News

Are you passionate about environmental issues or do you work for an environmental organisation? Our directory of news sources on the environment provides a thorough overview of the best websites to follow if you want to stay up to date with all the latest news and analysis on the environment.

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Renewable Energy

In 2016, renewable energy achieved record levels of new installations, for the first time surpassing sources that use fossil fuels. Better World Links' Renewable Energy page has over 700 resources on all types of renewable energies. Check it out now!

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Organisations

Interested in getting to know what organizations work in your country to help protect the environment? BTW has over 900 links directing you to organizations working on environmental issues worldwide. 

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Global Climate Change

This worldwide phenomena is mainly caused by human activity observed since the pre-industrial times, the largest contributors being the greenhouse gas emissions. Want to know more about the consequences, solutions and actions that are taken place? Click here to access over 3000 resources!

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Oceans

More than 70% of the Earth's surface is cover by oceans. Urgent need for remedy is required, decreased oxygen levels, in combination with pollutants and overfishing, is compromising the oceans. For more information on this critical issue, view this section which offers you over 2000 resources.

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Forests

It is estimated that more than 80% of the Earth’s forest has been destroyed at a rate of 20,000 hectares per day according to the World Resources Institute. Find out how deforestation contributes to climate change.

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Food & Agriculture

With the increasing world population, there is a rapid rise in the demand for agriculture and food resources. In order to meet the world’s foods needs, achieving the transformation to sustainable agriculture is becoming a major challenge.

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Waste and Toxic Substances

Everything you need to know about waste management and the effects toxic substances can be found here by consulting the 500 resources provided to you by Better World Links.

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Pollution

Are you curious to know why air pollution causes 1 in 8 deaths and involved in the death of 4.3 million people per year worldwide? Find out what communities are doing to tackle the air pollution problem by reviewing our resources on Transport and Air Pollution.

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Policies and Politics

Get a better understanding of how policies and politics impact the environment and health of our communities by reviewing the links provided to you here. 

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Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy accounts for 10% of the global electricity production. Although it is classified as a low greenhouse gas energy supply technology, numerous accidents in the power plants have injured and risked the health of populations. Find out more about the debate and use of this energy here.

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Hot Topics

Earth Day 2022 - April 22

Join us this Earth Day to raise climate change awareness, and commit to protecting the environment for a sustainable future. This year's theme is #InvestInOurPlanet - we call on world leaders, businesses, and citizens to take climate action not just today, but every day. Find events, celebrations, tools and campaigns to help our planet here. Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day 2022 - April 22

Global Climate Crisis

The signs of global warming are all around us, climbing temperatures and extreme weather events are causing desertification, loss of biodiversity, food and water insecurity, rising sea levels, wildfires and mass migration. This global threat is happening faster than predicted, the race is on to see if global collaboration on climate goals can slow down the devastating effects. We cover the causes, consequences and solutions as well as the NGOs, climate movements, COP conferences and climate camps all fighting to save our planet.

Global Climate Crisis

Glasgow Climate Pact

As a result of COP 26, this global agreement was created, which includes some of the strongest commitments to combat climate change ever agreed in history, including agreements on emissions cuts, reduction of carbon use, monetary aid to developing countries, measures to curb deforestation, reduction of methane emissions and investment in clean technologies.  This new agreement was welcomed as a promising step forward, but faces criticism for not including immediate actions. Find all the information about the summit here!  

Glasgow Climate Pact

“Ato pela Terra”

Thousands of people gathered in Brasilia for one of the largest environmental protests ever held in the country, to demostrate against the "combo of death", that refers to five bills being considered in Congress. These proposals include giving green light to commercial mining on indigenous lands, easing environmental licensing requirements and pesticide regulations. In addition, they give a boost to land grabbing and illegal deforestation of an endangered Amazon.

“Ato pela Terra”

International Day of Forests - March 21st

Join the United Nations and the world in celebrating this special day raising awareness about the importance of forests and nature, reforestation efforts, and the protection of trees - for future generations, biodiversity, and their role in climate change. To combat deforestation, communities are ecouraged to start tree planting schemes. Find helpful information here.

International Day of Forests - March 21st

World Water Day - March 22

UN day celebrating water and raising awareness of the millions who do not have access to safe water. This year the theme is 'value water' where we can learn the importance of clean water in our lives, and to safeguard and protect it in any way that we can. Get info on events, news, and how to help here.

World Water Day - March 22

Fridays for Future

After sitting in front of the Swedish parliament for 3 weeks protesting her country's inaction towards the climate crisis, Greta Thunberg decided to strike every Friday. The #FridaysForFuture movement spread, mobilizing children and adults worldwide to protest locally every Friday noon.

Fridays for Future

Green New Deal

Aiming to address climate change and economic inequality, the economic stimulus package proposes social and economic reforms and public works projects similar to those implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

Green New Deal

Extinction Rebellion (XR)

A non-violent social movement started in the UK, Extinction Rebellion has the objective of influencing national and international environment politics by civil disobedience to stop climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, ecological collapse and human extinction.

Extinction Rebellion (XR)

The ongoing wildfires in California

The global climate crisis has exacerbated the ferocity and duration of the wildfire season in California. The area has been plagued by drought, and unprecedented heatwaves. With the wet season predicted to arrive late, and the added complication of the pandemic, it seems the state is fighting a battle that cannot be won.

The ongoing wildfires in California

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - 10 years later

2021 marks the 10th year since the March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake caused the cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant nuclear to fail leading to the release of the large amounts of radioactive materials. The clean up work with the main struggle being decontaminating the water is expected to take 40 years. Synonymous with Chernobyl, Fukushima connotes catastrophe, contamination and the mass evacuation of up to 150,000 people.

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - 10 years later

1.5 °C Goal

Limiting Climate Change can avoid tipping points and decrease the ecological impact of global warming. While 1.5 degrees warming is estimated to expose 14% of the worlds population to extreme heat every 5 years, 2 degrees would expose 37% of the global population. To achieve this important target we must make major structural changes of our societies.

1.5 °C Goal

Keep it in the ground!

To help reduce carbon emissions, fossil fuel divestment includes campaigns and efforts on a global scale to pressure institutes and governments to stop funding the extraction of fossil fuels, which is one of the main causes of the world rising temperatures, and invest in the production of clean energy alternatives.

Keep it in the ground!

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Earth defenders

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Earth Timelapse

  See humanity’s impact on the Earth through a global time-lapse video of the planet since 1984.

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State of the Planet

News from the Earth Institute.

Featured Hero of the Month

Steven Donziger

Donziger has finally been released after almost 1,000 days of house arrest for his work in the 1990s when he represented around 30,000 indigenous farmers, in the Lago Agrio region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in a lawsuit against Texaco, now Chevron. The accusation against the transnational was that it contaminated soil and water by dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste. In 2013, the lawsuit was won in Ecuadorian courts in a landmark case against the oil giant, but Chevron re-launched the case in New York, and in 2014, federal judge Lewis Kaplan placed Donziger under house arrest for "criminal contempt", where he spent 787 days. Donziger says Chevron's persecution should not intimidate other human rights advocates from seeking environmental justice.

Featured Organisation of the Month

Global movement

350.org coordinates online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions in over 188 countries. They believe that a global grassroots movement can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. 

Featured Resource of the Month

A clean alternative

RenewableEnergyWorld.com was started in 1999 by a group of renewable energy professionals who wanted to create a long term sustainable business, and they created perhaps the single most recognized and trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.

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