Environmental Policy News
June 26, 2022

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Right Whales' Survival Rates Plummet After Severe Injury from Fishing Gear

Most North Atlantic right whales that are severely injured in fishing gear entanglements die within three years, a study finds. Severely injured whales were up to eight times more likely to die than ...

Including All Types of Emissions Shortens Timeline to Reach Paris Agreement Temperature Targets

Looking beyond carbon dioxide emissions to include other human-generated pollutants, like methane, nitrogen oxide and particulate pollution, changes ...

A 50% Reduction in Emissions by 2030 Can Be Achieved. Here's How

To prevent the worst outcomes from climate change, the U.S. will need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the next eight years. Scientists from around the nation have developed a blueprint ...

Scientists Show That at Least 44 Percent of Earth's Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

New research reveals that 44 percent of Earth's land area -- some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to ...
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Climate Change Negatively Impacting Bumble Bees

Temperature changes have negatively impacted most species of bumble bees over the past 120 years, according to new new research. The researchers note that changes in temperature had more of a ...

Can Robotics Help Us Achieve Sustainable Development?

Scientists have assessed how robotics and autonomous systems might facilitate or impede the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their findings identify key opportunities and key ...

Modern Wind Turbines Can More Than Compensate for Decline in Global Wind Resource

Wind energy contributes significantly to the energy sector's sustainable, low-CO2 transformation. However, the efficiency of wind turbines depends on available wind resources and the technical ...

Mangrove and Reef Restoration Yield Positive Returns on Investment for Flood Protection, Study Shows

Restoration of mangroves and coral reefs can be a cost-effective solution for coastal flood reduction in more than 20 countries across the Caribbean. Researchers used methods from the risk and ...

Companies’ Use of Renewable Energy Certificates Masks Inaction on Carbon Emissions

A new study argues that renewable energy certificates -- a market-based tool that certifies the bearer owns one megawatt hour of electricity produced from renewable energy sources -- generally do not ...

Climate Economics: Policies Change People

The makers of climate policy should rethink how people think: Researchers show that abiding by climate-friendly policies actually changes the way people think about what they do. People's ...

Lack of Environmental Awareness and Preference for Variety Leading Causes of Waste in Fast-Fashion Production

Researchers identify why the fast fashion business model creates waste and whether regulators can establish incentives for consumers and manufacturers are steps to reducing ...

New Research Shows Climate Change Impacts on Whale Habitat Use in the Warming Gulf of Maine

New research finds climate change is having an impact on how large whale species, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, use habitats in the warming Gulf of Maine, showing ...

Exotic Tree Plantations Can Disturb Local Wildlife, Researchers Find

Initiatives using non-native tree species can impact tropical insects in neighbouring forests, according to an international ...

Heat-Lovers Are the Lucky Ones: Insects and Climate Change

Sparse data often make it difficult to track how climate change is affecting populations of insect species. A new study has now evaluated an extensive species mapping database (Artenschutzkartierung, ...

Why Confronting Invasive Species Is One of the Best Ways to Prepare for Climate Change

New research finds that the ecological effect of invasive species alone is comparable to the combined effects of invasives plus warming temperatures, drought or nitrogen deposition. This suggests ...

Shifting Signatures of Climate Change Reshuffle Northern Species

Analysis of long-term monitoring data for almost 1,500 species in Finland shows that four decades of climate change has led species to shift between the 'better' and 'worse' parts ...

More Reptile Species May Be at Risk of Extinction Than Previously Thought

The iconic Red List of Threatened Species, published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), identifies species at risk of extinction. In a new study, researchers present a ...

Producers and Consumers Must Share Burden of Global Plastic Packaging Waste

Plastic packaging waste is everywhere. Our plastic bottles, food wrappings, and grocery bags litter the landscape and pollute the global environment. A new study explores the global patterns of ...

Critical Global Water Questions

Recent intense heatwaves in India and widespread US droughts have highlighted the need for a global approach to tackling chronic water shortages. Now, new research has drawn together expert voices ...

Wealthiest Homeowners Most at Risk of Wildfire Hazard

The top ten per cent most valuable homes in the western United States are 70% more likely to be in high wildfire hazard areas than median-value properties, according to a new ...

People Must Be 'Heart' of Climate Action

Tackling the climate crisis can only be achieved by 'placing people at the heart of climate action', researchers ...

Novel Environmental DNA Monitoring Method for Identifying Rare and Endangered Fish Species Sold in Hong Kong Wet Markets

Researchers have outlined a powerful new tool for monitoring trade of rare and endangered fish species in Hong Kong wet markets. Using environmental DNA (eDNA) present in the drain runoff water of ...

Climate Change on Course to Hit U.S. Corn Belt Especially Hard, Study Finds

Climate change will make the U.S. Corn Belt unsuitable for cultivating corn by 2100 without major technological advances in agricultural practices, a new study ...

Curbing Other Climate Pollutants, Not Just CO2, Gives Earth a Chance

Slashing emissions of carbon dioxide by itself isn't enough to prevent catastrophic global warming, a new study shows. But if we simultaneously also reduce emissions of methane and other often ...

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