To save threatened plants and animals, restore habitat on farms, ranches and other working lands

To save threatened plants and animals, restore habitat on farms, ranches and other working lands
The big idea Restoring native habitats to at least 20% of the world's land currently being used by humans for farming, ranching and forestry is necessary to protect biodiversity and slow species loss, according to a newly published study conducted by a team of environmental scientists including us. Our analysis found that this can be done in ways that minimize trade-offs and could even make farms more productive by helping to control pests, enhan...
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Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough

Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough
Australia is teeming with cats. While cats make great pets, and can bring owners emotional, psychological and health benefits, the animals are a scourge on native wildlife. Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and have played a major role in most of Australia's 34 mammal extinctions. They continue to pose an extinction threat to at least another 120 species. A recent parliamentary inquiry into the problem of feral and pet ...
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Meet the farmers helping to reforest Timor-Leste

Meet the farmers helping to reforest Timor-Leste
The WithOneSeed community forestry programme in Baguia, Timor-Leste, began in 2009;It establishes village-based plant nurseries to grow seedlings and then pays small landholders annual incentives to reforest their land by planting and maintaining the trees;More than 980 subsistence farmers are now involved and 200,000 trees have been planted to date, earning the Baguia village economy more than $400,000 from the sale of carbon credits. High in th...
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Designing batteries for easier recycling could avert a looming e-waste crisis

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As concern mounts over the impacts of climate change, many experts are calling for greater use of electricity as a substitute for fossil fuels. Powered by advancements in battery technology, the number of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on U.S. roads is increasing. And utilities are generating a growing share of their power from renewable fuels, supported by large-scale battery storage systems. These trends, coupled with a growing volume of ...
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You’re More Than Your Carbon Footprint

You’re More Than Your Carbon Footprint
26 tons. That's how much CO2 I apparently produce in a given year according to a popular carbon footprint calculator. Compare that to the world average of 4 tons and it looks like I'm singlehandedly bringing about the end of the planet. If everyone lived like me, we would need nearly eight Earths to survive. I go through an annual allotment of carbon in about six weeks. And you know what? I don't care! But John. How can you call yourself a sustai...
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The Australian state of Tasmania is now powered entirely by renewable energy

The Australian state of Tasmania is now powered entirely by renewable energy
Tasmania met 100% renewable target after the 29th wind turbine went online at Granville Harbour on the island's west coast.The majority of the island's power generation came from hydroelectric systems in 2018/19.Other states are forging ahead with their own green energy plans. The Australian island state of Tasmania now runs on 100% renewable energy, having met its goal to be fully self-sufficient on green energy two years ahead of schedule. Tasm...
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How to measure progress in building a sustainable future

How to measure progress in building a sustainable future
Companies with better ESG ratings were in a better position than others in 2020.Only by measuring on common standards, will we be able to deliver a meaningful, quantifiable impact.It will take time for government agencies to fully adopt a unified system and may be difficult, and costly for some companies. 2021 doesn't yet feel that much different from 2020. Infection rates are spiking, healthcare systems are buckling, and people are suffering. Th...
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5 critical things we need to do to protect our ocean

5 critical things we need to do to protect our ocean
The coronavirus pandemic has further hit efforts to safeguard the ocean.Leaders from 14 countries have decided upon a new action agenda, with changes in 5 key areas, to support the sustainability of the ocean.They've committed to sustainably managing 100% of ocean areas within their national waters by 2025. 2020 was supposed to be a super year for the ocean. A packed calendar of international events should have presented opportunities to assess p...
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Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren’t keeping up

Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren’t keeping up
It's hard to imagine navigating modern life without a mobile phone in hand. Computers, tablets and smartphones have transformed how we communicate, work, learn, share news and entertain ourselves. They became even more essential when the COVID-19 pandemic moved classes, meetings and social connections online. But few people realize that our reliance on electronics comes with steep environmental costs, from mining minerals to disposing of used dev...
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Upgrade rage: why you may have to buy a new device whether you want to or not

Upgrade rage: why you may have to buy a new device whether you want to or not
We've probably all been there. We buy some new smart gadget and when we plug it in for the first time it requires an update to work. So we end up spending hours downloading and updating before we can even play with our new toy. But what happens when we can't update our gadgets any further? Vintage technology Every year vendors such as Apple and Google add to their list of vintage devices that no longer get operating system or security updates. Fo...
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