Nominations are open for the Equator Prize 2019 for community and indigenous initiatives doing exceptional work on nature-based climate solutions. The Equator Initiative, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme and partners, identifies outstanding community-level natural climate and sustainable development solutions.
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Time to let soil shine: A global agenda for collective action on soil carbon
“It’s too hard and too uncertain,” has long been the response of policymakers and investors in response to working on ways to conserve and improve carbon in soil. But, recent new momentum summarised in a paper in Nature Sustainability and authored by actors from government, science and the private sector offers hope in the form of technical, policy and ﬁnancial opportunities for rapid progress.
New study: Just five percent of the world’s land mass is untouched by human activity
Just five percent of the world’s land mass is untouched by human activity, according to a new study, highlighting the need to protect areas other than pristine wilderness. Researchers from The Nature Conservancy found 95 percent of the world’s land area, excluding Antarctica, had been modified by people. The study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, suggests the degree to which land is affected by human activity is higher than previously reported.
Can’t see the wood for the trees? Making the most of our forests for biodiversity and wood production
A new paper attempts to answer the very thorny question of how best to maintain the production of wood products while conserving biodiversity? While the land sparing versus land sharing problem is often framed as polar opposites, landscapes can exist anywhere on the sparing-to-sharing spectrum through mixed landscapes. The paper reveals that the best landscape configuration for all species was mixed, containing elements of both sparing and sharing, but was ultimately towards the sparing end of the spectrum.
Buzzing for bees and soil to help the climate
Climate change is impacting some of agriculture’s top pollinators: the bees. One-third of all crop production in the U.S. requires pollination, but in the shadow of climate change, pesticide use, and habitat loss, up to one-third of all honeybee colonies in the U.S. have vanished. One solution that could lessen the impact of climate change now and also in the future is regenerative agriculture.
Amazon indigenous groups propose Mexico-sized corridor of life
Indigenous peoples around the world own or manage much of the planet’s last great storehouses of biodiversity and carbon. In Colombia, indigenous peoples have been working to protect their territories and consolidate their own models of environmental governance for decades. In an expansion of this effort, indigenous groups in the Amazon recently proposed the establishment of “sacred corridor of life and culture,” covering 200 million hectares across the Andean Amazon. As the world’s largest protected area, this corridor would protect critically important biodiversity, like the Lowland Tapir, while keeping millions of tons of carbon out of the atmosphere.
19 predictions for 2019 on climate and nature. Let’s do this!
United Nations Development Programme’s manager, Jamison Ervin predicts what 2019 has in store when it comes to the climate and nature. We kick off number one with new green finance mechanisms, created to address the ‘missing middle’ gap in financing small and medium sized enterprises. Find out more here.
Final N4C thoughts from December’s UN Climate Meeting (COP 24)
Following COP24, countries prepare to submit their next round of national climate commitments. The science is clear that these must be more ambitious if the world is to curb dangerous levels of global temperature rise, and they must include better land-use management and the recognition of nature’s pivotal role in helping slow escalating climate change.
Indigenous lands more important for carbon than previously thought
Recent research from Rights and Resources Initiative and partners show that lands managed by indigenous peoples and local communities hold five times more carbon than this 2016 estimate, equivalent to 33 times the global energy emissions of 2017.
Finding space for renewables
A new science study shows that countries including the top 10 emitters can meet the Paris Agreement energy targets and maintain natural climate solutions by prioritizing development of renewables on already converted lands and avoiding conversion of natural lands. The analysis also reveals that the world has 19 times the required energy targets on converted lands.