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There are three steps governments must take to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding global commons and reducing the risk of cascading catastrophes.

It cannot be hammered home too often: the root cause of the COVID-19 pandemic is the unsustainable world that we have built. It is a world in which surprises – usually unpleasant ones – are going to be the new normal.

There is no getting around it: the COVID-19 crisis will hit Africa’s people particularly hard. Even if the infection rate remains low, the socioeconomic devastation is already being felt. Access to clean water supply and basic health services remain a challenge throughout the continent, making the containment measures taken by most countries all the more challenging.

Cities are at the heart of the pandemic impact and response, and city leaders managing through the COVID-19 crisis have demonstrated commitment to integration, innovation, and partnership. GEF Cities Lead Aloke Barnwal makes the case that this approach will be critical to the future sustainability of cities, and argues for city-level recovery strategies that address the root causes of environmental degradation.

After the COVID-19 pandemic we can do better than simply return to business as usual

It’s a cruel and twisted enemy that claims not only people’s lives and livelihoods but makes us each a danger to our loved ones. Attacking societies at their core, coronavirus is the greatest test we have faced since the Second World War. Yet we find ourselves experiencing something else remarkable: an outpouring of hope, resourcefulness, and new-found solidarity. 

COVID-19 has made the case for taking better care of the home we share

Like many others, I began 2020 with high hopes.

This was meant to be a year that would yield desperately-needed accords about biodiversity, oceans, and climate change, propelled by increasing awareness about the value of nature in our modern world.

On this day in 1970, millions of people in the United States turned out for rallies across the country calling for environmental protections against oil spills, air pollution, toxic dumps, pesticides, and other hazards to the environment. That day marked the beginning of a movement that would spread around the globe, strengthen, and become the largest civic event the world has ever seen.

Pairing action on the pandemic and on climate change will ensure that economies end up stronger than before

Fifty years ago today, protecting the environment became a mass movement when 20 million Americans took to the streets in hundreds of cities around the country to mark the first Earth Day. Over the past half-century Earth Day has become a global event, observed in some 190 countries and involving nearly 100,000 organizations in the largest civic observance in the world.

Earth Day 2020 comes at a pivotal moment for our planet. This is the first time since the global celebration was launched 50 years ago where Earth Day events are only digital. COVID-19 has affected the whole world, driving home how connected we are while also keeping us apart in a time of required social distancing.

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is having profound impacts throughout the world. What's happening to ASGM miners, their communities, and planetGOLD country project teams?

The burning of fossil fuels for energy is the largest single source of global greenhouse gas emissions. So, any effort to mitigate climate change must involve energy efficient strategies. After all, the easiest and cheapest clean energy solution lies in the energy that we don’t use.