Environment News

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.

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Hold businesses accountable for protecting and restoring nature

Jenni Black, Nature Transformation Lead at the World Benchmarking Alliance, argues that we must hold businesses accountable for protecting and restoring nature.
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Will the Willow Project be approved and what consequences might we see?

U.S. President Joe Biden and his administration have advanced on a decision that could allegedly damage our climate beyond repair, but what is the Willow Project and how will it change the world around us?
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Ocean resources, coastal communities & the fishing sector

Charlina Vitcheva, Director-General, DG MARE, European Commission, describes a holistic approach to the sustainable use of ocean resources, thriving coastal communities and a profitable fishing sector.
A strip of Dry Grass sets Fire to Trees in dry Forest: Forest fire - Aerial drone top view. Forest fire: fire with smoke from the height of a bird flight.

Record-breaking amount of carbon dioxide emissions from wildfires in 2021

Gradually increasing since 2000, carbon dioxide emissions from wildfires peaked drastically in 2021 to a record high of 1.76 billion tons.
Enthusiastic young people making strike on the street, fighting for saving environment and protesting for climate changes.

Liberating climate action from politics

Simon Glynn, Founder of Zero Ideas, explains the importance of liberating climate action from politics.
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Could plastic upcycling close the carbon cycle?

A newly developed plastic upcycling process works for low-density polyethylene and polypropylene products that are currently forgotten about in the recycling process in the U.S.
Industrial landscape of plant pipes producing toxic smoke with air pollution in the sky on sunset, hydroelectric dam and high voltage towers, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, EU

EU environmental impacts are ‘outsourced’ to non-member state neighbours

The burdens of EU environmental impacts are being exported to non-member Eastern European countries – yet the EU continues to profit.
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AI machines could report illegal wildlife trade

Illegal wildlife trade commonly takes place in online marketplaces on the internet, involving anything from advertising to selling live animals or animal products.
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Boosting nature, health and well-being through tree planting

The UK government has announced a fund of £14 million to allow both local authorities and community groups to improve well-being through tree planting.
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Fungi microbes can “eat” methane after wildfire destruction

Tiny organisms called fungi microbes can help environments to rebuild following a wildfire, signalling nature-based solutions to climate change.
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How can deep ocean microbes thrive without sunlight?

Evidence is questioning the idea that deep ocean microbes are fuelled through sunlight photosynthesis by suggesting hydrogen and carbon monoxide may have more significance than previously thought.
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Small isolated wetlands can be pollution-catching powerhouses

Research shows how small isolated wetlands protect downstream waters by doubling as pollution-catching powerhouses by filtering excess nitrogen (N) generated from agricultural and urban activities.
Underwater kelp forest, catalina island, california

Tropical kelp forest “twice the normal size” discovered in the Galapagos Islands

A tropical kelp forest of “enormous importance” has been found in the Galapagos Islands, harbouring potential for massive carbon sequestration.
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Visiting green spaces can reduce the need for prescription medication

City dwellers who frequent green spaces use fewer drugs for depression, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and asthma.

90% of the world’s population will be affected by compound heat and drought

Global warming is projected to intensify compound heat and drought hazards tenfold, as rising temperatures are projected around the world.
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Tropical forests recovering from logging emit carbon

Despite former research signifying how trees are carbon sinks, tropical forests recovering from logging act as a source of carbon also.
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Climate-smart healthcare: Resilience against climate health threats

Mireia Figueras Alsius, Climate Officer at Health Care Without Harm Europe, directs our thoughts towards climate-smart healthcare, including comments on extreme weather events.

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.
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Honey bee lifespans are 50% shorter today than 50 years ago

Entomologists have found that honey bee life spans are 50% shorter than in the 1970s, which corresponds with colony loss and reduced honey production.

Seagrass can reduce coastal erosion by 70%

According to research from the University of Gothenburg, seagrass can bind its root mats to the sand and reduce cliff erosion by up to 70%.

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