Stories we loved this week:
The development challenges to low-carbon growth
Innovations in technology, while crucial to low-carbon growth, have limits. Finite natural resources mean that until individuals and governments take seriously reducing consumption, especially in the developed world, we will be heading toward an unsustainable future.
Now running on 100% renewable energy, Costa Rica plans to be carbon neutral by 2021
Costa Rica has some “natural advantages” when it comes to renewable energy. While currently running on hydropower, the country turns to its many volcanoes as reliable sources of geothermal energy, not subject to climate change.
New research suggests that heavy rains could lead to fewer trees in the African savanna
Princeton University scientists say that trees and grasses have different absorptive capacities. Fewer trees on Africa’s savannas may be do to the advantage grasses have to absorb and process water over extended periods of time. The study suggests that heavy tropical rains due to climate change will have long-term effects on the savanna’s tree canopy.
Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister puts climate back on the table
With a plan to attend this year’s climate summit in Paris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges to be more engaged and responsive to climate change. Climate experts and supporters alike hope he can dramatically shift Canada’s climate policies.
Integrated landscapes approach protects Peruvian Amazon and builds community resiliency
Poor management of coffee and cacao farms destroyed parts of Peru’s biologically diverse rainforests. Together, Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Landscapes team and indigenous farmers created and implemented sustainable agricultural practices that support healthy ecosystems and strengthen the role of women.