Global Conservation News Sep. 25

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UN Climate Summit: Seychelles joins country coalition aiming to protect 30 percent of Earth

Seychelles is honoured to join a newly launched coalition pushing for the ambitious target for the protection of 30 percent of the planet Earth by the end of the next decade, President Danny Faure said in New York on Monday.

Protecting Wilderness Areas Could Halve Extinction Rates

Wilderness areas, long known for intrinsic conservation value, are far more valuable for biodiversity than previously believed, and if conserved, will cut …

North America has lost 3 billion birds since 1970

Rosenberg is a conservation scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Bird Conservancy. His study with Canadian and U.S. …

Conservation groups want US to pressure Canada to protect North Atlantic right whales

The U.S. government is being urged to pressure Canada to do more to protect the endangered North American right whale population in …

Indigenous hunters are protecting animals, land and waterways

New protected areas recognize Indigenous peoples’ contributions to conservation, can improve Indigenous self-governance and stewardship, and …

The value of biodiversity is not the same as its price

How much do species and ecosystems contribute to the size and growth of economies? How will the unprecedented rate of biodiversity loss affect economies in the future?

Can rewilding restore Europe’s biodiversity and help change the way we think about nature?

A griffon vulture soars above the Rhodope Mountains that cut across the Bulgaria-Greece border. The colony it belongs to makes its home on the Greek side of the Rhodopes, but often goes in search of food on the Bulgarian side. Nature has little regard for borders, and here there are deer and wolves and…

China’s SEE Hosts 15th Anniversary Reception Attended by Global Conservation Leaders and Dignitaries

Nearly 100 dignitaries from around the globe attended the SEE A Better Future reception on September 24. The event was hosted by Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) as part of the United Nations Climate Action Summit – a weeklong gathering of global leaders to address climate change…

Greta Thunberg: What climate summit achieved after outburst

he UN’s climate summit has closed amidst cautious praise for its achievements, and bitter condemnation for its failures. On the plus side, more than 60 nations announced they were working on or exploring plans to reduce greenhouse gas to virtually zero.

“One Planet Business for Biodiversity” (OP2B) – a business-led, agriculture-centric coalition – was launched today at UN Climate Action Summit in New York

Today, nineteen forward-thinking, agriculture-centric companies, together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), launched a new initiative to protect and restore biodiversity within their supply chains and product portfolios. This coalition – named “One Planet Business for…

Conservationists raise concerns on biodiversity conflicts, wildlife extinction

Conservationists have called on Nigerians to shun activities that could escalate the extinction of wildlife and biodiversity from their ecosystem as well as threaten human existence.

Boris Johnson unveils £1.2bn for climate and endangered species

Boris Johnson has unveiled a combined £1.2bn in funding for new efforts to tackle the climate emergency and protect endangered species as he prepares to attend the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York.

Earth has lost wilderness area the size of India since 90s: Study

Since the 1990s, our planet has lost nearly three million square kilometres of wilderness areas-parts of the world where human impact has been absent or minimal, according to a study which found that conserving such regions can cut the Earth’s extinction risk by half.

Amazon rainforest critical is to human life

It is unbelievable that some political leaders do not understand or are far-removed from the realities which globalization brings about in this fast-paced world in which we live. Politicians are elected not only to serve a subset or special group interests. Politicians are elected to design and implement…

How alpine ecosystems are responding to climate change: It all comes down to the soil

Alpine flora is changing rapidly as a result of climate change. Soils are a vital but largely unexplored factor in this process. They also store the biggest amounts of CO2. However, how alpine soils will change in a warmer climate is largely unknown, according to researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute…

Psychotherapist: What I’ve learned from listening to children talk about climate change

Eco-anxiety is likely to affect more and more people as the climate destabilizes. Already, studies have found that 45% of children suffer lasting depression after surviving extreme weather and natural disasters. Some of that emotional turmoil must stem from confusion – why aren’t adults doing more to…

Should We Be More Optimistic About Fighting Climate Change?

There are two stories about climate change. The first is the one you hear the most; that if we don’t dramatically curb greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, there will be dire consequences to our health and way of life. The second story is about optimism. It’s about how innovations large and small…

Young people are right about climate change: It’s time to listen to them

Climate change is not a far-away problem – it is causing huge damage right now in Japan and around the world. From air pollution choking many major cities to more extreme heat and natural disasters to 1 million species at risk, the urgent need for climate action is clear. We are all paying the price…

Climate Change Will Create 1.5 Billion Migrants by 2050 and We Have No Idea Where They’ll Go

The climate crisis has already created millions of invisible refugees and could create up to 1.5 billion more in the next 30 years. But under international law no country is obliged to take them in.

