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Permafrost Showdown

“Deep below the glistening surface of a frozen Arctic lake, something is bubbling—something that could cause global warming to accelerate beyond all previous projections… Now the freezer door is opening, releasing the carbon into Arctic lake bottoms. Microbes digest it,…

What are Oases of Change?

Like oases, which are fertile places amid desolate areas, oases of change are living spaces where the new, the life-giving has begun to germinate; they are glimmers of hope amid a collapsing civilization that is destroying the foundations of people’s…

Andrés Carrasco, the scientist who decided to walk with the people

He confronted agribusiness companies, governments, and extractive scientists. It marked a before and after in the debate on the GM model, confirming that glyphosate is lethal to embryos. It was taken up by socio-environmental assemblies, peasant movements, and indigenous peoples.…

Philippine FDA Bans 3 Lead-Containing Spray Paints

15 May 2024, Quezon City.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the purchase and use of three imported spray paints containing toxic lead, a potent neurotoxin that is banned in the manufacture of paints as…

World’s Largest CO2 Removal Plant Opens in Iceland

Swiss company Climeworks has opened the biggest operational direct air capture (DAC) plant in the world to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes The Mammoth plant, located in Iceland, is nearly ten times bigger than Orca, its second-largest plant. “Starting operations…

Surprising Rising Seas “Must Reads”

Sea levels are surging along the US coastline, exceeding 30-year expectations. Scientists are confused, concerned, searching for answers. In that regard, an excellent new series by The Washington Post d/d April 29th, 2024 “Must Reads” is an eye-opening view into…

What do Zara and H&M have to do with illegal deforestation?

For more than a decade, the British NGO Earth Sight has been tracking the fate of 816,000 tons of cotton linked to human rights abuses and deforestation in the Brazilian Cerrado. The cotton was made into clothing and then sold…

Environmental journalism saves lives

Journalists are challenged to provide relevant information for necessary social change. Environmental reporting is essential. By María García de la Fuente* Renewable Energies, 4 May 2024 – We are living through a triple planetary crisis: the climate crisis, the loss…

BAN Toxics Report on INC-4 Closing: PH Takes Progressive Stance as Global Plastic Treaty Negotiations Sideline Overproduction Issue

The intergovernmental negotiations (INC-4) for a global agreement to end plastic pollution in Ottawa, Canada, concluded with a long shot at tackling the root causes of plastic pollution. Member states agreed on intersessional work regarding hazardous plastic chemicals in products,…

NGO Forum Network and Allies Demand Accountability from the Asian Development Bank(ADB) amid Georgia’s Civic Space Crisis

Tbilisi, 2 May 2024 – In a bold stance against the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the NGO Forum network and its allies from across the globe unite to challenge the bank’s policies and projects, highlighting its detrimental impact on communities, environments,…

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