The U.S. joins forces with Norway, Britain and companies like Amazon to save the world's rainforests

The United States has teamed up with the Norwegian and British governments, as well as companies like Amazon and Nestlé, to launch a project aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the world’s tropical forests. On board so far are well-known companies from Airbnb, Boston Consulting Group to GlaxoSmithKline, McKinsey, Nestlé, Salesforce, Bayer and Unilever. Those nine companies have committed to working with the U.S., Norway and Britain to invest at least $1 billion in the plan

Can carbon offsets make up for the environmental impacts of NFTs?

Earlier this year the art world was taken by storm as nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, made their digital appearance in the marketplace. Anyone who has been following news of these controversial works knows a few things to be true, namely that their creation comes at a high environmental cost, and that they can be sold for sky-high monetary costs. Last month an NFT by the artist Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, sold at a record-breaking $69.3 million, the third-highest price achieved by a livi

600 manatee deaths in Florida raise concerns over sustainable habitat

This story is from The Hill's Changing America publication. Environmentalists are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of Florida’s waterways after the deaths of more than 600 manatees so far this year, three times the average rate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission first started raising concerns in December when manatees began dying in the Indian River Lagoon Area, one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere and home to

Reddit investors pull together to adopt 3,500 gorillas in less than a week

Earlier this year, Redditors caused a stir when they started buying up stock in companies like Gamestop and AMC Theatres, as well as the cryptocurrency DogeCoin. Now, they’re making waves for another reason — some pretty massive charitable donations. Last week, amateur investors from the now-infamous Reddit community called r/WallStreetBets (WSB) pulled their funds together to spend their gains on animal conservation. Species such as elephants, pangolins and sea turtles all benefited from the k

Heard NFTs are bad for the environment? Here's what that means

This Monday, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey combined past and future when he sold his first-ever tweet as an NFT, or nonfungible token, for $2.9 million. A simple introduction to what grew to be one of the largest social media platforms in the world, the tweet read: “just setting up my twttr.” That small piece of social media history is now owned by Sina Estavi, the chief executive officer of Malaysian blockchain service Bridge Oracle. Estavi, who likened his new internet real estate to Leonard

The controversy over wildlife killing contests

“Do you think you have what it takes to win the highest paying hunting contest in the country? Then put your money where your mouth is, and enter the West Texas Big Bobcat Contest.” The tagline of the West Texas Big Bobcat Contest, this call to action refers to only one of more than 600 wildlife killing contests in the state of Texas. These privately organized events involve a growing number of participants competing for prizes, whether in the form of cash or hunting equipment, by either killi

When you're ready to toss this biodegradable mask away, use it to grow flowers instead

Wearing a face mask has become a regular part of life during the last year, as Americans continue to protect themselves from the threat of the coronavirus. Unless you’re wearing washable masks, though, where are all of these single-use products ending up? A study published last summer in the journal Environmental Science & Technology estimated that 129 billion masks and 65 billion plastic-containing gloves have been used globally each month, with “a significant portion” ending up in the world’s

Iceland has been hit by 18,000 earthquakes in just over a week, and a major eruption is predicted

Most of us already know that there are certain areas of the world more prone to earthquakes than others and that residents of those places, such as Southern California, Indonesia and parts of China, are pretty used to it at this point. One such area that’s accustomed to the occasional tremor is the small island nation of Iceland. There, earthquakes are common due to the country straddling two of the Earth’s tectonic plates, both the North American and Eurasian plates. They remain divided by an

How to Fish the Chesapeake Responsibly, Before It's Ruined for Everyone

Over the past year, you’ve probably taken up a couple of new hobbies. Whether it’s biking, bird watching or fishing, a number of outdoor activities have seen a resurgence as people look to keep a safe distance from other humans and reconnect with nature. This is in our biology: time spent amongst the greenery is super healthy for your mind and body, and as long as you observe some ground rules, it’s entirely safe to exercise outdoors during a pandemic. One activity that’s really been able to ca

Art museum uses special campaign banners to help reverse air pollution

In an effort to contribute to the green movement, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, recently invested in some interesting outdoor advertising. The new campaign centers around promotion of a freshly installed Olafur Eliasson exhibition to the museum — an artist who aims to expose “some of today’s most urgent issues” to museum-goers, asking them to reflect on their understanding of the environment through the use of natural materials such as moss, fog and glacial ice. Promotion of the exhi

The Great American Outdoors Act passes with bipartisan support

This Wednesday marked the passing of the Great American Outdoors Act, which garnered a rare, sweeping bipartisan support when it made its way through Congress. The bipartisan unity enjoyed yesterday by the historic conservation and public lands bill comes at a time of national crisis, as the country continues to contend with the coronavirus pandemic and prepares for negotiations over how to address the economic and public health fallout from the spread of the disease. Back in June the bill was

Trump rolls back landmark environmental law NEPA

First enacted on Jan. 1, 1970, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a Nixon-era law that requires federal agencies to determine the possibly detrimental effects that major projects such as oil pipelines, highways and bridges could have on the surrounding environment. The review process that NEPA requires government agencies to engage in is intended to discover not only the cumulative effects that construction could have on climate change, but also takes into account how possible public h

A town in Siberia just reached a record-high temperature of 100 degrees

A small town in northeast Siberia, a vast Arctic region of Russia, reached the shocking temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit this past Saturday. If verified, the temperature would mark the hottest ever recorded temperature north of the Arctic Circle. The news comes amidst a recent jump in temperatures in the region, and signals to a larger, worsening trend of human-caused climate change around the world. These effects are exacerbated in ice and snow-filled areas such as the Arctic Circle, wh

Here's how Greta Thunberg is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Today, despite countrywide stay at home orders, is the 50th anniversary of the observance of Earth Day. It’s a holiday usually celebrated outdoors, some choosing to garden and plant trees while city-dwellers usually spend time in public parks. The irony of our strange new inability to go outside is that in the absence of people, nature is seemingly beginning to thrive. Improvements in air and water quality have been recorded as coronavirus lockdowns have shut down factories and kept people off

How the coronavirus has impacted the oil industry — and the future of the climate crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has taken no prisoners when it comes to the damage it has seemingly inflicted upon every industry under the sun, from hospitality and travel to retail and entertainment. Also hit hard was oil and gas, posing questions about the uncertain future of the once booming fossil fuel industry and what those question marks might mean for climate change efforts going forward. On Monday oil prices took a nosedive to their lowest level in history, dropping into negative pricing as

The coronavirus pandemic could spell disaster for our rainforests — and the communities that protect them

The burning season is about to begin in Brazil, where Indigenous Amazonians already face a frightening rise in infections with COVID-19. The virus has been spreading rapidly through Brazil, where nearly 1.5 million cases have been reported so far. Within the country’s Indigenous communities, deaths linked to the virus have risen more than fivefold in the past month, according to APIB, Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples association. “2019 was the highest deforestation year that Brazil has seen in the l
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