A golden opportunity

Article par Immelda Ahawo (EnvIM 2019)   The natural process of life has always included the apparition of species, their evolution, their interactions with each other and their extinction. The turnover of species is an inevitable part of the life cycle, yet today we seem to be approching a phase of mass extinction. The 2019 IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - the first inter-governmental global assessment

Opportunities and Risks Assessment from China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative.

article par Matteo Cassinelli (EnvIM 2019)   The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious program of investments aimed at improving connectivity, national cooperation, integration of markets and income of BRI countries. Since it was announced by the Chinese government in 2013, the initiative has risen much hope and concern. Many have seen growth and development possibilities while others have urged caution over the risks related to the projects,

Kunming 2020, Final boarding call for biodiversity

Juliette Landry (EnvIM 2018)     A pathway towards a transformative and inclusive global framework   One million species threatened, 75% of lands and 66% of marine ecosystems damaged, for the most part by… humans. The newly released global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystems demonstrated a terrifying reality and an uncertain future. Could multilaterism make a difference and create incentives?   The silent crisis International negotiations represent an excellent opportunity

Fifty Shades of 2°C

par Martin Courgeon (EnvIM 2018)   There is no doubt for anyone anymore that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are one of the, if not the, greatest challenge of the 21st century. The dangers of global warming caused by the greenhouse gases emissions, notably CO2, are becoming increasingly clear. Some of the impacts of global warming are already visible today, and the private sector must cope with them. Insurance companies for

BROKEN (H)EARTH

par Emma Nicolas (EnvIM 2018)   When thinking about planet Earth, the first adjective that comes to one’s mind is usually the “blue planet”. Indeed, water composes no less than 75% of the Earth’s total surface (Fig.1). But what about the ground? If water is absolutely necessary to life (and actually complex life came out from water), soils shelter all terrestrial species, including humans. Not only have they been giving

How China’s waste import ban makes the world rethink its waste?

par Yiwen XU (EnvIM 2018)   In July 2017, the General Office of China’s State Council issued the Prohibition of Foreign Garbage Imports: The Reform Plan on Solid Waste Import Management, proposing that in 2018, China will ban the import of four classes of waste, including waste plastics from households, unsorted waste paper, waste textile materials, and vanadium slag. What is more, in April 2018, the Ministry of Ecology and

China’s many hurdles to green its electricity production

par Lauren Harry-Villain (EnvIM 2018)   As China has been the world’s biggest energy consumer since 2009 and is the biggest greenhouse gas emitter (International Energy Agency, 2017), it should play a crucial role in the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions and thereby limit climate change. Notwithstanding the fact that it consumes more coal than any other country by far (IEA, 2018), the country has shown in recent years

It’s the last (plastic) straw!

par Noémie Levé (EnvIM 2018)   Plastic is great, it is lightweight, durable, versatile, hygienic, resistant, and above all cheap. It comes in every shape, color, size and texture. It has transformed our lives for the better in many ways. For instance, plastic bottles allow billions of people to have access to clean water every day, and it helped the space conquest thanks to its strength and weight properties. Without

Environmental impacts of mass tourism in China

par Juliette Paemelaere (EnvIM 2018)   "Anywhere in the world that you go diving, you shouldn’t grab or take away any marine life” Source: ChinaDaily.com This excerpt from the 2013 Guide on appropriate touristic behaviors issued by the Chinese government revealed the global lack of environmental education of the Chinese people. Though Chinese tourists globally hold a terrible reputation when travelling abroad, scant international literature exist on their behavior at