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U.N. chief warns we’re on a ‘highway to climate hell’

Last month, world leaders gathered in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for COP27 to discuss the current state of climate change and how to address it. Government heads are facing calls to cut emissions further and follow through on the promise to offer financial assistance to developing countries that are already facing the devasting impacts of rising […]

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COP 27: A Global COP-Out

HAMILTON, Canada, Dec 1 2022 (IPS)– Last year’s climate COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, was billed as the most important conference in the history of humanity. But it failed to deliver. If anything, that failure added urgency for global climate action at COP 27 in Egypt last month. Now that it this year’s COP is […]

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Cop 27: NDC updates stumble despite pact

Only a small number of countries updated their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) either during or in the run-up to last month’s UN Cop 27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, as wider mitigation ambition at the summit proved tepid. The Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at Cop 26 last year requested countries revise and increase their […]

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Can Iron Ox’s smart greenhouses take an edge off climate chaos?

Rebekah Moses is moving from Impossible Foods to the controlled environment agriculture space, but why? While indoor agriculture startups such as Plenty, Bowery and GrowUp Farms have continued to rein in big checks from impact investors this year, I kept wondering about what good they can actually accomplish.  While their vertical operations use less water than traditional farms, they are […]

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Scientist Proposes Growing a Forest Inside a Bubble on Mars

The human quest to become an interplanetary species isn’t simply just because we’ve seen too much “Star Wars.” Over the past century or so, we’ve put our home planet under an increasingly dire amount of pressure. There’s only so much space, only so many resources, and even if we do make some ecological moves to avoid turning […]

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A deforestation roadmap that leaves a lot to be desired

COP27 started with the announcement of a plan to end deforestation in soy, palm oil and beef but experts think it’s without backbone or bite. This year’s COP27 climate negotiations started on a sobering note for me. The world’s largest commodity traders that control much of the global beef, soy and palm oil supply have […]

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How forest thinning waste could fund California wildfire prevention

Reducing catastrophic wildfire is one of the state’s most challenging climate problems. A recent study by researchers at UCLA and the University of Chicago found that wildfire carbon emissions from the 2020 fire season alone were more than double the amount of overall emissions reduced in California from 2003 to 2019.  The state set a goal of treating 1 […]

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Indigenous Tribes in U.S. Will Get $75 Million for Climate Relocation

Grants to Indigenous tribes in the U.S. totaling $75 million are the first from a new voluntary relocation program aimed at climate risks. Three Native American tribes who face major climate threats are the first recipients of money from a new federal program designed to help move tribal homes and vital buildings and facilities out […]

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The keepers of Cheewaht: Restoring an ecosystem for generations to come

Cheewaht Lake, BC – Off the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, inland from the West Coast Trail, is a quiet and remote lake brimming with vibrant ecosystems. From trumpeter swans to black bears, the Cheewaht Lake watershed provides a home for dense and rare biodiversity. The Cheewaht Lake watershed is on the traditional territory […]

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Finding safe haven in the climate change future: The Pacific Northwest

As the negative consequences of rising global temperatures due to mankind’s relentless burning of fossil fuels become more and more apparent in communities across the United States, anxiety over finding a place to live safe from the ravages of climate change has also been on the rise. “Millions and likely tens of millions of Americans” will move […]

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