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News from 2020 not involving COVID-19. See also: POST-COVID for assessments and reports on what comes next.

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The U.N. predicts 560 disasters a year by 2030deseret30 April 2022 (LINK)

World's oceans face mass marine life extinction if warming continues — study: Sea ecosystems worldwide set to go through a devastating die-off rivaling the most severe extinction event in the planet's history around 250 million years agoafp / timesofisrael29 April 2022 (LINK)

Large Hadron Collider breaks new record only days after it reopenslivescience29 April 2022 (LINK)

Can science help us understand populism, from 'malignant manicheism' to Marine Le Pen?weforum29 April 2022 (LINK)

This is what the world's first floating city will look likeweforum29 April 2022 (LINK)

Global forest destruction continues despite COP26 deforestation pledgenewscientist28 April 2022 (LINK)

3D printed vaccine patch offers 10x greater immune response than vaccination shots charges— thebrighterside27 April 2022 (LINK)

Scientific Publishing Is a Scam Fed by the Governmentrealclearscience27 April 2022 (LINK)

The future is increasingly a disaster zone, new report warnstheverge26 April 2022 (LINK)

Sand crisis looms as world population surges, U.N. warnsreuters26 April 2022 (LINK)

2021 set records for greenhouse gases, according to NOAA spectrumlocalnews25 April 2022 (LINK)

NOAA reported that methane set a record for the second consecutive year.

Twitter bans climate change propaganda ads as deniers target platformswashingtonpost22 April 2022 (LINK)

Sarah Burch: I Helped Pen the UN Climate Report. Here's Why It Gives Me Hope: it shows a clear path forwardundark21 April 2022 (LINK)

U.S. Federal buildings agency cuts emissions 51% since 2008axios21 April 2022 (LINK)

Daily Wind-Powered Energy in the U.S. Surpassed Coal and Nuclear-Based Power for First Timemymodernmet21 April 2022 (LINK)

The US And EU Have Unsustainably Plundered Natural Resources For Decades, Study Showssciencealert11 April 2022 (LINK)

Amartya Sen on science, Modi and Myanmarnewstatesman8 April 2022 (LINK)

Study challenges evolutionary theory — says genetic mutations aren't always randomthebrighterside8 April 2022 (LINK)

'Now or never': Only severe emissions cuts will avoid climate extremes – U.N. report: Global emissions are on track to blow past the 1.5 degrees C warming limit envisioned in the 2015 Paris Agreement and reach some 3.2 degrees C by century's end.reuters5 April 2022 (LINK)

5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Limiting Global Warmingnytimes4 April 2022 (LINK)

Sweden's innovative wooden skyscraper captures as much carbon as 10,000 forestseuronews28 March 2022 (LINK)

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, building work was responsible for over 38 per cent of global energy-related carbon emissions in 2015 alone. The production of cement, meanwhile, is the largest single industrial emitter of CO2 in the world.

McKinsey just outlined its worst-case scenario for the global economy following Russia's invasion of Ukraine — and it involves recessions for both the US and Europebusinessinsider22 March 2022 (LINK)

How can journalism get better at covering climate change? Being a bummer might help: journalists' negative tweets gained far more traction with users than positive onesniemanlab20 March 2022 (LINK)

Put the brakes on and keep the car in the garage on Sunday to ease oil shock, says IEAground.news18 March 2022 (LINK)

Researchers May Have Discovered Origin of Floating Microplastics in Arctic Ocean: Europecnet17 March 2022 (LINK)

Japanese officials say 4 dead after 7.4 earthquake near Fukushima, site of 2011 nuclear disasterusatoday16 March 2022 (LINK)

The World Has One Big Chance to Fix Plasticstheatlantic15 March 2022 (LINK)

Saudi Arabia reportedly considering accepting yuan instead of dollar for oil salesthehill15 March 2022 (LINK)

Cancer drug stops tumor growth by forcing cancer cells to sleepthebrighterside15 March 2022 (LINK)

Russia seeking 13-year prison sentence for Putin critic Navalnythehill15 March 2022 (LINK)

Antarctic sea ice hits lowest minimum on recordnature11 March 2022 (LINK)

Amazon rainforest reaching tipping point, researchers saybbc8 March 2022 (LINK)

The findings, based on satellite data from 1991 to 2016, are published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

U.S. Senate sends bill making lynching a hate crime to Biden in historic firstaxios8 March 2022 (LINK)

India could export $500 bln in green energy over 20 years, Reliance's Ambani saysground.news23 February 2022 (LINK)

Ambani said India should have a strategy to end dependence on fossil fuels in the next two to three decades.

