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Secrets of Societal Resilience in Environmental Shocks

In today's world, we find ourselves in the midst of a global crisis convergence, where a multitude of threats intersect and challenge our collective resilience. From the pressing issues of climate change and economic inequality to the divisive specter of political polarization, these challenges seem insurmountable. However, history shows that societies have faced and sometimes overcome such threats before. Today, we have a unique advantage: knowledge. This knowledge is not just a rehash of past events but is obtained through new methods and data.

Anticipation Grows as World Gears Up for Climate Ambition Summit

The world is at a pivotal moment in the fight to protect our planet, and the momentum is about to reach new...

Diverse Seedlings Hold Key to Accelerating Tropical Forest Restoration

A groundbreaking ecological experiment led by the University of Oxford on Borneo Island demonstrates the remarkable potential of replanting logged tropical forests with diverse seedlings in expediting their recovery. Published in the journal Science Advances, the study underscores the significance of biodiversity preservation in pristine forests and its restoration in recovering logged forests.

Genetically Modified Bacteria Tackle Plastic Pollution

In a groundbreaking development, scientists have genetically modified a marine microorganism with the capability to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic in...

The Planet is Off-Track from Meeting Climate Goals

Only 15% of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are on track at the half-time point of the 2030 agenda

Hidden Perils of Paper Cups: Toxicity Lurks Beyond Plastics

Paper cups, believed to be benign, harbour toxic chemicals that can inflict harm on ecosystems and living organisms much like their plastic counterparts, according to a latest study.

Comprehensive Guide to Effective, Equitable Conservation

The International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) has unveiled a comprehensive guide aimed at realizing Target 3, also known as the "30x30 target," of the Global Biodiversity Framework. This initiative seeks to conservatively safeguard a minimum of 30% of Earth's land and water by 2030. The guide, introduced at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, provides a roadmap to implement the target while ensuring fairness and equity.

Wastewater: From Threat to Climate Solution and Resource Bounty

Wastewater poses a growing threat to both health and the environment, emitting nearly as many greenhouse gases as the aviation sector. However, a recent analysis from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal, in collaboration with the Global Wastewater Initiative (GWWI), says that with appropriate policies, wastewater could offer an alternative energy source to almost half a billion people. Furthermore, it could provide over ten times the water produced by current global desalination capacity and mitigate more than 10 percent of global fertilizer usage.

Embracing Nature: A Blend of Innate and Learned Affection

The enchanting bond humans share with nature is a complex interplay of inherent tendencies and nurtured inclinations, as unveiled by researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. This intrinsic affinity for nature is a profoundly personal experience that should fundamentally influence urban planning, an insight highlighted by the research team.

Ancient Pathogens from Melting Ice Pose Ecological Risks

As climate change continues to accelerate, the melting of ice and permafrost likely would release long-dormant pathogens trapped for thousands of years. This phenomenon poses a significant risk to global ecosystems and potentially to humanity itself. A recent global study conducted by Dr. Giovanni Strona from the European Commission Joint Research Centre and Professor Corey Bradshaw from Flinders University has shed light on the ecological dangers posed by the emergence of these ancient microbes.