Global Conservation News June 2

Source: Glasgow to plant 18m trees as city readies for Cop26 climate summit

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Human rights must be at heart of new biodiversity framework, experts say


The planet’s wildlife is disappearing at unprecedented rates and ecosystems are deteriorating rapidly, according to a growing number of studies. This is why the world’s largest biodiversity conference, COP15, taking place later this year, could be an important moment for the planet. But one of the only ways to achieve the world’s biodiversity goals and save nature is to include human rights…

This is why it’s good business to invest in nature conservation

World Economic Forum 

Nature-based solutions can tackle many of society’s challenges, but investments need to increase threefold in the coming decade to avoid a climate tipping point. Sustainable investments must increase to $536 billion per year by 2050, a UN Forum report says…

Chocolate giant funds high resolution carbon map to protect forests


A project by the EcoVision Lab at ETH Zurich expects to have every quarter of the tropics mapped and classified by carbon stock by the end of the year, providing a complete picture of which lands store the most carbon and allowing companies to track deforestation in their supply chains…

The key to averting environmental catastrophe is right beneath our feet


When we talk about solutions to the current climate and global environmental crisis, one vital component is often overlooked: soils… Soil is central to our relationship with the land and plays a vital role in nearly every key Earth system process responsible for keeping conditions on our planet stable…

Johan Rockström: ‘We need bankers as well as activists… we have 10 years to cut emissions by half’

The Guardian

The eminent Earth scientist argues that we cannot just wait for the world order to change when it comes to tackling the climate crisis – we all have a duty to act now. Johan Rockström is one of the world’s most influential Earth scientists…

Glasgow to plant 18m trees as city readies for Cop26 climate summit

The Guardian

Councils in the Glasgow area have pledged to plant 18m trees – equivalent to 10 trees for every resident – as the city prepares to host a global climate summit later this year. The Clyde Climate Forest (CCF) project hopes to increase tree cover in urban areas of Glasgow to 20%…

Mark Rylance: arts should tell ‘love stories’ about nature to tackle climate crisis

The Guardian

Actor says individuals rather than government should lead way as he launches wetlands drama. Sir Mark Rylance has called on the arts to help solve the climate crisis by telling stories that persuade people to “fall in love with nature again” and prompt government to back green policies…

Protect nature or risk future pandemics, expert warns

Conservation International 

Humanity’s continued assault on the environment could unleash another pandemic — and soon. So says Dr. Neil Vora, Conservation International’s new pandemic prevention fellow… Though every new infectious disease is unique, research shows many share a key feature: They are driven by the destruction of nature…

Struggling Seabirds Are Red Flag for Ocean Health

Scientific American

Seabirds are “sentinels” of ocean health. If marine ecosystems are suffering, the birds will be among the first to show it. Now a major study finds that seabirds in the Northern Hemisphere are already struggling. And without extra precautions, those in the Southern Hemisphere might be next…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Invitation to the Discussion Forum and Webinar on “The Strong Economic Case for Financing Biodiversity” 22 June 2021

I am pleased to invite Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and indigenous peoples and local communities to the webinar on “The Strong Economic Case for Financing Biodiversity”, jointly organized by the World Bank and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on 22 June 2021, at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (EDT)…

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