Global Conservation News April 14

Source: Land Conservation Seen As Cheapest, Easiest Way To Combat Climate Change

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Global Goals for Nature, Climate & People

Nature Climate & People

The Post-2020 Pavilion Partnership has produced a new TV program called Global Goals for Nature, Climate & People, which will be launching April 20th, 2021, on EarthxTV, to explore how we can build an equitable, nature-positive, carbon-neutral world…

Land Conservation Seen As Cheapest, Easiest Way To Combat Climate Change

Midday Magazine

When it comes to addressing climate change, alternative energy or reducing the use of fossil fuels tend to get the biggest headlines. But some outdoor advocates argue preserving land is the cheapest and easiest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions…

Sprinkler system gives hope to flying foxes in Australia

World Wildlife Fund 

A successful trial of an atmospheric cooling system for flying foxes in Australia has given hope to researchers working to prevent the vulnerable species from dying and suffering in the country’s extreme heat. The innovative cooling system was installed in January in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park…

Saving biodiversity: why our mental and physical health depends on it

World Economic Forum 

Biodiversity is essential for both our mental and physical wellbeing. However, reports show biodiversity is declining, which could lead to economic and health risks. Here a psychologist outlines four reasons why it’s so vital that we protect our natural world…

Why bee diversity is essential for maintaining crops

World Economic Forum 

Pollinators are essential for the global food system, with 75% of leading crops relying on these insects. New research shows that a more diverse range of pollinator species shows more stability year-on-year. This article explores methods of maintaining pollinator diversity to ensure a more stable and predictable yield…

Landmark decision: Brazil Supreme Court sides with Indigenous land rights


In a landmark decision that could bolster Indigenous land rights in Brazil and serve as a setback to the Bolsonaro administration’s stonewalling of demarcations, the country’s Supreme Court has agreed to review the process around a past case that cancelled the demarcation of an Indigenous territory…

Extinction fears drive The Wildlife Trusts’ re-wilding campaign

BBC News

Ten projects have been launched to help restore wild landscapes across England and Wales. They are part of a Wildlife Trusts campaign and include turning a golf course into an insect haven, re-wilding a village and restoring Ice Age ponds. The trusts says 30% of UK land and sea needs to be given over to nature by 2030 to avoid species extinction…

Ocean noise: Study to measure the oceans’ ‘year of quiet’

BBC News

Ocean scientists around the world are studying the “unique moment” of quiet created by the pandemic. The researchers have called their vast listening experiment: The year of the quiet ocean. “Lockdown slowed global shipping on a scale that would otherwise be impossible”…

Privatising the wilderness: the Tasmanian project that could become a national park test case

The Guardian 

Conservationists say newly released documents call into question the government’s policy of backing tourism developments on protected public land. Halls Island, on Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem national park, is not easy to reach. It takes a strenuous eight-hour walk or a helicopter ride to get there. Its remoteness means it was relatively little known until…

Lemurs and giant tortoises among species at risk if global heating hits 3C

The Guardian 

Research warns that large proportions of endemic marine and mountain species face extinction. Unique island species including lemurs and the Galapagos giant tortoise could be at high risk of extinction if the planet warms by more than 3C above pre-industrial levels, new research warns…

Marine scientists ‘alarmed’ after four gray whales found dead in San Francisco Bay

The Guardian 

Deaths discovered over a course of nine days are ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ for the species, says expert. Four dead gray whales have washed up on beaches in the San Francisco Bay area in the past nine days, in the latest spate of whale deaths in the region…

Sunflowers: a feast for your eyes, and for pollinators

The Guardian

Now’s the time to sow these jolly giants, our gardening expert says, but beware: bigger isn’t always better. The annual sunflower needs no introduction; it  is a thing full of cheer, always turning its head to the sun to entice the bees…

Why the Market for ‘Blue Carbon’ Credits May Be Poised to Take Off

Yale Environment 360

Seagrasses, mangrove forests, and coastal wetlands store vast amounts of carbon, and their preservation and restoration hold great potential to bank CO2 and keep it out of the atmosphere. But can the blue carbon market avoid the pitfalls that have plagued land-based programs…

Are Huge Tree Planting Projects More Hype than Solution?

Yale Environment 360

High-profile programs aimed at planting billions of trees are being launched worldwide. But a growing number of scientists are warning that these massive projects can wreck natural ecosystems, dry up water supplies, damage agriculture, and push people off their land…

Biodiversity: we can map the biggest threats to endangered species in your local area

The Conversation  

We developed a tool that can help governments, businesses and even members of the public discover how to halt wildlife extinctions. We worked with an international team of more than 80 conservationists to produce the Species Threat Abatement and Restoration (STAR) metric…

The people have spoken: it’s time to #RestoreNature. What happens now?

Bird Life International

After decades of attempts to convince governments and businesses to stop the exploitation and degradation of nature, there is so little of it left that conservation alone cannot undo the damage that has been done…

Can Grazing Antelope Regenerate South Africa’s Coastal Vegetation?

Hakai Magazine

The Gantouw Project, launched in October 2015 under the auspices of the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust, aims to restore severely degraded and endangered vegetation by letting the voracious eland munch grasses and shrubs, putting the ecosystem back in its natural balance…

Rich world’s demands fell poorer world’s forests


The tropical forests maintain global climate and nurture the riches of nature. The rich world’s demands are destroying them. The world’s great ecosystems – moderators of climate, nurseries for evolution – are still being destroyed in the service of global trade, to meet the rich world’s demands…

How Biodiversity Can Prevent Pandemics


For years, some scientists have argued that despite its benefits, biodiversity poses a major risk to human health, because the sheer variety of species in biodiverse landscapes creates greater opportunities for new pathogens to develop… But a survey of more recent research published recently reaches a very different conclusion: Biodiversity actually protects against the emergence of new infectious diseases by keeping the handful of species most likely to spread diseases in check…

Leatherback turtles under threat as government considers ‘development’ in Little Andamans


Proposed development of the Little Andaman islands, if implemented, will pose a threat to nesting sites of the leatherback turtle. Five species of marine turtles are found in Indian waters. The leatherback is the largest of all living turtles and India and Sri Lanka are the only places in South Asia with large nesting populations…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

UN Biodiversity Convention confirms dates for subsidiary body meetings critical to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

UN Biodiversity Convention’s science and implementation bodies to meet virtually from 3 May to 13 June 2021, with plenaries limited to three hours each day…

Formal meetings of the Twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

Following up on notification 2021-023, and following further considerations by the Bureaux of COP and SBSTTA, I am pleased to confirm that the formal meetings of the subsidiary bodies will be held virtually during the period of 3 May to 13 June 2021…

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