‘Ecofeminism is about respect’: the activist working to revolutionise west African farming

Mariama Sonko heads Nous Sommes la Solution, an ecofeminist movement of more than 500 rural women's associations in Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Mali. The movement promotes sustainable agroecology and fights large-scale industrial farming.

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Pollution: Spain to ban sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping from 2023

The sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping will be prohibited in Spain's supermarkets and grocery stores starting in 2023. This is one of the measures in a decree being drafted by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, according to sources familiar with the initiative.

Climate

Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation

An estimated 2.1 million Kenyans face starvation due to a drought in half the country, which is affecting harvests.

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Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis

Global survey finds most 16-25 year olds worry a lot about the future, and many feel failed by governments.

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Science project reveals high lead levels in schools’ water

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Energy

Make historic campaign to ban leaded petrol ‘blueprint to phase out coal’, says UN

Hailing end to toxic fuel additive, Guterres says same commitment is needed to eliminate other pollutants.

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Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate indoor air at worrying levels, study finds

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Denser cities could be a climate boon – but nimbyism stands in the way

Drawing people into cities could cut emissions and combat housing crises. But even progressives are hard to convince.

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Lucy Jones and Kenneth Greenway: The more children know of the natural world, the more they’ll want to protect it

Too many British children are deprived of nature. If they can't recognise a swift, will they care if it doesn't come back?

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UK medical schools must teach about climate crisis, say students

Medical students are demanding their schools include the climate crisis as a core component of the curriculum, as the intensifying climate emergency highlights the corresponding health crisis.

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Laura Spinney: Why declining birth rates are good news for life on Earth

In the midst of a climate crisis with 8 billion humans on the globe, it's absurd to say that what's lacking is babies.

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UK’s Environment Agency faces legal fight over landfill fumes

A five-year-old boy from Staffordshire has begun legal action against the Environment Agency over fumes from a landfill site that a medical expert has said is shortening his life expectancy.

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Medical leaders urge Boris Johnson to bring air pollution below WHO limit

Alliance of doctors and nurses calls for environment bill to include reduction in small particle pollution limits.

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UK refuses to commit to immediate lowering of air pollution limits

The government has refused to commit to an immediate lowering of legal levels of air pollution as a result of the death of a nine-year-old child from toxic air.

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More than half of Europe’s cities still plagued by dirty air, report finds

More than half of European cities are still plagued by dirty air, new data shows, despite a reduction in traffic emissions and other pollutants during last year's lockdowns.

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