One day last summer, aged 15, she skipped school, sat down outside the Swedish parliament – and inadvertently kicked off a global movementGreta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents tried to dissuade her. Classmates declined to join. Passersby expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of the then unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.
For forests, it really does help to be young. British scientists who have identified the vital factor that shows what makes a forest a good carbon sink say young forests use carbon best and absorb it most efficiently.
A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seems on the face of it to settle an old puzzle with an unsurprising answer. New and young forests make the most efficient and effective carbon sinks.
Humans burn fossil fuels and emit vast quantities of greenhouse
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” the
You hear that calcium is essential to strong bones. And that the best source of calcium is dairy products. But is that the whole story? How should you get the calcium you need? And what are some of the most healthy, calcium rich foods? Read on to see what the science says so you can make the best decisions for your health.
Get the Calcium you need from a plant based diet.
We’re learning about the climate crisis and reality by taking our education to the streets.
By Sophie Sleeman, 17
Toledo, Ohio, voters make history, adopting a charter amendment that recognizes the rights of Lake Erie! This is the first rights-based law in the United States that specifically acknowledges the rights of a distinct ecosystem, securing the Lake’s rights to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve.
Children who grow up in greener surroundings have a greatly reduced risk of developing mental illnesses later in life, research suggests.
A study that tracked almost a million people found that those who were raised among the lowest levels of green space were as much as 55 per cent more likely to develop disorders such as substance abuse, stress-related illnesses and schizophrenia.
A leafy childhood environment was as strongly linked to a person’s mental health as their family history of mental
You might know peat as a dark, earthy substance sold in plastic bags as garden compost. But there’s more to peat than that. It’s an incredibly important natural ally in the fight against climate change; it’s a rich haven for wildlife; it improves water quality and it helps reduce flood risk.
Peat – sometimes called peat moss – is a life saver worth its weight in bags of gold.
But peatlands across the world are disappearing fast. Governments allow peat to be dug up for garden compost or burned
Yasmin Younis is an MA student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
She explains how the museum's use of her culture and history led her to take action.
Click here to read her article on New Internationalist
Kashmiris targeted by right-wing mobs in India following the Pulwama attack say the Sikh community came to their rescue.
When 18-year-old Kashmiri student Shadab Ahmad and his friends were attacked by a mob in the north Indian state of Haryana last week, they prepared for the worst.
The group of four - all Kashmiris - were set upon by a gang and only survived after reaching their flat and barricading themselves inside.
The mob outside moved on, but the group in the apartment decided it was wiser
New findings suggest trees are 'our most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change', says scientist.
Replenishing the world’s forests on a grand scale would suck enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to cancel out a decade of human emissions, according to an ambitious new study.
Scientists have established there is room for an additional 1.2 trillion trees to grow in parks, woods and abandoned land across the planet.
If such a goal were accomplished, ecologist Dr Thomas Crowther sa
New research finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world’s most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. A report released earlier this month by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacements, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in the Hindu Kush
Trees are secretly talking trading and waging wars on one another. They do this by using a network of fungi that grow around and inside their roots…
Thanks to a Warsaw-based activist, friendship grows between marginalised communities without permanent homes.
Greta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament.
The 16-year-old welcomed the huge mobilisation planned in the UK, which follows demonstrations by tens of thousands of school and university students in Australia, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other countries.
By Rebecca Solnit
Press on for what you believe in – a young woman’s election to Congress shows climate activism can have unforeseen results.
In 2016, when LaDonna Brave Bull Allard and others launched the camps protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, they could not have known some of the indirect consequences of their actions – including prompting a young woman from New York City to run for office. Sometimes the results that matter are not direct or intended – though four tribes continue to liti
Images were taken by British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, in Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya.
The wild African black leopard has been the stuff of legend and campfire story for decades.
The animal – whose coat is sooty black as a result of melanism, the opposite of albinism – is extremely rare.
But a British wildlife photographer has become the first person to photograph the black leopard in more than a century.
In 2017, Jay Wilde gave away his herd of cows to a sanctuary and decided to grow organic vegetables instead, with zero animal input. He was already conflicted as a vegetarian who took over his father’s farm and felt he had a duty to continue the business. But after a few years of struggling with this, he decided to do what he knows is right. He was sad to say goodbye, but he set them free.
Wilde could have made about £50,000 (about $64,000 USD) by selling his 73 cows for meat, but he decided tha
An Australian court has rejected an application for an open-cut coal mine because of its potential contribution to greenhouse-gas emissions and global warming.
The New South Wales Land and Environment Court turned down an appeal by mining company Gloucester Resources, which had sought to overturn a previous government decision against establishing a coal mine near the town of Gloucester in the Hunter Valley.
It is the first time a new coal mine has been rejected in Australia, the world’s leading
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