Bees: how important are they and what would happen if they became extinct?

Bees: how important are they and what would happen if they became extinct?
Bees – including honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees – are very important because they pollinate food crops. Pollination is where insects move pollen from one plant to another, fertilising the plants so that they can produce fruit, vegetables, seeds and so on. If all the bees went extinct, it would destroy the delicate balance of the Earth's ecosystem and affect global food supplies. There are more than 800 wild bee species within Europe, s...
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Working with Nature to reduce climate risk in Europe

Working with Nature to reduce climate risk in Europe
New WWF report outlines how investing in Nature-based Solutions can build resilience in the face of increasing water risks across the continentClimate change is the greatest threat to the future of our societies and economies. All the science points to worsening risks from extreme floods, droughts, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. But the climate crisis is not just a future threat. Climate change is already affecting water resources and ex...
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It’s time to declare a global emergency!

Pollution
The whole world is currently obsessed with the COVID-19 pandemic. The media is providing saturation coverage, governments are taking drastic actions, and people are hoarding food, toilet paper, and masks. This reaction is understandable and it is a major threat that needs to be managed decisively and competently. However, we are simultaneously neglecting a much larger and more dangerous threat, something which could ultimately result in humanity'...
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After a year of devastating floods across Asia, this is how some of the world's biggest countries are staying afloat

Flooding Bangkok
Tokyo, Jakarta and Shanghai are among the cities that may need to relocate people and development away from risks, researchers say.11 of the 15 cities most at risk from sea level rise are in Asia, with Dubai, Alexandria and New York also featuring. Major Asian cities, including Tokyo, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai, are most at risk from rising sea levels, researchers warned on Thursday, urging authorities to invest more in flood defences...
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China's lead in the global solar race - at a glance

China Solar
In the space of 25 years, China will have gone from having virtually no solar panels to leading the world by a margin of more than 100%.  Estimates from market intelligence business Wood Mackenzie sees China's photovoltaic panel installations hit a cumulative total of 370 GWdc by 2024 - more than double the US's capacity at that point. As countries around the world continue to increase their solar capacity, Wood Mackenzie predicts 2020 will ...
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How the internet of things is building smarter cities

New York
Urban populations are rising around the world, but cities are struggling to keep up. As the silent force that has revolutionized our world, technology is now being leveraged to manage rapid urbanization and to create smarter cities. Today's infographic from Raconteur explores how the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a vital component in the creation of more efficient, sustainable, and resilient cities, and illustrates the growing impact this w...
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Importance of sediment flow for mangrove conservation and restoration

Mangroves
New guide will assist practitioners to assess role of sediment flows in mangrove conservation and restoration projects. Mangroves are an amazingly rich ecosystem, supporting biodiversity, providing natural resources and services – and thus supporting livelihoods – and storing carbon. They also offer a very effective defense against the effects of climate change on tropical coasts, protecting deltas from shrinking and sinking. But mangrove forests...
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Buildings kill millions of birds. Here’s how to reduce the toll

Dead Birds
As high-rise cities grow upwards and outwards, increasing numbers of birds die by crashing into glass buildings each year. And of course many others break beaks, wings and legs or suffer other physical harm. But we can help eradicate the danger by good design. Most research into building-related bird deaths has been done in the United States and Canada, where cities such as Toronto and New York City are located on bird migration paths. In New Yor...
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Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health

Farmers-Ethiopia
Healthy soils are vital to human survival. They play a pivotal role in feeding global populations – after all, food is grown in soil. Healthy soils grow more crops and allow for nutrients to be better absorbed by the crops. That's why it's important to understand exactly when there might be a problem with the soil of a particular area, and what's causing it. Without a precise diagnosis, soil can't be successfully treated. Soil health is a matter ...
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I’ve seriously tried to believe capitalism and the planet can coexist, but I’ve lost faith

Smoking Chimney
As the Productivity Commission confirmed this week, Australia's economy has enjoyed uninterrupted growth for 28 years straight. Specifically, our output of goods and services last financial year grew by 2%. Economists obviously see the growth of a national economy as good news – but what is it doing to the Earth? Capitalism demands limitless economic growth, yet research shows that trajectory is incompatible with a finite planet. If capitalism is...
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