Trump Officials Weaken Protections for Animals Near Extinction

The Trump administration is scaling back the US government’s latitude to protect species nearing extinction, as world scientists warn that a biodiversity crisis will soon put humanity at risk. More than 1,600 species are considered officially at risk in the US. A United Nations report this spring found humans are …

Europe’s Forests Are Booming and Here’s Why

Around the world, forests are shrinking due to deforestation, urban development and climate change, but in Europe that trend has been reversed. Large areas of the continent have seen a forest boom that means today more than two-fifths of Europe is tree-covered. Between 1990 and 2015, the area covered by …

Mangrove Conservation More Valuable Than Ever Thanks to Carbon Trading

When a proven ecosystem restoration method also helps reduce poverty and build economic resilience, governments will often back them as a win-win solution. The UN Environment Programme, the Kenya Forest Service, the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and partners recently launched the Vanga Blue Forests Project on the Kenyan …

UN: Healthy Ecosystems Can Provide 37% of Climate Solution

Healthy ecosystems can provide around 37% of the mitigation needed to limit the increase in global temperatures. That’s according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who warned against the “unprecedented threats” facing the world’s ecosystems, which are accelerating climate change. He noted since 1990, deforestation has caused the loss of more …

EU Clean Water Laws Under Attack from Industry Lobbyists

Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are in a healthy state. The lobby offensive is aimed at weakening the bloc’s floods and water framework directives, which require all states to ensure …

One Million Plant and Animal Species ‘Now at Threat of Extinction’

One million plant and animal species are now at threat of extinction. That’s the troubling conclusion reached in a new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which suggests many of these organisms could die out within decades, at a faster rate than ever observed …