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Plans to Mine Ecuador Forest Violate Rights of Nature, Court Rules:
Ecuador’s highest court rules that mining plans for a protected cloud forest are unconstitutional.
The biodiversity hotspot is home to many endemic & endangered species.
Europe Met a Climate Target. But Is It Burning Less Carbon?
Trees can regrow, which is why the EU considers biomass renewable. Burning wood can be even less efficient than burning coal; it releases more carbon into the atmosphere per megawatt produced.
Why these West African architects are choosing mud over concrete.
“This is our heritage,” he says. “For thousands of years, these houses gave us a good life. Why would we change when we most need them?
Climate Change Is Driving Some Albatrosses to ‘Divorce,’ Study Finds:
Warming oceans are sending the monogamous sea birds farther afield to find food, putting stress on their breeding and prompting some to ditch their partners.
📸 Liam Quinn
Renewable Energy has ‘Another Record Year of Growth’ says IEA:
Growth was driven by new climate policies in many countries, but must double to achieve net zero by 2050.
“A new global energy economy is emerging” Fatih Birol @IEA
http://bit.ly/3d541Px via @guardianeco
Nurdles: The Worst Toxic Waste you’ve Probably Never Heard of:
Despite being highly persistent pollutants and “toxic sponges”, which attract chemical toxins on to their surfaces, nurdles are not classified as hazardous.
http://bit.ly/3I6OblV via @guardianeco
You Can’t See Them to Count Them, but Amazonian Manatees Seem to be Recovering:
After uncontrolled hunting in 1930-1950, researchers have found encouraging indications that Brazil’s elusive manatee population is rebounding.
http://bit.ly/3FXshQf via @mongabay
World’s Vast Networks of Underground Fungi to be Mapped for First Time:
New project seeks to understand complex subterranean ecosystems. Research will pinpoint urgent threats & set up conservation corridors to protect soil biodiversity.
http://bit.ly/3G3aI1k via @guardianeco
‘Declaration of War’: Pacific Islands Blast COP26 Pledges:
For many in the Pacific #COP26 failed to deliver on the decisive action needed to contain global warming.
Pacific island nations are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis.
Trees Cool the Land Surface Temperature of Cities by up to 12°C:
A study of 293 European cities recorded substantially lower summer temperatures with tree cover, showing that tree planting can help cities adapt to global warming.
http://bit.ly/3cY39w2 via @newscientist
Nobel-Winning Stock Market Theory Used to Help Save Coral Reefs:
Researchers used modern portfolio theory to identify the 50 reefs most likely to survive the climate crisis.
Once preserved, these could help repopulate other reefs.
http://bit.ly/3o2BT6c via @guardianeco
China CO2 Emissions Fall for First Time Since COVID Rebound, Report Says
China saw CO2 emissions drop by ~0.5% in July-September from a year earlier, marking a turnaround from an ~9% increase in emissions in the first half of 2021.
Natural vs. Artificial: Which Christmas Tree Option is Better for the Climate?
Q: The time for festive decoration is approaching – but how can it be done sustainably?
A: It depends on how long a reusable tree is kept, and the method of waste disposal.
Europe’s Butterflies are Vanishing as Small Farms Disappear:
“This is a single habitat,” biologist Stefanescu says, gesturing at the sea of green stalks. “And it’s a hostile one.”
But rewilding grasslands can turn farms into species-rich havens.
Can Bamboo Walls Help Uganda Hold Back Worsening Floods?
By slowing floodwater & stabilising riverbanks, living bamboo walls could protect farmers from climate change-worsened floods – & earn them extra income in the process.
https://tmsnrt.rs/3xmG4MZ Via @TRF_Climate
Brazil Faces Economic Pain as Amazon Forest Destruction Dries Up Water Supplies:
Brazil has lost ~16% of surface water in the past 30 years & scientists warn rising rates of deforestation are set to worsen shortages, hurting power providers & farmers.
New Online Business Training Course on Valuing Nature & People to Launch:
We’ve partnered with @WeValueNature to develop a free, online business training course focusing on valuing nature & people to inform decision-making.
Sign up to be a beta tester: https://bit.ly/3HV2Hgo
Humans & Jaguars Can Live Together:
>25 years of experience illustrates how to live successfully in a landscape with jaguars – even in areas where livestock is a priority – just as they’re starting to return to the United States.
https://bit.ly/2Zpp8Jm Via @Revelator_News
Small Farms Battle Speculators Over Centuries-old Water Rights in Drought-stricken Colorado:
A small farming community is racing to secure rights that will protect the centuries-old irrigation system they need to survive.
We’re partners of the European Business & Nature Summit for the 5th year running.
The EBNS provides a key moment to take stock of progress, look to the future & unite the community working to drive positive action across the private sector.
Register now: https://bit.ly/3oVPQSH
Achieving Net-Zero Climate Targets Will Depend on Public Lands:
To slow climate change, we’ll need to not just cut emissions, but sequester them. And for that we’ll need to protect healthy ecosystems, experts say.
https://bit.ly/3cKO2Go Via @Revelator_News
The Win-Wins of Integrated Solutions:
What’s good for biodiversity is good for the climate & for people.
Climate change, nature loss & rising inequity are not independant challenges. That means that there are solutions that can address them all.
Large Insurers Are Hatching a Plan to Take Down Coal:
Insurers have a uniquely powerful role in addressing climate change — & one that may help determine the coal industry’s very existence in the next two decades, if not sooner.
The Latest Farm Product: Carbon Credits:
Global cropland has the potential to sequester as much as 570 million metric tons of carbon per year. New projects that pay farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices could help.
https://nyti.ms/3HObxg2 Via @nytclimate
Australia Faces Wave Extinctions Without Urgent Action on Invasive Species:
Australia could face a wave of plant & animal extinctions by 2050 unless it takes urgent action to address invasive species which already cost the nation at least $25bn a year.
The Smart Climate Money Is on Women:
Climate-change projects could provide a unique opportunity to invest in women’s potential. By directing financial resources we can make significant & simultaneous progress in tackling climate change & gender inequity.
Nature Can’t Wait:
“Countries should commit to conserving at least 30% of the planet’s land & oceans by 2030 in order to prevent a catastrophic loss of nature & stem climate change”, writes the Costa Rican Minister of Environment & Energy in @ProSyn.
Wildfires in California Killed Thousands of Giant Sequoias:
The past 15 months have been devastating for the majestic trees as fires destroyed thousands of mature individuals, an estimated 13-19% of the world population, officials said.
https://nyti.ms/3nBVI3Y Via @nytclimate
Indigenous People Get <1% of Climate Funding:
Over 10 years, only 0.74% of development aid allocated to address climate change was given to support Indigenous peoples & local community tenure rights despite their indispensable custodianship.
Initiative Aims to Save Curlew from Extinction in Wales:
The curlew holds a cherished place in Welsh folklore & culture, its haunting call is regarded as a harbinger of spring.
Communities hope to save it from extinction in what used to be a stronghold.