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Bi-Weekly Eco Catch Up: 27 March to 10 April 2022

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There will never be enough newspapers to allow us to know everything that happened every day. That is why Eco Catch Up has arrived today to get you caught up with some of the latest nature and environmental-related news around the world that you might have missed, from a study about the greenhouse gas emissions of vegetable oil production, the current state of global warming, to the world's first environment-friendly mosque.

A Greener Solution Is Needed For The Production Process of Vegetable Oil

Researchers from the University of Nottingham highlighted in their latest study the need for a more environment-friendly solution in the world’s process of producing vegetable oil. They gave a few suggestions to reach that target, such as through more widespread adoption of greenhouse gas emission capture technologies, and by reducing the usage of synthetic nitrogen such as by choosing crop cultivars that are more nitrogen-use efficient. Consumers like us can also help by changing the market by choosing rapeseed-based vegetable oil instead of palm oil-based and soybean-based ones [1].

A methane emission capturing facility employed by REA Kaltim in their plantations in East Kalimantan
A methane capturing facility employed by REA Kaltim in East Kalimantan

Photo by REA Holdings [6]

Usage of Wind and Solar-Based Fuels For Electricity Continues To Rise

Wind and solar power are now generating around 10% of the global electricity needs. As the rise of gas and fossil fuel prices jumpstarted by the Covid-19 pandemic was made worse by the war between Russia and Ukraine, various countries around the world are beginning to intensify their use of alternative and cleaner power sources. If this change continues to intensify, there may be a chance for the world to mitigate the effects of global warming, while also reducing our dependency on fossil and gas fuels [2].

Picture by [7]

The Middle East and Central Asia Heats Up At Twice The Average Global Rate

Amid global warming all over the world, the Middle East and Central Asia have experienced a relatively brutal 1.5 degrees Celsius increase in temperature since the 1990s. That amount of rising in temperature, which is more than twice the global average of 0.7 degrees Celsius, is expected to worsen the natural disaster, food, public health, poverty, and conflict problems in said areas. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was the institution that released the report, told the governors of said areas that climate adaptation has to immediately be their top priority if they want to stave off the worst effects [3].

A flock of sheep grazing next to a dry gulley that is usually flowing with water in the Middle East
A flock of sheep grazing next to a dry gulley that's usually flowing with water in Palestine

Photo by Ammar Awad [8]

Our World Is Running Out of Time to Limit Global Warming

A pessimistic report from the United Nations (UN) stated that the Earth will experience a rise of 3.2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century due to global warming and that there will be fatal consequences for humankind. The good news is that if we can keep the warming at or under 1.5 degrees Celsius, we can escape those fatal consequences. But such a tall order will require the implementation of countless environmental policies, infrastructures, new technologies, and changes in our mindset and daily life behaviors. That is why many simply regarded such a goal as little more than a pipe dream [4].

The possible futures that awaits us depending on how much global warming that will happen
Just a tiny rise in global temperature can lead us all to a very unforgiving future

Photo by The United Nations [9]

The Istiqlal Mosque Becomes The World's First Environment-Friendly Mosque

Good news from and for Indonesia, the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta has become the first mosque in the world to be awarded a green building certification by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) organization. The achievement was reached through a collaboration between multiple organizations in adding environmentally-friendly features that will boost the water and energy efficiency of the mosque. Through this project, it is hoped that Indonesia and other countries will realize that collaborations such as this, albeit on an international scale, will be needed for the world to counter climate change [5].

A man checking the solar panel array used by the Istiqlal Mosque in Indonesia
A man checking the solar panel array of the Istiqlal Mosque in Indonesia

Photo by Galih Pradipta [10]


That is the end of the summaries of some of the most recent news about our environment and the natural world. We hope that these articles brought to you by the Eco Catch Up team have allowed you to become more knowledgeable and more aware of the current natural conditions of the world we live in. We hope to see you again in the next edition of Eco Catch Up, Bye Bye!


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