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WHAT'S NEXT:? Our natural environment is under ever-increasing threat. Landscape and ocean adaptation plus stabilizing biodiversity strategies will play an important role in maintaining global food productivity as climate changes. Evidence is mounting that any economic strategy that ignores carbon pollution will impose tremendous costs on the global economy and will result in fewer jobs and less economic growth over the long term. The global market for commercial "Earth observation" data is expected to hit $3.5 billion by 2024. Battles over environmental regulation could become particularly pointed in the coming years.

  • [New] NASA's newest space telescope will face 29 harrowing days after launch as it makes its way to a deep-space destination nearly 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from Earth. Space
  • [New] Climate change is altering the strategic landscape and shaping the security environment, posing complex threats to the United States and nations around the world. Washington Post
  • [New] The European Central Bank now expects banks to integrate climate and environmental risks in business strategy, governance, risk management and disclosure. Deloitte United Kingdom
  • [New] Some 97% of industrial sites overseen by the Environment Agency comply with environmental rules, based on a five-year moving average, providing protection to nature and communities in the face of increasing risks from climate change.
  • [New] The Welsh Metro will make it an easier choice for people to use their cars less and public transport and active travel more, in order to significantly reduce the environmental impact and help Wales to reach its net zero carbon target by 2050. Intelligent Transport
  • [New] Low risk tolerance prevents the United States from engaging in the types of rapid and distributed responses needed to shape the environment to its advantage. Modern War Institute
  • [New] Today, faced with adversaries that are far more sophisticated than any terrorist group, the United States would do well to learn from its mistakes in the information environment over the past two decades of counterterrorism operations if it hopes to compete more successfully with Russia and China. Modern War Institute
  • [New] Canada's provincial securities regulators have taken a significant step toward making publicly traded companies disclose environmental risks to investors, possibly paving the way for climate change to figure more prominently in financial decisions. iPolitics
  • [New] A pioneering project in Bristol is bringing a range of businesses together to collaborate on helping reduce the levels of air pollution ahead of Bristol's Clean Air Zone launch in 2022. 2021
  • [New] The rapid shrinking of the last remaining glaciers in eastern Africa, which are expected to melt entirely in the near future, signals the threat of imminent and irreversible change to the Earth system. The New York Times
  • [New] New rules set to be brought in by the UK government will require UK businesses, investment products and pension schemes to start disclosing their environmental impact. Corporate Citizenship Briefing
  • [New] Capital markets must align with the Paris Agreement goals to effectively transition to a net-zero, resilient economy, in which the environmental risks to both people and planet are embedded. CDP
  • [New] The data - made available from their coastal risk dashboard and visualised by Down To Earth for two regions in India - shows future sea level rise spanning over a time period of 100 years. downtoearth
  • [New] While humans on Earth are protected by Earth's magnetic field, Space Weather can have an extreme and disruptive impact on satellites in orbit and infrastructure on Earth, and ultimately our society. SciTechDaily
  • [New] A rich, stable Nordic democracy, Sweden has long topped international environmental rankings and has managed to cut back on greenhouse gases for years while preserving economic growth on a path towards its target of net zero emissions by 2045. Reuters
  • [New] The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report underscored that climate change is already affecting every region on Earth - in multiple ways - and that the decade to 2030 is critical for serious climate action. The Guardian
  • [New] China is firmly committed to expanding its openness to the outside world and will continue to welcome companies from all countries, including the United States, to invest in China and provide a market-oriented, rule-of-law and international business environment. China Media Project
  • [New] If the environment is made too cumbersome there is a risk that innovation in the fast moving world of decentralised finance could be quashed, slowing down the efficiency of operations and leaving the UK behind countries which are welcoming crypto with open arms. Business Leader
  • [New] Air pollution, chemical exposure, and other environmental risks lead to 13.7 million deaths - 24% of mortalities worldwide - each year. Medical News Today
  • [New] Cornwall could provide an end-to-end capability where satellites are designed built, launched and tracked from Cornwall, and their data used for environmental intelligence and modelling for the low carbon transition. lepnetwork
  • [New] Life Below Water is goal number 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals, aiming to protect sea life and preserve oceans and seas and to significantly reduce by 2030 marine pollution of all kinds. Scoop
  • [New] Much as mass vaccination programs are used to proactively prevent against pandemics, PI offers a way to proactively address many asteroids that, while potentially hazardous in their Earth-crossing orbits, pose no immediate threat. Scientific American

Last updated: 23 October 2021