Three Ways Drones Help Us Better Manage Our Land and Protect Our Planet

In the last couple of years, we’ve seen the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) – or drones, as most people know them – really take off. From enhancing video coverage of events to taking stock of the aftermath of natural disasters, they now have a key role to play …

How the Platform On Sustainable Finance Will Help Define Our Green Future

With an ever more ambitious global green agenda coming into focus, states, markets, blocs and businesses are working to go carbon-neutral in time to keep world temperature rises from exceeding 2C and, preferably, the more ambitious target of 1.5C. But, to achieve their goals, those taking action in so many …

Sustainable Cities: Lessons from Nepal and Colombia

Cities have always had to conform to their natural surroundings. Traditional Moroccan housing was designed with open air courtyards to help with ventilation in the dry and hot climate. While in Iceland, turf houses covered in grass— the original “green buildings”— offered superior insulation in cold weather compared to those …

Digital Hub Designed to Protect Coral Reefs Shortlisted for Global Award

A new digital platform to help dive professionals protect fragile coral reefs has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 Con X Tech Prize, an award that provides seed funding to innovative conservation projects. The Green Fins Global Hub by The Reef-World Foundation, which is being developed in partnership …

Over 200,000 Tonnes of Plastic Leaking Into the Mediterranean Each Year

A new IUCN report finds that an estimated 229,000 tonnes of plastic are leaking into the Mediterranean Sea every year – equivalent to over 500 shipping containers each day. Unless significant measures are taken to address mismanaged waste, the main source of the leakage, this will at least double by …

New Strains of Rice Could Address Climate Change

Rice is a staple for more than 3.5 billion people, including most of the world’s poor. But it can be a problematic crop to farm. It requires massive amounts of water and the paddies in which it grows emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas. To tackle such issues, the United …

Mediterranean Basin Facing Irreversible Environmental Damage, Warns new UNEP Report

Rising inequality, biodiversity loss, the growing impact of climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean finds that, unless urgent …