News & Events
Find the latest insights and events from around the world related to capitals. Articles featured are not necessarily endorsed by the Coalition team or Coalition organizations.
Running until September 30th is the consultation on the transparent methodology! Get involved and find out more information here: https://buff.ly/3kXIz2s
Murders of environment and land defenders hit a record high during 2020.
Figures from Global Witness show violent resource grab continued unabated despite pandemic. Read more about this and how it’s being combated: https://buff.ly/392F1GO
Cancer-Quashing Microbe Emerges from the Deep:
“We saw right away—wow, this looks really good”.
Pharmaceutical microbiologists believed that “nothing was important in the oceans”, but a species of marine bacteria shows promise for curing lethal cancers.
Searching for Bird Life in a Former ‘Ocean of Forest’:
A century after museum collectors surveyed Colombia’s avian fauna, a new generation of researchers returns to see what remains, & what has changed.
https://nyti.ms/3jtX2DL Via @NYTScience / @inst_humboldt
Biden Opens New Federal Office for Climate Change, Health & Equity:
The office will be the first government effort to focus specifically on the public health dangers of global warming & their disproportionate effects on poor communities.
https://nyti.ms/2V4aEfO Via @nytclimate
A New Breed of Crisis: War & Warming Collide in Afghanistan:
Unrest & climate change are creating an agonizing feedback loop that punishes some of the world’s most vulnerable people & destroys their countries’ ability to adapt.
https://nyti.ms/3gHDiL6 Via @nytclimate
The Pika Sounds An Alarm for Global Warming:
“They look like little dumplings, but they’re actually really industrious, hard-working animals”.
PIkas may not be your standard “iconic” species, but they’re integral to high-alpine landscapes in the US.
‘Eco-friendly’ LED Streetlights Decimating Moth Numbers in UK:
Moths are important pollinators & provide essential food for animals. Their abundance in Britain has fallen 1/3 in 50 years.
Abundance of moth caterpillars in hedgerows is 52% lower by LEDs.
Female Hummingbirds Avoid Harassment by Looking Like Males:
Among white-necked Jacobin hummingbirds, those with plumage that resembles males get harassed less.
It could be a trait that challenges current evolutionary thinking on plumage selection.
Accounting for Nature: Expanding the ‘E’ in ESG:
‘Until now, investors have had limited visibility on the extent to which their capital drives nature-negative outcomes. The recently launched @TNFD_ will look to close this information gap.’
Satellites Spot Oceans Aglow With Trillions of Organisms:
“It was an epiphany…it captures your imagination.”
A new generation of detectors have identified vast episodes of bioluminescence. The smallest was a 100x larger than Manhattan.
https://nyti.ms/2WwYhtp Via @NYTScience
The Coalition at @IUCN World Conservation Congress:
We have a large presence at this years’ Congress as core partners of the Post-2020 Partnership, the Business & Nature Hub & #TheRaceIsOn campaign.
Learn more about our sessions & how to get involved: https://bit.ly/3DlwHQb
In @Law360, A Lawyer Explores the Concept of Natural Capital:
“Incorporating economics, accounting, and environmentalism, natural capital represents a paradigm shift in understanding the relationship between economic growth & environmental conservation”.
Invasive Fish Push Westward as the Mediterranean Sea Slowly Becomes Tropical:
“Even under the best scenario, these invasions will continue”.
A host of fish species arriving via the Suez canal look set to stay – with perilous consequences for ecosystems.
Indigenous & Local Knowledge is developed over millennia & provides a unique & rich source of information on biodiversity.
An @IUCN consultation on a guidance document for applying this knowledge to @IUCNRedList assessments is now open.
Take part: http://ow.ly/Fm4R50FY29H
After mystery starfish die-off, could captive breeding rebalance California’s underwater forests?
Without starfish, an explosion of sea urchins has knocked the ecosystem off balance.
Scientists are racing to breed a new generation of their predators.
When Restoring Marine Life, Clump:
Scientists believe the vast majority of coastal restoration projects have been designed incorrectly.
A simple layout change, they say, may dramatically multiply successes for everything from oyster reefs to mangroves.
Cockatoos & Rainbow Lorikeets Have Gone to War:
Both species nest in large hollows that are only found in old trees & can take 150 years to form.
As this prime accommodation disappears, often at the hands of humans, competition is cut-throat.
Beavers Return to England with Legal Protection:
“We are committed to providing opportunities to reintroduce formerly native species, such as beavers, where the benefits for the environment, people and the economy are clear” – UK Environment Secretary.
These Maps Tell the Story of Two Americas: One Parched, One Soaked:
The country, like most of the world, is becoming both drier & wetter in the era of climate change.
As the planet continues to warm, “we just expect that it’s going to get worse.”
Blue Whales Return to Spanish Coast After 40-years:
“In the 1970s, just before the ban was introduced, an entire generation of blue whales disappeared. Now, more than 40 years later, we’re seeing the return of the descendants of the few that survived.”
Wildfires are Ravaging Forests Set Aside to Soak Up Greenhouse Gases:
The wildfires in the American West are burning vast expanses of specially protected forests that are part of carbon-offset projects meant to counterbalance carbon dioxide pollution.
It Just Rained at the Summit of Greenland:
Something extraordinary happened last Saturday at the frigid high point of the Greenland ice sheet, two miles in the sky & more than 500 miles above the Arctic Circle: It rained for the first time.
On the Move With Mongolia’s Nomadic Reindeer Herders:
Facing growing uncertainties, including a changing climate & ecosystem shifts, the Dukha people are being forced to make difficult decisions about their traditions & their future.
https://nyti.ms/3jdAYNI Via @nytclimate
Our Value Report:
Our Value Report walks readers through our history, our ambition, how we work & our theory of change.
It also covers some of our main activities, trends in the capitals space in 2020 & how you can get involved in what we do.
Scientists Turn to Vaccines to Save Endangered Species:
Development can take a decade & administering doses is complex, but vaccines have shown promise in protecting wildlife from diseases that could otherwise lead to entire species being decimated.
Slaves to Deforestation: Labor Abuses Fuel Brazil’s Amazon Destruction:
A spike in rainforest loss has provoked an international outcry, but the workers who do the logging, often in slave-like conditions, remain invisible.
https://tmsnrt.rs/3kk6Gbt Via @TRF_Climate
Cuttlefish Form Complex ‘Episodic’ Memories:
‘Studies make big claims about cephalopod intelligence but few demonstrate it in such a sophisticated way.’
Remember that mouthwatering meal you ate 20 years ago? Cuttlefish remember that sort of thing too.
Climate-induced Extreme Heat Distorts Human Behavior:
Physiologically, people’s bodies aren’t built to handle heat above ~35°C.
As temperatures rise, violence & aggression go up & focus & productivity decline. The rich can escape; the poor often cannot.
Three New Orchid Species Described from Ecuador:
The species were discovered in the evergreen montane forests & shrublands of the Ecuadoran Andes.
Researchers discovered them while studying plant-hummingbird interactions in cloud forests.
https://bit.ly/2XPOmiX Via @mongabay