Global Conservation News January 13th

Source: Canada is committed to protecting natural areas. But is it protecting the right ones?


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50 Countries Announce Bold Commitment to Protect at Least 30% of the World’s Land and Ocean by 2030

Campaign for Nature

As the natural world continues to disappear at an unprecedented rate, a group of over 50 countries… have announced their commitment to protect at least 30% of the globe’s land and ocean by 2030, and to champion an ambitious global deal to halt species loss and protect ecosystems that are vital to human health and economic security…

7 biodiversity policy recommendations highlight finance, health and people

Global Landscapes Forum

As Earth’s biodiversity declines, the perilous consequences are proving to only rise. The destabilization of national economies, threats to food systems, escalation of climate change, and likelihood of global pandemics such as COVID-19 are all increasingly linked to the loss of the planet’s variety of life…

Logging in Algonquin park is just one example how Ontario is failing to protect nature

National Observer

The scathing series of annual reports on the environment released last November by Ontario’s auditor general should be of concern to anyone who has spent time in nature over the past year. They expose alarming deficiencies in the province’s management of protected places, biodiversity and processes to add to the network of parks and conservation reserves.…

Baby sharks emerge from egg cases earlier and weaker in oceans warmed by climate crisis

The Guardian

Weaker sharks are less effective hunters, which can upset the balance of the ecosystem, say authors of study into impacts of hotter oceans. Baby sharks will emerge from their egg cases earlier and weaker as water temperatures rise, according to a new study that examined the impact of warming oceans on…

Manta rays and whale sharks now protected by new commercial fishing law in Mozambique

Oceanographic

A new commercial fishing law passed in Mozambique enacts protections for several threatened species, including whale sharks, manta rays, and all mobula species. The new legislation went into effect on January 8th. This victory comes after 20 years of research and lobbying efforts by the Marine Megafauna Foundation…

The plan to map every coral reef on Earth – from space

Modern Diplomacy

To better understand the mysteries of the world’s oceans, a team of scientists is using satellite imaging to map out, in unprecedented detail, one of the planet’s most iconic underwater ecosystems: the shallow coral reef. The researchers are part of the Allen Coral Atlas project…

Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists

The Guardian

‘Frightening’ global decline is ‘tearing apart tapestry of life’, with climate crisis a critical concern. Insect populations are suffering “death by a thousand cuts”, with many falling at “frightening” rates that are “tearing apart the tapestry of life”, according to scientists behind a new volume of studies…

Government breaks promise to maintain ban on bee-harming pesticide

The Guardian

Farmers ‘relieved’ as chemical sanctioned for emergency use, despite EU-wide ban backed by UK. A pesticide believed to kill bees has been authorised for use in England despite an EU-wide ban two years ago and an explicit government pledge to keep the restrictions…

Preventing wildlife collisions in British Columbia

Trial Times

Wildlife collisions are a risk that commuters face everyday in British Columbia, particularly in more rural areas like the Kootenays… Fortunately, many steps are being taken to help reduce wildlife collisions in British Columbia…

Canada is committed to protecting natural areas. But is it protecting the right ones?

CBC

For many Albertans, the eastern slopes of the Rockies are the source of water we drink and time in nature that we crave. But the water and forests stretching from Hinton to Lethbridge aren’t among Canada’s officially protected natural areas, one of the red flags that emerged from a three-year study…

Impacts of Climate Change on Our Water and Energy Systems: It’s Complicated

News Wise

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara propose a framework for evaluating climate change adaptations, provide a case study of California…

Two-thirds of Earth’s land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that’s a problem for people, crops and forests

The Conversation

There are growing concerns that many regions of the world will face water crises… in the coming decades as rising temperatures exacerbate drought conditions. Understanding the risks ahead requires looking at the entire landscape of terrestrial water storage…

Peat bogs: restoring them could slow climate change – and revive a forgotten world

The Conversation

Bogs, mires, fens and marshes – just their names seem to conjure myth and mystery. Though today, our interest in these waterlogged landscapes tends to be more prosaic. Because of a lack of oxygen, they can build up vast quantities of organic matter that  doesn’t decompose properly. This is known as peat. Peatlands could contain as much as 644 gigatons of carbon…

Biodiversity Loss: Alarm Bell Tolls

EurasiaReview

Biodiversity loss is one of the most pressing challenges humanity faces today. All the recently published reports on biodiversity… toll alarm bells pointing out the failure of global commitments in terms of biodiversity conservation….

Why paying people to tolerate wildlife is not the magic bullet for conservation

The Conversation

Human-wildlife conflict is a complex issue globally… Forced coexistence creates friction as it often pits people’s livelihoods against the conservation of threatened species that are important to ecosystems and tourism…

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