Each Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 tonnes of snow — new researchtheconversation22 February 2022 (LINK)

Dubai welcomes the Museum of the Futurewallpaper22 February 2022 (LINK)

Just 16% of the world's coastlines are in good shape — and many are so bad they can never fully recovertheconversation6 February 2022 (LINK)

Tesla is having to 'recall' 817,143 vehicles due to seat belt reminder problem, fix is an over-the-air software updateelectrek3 February 2022 (LINK)

Controversy over environmental cost of WWF decision to sell NFTseuronews3 February 2022 (LINK)

The world's best retirement destinations might surprise youweforum3 February 2022 (LINK)

Climate change has likely begun to suffocate the world's fisheriessciencedaily1 February 2022 (LINK)

Richest 20 nations urged to lead on nature protection by doubling financereuters27 January 2022 (LINK)

Billionaire Mark Cuban Launches Online Pharmacy With Generic Drugs at Affordable Prices: cost plus 15%popularmechanics26 January 2022 (LINK)

A new Swiss label for digital responsibilityepfl19 January 2022 (LINK)

More Protected Areas not enough to save Biodiversity, Warn Expertsbarrons19 January 2022 (LINK)

The world's 10 richest men have made so much money during the pandemic that a one-time 99% tax on their gains could pay for all COVID-19 vaccine production and more: Oxfambusinessinsider17 January 2022 (LINK)

Nearly half of City GDP at Risk of Disruption from Nature Loss, New Report Findsweforum17 January 2022 (LINK)

Without Urgent Action, These Street Trees Are Unlikely to Survive Climate Change — Australian studyaljazeera16 January 2022 (LINK)

WEF Global Risks Report 2022: Climate Failure and Social Crisis at Topweforum11 January 2022 (LINK)

Most experts believe a global economic recovery will be volatile and uneven over the next three years.

The Global Risks Report 2022, 17th Editionreliefweb12 January 2022 (LINK)

Syrian intelligence officer given life in prison for war crimes in 'historic' German trialthenewhumanitarian13 January 2022 (LINK)

Lithuania paid a Guantánamo Bay detainee $113,000 for letting the CIA torture him in a black site therebusinessinsider10 January 2022 (LINK)

ETH Zurich develops formwork from 3D-printed foam to slash concrete use in buildingsdezeen9 January 2022 (LINK)

James Webb Telescope Completes Its Deployment Sequence In Spaceiheart8 January 2022 (LINK)

Elizabeth Holmes trial: jury finds Theranos founder guilty on four of 11 fraud countstheguardian4 January 2022 (LINK)

The 10 Worst Airlines in the World: no Swiss involvedfodors3 January 2022 (LINK)

Ryan Air and EasyJet faulted for their bag charges.

Plastics in blue carbon ecosystems: a call for global cooperation on climate change goalsthelancet1 January 2022 (LINK)

All of Wittgenstein is now in the public domain: the textsnpr1 January 2022 (LINK)

Tesla recalls nearly half a million cars in U.S. over possible safety issuesnpr30 December 2021 (LINK)

11 Maps That Will Help You See the World in a Whole New Lightfodors28 December 2021 (LINK)

Bird flu kills thousands of cranes in Israel, poultry also culledreuters27 December 2021 (LINK)

E.O. Wilson, naturalist dubbed a modern-day Darwin, dies at 92 on 26 Decembernpr27 December 2021 (LINK)

His foundation did not cite a cause of death.

Sarah Weddington, attorney who won Roe v Wade abortion case, dies aged 76theguardian27 December 2021 (LINK)

El Salvador frees 3 women who were sentenced to 30 years under anti-abortion lawsnpr25 December 2021 (LINK)

Volcano that destroyed 3,000 buildings on Canary Island of La Palma stops erupting after 3 monthsnbcnews25 December 2021 (LINK)

The Year in Math and Computer Sciencequantamagazine23 December 2021 (LINK)

EDF: U.S. Must Pass the Build Back Better Actedf19 December 2021 (LINK)

"It is [...] the most ambitious climate and environmental justice action in American history."

The History of Humankind Just Got a Major Rewritenextbigideaclub16 December 2021 (LINK)

Drawing on the latest research in archaeology and anthropology, [a new book] suggests that the lives of our ancient ancestors were not nasty, brutish, and short. On the contrary, they were playful, collaborative, and improvisational.

Students design a house that revolutionizes urban designinhabitat16 December 2021 (LINK)

Fossil fuel combustion kills more than 1 million people every year, study saysarstechnica16 December 2021 (LINK)

Sustainable air travel: Could long-haul flights ever go green?sciencefocus16 December 2021 (LINK)

Nations renew talks on 'killer robots' as deal hopes narrowapnews15 December 2021 (LINK)

A group of governmental experts that took up the issue failed to reach a consensus last week, and advocacy groups say nations including the United States, Russia, Israel, India and Britain have impeded progress.

WMO: Arctic temperature soared to an unprecedented 100 degrees in 2020, scientists confirmtheepochtimes14 December 2021 (LINK)

The record prompted the World Meteorological Organization to create a new category of extremes — highest temperature at or north of the Arctic Circle

First FDA-approved eye drops to replace reading glasses go on sale1newatlas14 December 2021 (LINK)

The eye drops might be easier to keep track of, but they are pricier at about $80 for a 30-day supply, according to a press release from biopharmaceutical giant AbbVie. The drops must be prescribed by a physician and are not currently covered by insurance (Source).

