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Healthy biodiversity: The key to reaching the blue bioeconomy’s full potential

Nicolas Pade & Sabrina Gaber of the European Marine Resource Centre discuss optimising exploration and exploitation of the blue bioeconomy.
functionality of ecosystems, biodiversity

Biodiversity and the functionality of ecosystems

Here, Peter G. Kevan, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, with Charlotte Coates, explores the issue of measuring ecosystem health (no longer a metaphor) and functionality against biodiversity and how this could be used in environmental policy.
forests and trees

How do forests and trees sustain agriculture?

Joli Rumi Borah and Terry Sunderland from the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, discuss how forests and trees play a crucial role in sustaining agriculture.
amazon forest biodiversity, amazon fires

Scientists conduct major review of Amazon forest biodiversity

The study, published in Nature, finds that 95% of all Amazon forest biodiversity have been impacted by forest fires and deforestation.
Insect populations

Insect populations halved by LED streetlights

A new study has shown that LED streetlights reduce insect populations by half, making them more harmful than the traditional sodium bulbs.
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IPCC report says climate change puts “billions of people in danger”

The IPCC report, which took eight years to compile, finds that human activity is definitely responsible for climate change - putting "billions of people in danger", according to UN chief António Guterres.
marine biodiversity, environmental DNA

Scientists use environmental DNA to calculate marine biodiversity

This study, conducted across the last 20 years on the kelp forests of Santa Barbara, examined marine biodiversity via environmental DNA.
legal mining areas, rainforest

Study finds 20% of forest space overlaps with legal mining areas

The study finds that 20% of existing forests overlap with legal mining and oil extraction areas - a space roughly the size of Egypt.
accelerating innovation, circular economy

Accelerating innovation for the benefit of society

Open Access Government highlights the priorities of The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), as it works to advance innovation and combat global environmental issues.
the right to food

Conservation and the right to food

Winy Vasquez, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, with Terry Sunderland, shed light on conservation and the right to food.
permanent grassland, horizon 2020 super-g

What future for sustainable permanent grasslands in Europe?

Paul Newell Price of ADAS reflects on the future of permanent grasslands (PG) in Europe within the frame of the Horizon 2020 SUPER-G Project.
safeguarding galapagos

Safeguarding Galapagos for the future

Why conserve Galapagos? Clare Simm from the Galapagos Conservation Trust answers this vital question, discussing the immense vulnerability of the islands and the work being done to protect them.
europes organic action plan, agriculture

Europe’s Organic Action Plan: The development of organic production

Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski outlines Europe’s Organic Action Plan in his speech presenting it as one of the major initiatives in the Commission Work Programme for 2021.
absorb greenhouse gases, seafloor

Scientists say microbes on seafloor absorb greenhouse gases

It is commonly known that the Amazon rainforest absorbs greenhouse gases - but scientists now draw attention to the mystery of the seafloor, where microbial communities eat up gigatons of methane.
G7 climate change, carbon emissions

G7 countries agree to existing climate change policies

Alongside discussions on vaccine equality, the G7 summit raised the potential of new environment goals - but the countries largely stuck to established climate change policies, by confirming their ongoing commitment.
focus on One Health

COVID-19 & the urgent case for a greater focus on One Health

Frances Goodrum, Head of External Affairs, Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, turns our attention to COVID-19 and the urgent case for a greater focus on One Health.
zero greenhouse gasemissions, eu green week

President von der Leyen: “We need a race to zero in greenhouse gas emissions”

To begin EU Green Week 2021, President Ursula von der Leyen gave a speech discussing how the bloc could orchestrate "a race to zero in greenhouse gas emissions" - alongside reaffirming existing policy goals.
loss of biodiversity, climate change

How can Finland confront the climate crisis and preserve its biodiversity?

Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in Finland illustrates why a circular economy will provide the means to tackle the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity.
plastic use, recycling

Let’s learn how to use plastic anew!

Research Professor Ali Harlin urges us to reconsider our plastic use and illustrates how the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is aiming to halve the environmental impact of plastics.
minerals

Protecting minerals in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Here, Open Access Government discovers the environmental protection priorities of Mukhtar Babayev, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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