The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions of people and claimed thousands of lives, on top of sending most of the world's population into lockdown. However, it has also considerably lowered daily CO2 emissions levels — by 17 % according to a report by the publication Nature Climate Change —. The question on many minds now is whether the promises made to combat climate change will be kept once the crisis is over, and the answer appears to be yes.
At a time when the world is facing an unprecedented health crisis, the United Nations (UN) is stressing the importance of emphasising the role biodiversity plays in protecting us against the risk of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, while also urging us not to forget about the climate crisis that is affecting the planet.
Invasive alien species are species that have been introduced, either naturally, accidentally or intentionally, into an environment that is not their own. After a certain amount of time, they adapt to their new environment and begin to colonise it. Such species are the second biggest cause of loss of biodiversity in the world, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Below, we take a look at some of the most harmful.
The COVID-19 pandemic is battering the global economy and forcing the “powers that be” to roll out short-term strategies to inject liquidity into markets, provide support for the unemployed and boost health systems with resources. Governments around the world are designing medium and long-term economic recovery programmes, and many legislators, organisations and companies are planning a green recovery.
Experts estimate that 99 % of the animals that once inhabited the earth no longer exist and human intervention has had a lot to do with these disappearances. Nevertheless, on other occasions it has managed to allow other species to survive, thanks to environmental conservationism. Discover 10 animals that have been saved from extinction.
Plastic has reached the deepest point on the planet, a place - the Challenger Deep- located 11,000 metres below sea level where very few people have visited. This discovery is the best proof of the magnitude of the problem and that the time has come to become aware of it and do everything possible to reverse the situation.