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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.

deforestation of a rainforest causing carbon emissions

30% higher carbon emissions produced by deforestation than climate change

The Atlantic Rainforest’s carbon storage capacity has been affected by deforestation due to human activity – with carbon emissions worse than those produced by climate change.
Heavy traffic on the streets of Paris, France

Cities can realise Europe’s climate ambitions

Ruud Schuthof and Holger Robrecht from ICLEI Europe, argue that cities have the power to realise Europe’s climate ambitions.

We can’t protect our climate without ocean action

Steve Trent, CEO and Co-Founder of the Environmental Justice Foundation, argues that we can’t protect our climate without ocean action.
Grizzly bear animal running through water

Animals and climate change: which animals will be most resilient?

As the effects of global warming induce deadly weather patterns and disruptions to ecosystems, researchers analyse the outcomes of animals and climate change.
Volunteer firefighter trying to put out fire on heathland, surrounded by plumes of smoke

Unprecedented wildfire risks due to hot weather

Hot weather, dry conditions and record temperatures in the UK mean an increased risk of extreme wildfires, say experts.
monocultures of pine tree species in Scotland

Certain monocultures of forests cope better with drought

Monocultures of the Scots pine and Sitka spruce tree species display different resilience to spring drought.
Cigarette butts discarded in plant pot

Discarded cigarette butts cost UK £40 million a year

The UK Government’s ambition of a smoke-free country by 2030 does little to solve the smoking-related litter problem facing our communities.
Cagliari bay, Italian city view of the ocean

European cities compete for sustainability and green change

The European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards are competitions for European cities which are improving the environment.
fumes escaping from industrial chimneys

Carbon pricing: incentivising outcomes for net zero

Carbon pricing enables a monetary cost to be allocated to each tonne of CO₂, and equivalent greenhouse gases, emitted into the atmosphere.
Flames erupting in forest in Portugal, Europe

Unprecedented fire risks: Europe’s driest summer on record

Europe is facing one of its driest summers in history and there is an unprecedented risk of drought, fires and destruction.
Man sitting on dry land as a result of climate change

49.5% of global carbon emissions made by just 10 actors

Just ten financial actors pollute almost half of all global carbon emissions but could have a decisive role in helping de-carbonise the planet.
NASA image showing an ozone hole from space

‘New’ ozone hole has been around since 1980s

A large, year-round ozone hole, seven times larger than the Antarctic ozone hole, has only recently been discovered despite existing since the 1980s.
Badger in forest, animal nature habitat, Germany, Europe

Europe’s Nature Restoration Law to repair damaged ecosystems by 2050

The Nature Restoration Law aims to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe, as well as reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030.
botany, ecology

The education system makes us “disconnected from the botanical world”

At a time when plants could help solve global environmental problems, scientists warn we must become more in touch with botanical education.
fly tipping

Joined-up refuse planning and education key to reducing fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is a blight on society and incurs a huge cost for both local authorities and land owners: we need a joined-up, consistent strategy.
cop27, climate change

Egypt’s COP27 vision: mitigation, adaption, and finance

Hosting the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Egypt prepares for COP27. Here’s the breakdown:.
climate change risks, global warming

Could the global warming limit of 1.5°C reverse climate change risks?

New research finds that if we can limit global warming to 1.5°C, this could reduce climate change risks by up to 85%, and mitigate serious harms posed to humans .
space race, climate impacts, space tourism

The billionaire space race will have harmful climate impacts

Through the expansion of space tourism, the growing commercial space race has raised concerns about climate impacts like ozone depletion.
uncertainty in sea-level rise

Uncertainty in sea-level rise & how can we use it as a tool

Sandy Avrutin, Ocean and Earth Science Postgraduate Researcher, National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton, describes the uncertainty in sea-level rise, what it is & how we can use it as a tool.
AI to fight air pollution

How can we use AI to fight air pollution?

Martin Schultz at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, discusses the potential of AI to combat air pollution.

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