environment

Jan. 17, 2022

2021 Was Earth’s Fifth Hottest Year, Scientists Say

The annual average temperature in 2021 exceeded the modern average by 0.3 ºC, scientists at Europe’s Copernicus climate change service found.

Jan. 12, 2022

Study: Shifting to Plant-Based Diets Can Cut Global Emissions and Capture CO2

This new approach to eating in high-income nations would slash more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Jan. 11, 2022

Burning Biomass in Europe Causes Deforestation in the U.S., Scientists Warn

The U.S. wood pellet industry is the largest supplier for European wood-burning power plants, which scientists argue may undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Jan. 10, 2022

Italy’s Farchioni Becomes First Major Olive Oil Company to Receive Sustainability Certification

The company's environmental reports fall in line with the Untied Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals, Italian authorities confirmed.

Jan. 4, 2022

Amazon Records Highest Rate of Deforestation in 15 years

Deforestation in the Amazon increased 21 percent from 2020 to 2021 and is more than double what it was a decade ago.

Jan. 4, 2022

Extreme Weather Cost Billions in Damage in 2021, Study Finds

Extreme weather events around the planet severely impact people and ecosystems. Now, researchers have calculated the economic costs.

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Dec. 9, 2021

Spanish Study Reveals Olive Pit Biofuel Potential

A study shows that olive pits provide the highest calorific yield of any comparable fuel source and a lower environmental impact.

Dec. 7, 2021

Up to 27 Million in Spain Face Water Shortages by 2050, Minister Warns

The southeast of Spain is at the highest risk. New investments in infrastructure and technology are critical to mitigating the impacts of the crisis.

Dec. 7, 2021

U.S. Households Could Slash Emissions by Reducing Junk Food Consumption

A new study suggests 71 percent of households could improve their carbon footprint by consuming less junk food and not buying in bulk.

Nov. 22, 2021

Social Farming Initiatives in Italy Focus on Environment, Inclusion

Italy leads the way in social olive farming with projects in Tuscany and Molise that focus on quality, protecting biodiversity and social inclusion of marginalized groups.

Nov. 17, 2021

Current Climate Pledges Will Not Avoid Irredeemable Consequences of Global Warming, Researchers Say

A new analysis from the Climate Action Tracker shows that the current commitments to curtail greenhouse gas emissions will not stop further global temperature rises.

Nov. 16, 2021

Demonstrators at COP26 Demand More Action from Leaders on Climate

Protestors rallied in Glasgow and around the world to express their dismay at the process and results of COP26.

Nov. 16, 2021

COP26 Concludes with Watered-Down Joint Agreement

The nearly 200 countries that signed the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase down coal. Critics say not enough was accomplished.

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Sep. 20, 2021

BBC: Number of ‘Extremely Hot Days’ Each Year Is Rising

A BBC report found that the number of days with temperatures that surpass 50 ºC has nearly doubled in the past 40 years.

Sep. 16, 2021

Nearly One-Third of Wild Tree Species Are Threatened with Extinction, Report Warns

Over the past 300 years, the forested areas on our planet have shrunk by 40 percent, researchers found.

Sep. 14, 2021

Proposed Label Would Allow Consumers to Compare Sustainability of Food Items

Researchers in France say the label would grade foods' environmental footprint based on its farming practices, biodiversity impact and effect on climate change.

Sep. 14, 2021

Intensive Olive Farms Contribute to Desertification in Spain, Experts Warn

Researchers caution that one-fifth of Spain is at risk of desertification. Poor agricultural and land-use practices paired with historic mismanagement are largely to blame.

Sep. 8, 2021

Even During a Pandemic, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Soared to Record Highs in 2020

A report from the American Meteorological Society found that carbon dioxide concentrations were the highest they had been in at least 800,000 years.

Sep. 2, 2021

Weakened Gulf Stream Will Have Major Impact on European Agriculture, Scientists Predict

Weakening ocean currents will likely increase incidences of extreme weather events, researchers warn, particularly in the Mediterranean Basin.

Aug. 24, 2021

Glyphosate Controversy Continues as New Report Concludes Herbicide Is Not Carcinogenic

Health campaigners are outraged with the EFSA’s conclusion, accusing the food safety authority of bending to pressure from industry.

Aug. 17, 2021

Europe Announces Plan to Plant 3 Billion Trees by 2030

The E.U. hopes to convince farmers to be one of the driving forces in the effort to plant the new trees.

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