A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think by Jen Soriano Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on. posted Apr 17, 2013 Africa’s vegetation has lost 2.6bn tonnes of CO2 in just seven years The rainforests, savannahs and woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa have lost around 2.6bn tonnes of CO2 over the past seven years, a new study finds. The large-scale loss of stored carbon – which on an annual basis is almost four times the CO2 emissions of Nigeria – was driven by a series of severe droughts across the continent, as well as deforestation, the research suggests. The results were gathered using a novel satellite technique, which allowed researchers to measure “deeper below the vegetation canopy” than ever before, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
The Energy Report A fully sustainable and renewable global energy system is possible by 2050 Published: 03/02/2011 The Energy Report presents a possible transition to a global, sustainable energy system. The two-part report contains a detailed analysis and scenario created by Ecofys, and a narrative by WWF. It addresses the fundamental question: “Is a fully sustainable global energy system possible by 2050?” 5 Lessons From The Companies Making Sustainability More Profitable Than Ever Good news for corporate social responsibility leaders: there’s a growing body of evidence that sustainability often goes hand in hand with profits. A new report from MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group adds even more data to the pile: according to a survey of 2,600 executives and managers around the world, the number of companies that profited from sustainability initiatives climbed to 37%--up 23% from last year. MIT’s paper, The Innovation Bottom Line, is the latest in a series of reports dating back to 2010 that examine sustainability challenges in organizations. Here’s what we learned: Organizations need a business case for sustainability if they want their efforts to be successful.
Found: Over 12 new crustacean species, Singapore News Hidden over 1,000m underwater along the Sunda Strait off the coast of Jakarta is a peculiar spider crab with plates resembling ears that actually protect its eyes. It had not been seen for some 10 million years, until researchers from Singapore and Indonesia discovered it while trawling the depths of the sea last month. Researchers believe the 6cm-wide crab, dubbed "Big Ears", is from the Rochinia genus. More than a dozen new species of crustaceans were discovered on the pioneering expedition into the deep waters off the southern coast of West Java.
Standing up for Nature Most unfairly ignored UK bird? Photo: Chris Cant via wikimedia commons What is the UK’s most unfairly ignored bird? The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change? Trees When people talk about technologies that might offset climate change, they often evoke not-yet-invented marvels, like planes spraying chemicals into the atmosphere or enormous skyscrapers gulping carbon dioxide from the clouds. But in a new report, Oxford University researchers say that our best hopes might not be so complex. In fact, they are two things we already know how to do: plant trees and improve the soil. Both techniques, said the report, are “no regrets.” They’ll help the atmosphere no matter what, they’re comparatively low-cost, and they carry little additional risk. Specifically, the two techniques it recommends are afforestation—planting trees where there were none before—and biochar—improving the soil by burying a layer of dense charcoal.
Where ‘afforestation’ is taking place around the world NEGATIVE EMISSIONS | October 9. 2018. 15:15 Mapped: Where ‘afforestation’ is taking place around the world A key finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new special report is that it is likely that some degree of “afforestation” will be needed to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Afforestation is a process where new forests are planted across land without trees. As a forest grows, it naturally removes CO2 from the atmosphere and stores it in its trees. the environmentalists: Home known issues, new qualities Pollution, the destruction of habitats, even the extinction of whole species are no new phenomena. What is new, is the reach and the permanence of the changes, humans inflict on the environment today. Read more... known issues, new options