Curated by Peter Hulm

News from 2022 not involving COVID-19. See also: POST-COVID for assessments and reports on what comes next.

Non-COVID news: June–end October 2022

The most and least environmentally friendly countries of 2022theweek29 October 2022 (LINK)

Battle of the Alps? Water woes loom amid climate changeapnews27 October 2022 (LINK)

Alpine nations aim for climate-neutral transport by 2050swissinfo27 October 2022 (LINK)

Panicking about the UN's scary Emissions Gap report is a waste of time — here's what to do insteadelectrek27 October 2022 (LINK)

Current emissions pledges will lead to catastrophic climate breakdown, says UNtheguardian26 October 2022 (LINK)

WHO publishes first 'Watchlist' for Fungal Pathogens highlighting a growing threat to humankindcosmosmagazine25 October 2022 (LINK)

British Council for Offices (BCO) identifies the ideal amount of office space per employee: 10-12 sq mallwork24 October 2022 (LINK)

Breakthrough treatment eliminates kidney stones with little to no painthebrighterside23 October 2022 (LINK)

Scientists finally discover the cause of lupusthebrighterside20 October 2022 (LINK)

— An international team of researchers has identified DNA mutations in a gene that senses viral RNA, as a cause of the autoimmune disease lupus, with the finding paving the way for the development of new treatments

Fifteen-minute citiesearthisland20 October 2022 (LINK)

World Cancer Congress: lack of early screening is driving deaths in poorer countries, NGO boss warnsgenevasolutions19 October 2022 (LINK)

A new AI model can accurately predict human response to novel drug compoundsphys.org17 October 2022 (LINK)

Mapping our genetic ties to Neanderthals deserved a Nobelaawsat16 October 2022 (LINK)

Researchers generate 1000x more power from solar panelsthebrighterside15 October 2022 (LINK)

A synthetic 'brain' just crushed it at Pong. Is it really sentient?popularmechanics15 October 2022 (LINK)

Lab-grown brain cells play video game Ponggrounds.news13 October 2022 (LINK)

New study debunks old theory that depressed people are more realistichealthline14 October 2022 (LINK)

Global warming puts Arabica coffee at risk, and we're barrelling towards a crucial thresholdtheconversation13 October 2022 (LINK)

The '15-Minute City': what they are and how to build themforbes30 September 2022 (LINK)

Half of world's bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifiesground.news29 September 2022 (LINK)

Half of the world's palm trees face extinction — part University of Zurich studygreekreporter28 September 2022 (LINK)

Nonprofits may need to spend about one-third of their budget on overhead to thrive – contradicting a rule of thumb for donorsoanow26 September 2022 (LINK)

Plenty Unlimited to build 'world's largest' indoor vertical farming complex, in Virginiabloomberg14 September 2022 (LINK)

Simple blood test detects multiple cancers at early stage without obvious symptomsiflscience13 September 2022 (LINK)

Air quality sinks as climate change accelerates — annual WMO Air Quality and Climate Bulletingreekreporter13 September 2022 (LINK)

Climate impacts headed to 'uncharted territories of destruction,' UN chief warnscbc13 September 2022 (LINK)

Long-promised reforms are coming too slowly to a humanitarian sector that's struggling to keep pace with soaring needs and costs, a new analysis warns: relief reaches less than half the people targeted, even though humanitarian funding nearly doubled over the last decadethenewhumanitarian13 September 2022 (LINK)

ARHGAP11B: the gene to which we owe our big brainneurosciencenews13 September 2022 (LINK)

Fossil fuel giants have targeted 150+ activists with 'judicial harassment': reportcommondreams12 September 2022 (LINK)

Waiting for full gender equality? Not until 2322 at present rate, according to UN Women/UNDESAwomensagenda12 September 2022 (LINK)

The spectator's guide to the Elon Musk–Twitter fightslate12 September 2022 (LINK)

Japanese scientists finally answer the fundamental question of how life on Earth began: a tiny, self-replicating globule called a coacervate droplet rather than RNAslate11 September 2022 (LINK)

UN Human Development Index sees life expectancy, education and income fall for 90% of countriesbbc8 September 2022 (LINK)

Euronews: here are all the positive environmental stories from 2022 so fareuronews7 September 2022 (LINK)

Watch a virus infecting a cell caught on video for the first time everiflscience7 September 2022 (LINK)

5 books that help anyone understand modern financenextbigideaclub6 September 2022 — (LINK)

This 17-year old created an AI-powered app to help farmers combat invasive species across the worldforbes6 September 2022 (LINK)

Africa: Rich nations pledge funds at climate crisis summitdw6 September 2022 (LINK)

More than 2100 species on the IUCN Red-List are "lost"getaway5 September 2022 (LINK)

The race to find 2,100 missing species before they go extinctvox3 September 2022 (LINK)

What's the chance of meeting Paris climate goal? Just 0.1%, study saysmongabay 29 August 2022 (LINK)

Scientists believe this was the first animal to walk on land: Tiktaalik roseaegrunge26 August 2022 (LINK)

Study paints 'bleak picture' for 90% of marine life without emissions cutsmongabay25 August 2022 (LINK)

Yes, there are more infectious diseases popping up these days — experts say there are 7 clear reasons whyecowatch17 August 2022 (LINK)

— Leading factors include the pace of international travel, as well as more human-wildlife contact.

Marine Life Defenders: UN talks 'last chance' for global ocean treatyecowatch16 August 2022 (LINK)

Disasters linked to the climate crisis caused 24 million internal displacement in 2021socialbites16 August 2022 (LINK)

One-third of the food we eat is at risk because the climate crisis is endangering butterflies and beescnn14 August 2022 (LINK)

IUCN's new data on tiger numbers could prove to be a conservation gamechanger: numbers up by 40% between 2015 & 2022theprint14 August 2022 (LINK)

Rainwater is now unsafe to drink worldwide because of 'forever chemicals,' study suggestsusatoday13 August 2022 (LINK)

U.K. climate activists fill golf holes with cement after water ban exemptionbbc13 August 2022 (LINK)

Italy's Lake Garda shrinks to near-historic low amid droughtapnews13 August 2022 (LINK)

Scientists at CERN have discovered too many particles for physics to keep upinverse13 August 2022 (LINK)

DNA study finds Etruscans originated from Steppes — not Anatoliagreekreporter13 August 2022 (LINK)

5 species newly rated as endangered in 2022, says IUCNdiscovermagazine11 August 2022 (LINK)

WEF's Great Reset agenda continues to get significant pushback from criticsbitcoin11 August 2022 (LINK)

What's wrong with the Fourth Industrial Revolutionbitcoin10 August 2022 (LINK)

How 'own nothing and be happy' sparked a misinformation campaign that targeted the World Economic Forumwef / theglobeandmail5 August 2022 (LINK)

W.H.O.: life expectancy in Africa increases by nearly 10 yearsground.news5 August 2022 (LINK)

Faced with the energy crisis, Germany plans to question the abandonment of nuclear powerground.news4 August 2022 (LINK)

UN warns two largest US water reservoirs at 'dangerously low levels'thehill3 August 2022 (LINK)

Most rainwater on Earth contains PFAS exceeding safe levels, study findsecowatch2 August 2022 (LINK)

Richer nations fall short on climate finance pledgeapnews29 July 2022 (LINK)

The ocean cleanup removed its first 100K kg from the Great Pacific Garbage Patchtheinertia26 July 2022 (LINK)

Pope apologizes in Canada for 'evil' of cooperating with 'catastrophic' policy of residential indigenous schoolsground.news26 July 2022 (LINK)

Catholic religious orders operated 66 of Canada's 139 residential schools.

Freezing point above Swiss Alps reaches new heights, smashing record from 27 years agoiflscience25 July 2022 (LINK)

Water recycling solution recognised at inaugural WIPO global awardsgenevasolutions22 July 2022 (LINK)

Latin America and Caribbean at risk of 'irreversible damage' from climate change — WMO reportgenevasolutions22 July 2022 (LINK)

Australia drops a bombshell: an Environment Report Card that nobody should ignoresciencealert21 July 2022 (LINK)

Khamenei adviser says 'Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb, but there has been no decision by Iran to build one'ground.news17 July 2022 (LINK)

UK's M&S removes 'best before' dates from fruit and vegetables to tackle food wasteground.news17 July 2022 (LINK)

Want to triple your memory in 5 minutes? Guinness world record holder shares tricks to improve cognitionfirstforwomen15 July 2022 (LINK)

Study helps explain why a man has a shorter lifespan than a woman: loss in age of the male sex chromosome causing heart muscle to scaryahoo15 July 2022 (LINK)

Australia's PM just laid out a radical new vision for Australia in the region: clean energy exporter and green manufacturer through electrolysers, green steel, green cement and green fertilizertheconversation13 July 2022 (LINK)

The Big Plastic Count: U.K. survey shows 'recycling doesn't work'ground.news12 July 2022 (LINK)

Humans need to value nature as well as profits to survive, UN report findstheguardian11 July 2022 (LINK)

Researchers found that the way stakeholders valued nature was only taken into account on 2% of studies.

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon hits record for first half of 2022ground.news9 July 2022 (LINK)

Wild species relied on by billions at risk, U.N. report warnsground.news8 July 2022 (LINK)

EU parliament backs labelling gas and nuclear investments as 'green': 328 vs 278ground.news7 July 2022 (LINK)

Catchup: the infamous 1972 report that warned of civilization's collapse: How does it hold up 50 years later?wired8 July 2022 (LINK)

France's struggling nuclear giant EDF to be fully nationalizedground.news6 July 2022 (LINK)

Under the same sky: how Rolex Laureate Emma Camp is saving coral reefstatlerasia4 July 2022 (LINK)

'They're everywhere': Microplastics in oceans, air and human bodyground.news3 July 2022 (LINK)

UN Ocean Conference ends with call for greater ambition and global commitment to address dire state of the Oceanun1 July 2022 (LINK)

Catchup: U.N. Ocean Conference ends with promises. Is a sea change coming?mongabay1 July 2022 (LINK)

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would reduce risks to humans by up to 85%thebrighterside30 June 2022 (LINK)

Davos was a case study in how not to talk about climate changeundark30 June 2022 (LINK)

These 3 smartphone apps are helping to reduce food waste around the globetheplanetarypress29 June 2022 (LINK)

Who's to blame for inflation? NPR fact checks some common claimsnpr29 June 2022 (LINK)

Mapped: Energy consumption per capita around the world: Iceland tops, but 98% from renewablesvisualcapitalist28 June 2022 (LINK)

U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling 'misleadingly quotes me' in overturning Roe vs Wade: law professornewsweek25 June 2022 (LINK)

We have been lied to': Greta Thunberg Glastonbury address takes aim at 'greedy' world leaderssomersetlive25 June 2022 (LINK)

Thailand signs world's first country-to-country carbon offsetting pact, with Switzerlandnationthailand25 June 2022 (LINK)

World's first solar-powered car is ready to hit the road with 79km range and €250K price tagmymodernmet25 June 2022 (LINK)

Lagos ranks second worst liveable city in the world, worst in Africa: Damascus at bottomripplesnigeria24 June 2022 (LINK)

Pacific island nation Niue protects 100% of its ocean territory — the size of Norway — in pioneering movebusinessinsider23 June 2022 (LINK)

Britain ranks bottom in Europe for nature connectiveness: Italy besttheguardian23 June 2022 (LINK)

Five steps to environmental justiceundp23 June 2022 (LINK)

The retail industry is facing a potential wave of bankruptciescnbc23 June 2022 (LINK)

"Magic set of pills to keep you healthy? Don't waste your money on vitamins and supplements" (but some do help) — scitechdaily21 June 2022 (LINK)

An enormous international study just confirmed the ugly truth about sitting too muchsciencealert17 June 2022 (LINK)

Bank of England hikes rates for the fifth time in a row to 1.25% as inflation soars to 40-year high at 9%cnbc16 June 2022 (LINK)

U.S. Federal Reserve's largest rate rise since 1994 to 1.5%morningstar16 June 2022 (LINK)

McDonald's to pay France $1.3 billion in tax fraud caseapnews16 June 2022 (LINK)

Origin of Black Death finally found in bacteria from Kyrgyzstan graves: plague bacteria affecting marmosets in the region are genetically most similar to the samplesnewscientist15 June 2022 (LINK)

'Nobody's immune to inflation': These are the most expensive cities for the world's wealthy: Inflation across the collection of items recorded rose 7.5% over the year, compared with just 1% the year earlier. Three-quarters (75%) of luxury goods and almost two-thirds (63%) of luxury services increased in price over the yearcnbc15 June 2022 (LINK)

Climate change: Rising sea levels threaten 200,000 England propertiesground.news15 June 2022 (LINK)

UN Secretary-General says the climate crisis is placing half of humanity in 'the danger zone'euronews14 June 2022 (LINK)

North Carolina could lose up to 40% of its wetlands to sea level rise by 2070, new study showsphys.org14 June 2022 (LINK)

UNESCO designates 11 new biosphere reserves, including 3 new countriesunesco14 June 2022 (LINK)

Universal health care could have saved more than 330,000 U.S. lives during COVIDscientificamerican13 June 2022 (LINK)

Scientists sound alarm on badly run medical studies: "over 60% showed a high risk of bias"groundup13 June 2022 (LINK)

What extreme heat does to the human bodytime13 June 2022 (LINK)

Global nuclear arsenal set to grow for first time in decadestheguardian13 June 2022 (LINK)

Expected Ocean Changes Require Planning For Many Generations Aheadeurasiareview13 June 2022 (LINK)

"While surface warming may stabilize at about 1.5-2℃ when global emissions reach net-zero emissions, sub-surface ocean warming will continue for at least hundreds of years."

UNDP's Ocean Promise ahead of UN Ocean Conference 27 June-1 July — undp11 June 2022 (LINK)

"As of 2022, none of [the] SDG 14 [ocean] targets have been achieved, and progress on most has been limited. SDG 14 is estimated to receive the lowest level of investment of all the 17 SDGs." See also: The ocean and the blue economy are fundamental to addressing the triple planetary crisis — says UNDP (LINK)

Sepsis still kills 1 in 5 people worldwide — two Pittsburgh physicians offer a new approach to stopping itlakeconews12 June 2022 (LINK)

World's protected natural areas too small and isolated to benefit wildlife — new studytheconversation10 June 2022 (LINK)

"We estimated that at least 1,536 species (40% of those we looked at), and maybe as many as 2,156 (56%) had ten or fewer protected populations that were likely to survive in the long run."

The UK just launched the world's largest four-day work week experimentmentalfloss8 June 2022 (LINK)

On World Oceans Day, 7 tips to planning a guilt-free beach vacationmarketwatch8 June 2022 (LINK)

Expert's dire warning after strains of 'superpower' bacteria June 2022 (LINK)

More than 40% of Earth's land surface must be conserved to stop the biodiversity crisis, report warnscnn3 June 2022 (LINK)

Climate change is fueling a 5,000-square-mile 'Dead Zone' in the Gulf of Mexicothedailybeast3 June 2022 (LINK)

Carbon level in atmosphere hits new milestone, 50 percent higher than pre-industrial levelspbs3 June 2022 (LINK)

First-of-its-kind Index Measures the Connectedness of Naturewwf2 June 2022 (LINK)

Researchers discover new self-destructing parasite against drug-resistant malariaapnews2 June 2022 (LINK)

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