ESDO’s demand Ban Single Use Plastic More Biodiversity Loss Outside of Cities Due to Urban Growth Getting tough on air pollution MSC starts bunkering with greener blend of fuel oil as it looks to cut emissions Farm forests deliver many benefits Five dead and eight missing after New Zealand volcano erupts Colgate’s New Bamboo Toothbrush Is A Sign That Tides Are Changing Temperature drops below 10C at Panchagarh Dead Whale, 220 Pounds of Debris Inside, Is a ‘Grim Reminder’ of Ocean Trash Brick kilns torn down to fight toxic smog
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More Biodiversity Loss Outside of Cities Due to Urban Growth

Researchers assess direct and indirect effects of urban growth on a global scale. Leipzig/Halle/Arlington. In a rapidly urbanizing world, the conversion of natural habitats into urban areas leads to a significant loss of biodiversity in cities. However, these direct effects of urban growth seem to be much smaller than the indirect effects outside of cities, […]

Farm forests deliver many benefits

Over the past twenty-five years 23,000 landowners (83% farmers) have converted some of their land to forestry, creating a sustainable and complementary farm resource. Well planned and sustainably-managed forests can provide commercial environmental and recreational opportunities. There are many attractive planting options and models available for farmers and landowners, each with significant potential to deliver […]

Dead Whale, 220 Pounds of Debris Inside, Is a ‘Grim Reminder’ of Ocean Trash

A dead sperm whale that washed up on a Scottish beach had more than 220 pounds of tangled netting, rope, plastic and other debris inside its stomach, according to a local whale research group. The 10-year-old male whale was found Nov. 30 on Luskentyre Beach in the Outer Hebrides after becoming stranded on a sand […]

Dhaka ranks fourth in poor air quality

Bangladesh’s capital city ranked the fourth worst in Air Quality Index (AQI) on Tuesday morning, reports UNB. Dhaka had a score of 220 at 9:36am, which means the air quality was ‘very unhealthy’. Afganistan’s Kabul, Bulgaria’s Sofia, India’s Kolkata reportedly occupied the first three slots with scores of 291, 251 and 250 respectively. When the […]

Organic farming in Southeast Asia

There is a growing interest in organic produce in Southeast Asia. In reaction to rapidly changing farming practices, organic farming is an alternative agricultural system that strives for sustainability, the enhancement of soil fertility and biological diversity. The farming method of rotating crops and applying mulch to empty fields can stabilise soils and improve water retention.  Read […]

2019 State of Climate Services: Agriculture and food Security

Madrid, 3 December 2019 – Weather and climate services are vital for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. The benefits of investment greatly outweigh the cost, and yet the capacity to deliver and access these services is uneven and inadequate, according to a new report. An inaugural report on the State of Climate Services highlights […]

Science v poachers: how tech is transforming wildlife conservation

It is dry season in a Kenyan national park. A small group of poachers walks along a dried-up riverbed, aiming to kill a black rhino and remove its horns, which could fetch as much as $100,000 on the Asian black market.  The men are concealed by undergrowth on the riverbanks but seen by a poaching […]

Helping countries better monitor and report on forest and land-use under the Paris Climate Agreement

FAO and GEF team up in new project to make forest data more transparent, accessible and available 11 November 2019, Rome – FAO today launched a new $7.1 million project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to make forest data more accessible, transparent and available, and, in particular, help developing countries to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's enhanced […]

No more two-hour lunch breaks: the slow death of Spain’s menú del día

Restaurants offering fixed-price three-course menús have been a cornerstone of the country’s urban life for decades, but tourism, shorter lunch breaks and gentrification have put them under threat. What will it take to fight back? Food is at the heart of Spanish culture. From social life to business deals, everything revolves around food – above […]

Noise pollution rules should be tightened to protect wildlife, say scientists

Noise produced by human activities should be better regulated to protect wildlife, say the authors of a study exposing how sound pollution affects myriad creatures from fish to birds. Road traffic, aircraft, ships, factories and oil drilling are all human activities that produce noise, most – but not all – of which is typically below 4kHz. […]

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