The fortunes of the world’s billionaires increased 12 percent, or $2.5 billion per day, in 2018, while those of the poorest 50 percent of humanity declined 11 percent, according to Oxfam’s Public Good or Private Wealth.
Antarctica’s ice sheets are losing mass more than six-times faster than previously believed and ocean temperatures are rising as much as 40-times faster than the latest U.N. IPCC report estimates. One in four UNESCO natural World Heritage sites are “highly threatened” as a result of climate warming, according to recent research.
Hundreds of glacial lakes have appeared in Nepal as the climate has warmed and glaciers have retreated, posing deadly threats to people and infrastructure that Nepal has contributed very little to creating.
Six million mangrove seedlings had been planted with an 86 percent success rate as of the VCS report. Worldview International Foundation aims to restore 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of destroyed mangrove forest in Myanmar over the next 15 years.
A coalition of more than 250 private, government, academic and non-governmental organizations, including some of the world’s largest producers of consumer products, launched the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia Oct. 29. *Beach on the Hawaiian island of Niihau, Wikipedia Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, signatories committed…