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.

European Climate Pact

The European Climate Pact

Dimitris Dimitriadis, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption, describes the European Climate Pact.
fluorinated greenhouse gases

EU climate policy on fluorinated greenhouse gases

General Director for Climate Action at the European Commission, Mauro Petriccione explains how the EU climate policy on fluorinated greenhouse gases is working and what its future holds.
infrastructure and jobs, energy

Infrastructure and jobs for energy and mobility

Prof Dr Michael Düren from Justus Liebig University Giessen shares his expertise on infrastructure and jobs for both energy and mobility.
ecology and conservation, diversity in ecology

New data highlights lack of diversity in ecology and conservation

Out of the top authors in ecology and conservation journals, 11% were by women and 75% of the articles focused on five countries in the Global North.
Jellyfish

‘More Masks Than Jellyfish’: The devastating impact of PPE on marine life

ESCP Business School, highlight the devastating impact of personal protective equipment (PPE) on marine life during a 'More Masks Than Jellyfish' online conference.
pesticide risks

Environment & human health: Pesticide risks

Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechCasting Group, discusses alternative solutions to address pesticide risks for the environment and human health. Her article starts with the concern around pesticides use.
the impact of wildfires, trees

Scientists calculate the impact of wildfires on global ecosystems

After going through decades' worth of data, scientists at the University of Cambridge explain the impact of wildfires on global ecosystems - from carbon dioxide emissions to the resilience of trees.
earth’s biodiversity

Saving Earth’s biodiversity through a story revolution

The WILD Foundation’s President, Vance Martin and Vice President of Policy and Communications, Amy Lewis, highlight the important and often forgotten role of storytelling and community organising to encourage conservation.
climate ambition

The priorities to increase global climate ambition

Open Access Government spoke to Oliver Bolton, CEO of Earthly about the priorities to increase global climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement.
global dust emissions

Climate change and the dust environmental impact in the Middle East and North Africa

Professor Georgiy Stenchikov, Chair of Earth Sciences and Engineering Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), explains how MENA accounts for more than half of global dust emissions, and the immense strain on the environment dust can cause.
plant diversity, bee conservation

Scientists explain why plant diversity is crucial for bee conservation

Bumble bees and honey bees both depend on the same flower species in UK summers, which means that plant diversity is crucial to the survival of both species.
decisive action

Climate change: Decisive action needed

Steve Malkin, CEO and Founder of the Planet Mark, argues that when it comes to climate change, decisive action is needed, not debate.
plastic pollution in the ocean, app

New algorithm can analyse plastic pollution in the ocean

A new algorithm developed by a team at the University of Barcelona can analyse the level of plastic pollution in the ocean with a reliability of 80%.
climate scientist, coal

Climate scientist criticises UK Government for new coal mine

Dr James Hansen, former global warming lead for NASA, has asked the UK Government to reconsider their confirmed plan to build a new coal mine in Cumbria.
childhood air pollution, research

Research suggests that childhood air pollution damages general intelligence

Childhood air pollution has been understood as partially responsible for respiratory health - now, researchers are investigating at how exposure can damage cognitive ability later on in life.

What Works Centre: A new network for sharing environmental evidence

Eunomia is calling on the UK government to consider a What Works Centre for the environment to share evidence on what works best when it comes to environmental policymaking – Consultant Alexa Cancio and Head of Evaluation Joe Hudson explains why.
protect biodiversity, people

Nature needs legal rights to really protect biodiversity

Professor Dr Tineke Lambooy discusses why granting legal personhood to entities of nature could enable society to protect biodiversity for future generations.
plastic timeline

The plastic timeline: How did we get here?

Using statistics from Statista, Loadhog analysed data on global plastic production from 1950 to 2018 alongside global population figures and new laws to show exactly where we are in terms of our use of plastic.
green consumption pledge

European Commission launches new Green Consumption Pledge

The European Commission has launched its new Green Consumption Pledge, the first initiative delivered under the New Consumer Agenda.
ice is disappearing

Ice loss increases at a record rate across the planet

According to a team of researchers from the University of Leeds, the rate at which ice is disappearing across the globe is speeding up.

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