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292 - July 2022
Najib Saab
Compromises Make Agreements
Najib Saab
As in politics and economics, so in environment and climate; it is compromises that allow for reaching major agreements

Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres
Nero was famously accused of fiddling while Rome burned. Today, some leaders are doing worse

Sophie Howe
Future Perfect: Integrating Long-term Thinking into Public Policy
Sophie Howe
Short-term thinking is deeply embedded in our political and economic structures
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Selected articles News
Bottling the sun 14/6/2022
From a small hill in the southern French region of Provence, you can see two suns. One has been blazing for four-and-a-half billion years and is setting. The other is being built by thousands of human minds and hands, and is — far more slowly — rising. The last of the real sun’s evening rays cast a magical glow over the other — an enormous construction site that could solve the biggest existential crisis in human history. ...more
Ukraine's natural environment is another casualty of war. The damage could be felt for decades 23/5/2022
The pine forests around Irpin are Oleh Bondarenko's happy place. He discovered them as a child, when his mom sent him to the area for summer camp, and he has been coming back ever since. ...more
Forests Can Heal an Ailing Planet – But Champions Needed 10/5/2022
Humanity has been receiving warning signs for some time that our home, the Earth, is in peril. The concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is increasing and the global average temperature is rising. Thousands of species are threatened with extinction. Vast areas of land have become degraded, ten million hectares of forest are being cleared each year, and more than 800 million people are malnourished. ...more
Building Materials – A Hidden Heavyweight for Climate Action 7/4/2022
An era of massive construction is currently underway, with a new area the size of Paris being built every week. The global building floor area is expected to double by 2060, which will have a massive impact on the climate. The production of building materials and construction activities are already responsible for 10% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. ...more
More than Just SDG 12: How Circular Economy can Bring Holistic Wellbeing 7/4/2022
As it’s moved from the fringes of academia into the mainstream, the circular economy has been posited as a means to address ecological breakdown by cutting resource extraction and limiting warming to 1.5-degrees. Now, practitioners are also exploring how a circular economy with social and ethical concerns at its heart can create new jobs, ensure more equitable resource management and combat inequalities. ...more
Preventing Plastic Pollution with Partnership 10/3/2022
The world has a plastic problem. Since the 1950s, the rate of plastic production has grown exponentially and faster than that of any other material. This is a trend with severe environmental consequences. ...more
Blue Peace in the Middle East: A 12-year Journey Towards Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development 28/2/2022
According to a Chinese proverb, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’.This certainly holds true for the Blue Peace Middle East (BPME) initiative which was launched in 2010 with the aim of transforming water from a potential source of conflict into an instrument of cooperation and peace. ...more
Animal Welfare Matters for Sustainable Development: UNEA 5.2 is an Opportunity for Governments to Recognize That 25/2/2022
This Monday, 28 February, the world’s environment ministers will gather in Nairobi, Kenya, to resume the fifth UN Environment Assembly, which takes up the theme of ‘Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs). Ahead of the Conference, seven countries from Africa and South Asia have tabled a resolution on animal welfare, the environment, and the sustainable development nexus. ...more
Governments Weigh New Global Treaty on Plastics and Sustainable Development 25/2/2022
Plastic pollution doesn’t stop at borders. It’s everywhere: in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and even in the most remote parts of the planet. International policy measures must be taken to address the scope of the problem. Later this month, we have an opportunity to do just that. ...more
Solar Power to the Rescue? Leveraging the Resilience of Farmers in Fragile and Conflict-affected Countries to Achieve the SDGs 8/2/2022
In the past decade, food security conditions have substantially deteriorated across conflict-affected countries in the Middle East. Wars have damaged key infrastructure that supports the agricultural sector, such as transportation, water, and sanitation. As a result of conflict, food prices have increased, incomes diminished, joblessness soared, and lack of equitable access to water and food intensified. ...more
China’s Artificial Sun Just Broke a Record for Longest Sustained Nuclear Fusion 24/1/2022
Superheated plasma reached 126 million degrees Fahrenheit for 17 minutes ...more
Petra and Climate Change… How to safeguard the "Lost City"? 21/1/2022
Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which has welcomed 1,135,300 visitors in 2019, is prone to witness more hydrological hazards, including flash floods, landslides, and earthquakes, due to climate change, urban expansion at the site’s neighboring areas, and its geological location near the Jordan rift valley. ...more
As U.N. Ocean Conference ends, environmental groups press world leaders 4/7/2022
Environmental groups on Friday urged world leaders to keep promises they made at the U.N. Ocean Conference in Lisbon this week, to do everything in their power to save the world's seas. ...more
Lawmakers threaten to sue EU if it labels gas investments as 'green' 4/7/2022
Some members of the European Parliament intend to take legal action against the European Commission if its plan to label gas and nuclear energy investments as climate-friendly becomes law, according to a lead lawmaker on EU green finance rules. ...more
India bans single-use plastic to combat pollution 4/7/2022
India on Friday imposed a ban on single-use plastics on items ranging from straws to cigarette packets to combat worsening pollution in country whose streets are strewn with waste. ...more
