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Open Access Governments Environment news category is full of diverse and interesting material. This section takes a broad look at environmental issues across the world and the governments tackling them. 

In this category, you will find the latest legal developments in the environmental sector from around the globe. The newest research is available to read with news such as the EU’s strategy with environmental changes and issues. We also cover marine conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, and the impacts of climate change on the natural world.

The process of implementing zero emission policies and the development of technology in the aid of reducing climate change and fossil fuel emissions are popular topics within this section.

climate science, pollution

The problem isn’t climate science, it’s how politicians act on climate science

We look at the problems that occur when climate science is translated into policy, and investigate how these problems still happen.
permafrost carbon emissions

The unaccounted-for side of permafrost carbon

Considering carbon as a lone entity during permafrost thaw is likely to lead to over-confident projections of permafrost carbon emissions, highlights Sophie Opfergelt, Earth and Life Institute, UCLouvain, Belgium.
reducing transport emissions, transport

The political barriers holding back progress on reducing transport emissions

Here, we discuss how some political barriers create a significant challenge for those pushing to reduce transport emissions.
fires oregon

What is causing the raging wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington?

The climate crisis has caused wildfires to rage across Oregon, California and Washington causing tens of thousands to flee their homes and has resulted in over 30 deaths.
fast fashion industry, lockdown

Will the ‘fast fashion’ industry recover from this pandemic?

Alessandro Brun, Politecnico di Milano School of Management, discusses the changing future of the 'fast fashion' industry.
falkor research vessel, deep sea coral, great barrier reef

New corals discovered in deep-sea study of the Great Barrier Reef

Using the Falkor research vessel, scientists have explored the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef and found five new species of black corals and sponges.
fisheries bill

Stripped Fisheries Bill amendment threatens sustainable fishing

The UK government has stripped an amendment from the Fisheries Bill, turning their back on making sustainability the prime objective of the bill.
multinationals carbon emissions

A fifth of global carbon emissions stem from multinationals’ supply chains

A staggering fifth of carbon dioxide emissions come from multinational companies' global supply chains, according to a new study led by UCL and Tianjin University.
CO2-neutral

GERICS coordinates scientific underpinning for a CO2-neutral Germany

Here, GERICS presents how they develop tools and solutions in interdisciplinary collaboration with 9 Helmholtz Centres for a roadmap to make Germany CO2-neutral by 2050.
ocean carbon uptake

Oceans uptake of carbon ‘widely underestimated’

Researchers have discovered that, compared to previous predictions, there is more than twice the amount of ocean carbon uptake between the atmosphere and oceans.
Ocean Strategy

Norway’s Ocean Strategy: Striking a balance of protection and production

Open Access Government outlines Norway’s updated Ocean Strategy, exploring the essential and ever-changing work of their Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries.
assisted reproduction

Is assisted reproduction the saving grace for endangered mammals?

Prof Darren Griffin (Kent), Prof Suzannah Williams (Oxford) and Louiza Hayday (Kent MSc student) discuss the application of assisted reproduction technology (ART) for conservation purposes.
Plastic pollution COVID-19

COVID-19 is exacerbating an already worrying plastic pollution problem

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a huge surge in plastic pollution, adding to an already worrying plastic waste problem that is threatening all marine life.
information technology

How can we harness information technology to be more sustainable?

Here, Defra’s Chief Digital and Information Officer and Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for sustainable technology across government, Chris Howes, tells us why the departments first Sustainable Information Technology (IT) strategy is such a significant development.
small scale solution, european union

European Union: Small scale solutions for climate neutrality by 2050?

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies proposes that small scale solutions could be the cheaper way that climate neutrality happens by 2050.
free of sea ice, arctic

The arctic could be free of sea ice as early as 2035

The Arctic is melting faster than even the most drastic predictions: A new study predicts the Arctic could be free of sea ice by 2035.
Ocean warming patterns

Human influence is a key agent of future ocean warming patterns

Scientists found that circulation changes on ocean warming patterns will decrease in influence, which may alter sea level rise predictions.
marine survey

Marine survey: Side-scan sonar focus

Gwo-shyh Song from Global Aqua Survey Ltd and National Taiwan University, highlights a special skill concerning the use of the side-scan sonar to scan underwater targets or side-slope structures in this marine survey focus.
Oil spill Mauritius

Oil spill in Mauritius causes huge ecological disaster

On July 25, A Japanese bulk carrier caused an oil spill in Mauritius, creating fears of worsening ecological and economic disaster for the country.
human health

Potential implications of microplastics in human health and biodiversity

Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision Group, discusses the potential implications of microplastics in human health and biodiversity.

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