October 2021

An obsolete vehicle is moved at the Indra Automobile Recycling facility in Romorantin, central France. Photo: Eric Piermont / AFP
An obsolete vehicle is moved at the Indr... […]

Auto sector shifts gear towards recycling parts, batteries

From ageing electric batteries to old engines to rearview mirrors, the auto industry is revving up its recycling efforts as it faces pressure to reduce its colossal carbon footprint
Direct air capture uses chemical processes to strip CO2 out of the air, then recycles it for industrial use or locks it away. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP
Direct air capture uses chemical process... […]

Climate: Removing CO2 from the air no longer optional

The big question as COP26 nears is can major economies, by 2050, reduce emissions enough to deliver a carbon neutral world? Rising up the agenda are the tools to pull CO2 straight from the air
The number of giant pandas worldwide has rebounded since the black-and-white bear was declared an endangered animal in the 1980s, thanks to China's efforts to protect it and its habitat. Photo: Ed Jones / AFP
The number of giant pandas worldwide has... […]

Countries pledge to stop biodiversity loss at key UN summit

Delegates from 195 countries have pledged to set "ambitious" goals to halt the loss of biodiversity and destruction of ecosystems as the first phase of a key UN summit held in the Chinese city of Kunming
The Social Democratic (SPD) candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz (C) is flanked by the Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock and FDP leader Christian Lindner, following exploratory coalition talks in Berlin. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP
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Germany’s likely next coalition sketches out its plans

The three parties likely to form Germany's next government have outlined plans for Europe's biggest economy in an initial coalition agreement, touching on issues such as the minimum wage, taxes and climate protection