Land

Rich countries cannot be allowed to buy their way out of climate change

Favouring market tools over real pollution cuts in the richest countries is a recipe for climate disaster

Kerala shows how floods are changing

Across the world, cities and communities are underprepared for the new flooding regime that climate change is ushering in

Brazil: Bolsonaro threatens to quit Paris climate deal

De facto presidential frontrunner says he would follow Donald Trump out of the international pact, drawing criticism from the UN’s environment chief

The US’ hidden methane problem

Unregulated, unnoticed coal mines across the US are leaking a potent greenhouse gas with the same greenhouse effect as 13 million cars

Imran Khan says Pakistan will plant 10 billion trees

The former cricketer and newly elected prime minister is set to promote tree-planting and green jobs, although coal use will continue to expand

The fires ravaging parts of Europe show our forest policies are failing

The death toll in Greece and suffering right up to the Arctic Circle must prompt a move to sustainable and resilient forest management

‘Norway cannot stop deforestation alone’, says environment minister

Scandinavian country leads funding to save the world’s tropical forests, but cannot do it alone, say past and present environment ministers

Colombia tree loss spikes as peace deal leads to land grabs

The area of forest cleared in Colombia jumped 46% last year, data compiled by the World Resources Institute show, in an “alarming” trend

Land

Agriculture

7 surprising things about the carbon footprint of your food

From sandwiches to ‘bleeding’ veggie burgers, we’ve rounded up some of the latest research and innovations for a low-carb(on) diet

New Zealand zero carbon law may exempt its highest emitting sector

Jacinda Ardern promised radical carbon cuts, but one option under consultation allows the main greenhouse gases from farming to keep rising

Documents reveal UK push to water down EU biomass regulations

Brexit-bound UK won big concessions for power stations that burn wood, while new research claims the technology will undermine carbon cuts for half a century

Climate change affecting stability across West Africa and Sahel: UN security council

In a statement, the council president expanded concerns over the links between climate and violence in Africa to two regions that cover 26 countries

African youth go digital to keep climate-smart farming alive

Mobile applications and online forums help young Africans make a living from farming amid changing weather, delegates hear on the sidelines of climate talks in Bonn

Dying gods: Mt Kenya’s disappearing glaciers spread violence below

Those who rely on Mount Kenya’s glaciers for water have turned against one another as the rivers fed by the mountain dry up

Farmers face water crisis in India’s Cauvery Delta

Rice growers are digging ever-deeper wells to try and beat prolonged drought, amid changing rainfall patterns

Kenya’s food crisis: ‘With this kind of farming, I only make a loss’

Farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley are being forced from their farms by drought then hit by rising food prices as maize shortages bite

Agriculture

Forests

Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

International donors have frozen funding to conserve the world’s second largest rainforest, with the DRC environment minister said to have gone “rogue”

US, EU biggest importers of illegal Amazon ipe timber: report

Dodgy credits allow exporters to ship the valuable timber overseas, to unsuspecting consumers who are unaware the timber may be illegal

Tokyo 2020 Olympics confirms use of rainforest timber in stadium build

Admission prompts calls for transparency over Tokyo 2020 supply chain with timber sourced from deforestation hotspot

Peru ends era of ‘roadless wilderness’ in its Amazon rainforests

Roads spread destruction and deforestation in the Amazon, now Peru, driven by neoliberal imperatives, plans a highway for one of the regions most sensitive forests

The Brazilian state letting illegal Amazon loggers keep logging

In Mato Grosso, logging permits are issued that allow export to European markets, even to those charged with crimes by federal authorities

Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

Baltic state lobbied for flexibilities in EU rules to enable a dramatic increase in forestry, turning its thriving woodland into a net emitter of carbon by 2030

Will these hand-painted signs be enough to stop a dam in the Amazon?

With indigenous land demarcations frozen across Brazil, illegal mining and hydro dams threaten the Amazon. Communities are taking matters into their own hands

It’s war in the Amazon, says Brazil’s top environmental law enforcer

Local politicians are colluding with gangs to undermine rainforest protection, Luciano Evaristo tells delegates at UN climate talks in Bonn

Forests

Cities

‘We have brought swallows into Milan’, says father of the vertical forest

Stefano Boeri dreamed up the idea of a living building from a childhood story, now he is exporting them around the world

No heating at -6C: Poor bear brunt of Beijing’s air cleanup

Urban demands for cleaner air have left residents of surrounding towns without heating and cooking as coal systems are ripped out and gas supply falters

New York City aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

Donald Trump’s home city aligns its strategy with tough 1.5C global warming limit, in defiance of the president’s hostility to climate action

US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

India has emerged as the world’s largest importer of petroleum coke, an oil byproduct that is now a major cause of pollution in the capital

Sydney and Vancouver are fulfilling climate promises made in Paris

As national governments delay, cities around the world are committing to climate action

Lobbying data reveals carmakers’ influence in Berlin

As a dieselgate-charged election approaches, data reveals German officials met with auto lobbyists more than once every two days to discuss the scandal

Developing disasters: How cities are making hurricanes more destructive

Scientists warn of expanding “bull’s-eyes” as the US builds in parts of the country at ever-greater risk because of climate change and severe weather

Climate threatens ‘Himalayan Viagra’ fungus, and a way of life

A valuable fungus reputed to be an aphrodisiac has been disappearing from the mountains of Nepal, taking with it a valuable source of income

Cities