Global Conservation News December 9th

Source: Rising Temperatures Driving a Shift to All-Female Sea Turtle Populations

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Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


The IPBES Pandemics Report is one of the most scientifically robust examinations of the evidence and knowledge about links between pandemic risk and nature since the COVID-19 pandemic began – with 22 of the world’s leading experts as authors of the report…

‘Counting nature’: aligning finance with nature’s needs

China Dialogue

Financial institutions are funding the destruction of nature that they themselves depend on. This means the financial sector has a unique and critical responsibility to measure its biodiversity-related risks as a first step to reducing them, and to curb an accelerating global biodiversity crisis…

Our global fire crisis is the sign of a dying biosphere. But we can take action

The Guardian 

The unprecedented fires aren’t just caused by the climate crisis. Land use –especially real estate and animal husbandry – have a lot to answer for. A good, natural fire can be a cleansing force. Yet, the recent and ongoing catastrophic fires around the world – including in Brazil, the US, Sweden, Russia and Australia- are not moments of a healthy fire cycle but conflagrations of a dying biosphere… 

Climate change threatens ‘most Alps glaciers’

BBC News

Up to 92% of glaciers in the Alps could be lost by the end of the century due to climate change, say researchers. The mountain range’s 4,000 glaciers include popular skiing resorts such as Zermatt in Switzerland and Tignes in France. Water run-off, storage and Alpine ecosystems would also be affected…

Illegal mining sparks malaria outbreak in Indigenous territories in Brazil


On Nov. 4, local authorities sent a letter to the Evandro Chagas Institute (IEC), a tropical medicine center that operates under the umbrella of Brazil’s Ministry of Health, requesting assistance to deal with a “major outbreak of malaria in special areas” — that is, within Indigenous territories…

The Paris agreement five years on: is it strong enough to avert climate catastrophe?

The Guardian 

On some measures, Paris could be judged a failure. But even when transport, industry and commerce grind to a halt, the majority of emissions remain intact. Far greater systemic change is needed, particularly in energy generation around the world, to meet the Paris goals…

Greenhouse gas emissions transforming the Arctic into ‘an entirely different climate’

The Guardian 

Warmest temperatures since 1900 have all occurred within the past seven years, according to Noaa’s annual Arctic report card. The Arctic’s rapid transformation into a less frozen, hotter and biologically altered place has been further exacerbated by a year of wildfires, soaring temperatures and loss of…

How Can the World of Finance Help Protect Biodiversity?

Science the Wire

In recent years, incorporating carbon emissions into financial decisions had become mainstream among corporations, governments and development finance institutions (DFIs), but biodiversity remained a remote, esoteric consideration. But COVID-19 changed that…

Biodiversity is our Life Insurance

Slow Food

Since its early days, Slow Food has put the defense of biodiversity at the heart of its strategies. This precious natural resource is under threat worldwide, including in Europe. But what is biodiversity? What does it have to do with our food and health? And what is the European Union doing to restore…

Rising Temperatures Driving a Shift to All-Female Sea Turtle Populations

Yale Environment 360

Whether marine turtles are born male or female is dependent on the temperature of their nest during incubation. As global temperatures rise, scientists have found that the sand around the Red Sea is now warm enough to cause hatchlings in the area to be born almost entirely female, threatening the future…

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