Land

‘Noah’s Ark’ Arctic seed vault gets new crops, recovers to 1 million samples

Britain’s Prince Charles, contributing wildflower seeds, says it is ‘exhausting, often demoralising’ to persuade people of vital role of biodiversity

UN biodiversity meeting needs to deliver transformative change, not just targets

The biodiversity talks taking place in China later this year require a legacy that can stand the test of time, rather than a cosmetic victory

‘Mysterious’ seasons harm Nigeria’s farmers who need help with climate change

Smallholder farmers grow 90% of Nigeria’s food but their crops are vulnerable to ever more extreme weather linked to climate change. New technologies can help

Protect 30% of Earth to avert ‘irreversible’ biodiversity loss – former ministers say

Albright among 23 former foreign ministers calling for ‘strong protection’ of animals and plants at UN biodiversity summit, due in China in October

Locusts plague destroys livelihoods in Kenya but ‘biggest threat yet to come’

Wetter and hotter weather than usual is forecast until May, providing locust eggs with ideal conditions to hatch and grow. FAO says it is in a “race against time”

Carbon taxes are key to stop deforestation

In Colombia and Costa Rica, where governments have imposed carbon taxes, deforestation rates are down, while revenues to fund forest restoration efforts are up

Youth activists urge African governments to do more to curb climate change

Africa emits only 5% of world greenhouse gas emissions yet is most at risk from worsening heatwaves, droughts and floods

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Agriculture

Locusts lay eggs as plague worsens in Horn of Africa, UN warns

The FAO has called for ‘urgent efforts’ to prevent the number of locusts from growing over fears of new swarms

Indigenous lands, protected areas limit Amazon’s carbon emissions

Greater international support for indigenous land rights and livelihoods is a cost-effective way to limit climate change, PNAS study

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UK must cut land use emissions by two thirds to meet 2050 goal, advisers warn

Committee on Climate Change warns a fifth of all agricultural land needs to be released for climate mitigation to help the UK achieve carbon neutrality

Our food system is broken. Here’s how we fix it

Transforming how we use land represents a $4.5 trillion per year business opportunity, we must now find the political courage to act

Europeans must face their own role in the destruction of the Amazon

Through consumption of agricultural products that can drive deforestation, the EU is complicit in the loss of the great forest, it’s time lawmakers stepped up

Seven stories that will help you understand the destruction of the Amazon

CHN’s correspondent has been documenting the forces tearing the Amazon apart since long before the world heard of Jair Bolsonaro. Here are several must read stories

Offshoot of Extinction Rebellion calls for vegan revolution

Drawing on the latest UN climate science report, UK activists under the banner Animal Rebellion plan civil disobedience to promote plant-based farming and diets

Agriculture

Forests

Australia’s climate change polarisation hampers long-term bushfire fixes

‘We need to re-invent and re-think the management of our landscape,’ say bushfire experts, warning adapting to climate change will require bipartisan political support

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Australia’s bushfires to cost billions as climate risks rise

Australian government announces national bushfire recovery fund, as cost of natural disasters expected to rise in coming years

Catholic church denounces ‘attacks’ on Amazon people and forest

Setting up a collision with Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, the church said ‘ecocidal’ projects should be stopped and proposed indigenous-led development plan

In Tanzania, ownership of the forest offers new prospects for old loggers

In one of Africa’s fastest deforesting nations, community control over the land offers villages new income, infrastructure and dignity

The fight for the world’s largest forest

In Siberia, an illicit timber industry feeds factories in China. But one of Russia’s fiercest environmentalists is on patrol

Five years after New York declaration, forest promises go unmet

Governments and businesses are not living up to voluntary commitments to halve tropical forest loss and restore 150 million hectares by 2020, report finds

Brazil says South American countries will meet over Amazon wildfires

President Jair Bolsonaro made the announcement after meeting with his Chilean counterpart on Wednesday

Forests

Cities

Car boom brings gridlock misery to ‘green and happy’ Bhutan

Bhutan’s growing economy brings growing gridlock – and a potential threat to the country’s vaunted carbon-negative status

Two million in Zimbabwe’s capital have no water as city turns off taps

‘The situation is bad, period’, says spokesman for Harare council, as suburbs go weeks without water and cases of typhoid are reported

Trains deliver emergency water to drought-hit Chennai

Millions of people are experiencing water shortages as Chennai’s reservoirs are running dry and other sources of water are dwindling

EU ‘climate leaders’ plans found lacking

Finland, Sweden, Portugal, France and Germany praised for ambitious targets, but NGO analysis raises questions over details

New York City bans inefficient glass skyscrapers, WA state to end coal

New York mayor announces sweeping climate change programme, while Washington’s power will be carbon-neutral by 2030

Life adapts to Louisiana’s disappearing coast

South Louisiana is experiencing the effects of coastal erosion faster than almost anywhere in the world, but life adapts through the buildings and architecture

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

‘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

Cities