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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.
Look Beyond Carbon When Valuing Nature’s Services, Experts Say:
“We need to think of nature as the world’s critical infrastructure that holds the economy together, and we need to be able to place a value on doing that.”
https://bit.ly/30hjoBm Via @mongabay
The Most Important Global Meeting You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Is Now:
Countries are gathering in an effort to stop a biodiversity collapse that scientists say could equal climate change as an existential crisis.
https://nyti.ms/3AMALqw Via @nytclimate #Cop15 #TheRaceIsOn
EU Calls for Arctic Oil, Coal & Gas to Stay in the Ground:
The EU has called for oil, coal & gas in the Arctic to stay in the ground, as it announced aspirations to play a greater role in the world’s northernmost region.
U.S. On Pace for Record Number of Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters:
“What we are seeing now with these increasing disasters is with just 1 degree [C] of warming on our planet.”
https://bit.ly/3oXHgEt Via @YaleE360
Conservation Will Scale Only When Non-conservationists Also See its Value:
Conservation will only scale up when ‘non-conservationists’ – whether they are communities, government officials, economists or industrialists – recognise its value.
https://bit.ly/3BGItDy Via @mongabay
Calls for a New Human Rights-based Approach to Conservation:
Advocates say that a new approach based in human rights & legal recognition of Indigenous & community land tenure is needed to guide our response to a worsening biodiversity crisis.
A 20-year Mission in Waters of Lake Tanganyika:
“Imagine fish that look after their babies with a care that is close to humans’”.
A marine photographer first saw endangered cichlids languishing in a pet shop. Now his images could help save these fish.
China Launches $232m Biodiversity Protection Fund for Developing Countries:
Green groups hope the new fund could spur other donor countries to contribute to much-needed biodiversity finance at the @UNBiodiversity #COP15 summit in China.
https://tmsnrt.rs/3FHUQBE Via @TRF_Climate
Nearly Half of Britain’s Biodiversity has Gone Since Industrial Revolution:
“Britain has lost more of its natural biodiversity than almost anywhere else in western Europe, the most of all the G7 nations & more than many other nations such as China”.
Nature is at a tipping point.
Ahead of #COP26 & #COP15 more than 1,000 businesses are urging governments to adopt ambitious policies now to reverse nature loss this decade.
http://bit.ly/BfNCTA #NatureIsEveryonesBusiness #TheRaceIsOn Via @BfNCoalition
World Leaders Urged to Consider Health Benefits of Climate Action:
>400 international health organisations & professionals representing 2/3 of global healthcare workers call on politicians to consider health benefits of climate action ahead of #Cop26.
Ozone Pollution: A Growing Threat:
Ozone has long been known to pose a threat to humans. Now, scientists are learning that it also damages plants & trees, setting off a cascade of impacts that harms everything from soil microbes, to insects, to wildlife.
Halt Destruction of Nature or Risk ‘Dead Planet’, Leading Businesses Warn:
CEOs urge world leaders to commit to a global goal for nature, to redirect harmful subsidies & to embed the economic value of nature in decision-making.
https://bit.ly/3iPR7bC #COP15 Via @BfNCoalition