mass species extinction

Loss of land-based vertebrates is accelerating

Analysis of thousands of vertebrate species reveals that extinction rates are likely much faster than previously thought. The researchers call for immediate global action, such as a ban on the wildlife trade, to slow the sixth mass extinction BY LINDSAY FILGASStanford Woods Institute for the Environment In 2015, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich co-authored a study…

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day June 8

World Oceans Day has been celebrating the ocean on June 8th every year since 2002. And while Covid-19 and social distancing are changing how we recognize our blue planet this year, the need for action is perhaps more important than ever. For 2020, World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world…

World Environment Day

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. In 2020, the theme is biodiversity–a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in…

Earth School

Earth School

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through…

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Day May 15

15th annual Endangered Species Day offers educational opportunities On May 15th, 2020, America will celebrate endangered species success stories, including the protection and recovery of the American bald eagle, gray wolf, humpback whale, green sea turtle, American alligator, peregrine falcon and other species. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is…

State of the Earth report

State of the Earth

A Data-Drive Portrait of America’s Energy, Climate, and EnvironmentPublished by USAFacts Collaborating with Earth Day Network Earth Day Network is working in collaboration with the nonpartisan civic initiative, USAFacts, to share and disseminate USAFacts’ newly published State of the Earth special report. Using data sourced from the Environmental Protection Agency, FEMA, the US National Park…

Earth Day

Earth Day 2020 Goes Digital

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. The first Earth Day sparked the passage in the U.S. of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we are now in…

Earth Day

50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Amid the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, Earth Day Network, the global organizer of Earth Day, will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with the first Digital Earth Day, a global digital mobilization on April 22 to address the most urgent threats to people and the planet. “At Earth Day Network, the health and…

locust swarms

Fight against desert locust swarms

Sustained efforts to contain East Africa’s worst invasion of desert locusts in decades are forging ahead, despite limits on the flow of personnel and equipment stemming from the global COVID-19 pandemic – the UN food agency. The infestation remains alarming, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia where it poses an unprecedented threat to food security…