Cities – Where the Fight for a Green Recovery Will Be Won or Lost

Cities are home to 55 per cent of the world’s population, all jammed together cheek-by-jowl. Little wonder, then, that cities are being hit hardest by COVID-19: an estimated 90 per cent of all reported cases have occurred in urban areas. But the same concentration of people also makes cities the …

The Delicate Relationship Between People, Wildlife and the Pathogens

In the past, coronaviruses that circulated in humans caused only mild infections. This changed in 2002, when the SARS-CoV virus presented itself in humans as the disease we now know as SARS. In 2020, SARS-CoV-2–a relative of the same virus–has presented itself in humans in the disease we now call …

Europe’s Environmental Footprints Exceed Several Safe Limits

Global sustainability challenges increasingly raise concerns about the stability of the Earth system that supports all life on our planet. A joint study by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), published recently, focuses on four critical elements of that system, such as …

The Hidden Risks Nature Loss Poses for Businesses

Nature loss is still a hidden risk for many businesses. This must change – both for the sake of businesses and the environment. Here are four actions businesses can take to respond to this global risk. As this past year’s news headlines have made all too clear, nature is in …

A Record 250,000 People Participated in Veganuary

As you might already know, Earth really needs us to eat less meat. That’s why it’s so encouraging to hear a record-number of people tried going vegan this January. Organizers behind Veganuary, the UK-based charity that started the month-long pledge, reported 250,000 sign-ups for their 2019 campaign. That’s more pledges …

Investors Worth $6.5 Trillion Demand Climate Action from Fast Food

It’s not just consumers who are driving change in the food industry. For the longest time, discussions around changing the food industry have centered on diets. Whether it was farm-to-fork eating, freeganism or the rise of the vegans and flexitarians, the choices people make have been gradually influencing the food …

Prosecco Production Is Destroying Soil in Some Italian Vineyards

Sorry to burst your bubbly, prosecco lovers, but skyrocketing demand for the sparkling wine might be sapping northeastern Italy’s vineyards of precious soil — 400 million kilograms of it per year, researchers report in a study posted online January 10 at bioRxiv.org. That’s a lot of soil, but not an …