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The Coalition & IUCN Launch New Webinar Series: Valuing Natural Capital & Local Communities for Business in Eastern & Southern Africa
Seeing 1,000 glorious fin whales back from near extinction is a rare glimmer of hope:
One thousand fin whales, one of the world’s biggest animals, were seen swimming in the same seas in which they were driven to near-extinction by whaling last century.
Expanding national parks & protected areas will not be enough to halt the destruction of nature.
The warning from leading scientists says urgent action on overconsumption, harmful subsidies & the climate crisis is also required to halt biodiversity loss.
Poorest Should Get EU Climate Fund Sooner, Lawmakers Say:
The European Commission plans to launch a “social climate fund” to shield vulnerable citizens from higher costs that could arise from a carbon market for buildings & transport fuels.
The Fragile Future of Solitary Bees:
Solitary bees like carpenter bees, sweat bees & leaf cutters pollinate the vast majority of native plants.
Without them we’d face ecological collapse.
Climate change, insecticides & fungicides threaten their future.
.@BlackRock’s Larry Fink: Climate Policies are About Profits, Not Being ‘Woke’:
“Stakeholder capitalism is not about politics. It is not a social or ideological agenda,” he wrote. ‘We focus on sustainability because we are fiduciaries to our clients.’
2,000-Year-Old Salmon DNA Reveals Secret to Sustainable Fisheries:
Genomic analysis of ancient bones & cultural knowledge of Tsleil-Waututh Nation suggest that Pacific Northwest fisheries were managed for thousands of years by harvesting mostly males.
Wild Elephants in Europe?
Only 10,000 years ago megaherbivores roamed across Europe.
As ecosystem engineers, the loss of these species in a relatively short period has led to less diverse & resilient landscapes.
Now researchers want to bring them back.
Chemical Pollution has Passed Safe Limit for Humanity:
The cocktail of chemical pollution that pervades the planet has crossed a planetary boundary & now threatens the stability of global ecosystems upon which humanity depends, scientists have said.
Wildlife is Essential to Spreading Plant Seeds:
Plants have evolved many strategies for disbursing their seeds but >50% rely on wildlife.
The disappearance of species damages this relationship, with broad implications for both ecosystems & people.
Protecting Nature Essential to Preventing Pandemics:
Political leaders have an obligation to show they’re committed to delivering an integrated response to our planetary & health emergencies say @WWF_DG, @UNBiodiversity’s @mremae & @WEF’s Gim Huay Neo.
U.S. Hit by 20 Separate Billion-dollar Climate Disasters in 2021, @NOAA Reports:
2021 was the third-costliest extreme weather year on record with affected communities spread from coast to coast in one of the most catastrophic climate years so far.
To Protect Vital Ecosystems, Turn to Those Living in Them:
As the @UNBiodiversity #COP15 conference approaches, efforts to ensure effective nature protection must include indigenous peoples & local communities, writes @hindououmar in @TRF_Climate.
Learning About Agrobiodiversity from The Andes:
‘Investing in research that supports ‘future foods’ can bring positive economic impacts to households & transform crop biodiversity, while also improving global nutrition & protecting nature.’
https://bit.ly/3nxoLVQ Via @mongabay
Wild Release Marks Return of Giant Forest Tortoises to Bangladesh Hills:
Captive-bred tortoises, once believed to be extinct in the country, were released into the wild.
Researchers are working closely with locals to monitor the project.
https://bit.ly/3Km9TDq Via @mongabay
You Can’t View Forests in Isolation:
Ian Gray, a sustainable forestry expert, makes the case for a “whole forests” approach to conservation which considers the value of trees from many different perspectives as a way to find common ground.
https://bit.ly/3A4jyK8 Via @theGEF
Critical Incentives to Protect Nature & People:
1. Embed nature in decision-making.
“We need to account for natural capital alongside physical, financial, & human capital” to deliver an equitable, #NaturePositive & net zero future say @WWF_DG & @hm CEO.
A Bigger Tent Delivers Stronger Wins for Climate & People: A Lesson From Illinois:
The state’s recently passed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act offers a model for other states to build coalitions to help both communities and the planet.
https://bit.ly/3rrnHE1 Via @Revelator_News
Invest in Nature & Reap Broad Benefits, World Economic Forum Urges Cities:
Cities should invest more in expanding green spaces & nurturing natural systems – not just to keep residents healthy & tackle climate-change risks but to boost their economies.
The Loss of Large Mammals led to Wildfires:
The extinction of iconic grazing mammals triggered a dramatic increase in fire activity across the world’s grasslands.
Studying these effects can help us understand how herbivores shape global ecology today.
If the World’s Million Municipalities Were Nature-positive, We Could Tackle Climate Change:
Designing, building & managing cities to be #NaturePositive in their financial & physical infrastructure is a key component in addressing climate change.
https://bit.ly/3I4aMi5 Via @wef
Checking Privilege in the Animal Kingdom:
Across nature, species share resources such as territory, tools, food & shelter between generations.
Some argue that we should call this phenomenon the same thing we call it in humans: intergenerational wealth.
‘Major Discovery’ Beneath Antarctic Seas: A Giant Icefish Breeding Colony:
Scientists discovered a mammoth nesting ground with an estimated 60m nests.
The complex & undescribed ecosystem may be the the largest fish breeding colony ever discovered.
World’s Poorest Bear Brunt of Climate Crisis: 10 Underreported Emergencies:
“There is deep injustice at the heart of it.”
@CAREGlobal highlights 10 crises neglected by the world’s media, as extreme weather along with Covid wipes out decades of progress.
Norway Removes Dam to Restore River Health & Fish Stocks:
“Free-flowing rivers underpin a wealth of biodiversity”.
Campaign by a local angling club to free fishes’ migratory routes is part of a broader trend across Europe to create free-flowing rivers.
Warmer, Oxygen-poor Waters Threaten World’s ‘Most Heavily Exploited’ Fish:
The Humboldt Current system is one of Earth’s most productive fisheries, contributing >15% of global annual fish catch. Significant changes to this system threaten food security.
‘Rare Sighting of Blanket Octopus in Great Barrier Reef:
“I was so excited I was finding it difficult to hold my breath”.
Only a handful of people have seen the dazzling octopus in the wild, making it one of the rarest sights in the marine world.
Global Ecosystem Restoration Progress: How & Who’s Tracking It?
While significant restoration pledges have been made by many nations, the monitoring & tracking of their success remains murky, although strides are being made.
https://bit.ly/3I4uPwK Via @mongabay
Across the Boreal Forest, Scientists Are Tracking Warming’s Toll:
From Minnesota to the Northwest Territories, scientists are simulating different climates in glass chambers to better understand how boreal forests will respond to rising temperatures.
Giraffe Populations Are Rising, & Providing Hope:
African giraffe numbers have reached 117,000, 20% higher than in 2015.
Even so, populations remain relatively small, considering that there were a million of these animals a couple of hundred years ago.
The Great Bear Rainforest’s Great Big Whales:
“As mysteries go, they don’t get much bigger.”
British Columbia’s Kitimat fjord is an unlikely home for >100 massive fin whales, & scientists are beginning to understand what makes the area so attractive.