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Agroecology has full potential for sustainable food systems

Alarming rates of food insecurity and malnutrition persist alongside the growing crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Food systems are at a critical juncture and a dramatic transition to agroecology is urgently needed. Agroecology’s profile in the national and international arena, and amongst researchers, farmers, and movements are growing. Read More »

Rule book to implement the Paris Agreement is now a reality

Kicking off COP, the WBG announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, more than doubling current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. It was warmly received during the session, with a spontaneous round of applause, and was referenced multiple times in plenary speeches and side events as a ... Read More »

Amphibian that buries head in sand named after Trump

US presidents tend to receive their fair share of honours, but Donald Trump may want to ignore his latest one. A newly discovered amphibian that buries its head in the sand has been named after him, apparently in response to his comments about climate change. The Dermophis donaldtrumpi, which was discovered in Panama, was named by the head of a ... Read More »

Sustainability and a society of distracted drivers

By Richard Heinberg Driving is dangerous. In fact, it’s about the riskiest activity most of us engage in routinely. It requires one’s full attention—and even then, things can sometimes go horribly awry. The brakes fail. The weather turns roads to ice. A driver in the oncoming lane falls asleep. Tragedy ensues. But if we’re asleep at the wheel, the likelihood ... Read More »

At COP24, nations agree to bring Paris climate deal to life

COP24 closing plenary meeting in Katowice, Poland, 16 December 2018. Katowice, 15 December 2018 – After two weeks of crunch negotiations – with overtime – the almost 200 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations COP24 two-week climate change conference, adopted on Saturday a “robust” set of implementing guidelines for the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping ... Read More »

Herbicides increase antibiotic resistance evolution in bacteria

Antibiotic resistance in our pathogens is caused by human activity and is a major challenge for public health. Recent research has found that some of the world’s most widely used herbicides like Roundup (glyphosate) and Kamba (dicamba) can increase the rate of antibiotic resistance development in bacteria by a factor of up to 100,000 times faster than occurs without the ... Read More »

Bamboo — the magic bullet to rapid carbon sequestration?

As thousands of environmental technocrats, policy makers and academics work round the clock to come up with strategies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change at the United Nations’ conference in Katowice, Poland, one scientist is asking Parties to consider massive bamboo farming as a simple but rapid way of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. Read More »

Fashionably sustainable plus shaping Cop24 outcome

The apparel industry has a climate problem and it wants to do something about it. In fact, textiles, it has been suggested, cause more carbon emissions than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Now global fashion brands are joining to take action. 43 industry leader brands ranging from Adidas to Burberry, Guess to Hugo Boss and H&M Group have signed ... Read More »

Climate Change on the Menu

By Riccardo Valentini Vitero, Itali – When we think about winning the fight against climate change, most people concentrate on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, trucks, and other machines powered by fossil fuels. But while these emissions sources are certainly worthy of our attention, another culprit receives far less than it deserves: our food. Read More »

World Soil Day: Soil health key to environment, human health

From Danielle Nierenberg Dec 4 – Greetings from Chicago! Tomorrow, I am joining Google, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other members of the Refresh Working Group to officially launch our report Refresh: Food + Tech from Soil to Supper. The event will explore the role technology can play in the food system, changing the ways we respond to soil ... Read More »

New sustainable infrastructure coming to 9 cities

Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Montería, Tshwane, Quito, Curitiba, Quezon City, and Dar es Salaam will receive support in implementing sustainable projects. The announcement made at CFFactory conference in Berlin. Berlin, Germany, 28 November 2018 – Nine cities will receive specialist financial advice and bespoke support from leading global experts to develop sustainable infrastructure projects from great ideas and plans into fully financed ... Read More »