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Short of cutting down on the amount of plastics used in food packaging and the agricultural cycle, researchers are looking into a more natural solution – one that involves creepy crawlies like earthworms. © Bernhard Richter, Shutterstock

Meet nature’s plastic eaters

Nature has a remarkable inbuilt mechanism to keep everything in balance. Wetlands do this by absorbing and retaining water to prevent floods, while plants in coastal areas can reduce soil mobility and thereby prevent erosion. © Bo Valentino, Shutterstock

Mother nature to the rescue

A climate-neutral Europe by 2050 is at the heart of the European Green Deal. © Blue Planet Studio, Shutterstock

73 solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis

Since a major portion of food waste happens at plate level, researchers are using digital technology to put sustainability back on the menu. © Rimma Bondarenko, Shutterstock

Digital technologies rescue food from landfill

New solutions and practices, both technological and non-technological, will be needed in the drive to produce negative emissions. Nature-based solutions, such as peatlands, which capture and store CO2 and have been known and used for a long time, are being investigated for wider deployment in mitigation, including more robust monitoring and quantification of their performance. © Elvin Heinla

Could negative emissions actually help curb climate change?