Virtual pavilion looks into the future of sustainable design

The built environment is responsible for consuming more than a third of global energy and generates 40% of the world’s energy-related carbon emissions. To highlight the impact of sustainable design for local and global contexts, the AECOM Visualization and Virtual Reality team, in collaboration with the exhibition designers at the Install Archive, designed a virtual … Read more

Amazon deforestation still high despite Brazil’s COP26 pledge

Last week at COP26 in Glasgow, 100 countries, including Brazil, pledged to reverse deforestation by 2030. However, recent figures for October show that Brazil is nowhere near protecting the Amazon rainforest. In fact, the latest numbers are the second most shocking since scientists began measuring deforestation. Continue reading below Our featured videos Brazil’s National Space … Read more

Giant puppet represents refugee children at COP26

Yesterday, Little Amal finally arrived at COP26 in Glasgow, just in time to lead a plenary session with Samoan activist Brianna Fruean on Gender Day. Little Amal arrived on foot, matching a giant doll depicting a nine-year-old Syrian refugee. Like many refugees, the doll has come a long way — 4,970 miles after leaving Gaziantep, … Read more

At COP26, Indigenous activists are fighting to be heard

At COP26 in Glasgow, activists and experts are seeking to be heard and their issues addressed. However, many reasons are ignored. Ruth Miller, director of climate justice for the Indigenous Movement, an Alaska-based grassroots group representing the Miller Aboriginal community, teamed up with eight other young people representing Indigenous groups to advance their agenda at … Read more

We need to talk about farming, agriculture and emissions

Many vegetarian activists claim that leaders at COP26 do not pay enough attention to methane emissions from agriculture. They say a global change in diet toward vegetarians could help slow climate change. Continue reading below Our featured videos Animal agriculture contributes about 20% to human-caused climate change. The need for pasture also leads to deforestation. … Read more

7 countries vow to end new oil and gas exploration

Yesterday at COP26, seven countries and one Canadian province joined the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance. BOGA members have committed to halting oil and gas exploration and production. Continue reading below Our featured videos With none of the seven countries being a major oil or gas producer, the pledge appears more symbolic than practical to … Read more

Can the Amazon rainforest survive?

Humans are heading toward a catastrophic tipping point in the Amazon rainforest, according to a recent study by more than 200 scientists. If we do not change our habits immediately, the damage will be irreparable. Continue reading below Our featured videos According to the study authors, more than a third of the Amazon rainforest has … Read more

Will Biden keep his oil promises after COP26?

Now that world leaders have left the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, citizens around the world are wondering if they will keep their promises to cut carbon emissions. As for US President Biden, the ruling is mixed. He’s trying to protect some of the world’s most sacred and important indigenous sites in New Mexico’s Chaco … Read more