Dell’s new Luna laptop concept is all about repairabilitytheverge14 December 2021 (LINK)

WEF's crypto report: a 50-minute analysis by CoinBureau's Guy (youtube) — youtube14 December 2021 (LINK)

The report for download: has a section on crypto and development

Dell's new Luna laptop concept is all about repairabilitytheverge14 December 2021 (LINK)

Portugal to Singapore could be the longest train journey in the world: 211 days. But how much does it cost? €1200, and you may have to wait for the end of travel restrictionseuronews14 December 2021 (LINK)

'Monster' Antarctic Glacier at Risk as Key Ice Shelf Faces Collapse Years Earlier Than Expectedcommondreams13 December 2021 (LINK)

2 years after Canada's Trudeau pledged to plant 2 billion trees, only 8.5 million have been plantedcbc.ca13 December 2021 (LINK)

Majority of top chemicals on market deemed environmentally unsustainable by new metricchemistryworld8 December 2021 (LINK)

Whether People Inform Themselves or Remain Ignorant Is Due to Three Factorsneurosciencenews3 December 2021 (LINK)

Vacations for Over 50 Singles: How and Where to Traveltheboutiqueadventurer29 November 2021 (LINK)

Swiss company frees Chernobyl from its radioactivity (original in German) — msn24 November 2021 (LINK)

After seven months of experiment using one hectare of land in Chernobyl, radioactive pollution of the soil fell by an average of 37 percent, that of the air by 46 percent. The Swiss are confident that thanks to their revolutionary technology, a complete decontamination of the Chernobyl site will be possible within the next four years.

Jurors got to hear Elizabeth Holmes' lies for themselvestheverge18 November 2021 (LINK)

The UN responded to Elon Musk's challenge to prove how his wealth could tackle world hunger by revealing a $6.6 billion planbusinessinsider16 November 2021 (LINK)

Air pollution in Europe still killing more than 300,000 a year, report findsnews wires / france2415 November 2021 (LINK)

Countries fail to agree on Antarctic conservation measures for fifth straight yearmongabay15 November 2021 (LINK)

The UN standardizes international carbon markets at COP26source15 November 2021 (LINK)

COP26 closes with 'compromise' deal on climate, but it's not enough, says UN chiefnews.un.org13 November 2021 (LINK)

What the world did and didn't accomplish at COP26vox13 November 2021 (LINK)

Loss of Glaciers Will Hurt Tourism, Power Supplies, and Moreafar12 November 2021 (LINK)

COP26: Bahamas PM says climate summit has 'no teeth' and Boris Johnson's language doesn't 'convey seriousness' of global warming crisissky12 November 2021 (LINK)

Despite contributing just 0.01% to global greenhouse gas emissions, the Bahamas is experiencing a near-term existential threat from climate change

India leads the way at Responsible Tourism Awardseuronews3 November 2021 (LINK)

World leaders unveil pledges to end deforestation, slash methane emissions: Cop26 latestgenevasolutions2 November 2021 (LINK)

Tackling mispricing of commodity exports from poor countriesunibe29 October 2021 (LINK)

The Concept of 15-Minute City Wins 2021 Obel Awardarchdaily27 October 2021 (LINK)

Tokyo is the City that Emits the Most Carbon Dioxide in the World247wallst27 October 2021 (LINK)

Molly: on the road to regulating self-driving carsswissinfo27 October 2021 (LINK)

GLOBAL INSIGHTS GENEVA piece: UNECE tackles philosophy's trolley problem (LINK)

The World Meteorological Congress has approved three sweeping initiatives to dramatically strengthen the world's weather and climate services through a systematic increase in much-needed observational data and data products from across the globesource20 October 2021 (LINK)

Farming less land more intensively is a better solution for biodiversity than trying to integrate farmland with natureanthropocenemagazine15 October 2021 (LINK)

At least 85 per cent of humans have been affected by climate change, study findsweather network14 October 2021 (LINK)

The future under climate change: graphics and mapstheguardian14 October 2021 (LINK)

The world's smartest and sustainable citiesdomusweb13 October 2021 (LINK)

136 countries agree to deal on global minimum 15% corporate taxthehill8s October 2021 (LINK)

Teaching ESG, not as easy as ABCgenevasolutions8 October 2021 (LINK)

In September, Geneva's Graduate Institute introduced for the first time a track in sustainable finance and development within its international economics master's programme. The university also plans to launch a complete master in sustainable finance and economics next year. This autumn, Geneva University's School for Economics and Management (GSEM) relaunched its master of science programme as a master in responsible management with the option to specialise in business and human rights.

The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the worldtimeout6 October 2021 (LINK)

Nobel Prize Winners Call for Governments to Take Action on Climategreekreporter6 October 2021 (LINK)

Cities and the Environmentgenevaenvironmentnetwork4 October 2021 (LINK)

The jet stream has started an unprecedented shift north, which could wreak havoc on weather in the US and Europebusinessinsider2 October 2021 (LINK)

How Climate Change Could Undermine Biodiversity Conservation Goalseurasiareview2 October 2021 (LINK)

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