The new UN deal on aviation emissions leaves much to be desired

Written by: David Hodgkinson and Rebecca Johnston Photo credit: Wikipedia. Emissions fron international flights – a bugbear of efforts to combat climate change – will finally be regulated under a scheme agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on Thursday last week. It’s a problem that had remained largely unaddressed by states – and airlines – since…

Without action, Asia-Pacific ecosystems could lose a third of their value by 2050

Written by: Ida Kubiszewski, Australian National University Paul Sutton, University of Denver Robert Costanza, Australian National University Sharolyn Anderson, University of South Australia Ecosystem services – the natural processes that allow Earth to sustain life and provide us with everything we have and see – are facing an uncertain future. Between 1997 and 2011, the…

China Requests 15,000 Acres of Land In Sri Lanka

by Wade Shepard Courtesy: The Forbes. This area includes what is probably the world’s emptiest international airport, a massive $1.4 billion deep sea port that is running at under-capacity, a world-class conference center that doesn’t really host many conferences, and a seldom used cricket stadium. These projects were almost completely funded with Chinese money, and…

After Paris, UK’s latest ‘carbon budget’ just isn’t ambitious enough

Authors: Kate Scott and Marco Sakai The UK is letting itself go over budget. Voyagerix / shutterstock A major new climate policy was announced by the UK government on June 30, almost unnoticed in the Brexit aftermath. The media’s focus on Westminster backstabbing meant the country’s latest “carbon budget”, widely heralded as unambiguously good news for the environment,…

A Philippines island has the world’s greatest concentration of unique mammals – here’s why

Written by: Ben Garrod Take a normal tortoise. Remove predators. Give lots of food. Leave for 5m years. bearacreative/Shutterstock We’re taught that evolution is all about “survival of the fittest”. But that’s not always the case. In fact, sometimes evolution can be the result of a lucky animal finding “any port in a storm”. And the…