tags: Food, Climate Change, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Oceans, Paris, Agriculture, Un, Biodiversity, UN Convention on Biological Diversity CBD


Palm oil: Useful but destructive

Palm oil contributes to deforestation, biodiversity loss, peatland destruction and climate change, and the biofuel is more polluting than fossil-based diesel The post Palm oil: Useful but destructive appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Palm Oil, Deforestation, Child Labour, South America, Biodiversity, Greenhouse Gases, Top Six, African oil palm, Animal feed production, Jonathan Robins, World Wild Fund for Nature, World Wind fund for Nature


Lights, dogs, action! Patagonia project to keep pumas from preying on sheep

A trial using maremma sheepdogs and Foxlights is offering a new way to protect livestock and diffuse conflict with ranchers over the big catsArriving at a fencepost protruding like a needle from the grassland, conservation adviser Nicolás Lagos assembles an LED device that will sit atop the pillar and at nightfall emanate an eerie multicoloured display across the frosted Patagonian valley below. The lights emit random 360-degree patterns visible from a mile away. Known as Foxlights they emulate ...
Tags: Travel, Food, Science, Biology, Environment, Americas, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Farming, Chile, Patagonia, IUCN red list of endangered species, Biodiversity, Wildlife Holidays, Green travel


How does ocean health impact life and livelihoods? [podcast]

June is National Ocean Month in the United States, and earlier this month, the whole world observed World Oceans Day, a day that has been celebrated since 2008 with a different theme each year. The theme for 2021 was “Life and Livelihoods.”Covering 71% of the earth’s surface, the ocean is home to a vast array of life—an estimated 2.2 million species—and provides livelihoods for 40 million people in the fishing industry. But many scientists warn that the health of our oceans is in decline, threat...
Tags: Books, Featured, Climate Change, United States, Oceans, Biodiversity, Multimedia, Editor's Picks, University of Washington, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Deep Ocean, Ocean Health, Ocean Acidification, Overfishing, Science & Medicine, The Oxford Comment


Environmental claims of new EU farm subsidy policy are questioned

‘Eco schemes’ to be supported are undefined and three-quarters of €387bn CAP budget will go to intensive farming, say criticsThe environmental claims of a newly agreed €387bn (£330bn) EU farming subsidy policy have been described as a “paper reality”, despite a commitment that a quarter of its budget will be spent on “eco schemes”.A new five-year common agricultural policy (CAP) was provisionally agreed by the European parliament, European Commission and the 27 member states on Friday after two ...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Eu, European Union, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Farming, European Commission, Biodiversity


From the ashes: historical botanic photos destroyed in Cape Town fire resurrected

Table Mountain blaze destroyed university’s plant conservation archives, but digitised ‘then-and-now’ images continue to shed light on changes in South Africa’s landscapeThe fire that started on the slopes of Table Mountain on April 18 this year quickly swept through the University of Cape Town campus. The world watched in horror as the African Studies Library was burned to the ground. In the weeks that followed, volunteers waded through the waterlogged basement of the razed building to see whic...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, South Africa, Wildlife, Conservation, Plants, Cape Town, Biodiversity, Table Mountain, University of Cape Town, Department of Biological Sciences, Prof Timm Hoffman, Plant Conservation Unit PCU, HW Pearson


From the ashes: antique botanic photos destroyed in Cape Town fire resurrected

Table Mountain blaze destroyed university’s plant conservation archives, but digitised ‘then-and-now’ images continue to shed light on changes in South Africa’s landscapeThe fire that started on the slopes of Table Mountain on April 18 this year quickly swept through the University of Cape Town campus. The world watched in horror as the African Studies Library was burned to the ground. In the weeks that followed, volunteers waded through the waterlogged basement of the razed building to see whic...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, South Africa, Wildlife, Conservation, Plants, Cape Town, Biodiversity, Table Mountain, University of Cape Town, Department of Biological Sciences, Prof Timm Hoffman, Plant Conservation Unit PCU, HW Pearson


Congo’s latest killer is the climate crisis. Doing nothing is unthinkable | Vava Tampa

Lake Tanganyika sustains life for millions but ever more erratic weather threatens the entire CongoFor thousands of years, Lake Tanganyika was an exquisite sight that soothed and supported generations of Congolese people. Those living by its shores in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have snoozed in hammocks under the tropical sun, watching their children splash in Africa’s oldest, deepest and longest lake. In the evenings, when boats head out for fishing trips, local people would ligh...
Tags: MOBA, Climate Change, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Biodiversity, Rivers, Paul Kagame, Drc, Lake Tanganyika, Climate aid


