Earth Tracker

Join the watch and track the latest developments around the climate crisis. Here, we feature environmental stories as they have appeared in leading news publications around the world.

Opinion: To rebuild the Sundarbans, India needs to rethink its laws

India should rewrite outdated, colonial laws and empower local people so that embankments work for communities and nature.

Securing India’s tiger habitats and natural assets for preventing future pandemics

Tigers are a keystone species at the top of the ecological pyramid, and their survival is pivotal to the well-being of several animals, including humans.

COVID-19 has exacerbated climate concerns

COVID-19 has heightened existing climate vulnerabilities and caused climate action to take a backseat. Here’s how the government can think ‘green’ for the recovery of the economy.

Himalayan Quake and a High-Risk Project

While many projects with huge environmental and social costs have been opposed, the TDP is different, for even government-nominated experts had wanted it scrapped.

How does the new draft EIA affect the environment and me?

The draft EIA 2020, which was unveiled in March has raised objections from environmentalists, who consider it as a serious dilution to the earlier version.

#IfTreesCouldTalk: 3 Projects Inside One Of Goa’s Wildlife Sanctuaries—Here’s Why That’s A Problem

#IfTreesCouldTalk is a blog series that aims to highlight one aspect of environmental impact, wildlife conservation and other issues that need to be spoken about from the natural world and our impact…

Goa: Environmental Clearances to Projects in Forest Lands Raise Concerns Among Activists

The three proposed projects would require cutting down over 50,000 trees and diversion of 216 hectares of forest and private land.

Elephants become collateral damage in the fight against crop-raiding boars

The recent incident of a female wild elephant in Kerala falling prey to crude bait meant for wild boar sheds light on the widespread issue of human-wildlife conflict in the state.

Environment ministry unlocked many protected areas during the lockdown

A safe haven for biodiversity and wildlife, India’s protected areas are losing to the environment ministry’s clearance spree where coal mining, road construction, and other projects are being approved within ecologically sensitive areas.

Kashmir’s retreating glaciers could also be influenced by local land use change

Scientists said that rapid retreating of Kolahoi and other glaciers in the region is largely attributable to global factors and climate driven by the local land-use changes.

Climate change, disasters, and what philanthropy can do

If we don’t invest in building community resilience, climate change and natural disasters will undo what development work has achieved so far.

India’s Worst Locust Attack in 26 Yrs: What Does This Threat Mean?

Swarms of these ‘deadly’ desert locusts have now made their way to India, threatening our agricultural economy.

Climate change in deep oceans could be seven times faster by middle of century, report says

Uneven heating could have major impact on marine wildlife, as species that rely on each other for survival are forced to move.

Microsoft’s ambitious climate goal forgets about its oil contracts

Microsoft’s business with the oil industry could inflate its climate impact and undermine its efforts to achieve carbon negativity.

COVID-19 could permanently transform transportation

Hidden in the fallout from the virus are lessons to make the world a better place. Reducing pollution and re-imagining transportation are strong places to start.

The Snowball Effects of Climate Change on Snow Leopards

Researchers emphasize the need to tackle various threats to reduce the burden on the species due to climate change.

Disaster interrupted: How you can help save the insects

In a new paper, a group of 30 scientists offers suggestions for industry, land managers, governments and individuals to protect insects in the face of a global decline.

The EIA Draft 2020 needs to be restructured

Here are four things that need to be done to bring the current environmental impact assessment regime in line with the basic principles of environmental management.

Amazonian indigenous community wins 24-year lawsuit against illegal loggers

Brazil’s Cameli family, who owns the timber companies, was ordered to pay the Ashaninka tribe a $3 million settlement, which will be used to protect the Ashaninka tribe and the Amazon.

Maharashtra: Central pollution board bans use of plaster of paris in making idols for all festivals

Environmentalists are pleased at the positive impact this will have on India’s oceans.

Climate explained: what caused major climate change in the past?

On time scales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years, carbon dioxide concentrations in the air have varied hugely, and so has global climate.

Lack of Pakistan govt’s intervention can spur migration, ecological imbalances in once-flourishing Indus delta

Cited by environmentalists as one of the worst human interventions in nature, building damns on the Indus delta has led to adverse ecological consequences.

New high seas treaty could be a gamechanger for the ocean

The new treaty focuses on conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the waters beyond national jurisdiction.

The bee whisperers of Slovenia have a plan to save colonies from climate change

As the climate crisis threatens bee populations around the world, Slovenian beekeepers see an opportunity to be more than just stewards of a beloved tradition.

Beyond Meat results beat, suspends 2020 forecast on COVID-19 concerns

Beyond Meat Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday as it sold more of its plant-based meat products.

Climate explained: how the climate impact of beef compares with plant-based alternatives

Everyday food choices can make a difference to the overall climate impact of our diet.

One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study

In a worst-case scenario of accelerating emissions, areas currently home to a third of the world’s population will be as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years.

24 Creative Green Projects to Tackle Now

We’ve rounded up a list of two dozen environmental projects that can make your time indoors, or right outside, a little brighter.

The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?

Even with the global economy at a near-standstill, the best analysis suggests that the world is still on track to release 95 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted in a typical year.

Smart tech’s carbon footprint

With data centres set to have a bigger carbon footprint than the whole aviation industry, smart technology’s benefits need urgent re-examination.

Can’t go outside? Even seeing nature on a screen can improve your mood

Embracing the notion of “biophilia”- the innate human affinity with nature- while locked down inside may improve your productivity and even your health.

Through biomimicry, Brazil seeks tech innovations inspired by nature

From spiderweb-inspired shampoo to a hotel whose architecture is based on the thermal properties of toucan beaks, scientists and companies in Brazil are betting on nature’s intelligence to create innovative solutions that reduce impacts on the planet.

‘The bliss of a quiet period’: lockdown is a unique chance to study the nature of cities

Coronavirus-induced lockdown is changing the daily rhythm of urban life, shining a light on emboldened animals that usually prefer to remain hidden.

India’s very first climate action fellowship gives you a chance to work with top climate pioneers in the world

If you are working towards climate change solutions, you can use this opportunity to work with top climate pioneers in the field!

Satellites can identify ocean plastic pollution

“This method will hopefully provide a stepping stone for satellites and drones to be used to tackle the marine plastics problem at the end of the product life cycle.”

Could Microsoft’s climate crisis ‘moonshot’ plan really work?

The tech giant’s pledge to go carbon negative by 2030 leans heavily on nascent technology such as machines that suck carbon out of the air.

Microplastics Have Been Found In Antarctic Ice For First Time

While the levels of microplastics are relatively low, it suggests that even Earth’s most remote continent is not immune from the perils of plastic pollution and human-made trash.

On 50th Earth Day, a look at what is causing the Amazon rainforest to fast approach its tipping point

Scientists believe that at least 80 per cent of the Amazon’s trees need to stand in order to sustain the forests, and continue their hydrological water cycle.

Earth Day in the coronavirus era: Can resilience thinking provide a way forward? (commentary)

If we are to reorient the environmental movement’s goals and actions to avert crisis, we must reassess how we assign value to different ecosystems and human communities.

Wireless grids and towers of power: Engineering our way out of dirty energy

Discovering clean energy technologies has become the goal of companies and think tanks around the world, and it requires thinking outside of the box.

Why does cinema ignore climate change?

It’s also true that Hollywood can’t complain about our environmental unfriendliness without drawing attention to its own.

Debunking ‘overpopulation’

The consumption of the world’s wealthiest 10 percent produces up to 50 percent of the planet’s consumption-based CO₂ emissions, while the poorest half of humanity contributes only 10 percent.

Addressing the Climate Crisis Strengthens Economies, New Research Finds

The research shows that the choice between climate action and economic growth is in fact a false dichotomy.

Amazon fires employees who spoke out about coronavirus and climate change

“Why is Amazon so scared of workers talking with each other? No company should punish their employees for showing concern for one another, especially during a pandemic!” Costa said in a statement.

Jane Fonda on Why Our Climate Crisis Demands Civil Disobedience

“The truth is, all the individual actions together can’t be scaled up in time to make the fundamental difference in fossil-fuel emissions that we need. That’s why governments are so important.”

Methane Levels Reach an All-Time High

New NOAA analysis highlights an alarming trend; experts call for curbing pollution from oil and gas wells.

Study: The tiniest bit of air pollution makes COVID-19 more deadly

Dirty air in the United States is linked to higher death rates from COVID-19, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard’s school of public health.

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

When we are faced with immediate, unambiguous threats, we all focus on what’s confronting us right now. The loss of winter snow in five or ten years looks trivial against images of hospitals pushed to breaking point now.

The Difference Between Global Warming And Climate Change

A simple Google search returns over one billion combined results, proving that phrases that, 30 years ago, were virtually unknown have now become ingrained into the English language.

5 lessons Covid-19 teaches us about fighting climate change

Global nature of the Covid-19 crisis is making us realise that we are connected to each other. This can help build momentum for strong climate action.

As Himalayas Warm, Nepal’s Climate Migrants Struggle to Survive

Pushed out of their village by a drought and lack of food, a group of Nepalis are fighting to amplify the voices of those forced to relocate by the planet’s warming.

Coronavirus Delays Key Global Climate Talks

This year’s United Nations-sponsored climate talks, widely regarded as the most important climate meeting of the past four years, were postponed on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Climate change: Warming clips the nightingale’s wings

Rising temperatures may be having a profound physical impact on one of the world’s favourite songbirds.

The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis

Therefore, climate action should be central to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Is What Climate Change Looks Like in an Era of Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continued to escalate around the world, a more localized emergency has unfolded in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

See which cities will feel the brunt of climate change

The whole planet will feel climate change’s impacts over coming decades. But some cities will see more dramatic changes in temperature or precipitation than others.

Covid-19 economic rescue plans must be green, say environmentalists

Campaigners urge governments to tie any bailouts to aviation and cruise industries to requirements for climate action.

U.N. Shifts from Climate Change to Coronavirus

Secretary-General António Guterres still urged countries not to lose sight of the global warming challenge.

Coronavirus: 10 life lessons we learned from the COVID-19 outbreak

You should be willing to trade some your freedom for the greater good of the public.

Coronavirus offers “a blank page for a new beginning” says Li Edelkoort

The coronavirus epidemic will lead to “a global recession of a magnitude that has not been experienced before” but will eventually allow humanity to reset its values, according to trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.

Social Distancing Is Also Helping the Climate

The practice of social distancing is having a collateral benefit — it’s slowing the climate crisis.

The Unexpected Impact Of A Pandemic On The Environment

It can be hard to imagine a silver lining to the all-consuming cloud that is the current and ongoing spread of SARS-CoV-2 across the planet, but, as cities and lives are pulled to a standstill by communicable disease, our skies and rivers are revealing an unexpected positive to the pandemic.

Why Scientists Should Shape Environmental Policy

The case of fracking in Pennsylvania shows that if experts and fossil fuel industry leaders can cooperate, innovation is possible.

Attenborough urges halt to deep sea mining plans

‘The rush to mine this pristine and unexplored environment risks creating terrible impacts that cannot be reversed.’

How Coronavirus Could Set Back the Fight Against Climate Change

Leaders’ efforts to rein in global greenhouse gas emissions this year may face additional challenges.

‘I swapped my gun for binoculars’: India’s hunters turn to conservation

Villagers are downing their weapons and protecting swathes of ancient forest and its wildlife in Nagaland state.

Pioneer in plastic fight, Sikkim town is set to introduce bamboo bottles

The bamboo water bottles have been ordered from Assam through Sikkim Rajya Sabha MP Hishey Lachungpa. Sikkim was the first state in the country to take steps against the use of plastic, bringing in restrictive measures as far back as 1998.

The Incredibly Simple Way To Get People To Care About The Environment

Better access to nature, even just your local park, helps people and the planet.

Urban Himalaya running dry, 5 Indian towns in the grip of increased water insecurity: Study

Thirteen towns across four countries, including five from India (Mussoorie, Devprayag, Singtam, Kalimpong and Darjeeling), in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, are facing increased water insecurity, said a study, published in the journal Water on Sunday.

Can you really negate your carbon emissions? Carbon offsets, explained.

Offsets have become a wildly popular — and controversial — way to fight climate change.

The Coronavirus and Carbon Emissions

In the past month, the world has seen a remarkably large drop in emissions of carbon dioxide, the main driver of global warming. The reason isn’t something to celebrate, though.

Avocado: the ‘green gold’ causing environment havoc

New research suggests ancient methane—like that trapped in an Alaskan lake—won’t flood the atmosphere as the climate warms in the coming decades.

Humans are a bigger source of climate-altering methane, new studies suggest

New research suggests ancient methane—like that trapped in an Alaskan lake—won’t flood the atmosphere as the climate warms in the coming decades.

Is a world without trash possible?

The vision of a “circular economy”—where we use resources sparingly and recycle endlessly—is inspiring businesses and environmentalists alike.

10 more Indian wetlands identified as crucial to global biodiversity. Here’s why it matters

According to India State of Forest Report, 2019, the country has 62,466 wetlands covering 3.83% of its recorded forest area.

Human compost funerals ‘better for environment’

A US firm has given scientific details of its “human composting” process for environmentally friendly funerals.

A huge iceberg just broke off West Antarctica’s most endangered glacier

Huge blocks of ice regularly shear away from Antarctica’s ice shelves, but the losses are speeding up.

Why the vegan diet is not always green

The vegan diet is widely regarded to be better for the planet than those that include animal products, but not all plant-based foodstuffs have a small environmental footprint.

India’s Textile City of Tiruppur is an Environmental Dark Spot

Residents and farmers have alleged that the dyeing and bleaching units in the city discharge dangerous chemical effluents directly into the river under cover of darkness or when it’s raining.

India’s ancient tribes battle to save their forest home from mining

A rash of newly approved mines could destroy swathes of the Hasdeo Arand forest – and with it the biodiversity local villagers depend on for survival.

Fires and floods: Australia already seesaws between climate extremes – and there’s more to come

Australians take pride in winning against the odds but we have to move quickly to slow global warming and the extreme weather it creates.

Humanity under threat from perfect storm of crises – study

Climate, extreme weather, biodiversity, food and water crises could lead to ‘systemic collapse’

All plastic ever produced still exists in the environment: Report

According to the report, “given the very low rates of recycling we see today, we believe that even with much tighter regulation, it’s unlikely that global recycling rates could reach 50% by 2030”

Airlines want you to think they’re serious about the climate crisis. They’re not

An offer to plant trees to offset carbon emissions isn’t a solution – it’s a licence to continue with business as usual.

The Finance Industry Groggily Awakens to Climate Change

Employees ‘needed to stand up for what’s right’ despite policy barring workers from speaking about business.

Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company’s climate failures

Employees ‘needed to stand up for what’s right’ despite policy barring workers from speaking about business.

Is India’s national clean air plan on track?

Plant and animal species are disappearing faster than ever in recorded history. We are to blame, but solutions are possible.

Preserving ecological balance is crucial for us

Plant and animal species are disappearing faster than ever in recorded history. We are to blame, but solutions are possible.

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

It’s the final call, say scientists, in the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures.

Climate Change could blow up the economy. Banks aren’t ready

Like other central banks, the European Central Bank, which met on Thursday, is scrambling to prepare for what a report warns could be a coming economic upheaval.

UK citizens’ climate assembly to meet for first time

Randomly selected 110-strong panel will try to come up with a plan to tackle global heating.

Climate Change Was a Huge Conversation at the Golden Globes – Just Not on the Red Carpet

The Australian fires were on everyone’s mind at the Golden Globe Awards last night. Several winners mentioned the disaster and its ties to climate change in their acceptance speech, while others made the bolder choice to skip the event entirely

Update to biodiversity treaty proposes protecting at least 30% of Earth

Global policymakers have proposed extending protections to at least 30% of terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems around the world.

Is climate change showing up in the daily weather forecast? It’s complicated.

Early this month, scientists announced a surprising discovery: The “fingerprint” of climate change is now detectable in everyday weather. In fact, evidence of global warming can be found in the planet’s weather every day, minute, and second since 2012.

The UN climate talks are over for another year – was anything achieved?

A conference marked by squabbling and deferral yielded little progress despite protests.

Climate change tops list of global worries for young people, says Amnesty

The Amnesty poll, released on Human Rights Day, asked more than 10,000 people aged 18-25, in 22 countries across six continents, to pick up to five major issues from a list of 23.

The Great Recycling Con

The greatest trick corporations ever played was making us think we could recycle their products.

9 ways the climate crisis is killing you (right now)

Wherever you live, the climate crisis is having an impact on your health. Here are nine charts that show how it is damaging the collective health of humanity.

Developing nations demand climate change payouts from “the rich world” at UN conference

Two of the worst storms ever recorded hit developing nations this year, supercharged by rising global temperatures. Now there’s an international push to link the billions of dollars in devastation to climate change and compel rich, industrial nations to pay.

With 2081 deaths last year, India 5th most vulnerable to climate change

Lower income countries are the hardest hit by climate change, but have lower coping capacity, the Germanwatch report said.

Climate change to steer all New Zealand government decisions from now on

Minister James Shaw says environmental factors will be ‘at the forefront of our minds’ when major decisions are made.

Even 50-year-old climate models correctly predicted global warming

Climate change doubters have a favourite target: climate models. But now, the most sweeping evaluation of these older models—some half a century old—shows most of them were indeed accurate.

H&M Tests Renting Clothes to Address Environment Concern

The Swedish retailer follows competitors Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters, which tapped into the billion-dollar rental market earlier this year.

Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid

A critical 12 months in the battle against rising temperatures begins in Madrid this week, as UN delegates gather for key talks.

The planet doesn’t need money, it needs behavioural change; Sonam Wangchuk

Ladakh doesn’t need the same kind of industrialisation as rest of India, he says

European parliament declares ‘climate emergency’ ahead of UN summit

The European Parliament voted on Thursday to declare a “climate and environment emergency” in a symbolic gesture just ahead of the latest UN global crisis summit.

Ikea to invest $220 million to make it a ‘climate positive business’

The Inter Ikea Group has said it will invest 200 million euros ($220 million) to accelerate its transition into what it describes as a “climate positive business.”

Milk and water no more in plastic covers. Kerala bans single-use plastic from New Year

The manufacture, sale and storage of one-time use plastic items will be banned in Kerala from January 1, 2020. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting here on Thursday

Coldplay will no longer tour until shows are environmentally sustainable

Coldplay will not go on a world tour to promote its latest album, citing environmental concerns. The British band said it won’t tour again until the shows can be done in a sustainable way.

Firms failing to tackle crisis will be delisted from stock exchange, Labour says

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, pledged his government would ensure firms are “pulling their weight” to tackle the “existential threat” to the planet.

Attenborough: World ‘changing habits’ on plastic

The world is beginning to tackle the threat of plastic waste, according to the renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

Air emergency: Pollution in India claimed over 5 lakh lives in 2016, says Lancet report

More than five lakh people died in India in 2016 due to dangerous levels of outdoor air pollution, says Lancet report on health and climate change

School children take over Ireland’s parliament for climate crisis debate

In what has been described as a “major first,” Ireland’s parliament was taken over by 157 young people from across the country on Friday as they discussed the climate crisis in Ireland’s first Youth Assembly.

The climate crisis will profoundly affect the health of every child alive today, report says

The climate crisis is already hurting our health and it could burden generations to come with lifelong health problems by challenging already overwhelmed health systems and undermining much of the medical progress that has been made in the last century.

Adidas Sustainability Initiatives: Creating A More Circular Economy

From sustainable fashion to sustainable foods, Adidas sustainability initiatives have shown the company’s deliberate strides towards creating a more circular economy.

India needs to double rate of forest cover expansion to achieve Paris Agreement target

The world is not doing enough to limit the rise in global temperature, notes an analysis of 184 pledges made by countries in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Prada is first in industry to sign sustainability-linked loan

The €50 million, 5-year loan comes with interest rates that are reduced when sustainability targets are met.

Coca-Cola is world’s biggest plastics polluter – again

Coca-Cola was named the world’s number one global plastic polluter for the second year in a row, followed by Nestlé and Pepsico, according to an audit conducted by Break Free From Plastic.

Ardern says New Zealand on ‘right side of history’ as MPs pass zero-carbon bill

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in Parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords.

What’s the Price of Ignoring Climate Change?

In a worst-case scenario, climate impacts could set off a feedback loop in which climate change leads to economic losses, which lead to social and political disruption, which undermines both democracy and our capacity to prevent further climate damage

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’

The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

Who Will Save the Paris Agreement?

With the United States withdrawing from the climate pact, other big carbon emitters may have to step up their emission pledges.

Coca-Cola, Absolut And L’Oreal join Carlsberg In Paper Bottle Community

According to their 2018 sustainability report, Carlsberg’s current goals include aiming for zero carbon emissions at their breweries by 2030, hoping to already achieve a 50% reduction by 2022.

Does fast fashion have to die for the environment to live?

The U.N. says the clothing industry is responsible for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes more energy than aviation and shipping combined.

Dove is redesigning its packaging to use way more recycled plastic

Dove is aiming to cut its virgin plastic use by 20,000 tons a year by 2025

Indian Railways to become ‘net zero’ carbon emitter by 2030

Railways will be an integral part of the Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s path towards climate justice

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities.

Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts

Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and heat—but the impact is already felt across every specialty of medicine

Why does the Arctic have more plastic than most places on Earth?

Plastics travel on ocean currents and through the air to the far north and accumulate—sometimes inside the animals that live there.