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God’s Own Garden: Churchyards Among Wildest UK Nature Sites:
“A churchyard is a little snapshot of how the countryside used to be”.
Peaceful, unpolluted & left untouched for centuries, a growing movement is helping these havens of biodiversity thrive.
Record Number of Dams Removed from Europe’s Rivers in 2021:
At least 239 barriers, including dams & weirs, were removed across 17 countries in Europe in 2021, helping to restore fish migration routes & boost biodiversity & climate resilience.
The Dual Threat of Warming & Salinity:
As rising seas increase saltwater intrusion & soaring temperatures cause greater evaporation, levels of salt in water & soil pose a major threat & could become a leading cause of food insecurity & climate migration.
From King Cobras to Geckos, 20% of Reptiles Risk Extinction:
The first global analysis of its kind found that logging & farming are destroying reptile habitat at an unsustainable pace, exacerbating a worldwide decline in biodiversity.
https://nyti.ms/3sxzDWr Via @nytclimate
Facing Disastrous Floods, They Turned to Mangroves for Protection:
In the Sundarbans, an ecological treasure straddling India & Bangladesh that’s on the front lines of climate change, local women lead an effort to mitigate the dangers of rising waters.
A businessman owns 200,000 Scottish acres, but he’s not chasing development, he’s restoring peatlands.
The project amounts to a novel experiment in capitalism in the age of climate crisis & aims to prove that rewilding land can be green & profitable.
US Justice Dept. Tries to Shift Environmental Justice Efforts From Symbolic to Substantive:
The agency announced a series of new policies including the creation of an office to address the “harm caused by environmental crime, pollution & climate change.”
How Mexico Revolutionized the Science of Antivenom:
“The fact is that, with antivenoms, lives are saved & suffering is diminished.”
Innovative policy & biodiversity are drastically reducing deaths & building a world-leading antivenom industry in Mexico.
In Mexico, a Divine Bird Inspires a Community’s Sustainable Forestry Efforts:
The communally managed forest of Nuevo Bécal has shown that forest management can improve both quality of life & the conservation of wild animals & their habitats.
Turning Cities Into Sponges to Save Lives & Property:
Officials around the world are implementing techniques to absorb or divert water & protect urban areas from the effects of climate change.
Some can even release stored water during a drought.
In Burundi, Former Combatants Who Razed Forests Now Raise Seedlings:
Burundi has 6.6% of its forest left, the legacy of a brutal war in which forests weren’t spared from violence.
The formerly warring factions are now uniting to reforest the nation.
How Climate Change Is Disrupting the Global Supply Chain:
Extreme weather, from floods to wildfires, is increasingly hammering ports, highways, & factories worldwide, & experts warn these climate-induced disruptions will only get worse.
https://bit.ly/3L5AxzA Via @YaleE360
Bringing Back Fire: How Burning Can Help Restore Eastern Lands:
For millennia, North American ecosystems benefited from fire, mostly set by Indigenous people. Now, a movement is growing to restore the role of fire in creating biodiverse landscapes.
Can Art Help Save the Insect World?
“Most of us have never seen insects presented like this.”
A renowned photographer who hopes to persuade humans to love their insect compatriots has teamed up with scientists to create a new exhibition at the @AMNH.
2022: Year of the Nature-positive Portfolio:
“It’s the move from an economy that destroys value to an economy that creates value”.
@Lombardodier’s head of sustainability research explains how investors can work w/ nature to achieve returns for both.
Dartford Warbler Welcomed back from Near-extinction:
Populations crashed in the 1960s & the warblers were at risk of vanishing from the UK, but the RSPB is now reporting their highest recorded numbers at its reserves; 183 pairs, up from 23 pairs in 2019.
How a Group of Former Colombian Guerrilla Fighters Became Citizen Scientists:
After half a century of armed conflict, Colombia’s ex-guerillas have no war to fight. Their new mission: preserving biodiversity in the jungles they occupied for decades.
Warning on Mass Extinction of Sea Life: ‘An Oh My God Moment’:
“If we don’t do anything, we’re screwed.”
A study finds that if fossil fuel emissions continue apace, the oceans could experience a mass extinction by 2300. There is still time to avoid it.
Zimbabwe’s First Women-only Rangers Fight Poachers & Poverty:
Since 2017, Akashinga rangers have made more than 300 arrests without firing a shot & helped drive an 80% downturn in elephant poaching in the Zambezi Valley.
https://tmsnrt.rs/3vRCp9R Via @TRF_Climate
Laos’ Last River Dolphin Dies:
Known only as ID#35, the last of a subpopulation of Irrawaddy river dolphins became entangled in fishing gear & died, signifying the extinction of the species in Laos.
There are now only ~89 dolphins left in the Mekong.
Why Are Nature-Based Solutions on Climate Being Overlooked?
NBS have proven effective in making communities more resilient to climate change. But international funding has often bypassed them in favor of more costly & less efficient engineering projects.
The Loss of Sonic Diversity & Why It Matters:
From birdsong to whale calls, the world is losing the variety of sounds that enrich life.
Habitat loss, extinctions & industry all contribute to this loss, which cuts off a vital human connection to nature.
Call for Piloting Organisations to Report on Living Wage Progress:
The model was developed in an in-depth process of consultation involving >80 stakeholders.
Piloting will take place between May – September 2022 & will be based on existing company data.
New Framings Increase Relevance of @UNBiodiversity Negotiations to Stakeholders:
A “shift to the language of food security & protecting livelihoods can open biodiversity dialogue to developing nations in ways the current conversation is not.”
Ghana’s Sacred Monkeys:
Myth & mystery have long protected 2 species of monkey & forests they depend on.
“Our great grandparents told us that the monkeys are sacred & if we take care of the monkeys, the monkeys will bring development to the community”.
Biodiversity, Natural Capital & the Economy:
Nature underpins all economic activities & human well-being. It is our most important asset.
Its destruction poses significant risks to the economy, the financial sector & to human well-being.
https://bit.ly/37Uz5T8 Via @OECD
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Capitals Coalition to Host Digitalizing Sustainability Data Project:
The project brings together, for the first time, regulators, standard setters, ratings agencies & technology giants to design an integrated & interoperable sustainability data system.
Dorset Ospreys Produce Egg for First Time in 200 years:
The birds of prey were once common across western Europe, but they became locally extinct in the early 1800s.
Viewers can watch the female osprey incubate her egg on a livestream.
Why @Foals’ Keyboardist Edwin Congreave Left Music to Fight Climate Change with Economics:
Foals top UK charts & received 3 @MercuryPrize nominations & a Brit Award, so why did their keyboardist leave to study economics?
We spoke with him to find out.