UN desertification conference divided on land ownership and migration

In his speech in Delhi, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, advocated greater cooperation between developing nations, but land tenure and immigration loom over proceedings

Investing in climate change adaptation will pay off big, report says

A group of leaders from business, politics and science have called for a massive investment in adapting to climate change over the next decade, arguing it would reap significant returns as countries avoid catastrophic losses and boost their economies.

The Amazon Rainforest Was Once a Human Success Story. It Could Be Again

A season of intense, human-caused wildfires in the Amazon rainforest has scorched thousands of square miles of forest, blackened the skies over São Paulo, and sparked international concern about the fate of the most biodiverse landscape on the planet.

World’s oceans are losing power to stall climate change

United Nations report predicts more powerful storms, increased risk of flooding and dwindling fisheries if greenhouse-gas output doesn’t fall.

To solve climate change, remember the ocean

This year offers nations their best chance yet to protect oceans and coasts, and to capitalize on the carbon-capturing potential of these environments, says Janis Searles Jones.

The hard truths of climate change — by the numbers

A set of troubling charts shows how little progress nations have made toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.

Why young climate activists have captured the world′s attention

As the movement prepares for a massive global protest, researchers break down why its message is gaining ground.

Seven steps to make travel to scientific conferences more sustainable

Researchers should learn to travel better to mitigate their climate impacts. Institutions can help by facilitating and rewarding sustainable travel behaviour, rather than fuelling the pressure to attend conferences, say Olivier…

‘Ecological grief’ grips scientists witnessing Great Barrier Reef’s decline

Studying ecosystems affected by climate change takes an emotional toll on researchers.

Desertification Costs World Economy up to 15 trillion dollars – U.N.

Forest fires, droughts and other forms of land degradation cost the global economy as much as 15 trillion dollars every year and are deepening the climate change crisis, a top United Nations environment official said Friday.

Towards a sustainable Blue economy: A Plan to restore the health of our oceans

Samba Lahy recalls the time when, as a young man, he used to go fishing with his parents off the coast of Tampolove, one of the fishing villages dotting the southwestern coast of Madagascar.

We are ‘burning up our future’, UN’s Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council opened in Geneva on Monday with a warning from the UN’s top rights official that, with forest fires raging in the Amazon, “we are burning up our future, literally”.

Two major pieces of research reveal the clear and present danger biodiversity loss and climate change pose to the health, security and well-being of humanity.

The IPCC oceans report is a wake-up call for policymakers

There is therefore a need to better integrate the framework for biodiversity conservation, to be agreed next year under the Convention on Biological …

Tackling the Twin Climate & Biodiversity Crises

Through the Convention on Biological Diversity, countries should make the commitment to protect at least 30% of the world’s lands and 30% of the …

UK leads new global alliance to protect world’s oceans

It will also call for the 30by30 ambition to be adopted at the next Convention on Biological Diversity conference in China and introduced into …

The US is losing its birds and must act before it is too late

Back in 1992 the UN proposed bold action through the Convention on Biological Diversity, a treaty joined by 196 member nations to launch global …

Costa Rica calls for a Global Coalition of Champions to Protect Nature

The goal will be to finalize the deal at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China in 2020.

Biodiversity touches every aspect of our lives – so why has its loss been ignored?

Governments around the world recognised this at the Earth summit in Brazil in 1992 and established the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect …

China to tackle climate change with ‘nature-based solutions’

Cristiana Pasca-Palmer, executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, told Reuters that unlocking financial support …

Many people want to set aside half of Earth as nature

An important test will be in October 2020, when delegates from nearly 200 countries will converge at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in …

UN Summit to Combat Desertification: Challenges to Land Restoration and Ecological Preservation

The convention (UNCCD) seeks to address the phenomenon of … on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Global Warming Causing Profound Changes to the World’s Oceans, Scientists Warn

Climate change is profoundly altering the world’s oceans and frozen regions, threatening ecosystems and putting millions of people and their livelihoods at risk, according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Scientists warned that nations must drastically and urgently…

Climate Activists Organize Protests in Thousands of Cities Worldwide

Millions of people across the globe are skipping school and walking out of work as part of a massive, week-long international campaign to demand aggressive action on climate change. Beginning today, more than 5,000 events are planned in 156 countries on all seven continents, including strikes, marches,…

China fortifies marine protection areas against climate change

As China’s coasts have become more severely affected by climate change, the country has launched a scheme to step up the protection of its designated marine areas. Similar measures could potentially be applied to marine conservation worldwide.

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