Warnings on air pollution need to be directed towards polluters – study 4/7/2022
Summer is here and so is the risk of summertime smog. ...more
Electric cars sold in UK passes half a million despite supply chain issues 4/7/2022
The number of electric cars sold in the UK has surpassed half a million, according to analysis that underlines the rapid growth in demand despite supply chain problems caused by the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ...more
UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Audi and Siemens agree to co-operate on electric vehicle charging network 1/7/2022
The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), Audi Middle East, and Siemens signed an agreement to cooperate on boosting electric vehicle charging capacity on federal roads and increasing adoption of EVs across the country. ...more
Global nuclear power capacity needs to double by 2050 -IEA 1/7/2022
Global nuclear power capacity needs to double by mid-century to reach net-zero emissions targets and help ensure energy security as governments try to reduce their reliance on imported fossil fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. ...more
U.S. Supreme Court limits federal power to curb carbon emissions 1/7/2022
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday imposed limits on the federal government's authority to issue sweeping regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants in a ruling that will undermine President Joe Biden's plans to tackle climate change and could constrain various agencies on other issues. ...more
France's Macron says deep-sea mining must not go ahead 1/7/2022
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday a legal framework was needed to stop deep-sea mining from going ahead and urged countries to put their money on science to better understand and protect the world's oceans. ...more
Biodegradable packaging could replace plastic food wrapping 1/7/2022
Scientists have developed a new plant-based coating for food that could replace plastic. ...more
EU countries reach deal on climate laws after late-night talks 30/6/2022
EU countries clinched deals on proposed laws to combat climate change on Wednesday, backing a 2035 phase-out of new fossil fuel car sales and a multibillion-euro fund to shield poorer citizens from CO2 costs. ...more
Offshore wind industry growth falling short of net zero goals 30/6/2022
The global offshore wind industry had a record year in 2021 in terms of new capacity but is still projected to fall short of the International Energy Agency's net zero goals by 2030, a Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) report said on Wednesday. ...more
As prices leap, strict rules needed to stop overfishing 30/6/2022
Stricter rules are essential to protecting fish species as soaring prices add to the pressure for overfishing and other practices that damage the environment, a senior Food and Agriculture Organisation official said on Wednesday. ...more
UK-built Forum satellite will measure greenhouse effect 30/6/2022
A spacecraft measuring Earth's warming 'greenhouse' effect in its greatest ever detail will be built in the UK. ...more
Nearly a quarter of Earth's seafloor now mapped 30/6/2022
Slowly but surely the proportion of the global ocean floor that's been properly mapped is rising. ...more
Climate change is driving 2022 extreme heat and flooding 29/6/2022
Extreme weather events – from scorching heatwaves to unusually heavy downpours – have caused widespread upheaval across the globe this year, with thousands of people killed and millions more displaced. ...more
NATO aims to cut emissions by 45% by 2030, be carbon neutral by 2050 29/6/2022
NATO aims to cut its civilian and military greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% by 2030 and be carbon neutral by 2050, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday as he announced the first emissions targets for the organisation. ...more
Britain failing to deliver on net zero emissions climate promise – advisers 29/6/2022
Britain’s plans to meet its climate target of net zero emissions by 2050 will not deliver the changes needed to meet the goal, the country’s climate advisers said in a progress report on Wednesday. ...more
Curb deforestation or you won't hit net-zero targets, U.N. group tells firms 29/6/2022
Companies critical to reducing tropical deforestation have no chance of meeting their greenhouse gas emission targets unless they make much faster progress on ending deforestation in their supply chains, a new study found on Wednesday. ...more
Climate tech firm to launch scaled-up plant sucking CO2 from air 29/6/2022
Construction is due to begin on Wednesday on what could become the world's biggest plant to capture carbon dioxide from the air and deposit it underground, the company behind the nascent green technology said. ...more
Undergraduate students develop glow-in-the-dark concrete 28/6/2022
In efforts to find solutions to world power problems, students at the America University in Cairo have developed glow-in-the-dark concrete as part of their graduation project. The building material would help cut down on the power used for street lighting and road signage. ...more
More funds, care needed to save world's oceans, says U.N. chief 28/6/2022
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to governments and companies on Monday to join the fight to save the world's dying oceans, by committing more funds to help create a sustainable economic model for managing them. ...more
EU states agree to 40% renewables target by 2030 - Germany 28/6/2022
European Union energy ministers agreed on Monday to increase the share of renewables in the bloc's energy production to 40% by 2030, the German Economy Ministry said. ...more
Germany to support EU plans for 2035 ban on new fossil-fuel cars, says environment minister 28/6/2022
Germany plans to vote in support of a European Union package that would effectively ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035, said the environment minister on Tuesday. ...more
Paris to charge riders of gasoline-fueled motorbikes for parking 28/6/2022
Riders of gasoline-fueled motorcycles will have to start paying for parking in Paris from September as the French capital aims to reduce noise and pollution, but parking for electric motorcycles remains free, a city hall official said on Monday. ...more
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