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Humans have had an unprecedented impact on land – with vast consequences for climate change, food systems and biodiversity, a major new UN report concludes. It says that human activities have already altered 70% of the Earth’s land surface, degrading up to 40% of it. Four of the nine “planetary boundaries” – limits on how humans can safely use Earth’s resources – have already been exceeded. Food systems – a catch-all term to describe the way humans produce, process, transport and consume food – are the largest culprit when it comes to land degradation, the report says. They account for…

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GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, together with scientists from various German institutions, warns that microplastics could significantly increase global warming in the coming years. The joint research program reveals that up to 27.5 million tons of microplastics are carried to different parts of the world every year. According to the studies, wind carries the particles through ocean air, fog, sea spray, and snow at a faster rate than water. Researchers explain the impact of wind-borne microplastics on surface climate and the health of local ecosystems citing the dark microplastics that cover snow and ice. The increasing amount…

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A recent study led by the University of Hull highlights another grim consequence of climate change. The researchers have found that shifting climate conditions are disrupting chemical communication within marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The researchers have demonstrated that climate change affects interactions among organisms across different types of ecosystems in similar ways. Disruptions in chemical communication can wreak havoc on a species and an ecosystem. They affect mating patterns, predator/prey systems, and the ability of animals to find food. “Chemical communication is the ubiquitous language of life on earth – but this is being jeopardized by global change. There’s…

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More than 50,000 premature deaths each year could be prevented if air pollution emissions from energy-related activities in the United States were eliminated, according to a new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.  The study, published in the journal GeoHealth, used data from the Environmental Protection Agency to model the health benefits of completely eliminating fine particulates released into the air by activities like electricity generation, transportation, cooking and heating. Nick Mailloux, a graduate student at UW–Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and lead author of the study, said while a complete elimination of this kind of pollution isn’t likely,…

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3: ShellShell has established a net-zero goal for 2050 and has been bragging about its carbon offsets scheme. Along with increasing gas sales, decreasing oil sales, and expanding into the clean energy sector, Shell will rely on a range of carbon-capture technologies and reduce its own operational emissions.Through “Nature-based Solutions”, they encompass all actions aimed at regenerating ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, and wetland systems. This may include preventing or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as assisting in the sequestration of carbon in so-called ‘carbon sinks’. Each of these activities results in the biological uptake and storage of carbon -…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Monday that it will make $6 billion in relief payments to commodity and specialty crop growers affected by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. The goal is to offset losses from reduced yields and lower prices, according to the announcement. The emergency payments are part of $10 billion in assistance to farmers affected by wildfire, drought, hurricanes, winter storms and other disasters passed by Congress last November. The funding was part of a spending bill intended to keep the government running and is separate from another set of payments made…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Monday that it will make $6 billion in relief payments to commodity and specialty crop growers affected by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. The goal is to offset losses from reduced yields and lower prices, according to the announcement. The emergency payments are part of $10 billion in assistance to farmers affected by wildfire, drought, hurricanes, winter storms and other disasters passed by Congress last November. The funding was part of a spending bill intended to keep the government running and is separate from another set of payments made…

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Angelica Chavez-Duckworth grew up wanting to be a mom. As a child with a little baby doll always in hand, she says her early maternal instincts earned her the nickname “Little Mommy.”Now 26, and keenly aware of a worsening climate crisis around her, Chavez-Duckworth isn’t sure she’ll ever become a mother.“As a kid, I thought, ‘This is something I’m going to do, something I’m going to be,’” Chaves-Duckworth says. “Fast forward to now — having to be in the space of contemplation because I don’t even know if I can protect my [younger] brother.”Chavez-Duckworth is the founder and principal of…

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REG produced 480 million gallons of biodiesel in 2021, new report | Biofuels International Magazine Cookies are required to use this site. Please turn them on! This website requires javascript to be enabled. May 17, 2022Renewable Energy Group has released its new 2021 environmental, social and governance (ESG) report. REG outlined that as the world transitions to clean energy solutions, the company is playing a critical role in the advancement of decarbonisation of liquid fuels. The new report showcases the company’s 2021 ESG performance. Highlights include the fact REG produced 480 million gallons of bio-based diesel, which…

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Light pollution has decreased as a result of fears over soaring energy costs, a survey by the countryside charity CPRE has suggested.Stargazers have been enjoying the best view of the night sky since 2011, as light pollution sharply dropped during the pandemic lockdowns and the levels continue to fall despite restrictions having been lifted.Reasons light pollution has fallen, according to the charity, include households being more conscious about wasting energy due to high prices, and councils reducing street lighting. A continued trend of home working has also caused a reduction in light pollution from offices.In February and March this year,…

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