Capturing carbon emissions from polluting industries has long been touted as a key way of mitigating climate change, and a new agreement between China and the United States may finally help overcome obstacles to development of the technology.
For over a decade, our team at UNU have been filming “environmental stories” without consciously recognizing that we were at the same time documenting the fate of the commons in different regions of the world.
Traditional tea farming practices in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture are helping preserve the biodiversity of the region’s semi-natural grasslands.
A decline in the traditional practice of home gardening by Wayanad’s tribal population can have far-reaching consequences.
As the dust settles after the recent European Parliament election, the results show historical gains for the far-right populist parties in Britain, France, Greece, Austria and Germany. Analysts linked these transformations partially to the growing anti-immigration sentiment in Europe, as people, particularly in bad economic times, tend to resort to scapegoating and blaming migrants for [...]
Societies urgently need to introduce and enforce ‘use zoning’ of Earth’s coastal ocean waters as current approaches put the well-being of over 2 billion people at risk, says a coalition of experts in a new paper lead-authored by the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health.
Featuring cooperatives, collective action and even a local council that has devolved power into the hands of those it serves, the town of Marinaleda is often called Spain’s “communist utopia” and is proof that an economy built on mutual aid is possible.
Declines in amphibian populations, including population crashes and mass localized extinctions, have been noted from locations all over the world, but scientists have now made a key discovery that may help to stem the loss of countless species to a deadly fungus.
Botswana’s Okavango Delta has been listed as the 1,000th World Heritage site. It harbours 24 species of globally-threatened birds and is key to the survival of Botswana’s 130,000 elephants — the largest population of the species in the world.
Surrendering to the implications of climate change is an act of courage not cowardice, so the new global warming activism should be about accepting the reality of near-term extinction and dealing with our grief.
The climate debate isn’t over, but some commentators within it have adopted a new and dangerously fatalistic position, misguidedly arguing that the proper response to climate change is to accept near-term human extinction.