New plan to tackle marine pollution

The environment department’s Source-to-Sea initiative will create 1 600 work opportunities The post New plan to tackle marine pollution appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, South Africa, Wildlife, Recycling, Waste Management, Biodiversity, Sustainable Development, United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, Ocean Pollution, Job Creation, Top Six, Ocean Economy, Marine Litter, Barbara Creecy, Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries


‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers

eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major freshwater ecosystems around the world with “gamechanging” DNA technology.The International Union for Cons...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, Fish, Genetics, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Peru, Amazon Rainforest


How are our cities going to look in a rapidly heating world? It won’t be long and 50C will be normal | James Bradley

Hot weather bakes in disadvantage. Regenerating natural and living ecosystems will help us allA century ago the British critic and crime writer GK Chesterton declared that crime fiction is the poetry of the city. Chesterton’s point was that the city is more attuned to the poetry of contemporary life than the country, but his observation also hit upon something no less important, which is that the structures that shape social and economic life are visible in their concentrated forms in the urban ...
Tags: Climate Change, Housing, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Trees and forests, Transport, Sydney, Green Building, Biodiversity, Extreme Weather, Australia Weather, James Bradley


Over-exploitation has degraded billions of hectares of land

The well-being of about 3.2-billion people, 40% of the world’s population, has been harmed The post Over-exploitation has degraded billions of hectares of land appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Africa, Environment, Trees, Ethiopia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Biodiversity, Co2, Niger, United Nations Environment Programme, Carbon Dioxide, UNEP, Land Degradation, Carbon Sequestration, Top Six


All hot air: UK commits to climate action but not to new funding

Boris Johnson announces £500m for ‘blue planet fund’, but pledge was contained in 2019 Conservative manifestoBoris Johnson has set out his intention to “build back better for the world”, to protect the natural environment and wildlife, and tackle the climate crisis, at the G7 summit in Cornwall. But he committed no new funds to the initiative, and other G7 leaders showed little sign of coming forward with the cash commitments that campaigners said were needed to help developing countries cope wi...
Tags: UK, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Biodiversity, Johnson, David Attenborough, G7


Finding fangs: new film exposes illicit trade killing off Bolivia’s iconic jaguar

Undercover documentary investigates the trafficking of Latin America’s big cat to meet demand in ChinaElizabeth Unger was a 25-year-old biology graduate working as a PhD research assistant for big cat and climate projects in Latin America when she heard about the Bolivian authorities intercepting dozens of packages containing jaguar fangs sent by Chinese citizens to addresses in China.“I was really blown away as [the story] was completely under the radar,” she says. Six years later, she is makin...
Tags: Film, China, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, IUCN red list of endangered species, Illegal wildlife trade, Biodiversity, Latin America, Bolivia


Landmark Report Links Earth’s 2 Biggest Existential Threats for the First Time

Mass extinction and the climate emergency each pose an existential threat to life as we know it. A new landmark report shows they must be tackled in tandem to give nature—and by extension, us—the best shot at survival.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Sustainability, Biodiversity, Natural Environment, Case Western Reserve University, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Sarah Diamond, Academic Disciplines, Biogeography, Ecosystem Service, Pam Mcelwee, Proforestation


Climate and nature crises: solve both or solve neither, say experts

Restoring nature boosts biodiversity and ecosystems that can rapidly and cheaply absorb carbon emissionsHumanity must solve the climate and nature crises together or solve neither, according to a report from 50 of the world’s leading scientists.Global heating and the destruction of wildlife is wreaking increasing damage on the natural world, which humanity depends on for food, water and clean air. Many of the human activities causing the crises are the same and the scientists said increased use ...
Tags: Food, Climate Change, Environment, Research, Wildlife, Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Farming, Biodiversity


Labor, Greens and key crossbencher reject Morrison government’s overhaul of environment laws

Opposition likens Coalition’s proposed legislation to Abbott government’s controversial ‘one-stop shop’ schemeThe Morrison government will face a battle in the Senate to pass environmental protection legislation amendments, with critics accusing it of resurrecting a maligned Abbott-era “one-stop shop approval” system that will “fast-track extinctions”.The government has not yet formally responded to the Graeme Samuel-led review into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act, which made 38 ...
Tags: Senate, Environment, Australia news, Conservation, Coalition, Australian politics, Biodiversity, Abbott, Morrison, Labor Greens, Graeme Samuel


Knowledge of medicinal plants at risk as languages die out

Loss of linguistic diversity may lead to disappearance of age-old remedies unknown to science, study warnsKnowledge of medicinal plants is at risk of disappearing as human languages become extinct, a new study has warned. Indigenous languages contain vast amounts of knowledge about ecosystem services provided by the natural world around them. However, more than 30% of the 7,400 languages on the planet are expected to disappear by the end of the century, according to the UN. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Environment, Life and style, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Alternative Medicine, Health & wellbeing, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Language, Plants, Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples