The United Nations decided to dedicate the decade 2021-2030 to the ‘restoration of ecosystems on every continent and every ocean’. Indeed, damaged ecosystems’ rehabilitation could actually play an essential role in the fight against poverty and climate change.
Artisanal salinas across the Mediterranean today face critical times. Confronted with salt-production industrialisation, urbanisation-imposed pressure, and stressful competition from cheaper in-land producers, shoreline salinas are struggling to remain economically viable.
Two years ago, Nicola Bayless was taking her evening walk in Happisburgh, a tiny village on the eastern coast of England, when a big chunk of the cliff fell down. “It sounded like thunder. Like a click of fingers and it’s gone. You had no chances if you stood under that,” she recalls while sitting on the front step of her home overlooking the sea.
Two weeks into Mauritius’ declaration of the state of environmental emergency, the situation is still dreadful. At least 1,000 tons of fuel were spilt into the Indian Ocean following a massive leak from the Japanese ship MV Wakashio which run aground on July 25th.
Big times for tree lovers. From reforestation apps aiming to become the ‘Tinder for trees’, to Trump’s commitment to join the One Trillion Trees Initiative, this year has seen a real boost in governments and start-ups’ efforts to repopulate forests.
Among the sea of signs welcoming Greta Thunberg at the climate strike in Bristol last month, one stood out. Despite not having the artistic finesse of the others, those two words written with black paint on crumpled cardboard hit like a punch: "End Ignorance".
Syria is at a breaking point. In the past weeks it has been experiencing one of the worst humanitarian emergencies since the start of the nine-year civil war. Currently, over three million civilians are trapped in Idlib, the last rebel-held territory at the Turkish border. About half of them have been forcibly displaced from other parts of the country.