Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2021 under the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet“, as a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local …

Got Climate Change? Kelp Can Help

Kelp, which most of us refer to as seaweed, may be an important tool in the quest to limit the effects of a warming planet. Much of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by humans — primarily by extracting and burning fossil fuels — is absorbed by the world’s …

How WHO is Working to Track Down the Animal Reservoir of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

The introduction of a new virus to the human population is one of the greatest mysteries an epidemiologist can hope to unravel. Some of the most common and deadliest human diseases are caused by bacteria or viruses of animal origin. In recent decades this trend has only increased, with an …

UNEP Launches a Virtual Journey Through Three Iconic Forests

The COVID-19 pandemic might have scotched your vacation plans this year. But you can still bound through some of the world’s most iconic landscapes in a new online journey launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A new interactive webpage allows netizens to explore three wildlife-rich forests: the Leuser …

Tasmanian Devils Return to Australia’s mainland After 3,000 Years

The world’s largest surviving marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian Devil, has been returned to the wild on Australia’s mainland for the first time in 3,000 years. Actor couple Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky joined conservation groups last month to release 11 of the animals into a wildlife sanctuary in New South …

Humans Destroyed an Ecosystem the Size of Mexico in just 13 years

Between 2000 and 2013, Earth lost an area of undisturbed ecosystems roughly the size of Mexico. That’s the mind-melting finding of a new study published in One Earth and the researchers say it has “profound implications” for global biodiversity and for humans who rely on natural resources. “We were expecting …

Vegan Leather Made From Mushrooms Could Mould the Future of Sustainable Fashion

Seven millennia since its invention, leather remains one of the most durable and versatile natural materials. However, some consumers question the ethical ramifications and environmental sustainability of wearing products sourced from animals. This shift in social standards is the main reason we’re seeing a wave of synthetic substitutes heading for the market. Leather alternatives produced …