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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Tactical urbanism, parklets, and a post-COVID recovery

Romy Rawlings, Commercial Director at Vestre Ltd, discusses how COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst for transforming urban spaces, and why introducing parklets could be the way forward.
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Net zero carbon: The space between existing UK policy and the goal

Here, the question of how net zero carbon emissions can be achieved via existing policy in the UK is dissected.
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Every day, three billion microplastic particles enter the Bay of Bengal

Researchers have found that the Ganges River could be for depositing three billion microplastic particles into the Bay of Bengal daily - impacting 655 million people.
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Network of marine protected areas could help safeguard Antarctic penguins

New research highlights how a network of marine protected areas could help defend essential breeding areas for Antarctic penguins.
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Scientists find new way to eliminate microplastics from water

They found that electrolytic treatment of wastewater can literally eliminate microplastics - other methods simply separate microplastics from water, creating the problem of unwanted leftovers.
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The highest ocean temperatures since 1955 are recorded

Despite the COVID related decrease in global carbon emissions, ocean temperatures hit the hottest on record in 2020.
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How to practise conscious consumerism in a post-pandemic world

Michael Stausholm, founder of Sprout World, discusses what companies and consumers should be doing to contribute to a more responsible and sustainable society.
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Cities contain 50% of the world’s population but are left out of climate calculations

While cities only occupy around 3% of the Earth, they are where 50% of the world's population live - but they are not usually included in global climate calculations, meaning that urban environmental problems can slip under the radar.
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Funding research to protect oceans and marine life in the U.S.

Here, Open Access Government tracks the recent research efforts of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences.
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The intrinsic link between air quality and health in built environments

Mark Grayston, Head of Product Marketing at Mitsubishi Electric, discusses the intrinsic link between air quality and health in our built environments.
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How are seasonal climate forecasts contributing to energy and water industry management?

Here, Alberto Troccoli explains why and how Europe’s H2020 project SECLI-FIRM continues to offer accurate seasonal climate forecasting which can reduce risk and cost alike for energy and water businesses.
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How is extensive research informing EU policy-making?

Megan Warrender, Assistant Editor at Open Access Government, investigates the current and future policy priorities of the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and what is influencing them.
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Can cloud seeding partially mitigate the environmental impact of climate change?

Darrel Baumgardner, Chief Scientist at Droplet Measurement Technologies LLC asks if cloud seeding can partially mitigate the environmental impact of climate change, in this the first part of a series of special articles, starting with some basic principles.
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Project SPROUT: The new urban blueprint for sustainable mobility

We spoke with Dr Teresa de la Cruz, Project Manager at Zaragoza Logistics Center and Dr Georgia Ayfantopoulou, Research Director, Deputy Director Hellenic Institute of Transport, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, about their work to create a universal set of policies for sustainable mobility.
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The future of food in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, The Global Alliance for the Future of Food, shares her perspective on the future of food in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Europe: Climate change and energy transition in cities

Editor of Open Access Government, Jonathan Miles, focuses our thoughts on aspects of climate change and energy transition in Europe’s cities.
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Research on tropical forest resilience to hurricane damage

Jess K. Zimmerman, Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, charts the challenges to tropical forest resilience to hurricane damage revealed by long-term research in Puerto Rico.
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Historic sea ice decreases caused sudden climate change

In the glacial period, sea ice decreases occurred at a similar time to drastic climate change and created intensive debate among scientists - now, the ICE2ICE project has a conclusive answer for what happened.
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Companies should monitor the Commission’s environment-related actions

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, Partner at Signature Litigation, argues here that companies should monitor the European Commission’s environment-related actions.
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Clean Air Zones: A breath of fresh air

Simon Boyle, Environmental Law Director and Sally Redman, Senior Environmental Consultant, both from Argyll Environmental, tell us why Clean Air Zones in the UK are a breath of fresh air.

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