What's up this week? UNESCO recently declared "the Amazon of Europe" a Biosphere Reserve and more.

  • UNESCO recently declared "the Amazon of Europe" a Biosphere Reserve. This one-million-hectare area spans 5 Eastern European countries (Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia) and is one of Europe's richest landscapes in terms of species and habitats.
  • According to a study, marine life could fully recover its abundance, structure and function by 2050 by mitigating major pressures through sustainable fishing policies and pollution regulation.
  • New research suggests that the African tropical mountain forests store far more carbon than we previously thought. Indeed, although these mountain forests have fewer trees than their lowland counterparts, their trees are larger on average, allowing them to sequestrate more carbon.
  • Zurich is the first city to require new public buildings to use recycled concrete. The city hopes that others will follow its lead to reduce emissions related to cement production, currently representing 6% to 8% of global emissions.
  • A discovery about algae reproduction could help save corals. Researchers hope to create a symbiosis that will boost the corals' resilience more efficiently by breeding algae instead of focusing on corals.