Category: The Planet – Enviroment

Fewer tourists meant less money for wildlife during the pandemic – but there’s an alternative

“Nature is healing” read social media posts at the outset of the pandemic, as birdsong replaced the drone of traffic during lockdown. But for wildlife conservation in Africa, the reality was very different. Anti-poaching operations in protected areas were paused…

Huge ‘battery warehouses’ could be the energy stores of the future

One of the world’s largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames in Essex, after the UK government recently granted permission. When it is completed in 2024, the battery will eventually store 1.3 gigawatt…

Almost 90% of the world’s animal species will lose some habitat to agriculture by 2050

Scientists know that biodiversity is declining across much of the world although less universally and dramatically than we feared. We also know that things are likely to get worse in the future, with a combination of habitat loss, climate change…

Why this retired farmer keeps planting trees

WRITTEN BY Fátima Fátima is Ecosia’s Video Editorial Lead. She thinks in many Sprachen. Identity, author Amin Maalouf once wrote, is always multiple and complex. For Manuel Martínez from Alvelal, Ecosia’s tree-planting partner in Spain, this rings true at many…

How to cook Christmas dinner in the most environmentally friendly way possible

By now, most of us are aware that much of the food we eat, in one way or another, contributes to the climate crisis. From food production and waste, to food consumption and diets – the way we produce, eat,…

Not so fast: why India’s plan to reintroduce cheetahs may run into problems

A nature reserve in India could soon be the only location in the world to host wild populations of four major big cat species – tiger, lion, leopard and cheetah. Kuno-Palpur, in central state of Madhya Pradesh, may not be…

Indonesia’s Peats Restoration Agency gets an extension despite falling to hit its target: what are the hurdles and next strategies?

Despite falling short of its target, Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency is likely to continue its work to rehabilitate the country’s peatland as part of the government’s attempts to meet its emission commitments. Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya…

Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

Under the sea ice, the Arctic Ocean is one of the quietest places on Earth. But it can be very noisy when the ice is forming and breaking up or during storms and when glaciers are calving. Beluga whales, the…

Why snow days are becoming increasingly rare in the UK

Winter frost fairs were common on the frozen River Thames between the 17th and 19th centuries, but they’ve become unimaginable in our lifetime. Over decades and centuries, natural variability in the climate has plunged the UK into sub-zero temperatures from…

Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil – changing the soy industry could stop it

Soy may have a pretty innocuous reputation thanks to its association with vegan food and meat alternatives. But don’t be fooled – crops of this pale legume are behind much of Brazil’s epidemic of deforestation. Since 2000, Brazil has doubled…

Decolonizing the climate change conversation

WRITTEN BY Samie Blasingame Samie Blasingame is a researcher and community organiser passionate about environmental justice and global food systems. Environmental activism appears to be thriving. With Fridays for Future getting international attention and the countdown to 2030 – the…

Canada finally has a climate plan that will let it meet its carbon targets by 2030

I’ve studied Canadian climate policy debates for three decades. Over that time, by my count, there has been seven national climate targets and nine climate plans. None has been credible — with the exception of the plan released last week…

Millions of electric cars will need charging in future – but how?

One consequence of Brexit is that Britain will desperately need a modernising industrial strategy. In Boris Johnson’s mind, a key element of this is the recently announced “green industrial revolution” which included bringing forward to 2030 a ban on selling…

A tropical fish evolved to endure rising temperatures – but it may not be fast enough to survive climate change

The climate is changing, and heatwaves are becoming more common and intense as a result. For the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest structure of living tissue, the consequences are clear. The reef suffered its third mass coral bleaching event…