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Registration Opens for EU Business & Nature Summit:
We’re proud to be a Summit partner for the 5th year.
Together we’ll explore the role of business & finance in tackling biodiversity loss & how to mainstream the value of nature across decision-making.
.@UNBiodiversity Chief Urges #COP26 Climate Talks to Prioritise Nature:
“The fact that the two COPs are taking place pretty much back-to-back gives us that excellent opportunity to show how issues of biodiversity & climate change are inseparable.”
Social & Human Capital, A Primer for Business:
Join us & ERM’s @SustInsti as we introduce the Social & Human Capital Protocol’s Primer for Business & learn how companies are using a capitals approach to inform decisions on social & human capital issues.
The Heat Is On: from the Arctic to Africa, Wildlife is Suffering:
Research is only beginning to understand how heat affects ecosystems, but we know it can cause all kinds of issues, including growth, fertility, immunity, mortality & behavioural changes.
The Playbook for Climate Finance:
The playbook presents a series of innovative strategies that can help to fund the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as well as adaptive measures for climate-vulnerable communities around the world.
https://bit.ly/3Ck1hch Via @nature_org
Poorer Countries Spend 5x More on Debt than Climate Crisis:
Lower income countries are handing over billions of dollars in debt payments & this is impeding their ability to tackle the climate crisis.
More climate funding must be an outcome of #COP26.
How Does Wildfire Smoke Affect Wildlife?
“There are so many big question marks.”
As in humans, smoke-inhalation in animals can damage respiratory symptoms, but less obvious are the ways that animal behavior changes in response to smoke.
Cats, Charisma & Climate Change:
“If we are to earnestly protect the planet, environmental dialogue & focus must shift to one in which the climate change & biodiversity conservation crises are regarded & funded as two sides of the same coin.”
Climate Crisis: Economists ‘Grossly Undervalue Young People & Future Generations’, Warns Stern:
Economists have failed to take account of ‘immense risks & potential loss of life’ that could occur as a result of the climate crisis says Nicholas Stern.
Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?
The most popular state for US tourism endured record wildfires, drought & flooding just this year. “The rate of change has been so dramatic…if I was the California tourism industry, I’d be really worried.”
Climate Change Poses a Widening Threat to National Security:
U.S. intelligence & defense agencies issued a series of reports last week warning that the warming planet will increase military tensions & uncertainty between countries & spur migration.
Huge Numbers of Jaguars Prowl Brazil’s Wetlands:
Access to plentiful aquatic food may dampen the need for fiercely defended territories, allowing the jaguars to coexist at high densities. Their lives are unlike any other known jaguar population on Earth.
Humans Killed So Many Elephants, They Are Evolving To Be Tuskless:
During the Mozambican Civil War from 1977 to 1992, humans killed so many elephants for their lucrative ivory that the animals seem to have evolved in the space of a single generation.
Salmon Need Trees:
Chinook, coho & steelhead populations in the Salish Sea have declined by up to 90% in 40 years.
Researchers say that the negative impacts of watershed logging on fish populations are systemic & play an outsized role in their collapse.
It’s Time to Electrify Everything:
The key to shifting away from fossil fuels is to begin replacing appliances, heating systems & cars with electric versions powered by clean electricity. The politics will change when economic benefits are widely felt.
New Zealand Passes Climate Change Laws for Financial Firms in World First:
The laws require banks, insurers & investors to report the impacts of climate change on their businesses & explain how they would manage climate-related risks & opportunities.
Climate Change Puts New Mexico’s Ancient Acequias to the Test:
Communal irrigation systems that have sustained communities, culture, & biodiversity for centuries are running dry in a drought-racked Southwest.
https://bit.ly/3jk3VHD Via @audubonsociety
Putting Public Finance on the Right Side of History:
Governments & multilateral lenders must end public financing for fossil fuels. @COP26 offers the perfect opportunity to lock in commitments argue #COP26 Envoy @JohnMurton & @EIB President.
https://bit.ly/3C6dscI Via @ProSyn
Leveraging Nature-based Solutions for Transformation:
If we want NbS to be a part of wider societal transformation, they need to be rooted in the interconnectedness between people & nature & avoid reinforcing a false dichotomy between people & nature.
Landmark UN Resolution Confirms Healthy Environment is a Human Right:
Resolution 48/13 marks a watershed moment in the fight against triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature & biodiversity loss and pollution & waste.
https://bit.ly/3pgfBPi Via @UNEP
Dancing, Starry Dwarf & Narrow-mouthed: New Species Make India a Frog Paradise:
Dozens of discoveries in recent years show the country to be a treasure trove of amphibians.
New species have even been discovered in roadside puddles near large towns.
Could Property Law Help Achieve ‘Rights of Nature’ for Wild Animals?
Drawing on Indigenous legal systems, a new legal theory proposes granting property rights to wildlife to protect them from habitat destruction.
https://bit.ly/3aVP7Kk Via @Revelator_News
‘Pristine Wilderness’ Without Humans is a Flawed Construct:
Researchers say the concept doesn’t reflect the reality of how high-value biodiversity hotspots, such as the Amazon rainforest, have operated & been shaped by human presence for millennia.
When To Let Forests Restore Themselves:
Tree-planting schemes are common these days, but natural regeneration is increasingly being recognized as a more cost-effective strategy for meeting ambitious forest restoration targets.
https://bit.ly/3n7KqD5 Via @mongabay
Fisheries subsidies have long given wealthy nations an edge over small island states that are rich in fishing traditions & natural resources.
But decisions made this year on subsidies could lead to more sustainable & equitable fisheries around the world.
To Learn Bees’ Secrets, Count Them One by One:
‘People who count bugs can tell us things no one else can.’
The decline of bee populations is a looming crisis, but there is a dearth of scientific data. Hyperlocal researchers could be key.
https://nyti.ms/3petBJw Via @NYTScience
Chile’s Kelp Forests Seem Nearly Unchanged Since the Voyage of the Beagle:
In a changing world, South America’s subantarctic kelp forests hold firm.
“There’s a lot that we can learn from pristine ecosystems”.
https://bit.ly/30E6f5F Via @hakaimagazine
The World’s Rich Nations Must Pay for Climate Damage:
Damage from extreme weather events is falling especially hard on developing countries, who have contributed least to climate change.
At #COP26, rich nations must begin to compensate them.
Countries Call for Urgent Action on Biodiversity with ‘Kunming Declaration’:
>100 countries pledged on Wednesday to put the protection of habitats at the heart of their government decision-making. Specific targets now need to be set.
https://tmsnrt.rs/3aUXUwt #COP15 #TheRaceIsOn
Sea Otters Protect Underwater Meadows:
“Wherever we look at sea otters, the vegetation seems to be really healthy”.
Otters enhance the genetic diversity of eelgrass, making their seagrass surroundings more resilient & benefiting many other species.