Donorum Has Ecology and Philanthropy at Heart

In 2016, France prescribed that it is compulsory for all supermarkets  in  its  territory  to  donate  excess  food  on  a  daily  basis.  Otherwise,  they  face  fines  of  up  to  €75,000.  Thus,  solidarity  among  the  French  is  encouraged by the letter of the law. On the other hand, due to  the  …

This App Plants Trees When People Make Lower-Carbon Choices

Ant Forest is a mobile game that has become China’s largest private sector tree-planting scheme. The game has funded the planting of more than 120 million trees, covering more than 100,000 hectares. The project has contributed to China becoming the world’s leading tree-planting nation. Ant Forest was awarded the UN’s …

WMO Launches E-Learning Platform for Hazard Alerts

WMO has developed a set of E-learning resources and courses for the Common Alerting Protocol, which is an internationally-recognized standard for dissemination of warnings of extreme weather hazards to the public and to disaster management authorities. The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a data format for exchanging public warnings of …

A Kenyan Entrepreneur Fights Deforestation With a New Energy Solution

When Leroy Mwasaru was in his teens, he noticed a major problem at his Kenyan boarding school. Ageing pipes were leaking sewage directly into a nearby stream, which was a source of water for a neighbouring community. Mwasaru, now 22, says he could not sit idly by and watch that …

Innovative Program Connects Donors and Tree-Planting Groups

In 2018, the United Nations (UN) declared 2021-2030 as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in an effort to reverse centuries of damage to forests, wetlands and other ecosystems. The following year, as if to dramatize the urgency, fires swept through the forests of the Brazilian Amazon, Eastern Australia and the …

Protection of Seagrasses Key to Building Resilience to Climate Change, Disasters

Seagrass meadows can be a powerful nature-based climate solution and help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but these important ecosystems continue to decline. The importance of seagrasses is highlighted in a new report, Out of the Blue: The Value of Seagrasses to the Environment and …