Four Lessons From Nature to Build a Circular Economy

The circular economy is one of the few disruptive concepts with universal appeal – with business leaders, investors, activists, economists and environmentalists. While gaining in popularity, the concepts of circularity have been around for centuries – from regenerative agriculture and bartering, to repair and reuse, to renewable energy and plant-based …

Massive Reforestation Is Key to Averting a Climate Catastrophe

Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The researchers claim that covering 900m hectares of land – roughly the size of the continental US – with trees could store up to 205 billion tonnes of carbon, about …

What Is ‘Hothouse Earth’, and How Bad Would Such a Climate Catastrophe Be?

Oceans engulfing coastal cities, coral reefs eliminated and vast swathes of the Earth left completely uninhabitable. This is what we have to look forward to in a future “Hothouse Earth” – a planet that has passed a “tipping point” beyond which its own natural processes trigger uncontrollable warming. It is …

Earth’s Resources Consumed in Ever Greater Destructive Volumes

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days. As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which …

Report: Carbon Pricing Now Covers Up to a Quarter of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The adoption of carbon pricing policies around the world is accelerating and now covers between 20 and 25 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according the Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE). However, the French think tank warned that while the reach of emissions markets are increasing rapidly, carbon prices …

‘Monumental’: China Launches National Emissions Trading System

China has today announced further details of its forthcoming national emissions trading scheme (ETS), revealing the rollout will start in the energy sector before full implementation from 2020 onwards. In a move that campaigners hailed as a “monumental” step in the global fight against climate change, the Chinese government confirmed …

Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do. Forests with a greater number of species grow at a faster rate, store more …