Global Conservation News October 21st

Source: Restoring 30% of the world’s ecosystems in priority areas could stave off extinctions and absorb CO2

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World Economic Forum emphasises need for nature positive economy

Northglen News

World Economic Forum has drawn the attention of the global business community to the critical relationship that exists between nature conservation and the state of the world economy.In a video message released today, research findings show that it would cost the world just $140 billion a year to protect 30% of the planet from destruction…

Restoring 30% of the world’s ecosystems in priority areas could stave off extinctions and absorb CO2 

Returning specific ecosystems that have been replaced by farming to their natural state in all continents worldwide would rescue the majority of land-based species of mammals, amphibians and birds under threat of extinction. Such measures would also soak up more than 465 billion tons of carbon dioxide, according to a new report released today…

International partnership calls for practical and scientifically-informed responses to zoonotic disease


Fourteen international organisations are urging practitioners and decision-makers to develop practical and scientifically-informed responses to reduce risk from zoonotic diseases and build more collaborative approaches in human health and wildlife management…

Trump, Bolsonaro and Morrison Overlook Climate Change Crisis When World Leaders Vow to Protect Nature 

International Business Times

70 world leaders signed ‘Leaders’ Pledge for Nature’ but US, Brazil, and Australia stay away despite rapidly changing environment…

A healthy Earth needs indigenous peoples

Lands and waters that are owned, managed, and used by indigenous peoples and local communities are much healthier than those that aren’t. A growing body of research supports the clear implication that indigenous peoples have a vital role to play in addressing the biodiversity crisis…

Report on US Damage to Global Environmental Governance

Global Times

As the most advanced developed country, the US has a poor track record in its engagement and compliance with multilateral environmental treaties, which has greatly damaged the fairness, efficiency, and effectiveness of global environmental governance…

Making Business Work for Nature


Biodiversity is essential to address climate change, ensure long-term food security, and prevent future pandemics. And yet the world is missing every target that has been established to protect it. If this is to change, business must step up…

Water is China’s Greatest Weapon and its Achilles Heel – Harvard Political Review

Harvard Political Review

This year, central and southern China have been ravaged by flooding… at the same time, the Chinese government has long battled against water scarcity. Yet even in a warming and drying world, China might have the upper hand: It sits on the source of 10 major rivers, which aggregately flow through 11 countries and supply 1.6 billion people with water…

How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in southern Africa – Down To Earth Magazine

Down to Earth

Of all environmental impacts, the negative impact of fracking on water resources is the most serious. This is especially so in water-scarce countries such as Botswana, South Africa…

Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change

The New York Times

Returning strategic parts of the world’s farmlands to nature could help mitigate both climate change and biodiversity loss, a new study found…

How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

The New York Times

Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived…

Fifth of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse, analysis finds

The Guardian 

Trillions of dollars of GDP depend on biodiversity, according to Swiss Re repor. tOne-fifth of the world’s countries are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing because of the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, according to an analysis by the insurance firm Swiss Re…

Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists

The Guardian 

Restoring degraded natural lands highly effective for carbon storage and avoiding species extinctions. Restoring natural landscapes damaged by human exploitation can be one of the most effective and cheapest ways to combat the climate crisis while also boosting dwindling wildlife populations, a scientific study finds…

Top asset owners commit to big carbon emissions cuts

The Guardian

Group with total portfolio of $5tn seek cuts of 29% from companies they invest in. Thirty of the world’s largest asset owners, with portfolios worth a combined $5tn (£3.8tn), have committed to cutting the carbon emissions linked to companies they invest in by up to 29% within the next four years…

Canada’s last intact ice shelf broke off. It took our research station with it

The Guardian

Researchers studying the area in the Arctic for years describe the day of the calving event – and where they go from here… In August, Adrienne White – an ice analyst at the Canadian Ice Service who monitors the Canadian Arctic for changes in sea ice – was reviewing satellite imagery when she spotted something remarkable…

‘Solastalgia’: Arctic inhabitants overwhelmed by new form of climate grief

The Guardian

Solastalgia means a feeling of homesickness without ever leaving home – and for Inuit in Canada’s north it describes the psychological impact of the climate crisis…

‘An alarmingly familiar picture’: UK on course to miss most biodiversity targets

The Guardian

Out of 24 indicators of ecological health, 14 show long-term decline, according to new report. The UK is failing on its long-term biodiversity targets and seeing “relentless” declines in wildlife, according to government data that shows public sector investment in conservation falling in real terms by 33% in five years…

Why there is hope that the world’s coral reefs can be saved

The Guardian

From coral farming to 3D printing, scientists are using novel methods to save a vital part of our ecosystem…

Vast majority of Europe’s key habitats in poor or bad condition – report

The Guardian
State of Nature in the EU survey finds only a quarter of species have good conservation status. The vast majority of protected landscapes across Europe are rated as in poor or bad condition and vital species and their habitats continue to decline despite targets aimed at protecting them, according to a report…

Why a Historic Emissions Drop from COVID Is No Cause to Celebrate

The Guardian

The greenhouse gas reductions highlight the difficult road ahead to substantially limit global warming…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Global Landscapes Forum – Biodiversity Digital Conference: 28-29 October 2020

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is partnering with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) to support the organization of the Global Landscapes Forum Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health, to be held virtually on 28-29 October 2020…

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