Peter Howley, University of Leeds For decades now, GDP has been the standard measure of a nation’s well-being. But it is becoming clear that an economic boost may not be accompanied by a rise in individual happiness. While there are many reasons for this, one important factor is that as nations...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade By integrating the cultivation of sugarcane for ethanol with beef cattle breeding on the same land, Brazil could increase food and sustainable fuel production without extra deforestation, a study suggests. Brazil is already the world’s largest sugarcane producer, the largest sugar producer, and the second...
David W Graham, Newcastle University Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is spreading rapidly worldwide and has even been called a global threat to humans as serious as climate change. Excessive and imprudent use of antibiotics is usually blamed, but the rate and extent of the spread can’t be explained by overuse...
By Emiliano Rodríguez Mega A dramatic spike in the global adoption of environmental laws has failed to translate into better conservation efforts, according to a United Nations report, the first global evaluation of such laws. The document — which assessed national laws, regulations, and policies around the world — found that...
India is nearing its capacity to manage the country's tiger population, as the shrinking habitats cannot accommodate the rising numbers. According to a report on The Hindu, Rajesh Gopal, head of the Global Tiger Forum, said that India could host 2,500-3,000 tigers, while the total number of the tigers in...
 by Karthikeyan Hemalatha, Mongabay-India India will make its first serious attempt to regulate fishing vessels that go out to the sea – for which bureaucratic wheels have just begun to turn. A central government committee was formed and met last week (on January 18) with a simple yet difficult agenda –...
The collapse of three dams operated by an iron mining company in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais led to the death of at least 50 people and feared to have caused widespread contamination by the red mining waste that was released. About 200 people have gone missing following the collapse...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade Brazil’s new government, led by President Jair Bolsonaro, has quickly taken steps to loosen environmental law enforcement. Now a review paper shows that the deforestation that could result may have terrible consequences for the Amazon rainforest, including dramatic biodiversity loss, intensified dry seasons, droughts,...
While the world generates 50 million tonnes of electronic waste every year, a joint report by seven UN entities has called for a new vision for e-waste management, based on the “circular economy. The report called for a deliberative process– one that collaborates with major brands, small and medium-sized enterprises,...
The UK will give about £20 million to conduct an international research programme on the challenges of nitrogen pollution over the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia. The South Asian Nitrogen Hub, a partnership led by the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and comprising...

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