World’s Largest Desert Growing Even Larger, Partly Due to Climate Change

The Sahara Desert—which takes up about 3.6 million square miles of northern Africa—is growing ever larger, signaling daunting news for people living in the Sahel border region who stand to lose valuable arable land to the expanding desert. The boundaries of the world’s largest hot desert, already around the size …

Land Degradation Threatens Human Wellbeing

Land degradation is undermining the wellbeing of two-fifths of humanity, raising the risks of migration and conflict, according to the most comprehensive global assessment of the problem to date. The UN-backed report underscores the urgent need for consumers, companies and governments to rein in excessive consumption – particularly of beef …

Reports: McDonald’s to Pilot Alternatives to Plastic Straws

McDonald’s has become the latest big name brand to step up efforts to tackle plastic waste, revealing it is to trial more sustainable alternatives to plastic straws and is closing in on ensuring 100 per cent of its packaging is recyclable. In an interview with Sky News, McDonald’s UK boss …

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Second-Lowest Winter Peak on Record

Arctic sea ice has experienced its maximum extent for the year, reaching 14.48 million square kilometers (approximately 5.59 million square miles) on March 17—the second smallest in the 39-year satellite record. The provisional data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows the 2018 winter peak only narrowly …

Tech Giant Microsoft Signs Largest Corporate Solar Agreement in the U.S.

Microsoft has announced the single largest corporate purchase of solar power ever seen in the U.S., signing an agreement with sPower to add 315 MW of electricity via two solar projects in Virginia. Microsoft has been powered by 100 percent renewable electricity since 2014. In 2015, the tech giant joined …

Global Carbon Emissions Rise for First Time Since 2014

Global carbon dioxide emissions from energy increased for the first time in 2017 after three years of remaining flat, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Thursday, meaning the world remains far off course in curbing planet warming emissions. Carbon emissions reached a record-high of 32.5 gigatonnes in 2017 due to …

‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ Sprawling with More Debris than Thought

An enormous area of rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean is teeming with far more debris than previously thought, heightening alarm that the world’s oceans are being increasingly choked by trillions of pieces of plastic. The sprawling patch of detritus – spanning 1.6m sq km, (617,763 sq miles) more than …