Environmental Sustainability

Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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FRED PEARCE
Trees cleared in the western Amazon region of Brazil in September 2017. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
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The world is losing trees faster than ever. An area the size of Italy disappeared last year. Or did it? New research suggests three-quarters of those lost forests may already be regrowing. That hardly means we are out of the woods. Fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity still needs a global campaign to reforest the planet. But it does suggest that, given the chance, nature will do much of the work. ... Read more about Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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Lisa Schlein
FILE - Malnourished and displaced Somali children sit in a tent in their camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, May 25, 2017.
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The World Food Program warns climate change will have a devastating impact on agriculture and the ability of people to feed themselves. The WFP forecasts a huge increase in worldwide hunger unless action is taken to slow global warming. 

The WFP warns progress in reducing global hunger is under threat by conflict and the increase in climate disasters. For the first time in several decades, the WFP reports the number of people suffering from chronic food shortages has risen. ... Read more about WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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Humans are a massive minority on Earth. Why don't we act like it?

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Ron Milo
The endangered Red Panda has a wild population of less than 10,000 mature individuals-Image: REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
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Most of us, including scientists, are blind to the full scope of the living world. This was illustrated by an informal survey which asked biologists and ecologists from elite universities two questions.

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World's fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns

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Thin Lei Win
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ROME, July 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A third of the world's oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the United Nations warned in a report on Monday. ... Read more about World's fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns

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Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People
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      All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think. ... Read more about Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People

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Sustainable future dependent on energy industry support, warns World Energy Council

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Energy Council

–       Report’s rankings reveal most countries struggle to balance energy needs

–       Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom achieve ‘AAA’ ratings under new scorecard system

–       World Energy Congress to agree the agenda for change next month in Korea

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2013 – The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if United Nations development goals are to be met, warns a report launched today by the World Energy Council (WEC). ... Read more about Sustainable future dependent on energy industry support, warns World Energy Council

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OECD: Developing Green Cities Key to Sustainable Future

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Lisa Bryant
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PARIS '€”  By the middle of this century, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, posing a major environmental challenge. But a new report shows how developing "green" cities can generate growth and lead to a more sustainable planet.

About half the world's population lives in or near cities. These urban centers also generate about two-thirds of our greenhouse gas emissions. So it may seem alarming to hear the planet's urban population will likely more than double by the end of the century.
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It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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Thomson Reuters Foundation
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* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

There's no silver bullet to sustainable development, but to avoid conflicts, disasters and damage to ecosystems, water agenda must advance on political arena

Every year on 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. But this year is different. It will go to history as the year when we set the course for the future. ... Read more about It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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World Can Achieve Climate Goals, With All 10 Billion People Prospering

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Rona Fried
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It can feel overwhelming and even futile when we hear targets like zero emissions by 2050, while population reaches 10 billion and the world’s economy triples in size – how can we possibly stay below 2°C temperature rise?
 
A new tool shows it is possible to meet this goal while ensuring everyone has a good standard of living. People can have the food they need, live in comfortable homes, and even travel.

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