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30 06 2020 | 09:01

Either we change or we die': the radical farming project in the Amazon

A growing movement for sustainable agriculture in Brazil has taken on new urgency with the coronavirus pandemic. The cumaru trees could have been planted elsewhere in this Amazon reserve, where they…

30 06 2020 | 08:51

German far right infiltrates green groups with call to protect the land.

Extremists exploit rural nostalgia and farmers’ anger at globalisation to smuggle in ideology. The poster advertising the evening of debate and organic canapés in Halle’s university district looked…

30 06 2020 | 08:40

The Arctic heatwave: here's what we know.

It’s 38°C in Siberia. The science may be complicated – but the need for action now couldn’t be clearer

30 06 2020 | 08:32

Forgotten farmers, mining and anti-green invective: how the Nationals became a party for coal.

In this extract from her Quarterly Essay, Judith Brett says mining has offered the Nationals a way to supplement their declining agricultural base At the gala dinner in March this year to celebrate…

30 06 2020 | 08:10

Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature.

The number of fires in the vast north Asian region of Siberia increased fivefold this week, according to the Russian forest fire aerial protection service, as temperatures in the Arctic continued…

29 06 2020 | 07:52

Noose landmark in Namibia sparks a furore.

Petition launched to have Henties Bay tourist attraction removed and put in a museum. Windhoek — In Namibia’s coastal fishing village of Henties Bay the main tourist attraction is a noose hanging…

29 06 2020 | 07:32

Covid-19, UK tax policy and climate change.

With business leaders calling on the UK government for a 'green recovery' from Covid-19, it is time to rethink our tax system to make it green at its core. Rather than layering the tax code with…

29 06 2020 | 07:26

Firms start to believe in a battery afterlife.

By 2040, one out of every three passenger cars around the world is predicted to be electric-battery powered. But the power packs that drive those vehicles do not last forever, so what will become of…

29 06 2020 | 07:20

'My land is now owned by lions': Maasai farmers offer Kenya's wildlife a lifeline.

Kenya has lost 70% of its wildlife in 30 years, but conservancy schemes could halt the decline – and benefit local communities. Parsaloi Kupai’s home, situated on the edge of Ol Kinyei conservancy…

29 06 2020 | 07:07

Avoiding single-use plastic was becoming normal. Here’s how we can return to good habits.

Pre-pandemic, Australians made great progress on phasing them out – it is possible for the good work to continue. As Covid-19 restrictions start to ease, we’re unlikely to return to our previous…

29 06 2020 | 07:07

Funds With $3.7 Trillion Warn Brazil of Investor Backlash.

Institutional investors managing about $3.7 trillion in assets want Brazil to abandon a proposal they say will add to deforestation and violate the rights of indigenous groups in the Amazon.

29 06 2020 | 07:06

Climate Assembly: 79% of Brits want Covid-19 recovery package tied to net-zero.

A survey of the members of the UK's Climate Assembly, who were chosen to resemble the national population in terms of both social demographics and views on environmental issues, found that almost…

26 06 2020 | 07:29

Climate action is key to fighting pandemics.

A recovery that doesn’t protect the planet will be a disaster for health. I should know – I’m a doctor at the centre of Italy’s COVID-19 crisis, writes Roberto Romizi. Roberto Romizi is a general…

26 06 2020 | 07:23

Oil, gas, coal could lose two-thirds of value by 2070, says study.

Business in oil, gas and coal is becoming increasingly unprofitable as global fossil reserves could lose around two-thirds of their value in the next 50 years, plummeting from around $39 trillion to…

26 06 2020 | 07:13

How did wildlife groups start collaborating in the destruction of nature?

We need strong campaigns to confront environmental collapse. Instead, we get weakness and complicity. Out of this horror comes hope. In the backwash of the pandemic’s first wave, we see the shingled…

24 06 2020 | 08:14

Business can ride out storm by going green.

he United Nations Global Compact this week held a two-day virtual conference, coming in the shadow of the Covid-19 crisis. The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative…

22 06 2020 | 08:39

Black Environmentalists Are Organizing to Save the Planet From Injustice.

"I can't breathe." These were among the final words that George Floyd and Eric Garner gasped before their deaths at the hands of white police officers. That plea has become part of the current…

22 06 2020 | 08:33

Four Poachers Arrested After Killing of Rare Silverback Gorilla in Uganda.

Four poachers were arrested this week in connection with the killing of a rare silverback gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a lush preserve of mist-shrouded hillsides and thick…

22 06 2020 | 08:33

How to Recognize Desertification and Drought Day.

More than 2 billion hectares of previously productive land is degraded. For Desertification and Drought Day on June 17, DW spoke with Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations…