Climate talks in the Netherlands begin on Thursday to discuss how to jumpstart negotiations in 2020 on a new climate agreement. This agreement, however, is unlikely to deal with the issues facing the planet, which remain unsolved and urgent. Poor countries are further behind than rich countries in curbing their emissions and developing the technologies needed to deal with climate change.
Analysis of the Amazon
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, emissions from a single Amazonian rainforest stretch more than 3.3m km2 – more than twice the length of the entire global land area. Notable rainforest areas are bordered by the Carpathian Mountains in southern Europe and the Brazilian Amazon. The ICRC says its analysis shows that, as a result of climate change, more than 600 square km of rainforest will disappear each year by 2050.
Breathing public parks
A public park built entirely of wood. Photograph: Paul Kehoe
Congo’s equivalent of the Eden Project is being developed inside a former church. A project to build Africa’s equivalent of the Eden Project has been abandoned. The Bonsleurs de l’Edens project won planning permission last year but ran into resistance from locals who did not want one of Congo’s prettiest historical buildings becoming a concrete jungle. The French company behind the project, Hochtief, is now seeking a new investor who would assume the responsibilities and costs of turning the disused church into a working garden and open air museum. The first exhibition will open in June.
Bea Usted, in slow motion
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