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The Coalition & IUCN Launch New Webinar Series: Valuing Natural Capital & Local Communities for Business in Eastern & Southern Africa
Climate Inaction Driving A Youth Mental Health Crisis:
Feelings of anger, fear & powerlessness arise less from environmental damage than from the unwillingness of ‘adults’ to act despite the availability of solutions & overwhelming evidence of the risks.
Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns:
Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires & floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.
https://nyti.ms/2W927c2 Via @nytclimate
The Unconventional Weapon Against Future Wildfires: Goats:
As well as removing highly flammable brush & vegetation, their waste returns organic matter to the soil, increasing its potential to hold water & providing another layer of prevention.
‘Earth looks fragile from space’: Jeff Bezos pledges $1bn to conservation:
The money will help finance a goal to protect 30% of the world’s oceans & land by the end of the decade, a draft target in Paris-style UN agreement on nature now being negotiated.
‘Dingoes were here first’: The landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends:
Where some farmers see a vicious pest that should be shot on sight, others see a native species that plays a vital role in Australia’s ecosystem.
António Guterres ‘Sounds the Alarm’ Over Global Inequalities in UN Speech:
“The world must wake up”.
Guterres painted a stark picture of unsustainable inequalities, runaway climate change & feckless leadership in his speech at the UN General Assembly.
For Peat’s Sake: #TheRaceIsOn to Save Britain’s Disappearing Moorland Bogs:
“It’s surprising how quickly nature responds.”
Finally recognised for its environmental benefits, the UK’s ‘Cinderella habitat’ is at the heart of a major conservation drive.
As the Planet Has Warmed, Weather Disasters Have Grown Fivefold, Analysis Shows:
Weather disasters have become 5 times more common since 1970, due in large part to climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization.
Shopping for New Species:
Scientists still land new discoveries at the world’s fish markets.
These often chance discoveries have cemented fishers & fish markets as important sources of information for marine biologists itching to unearth new species.
Extinction of Indigenous Language Leads to Loss of Medicinal Plant Knowledge:
A large proportion of existing medicinal plant knowledge is found only in Indigenous language.
75% of medicinal plant uses are known in a single language alone.
https://bit.ly/3CEAHKq Via @mongabay
Animals Can Offer Key Clues on Environmental Change:
Indicator species are often the first to be affected by ecosystem changes.
Studying these sensitive animals helps scientists to detect the effects of climate change & pollution before it’s too late.
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.”