News Stories

The UK Treasury’s Dasgupta Review makes the case for nature

Tuesday 1st February 2021 — N4C applauds the UK Government for publishing The Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity. It cites that economies can only function by mainstreaming nature into all our decision-making, exploring the full extent of nature’s contribution to our global economies, livelihoods and wellbeing. The Dasgupta Review concludes that nature’s services are essential to functioning societies. It also represents the first time that a national finance ministry has sponsored a full assessment of nature’s economic importance.

World is in danger of missing Paris climate target, climate summit warned

Thursday 17th December 2020 — “The world is still not on track to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the UK’s business secretary Alok Sharma warned, after a summit of more than 70 world leaders on the climate crisis ended with few new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions,” The Guardian story leads. In terms of natural climate solutions, here’s what the N4C team and our partners recorded.

New Forest Landscape Integrity Index reveals that only 40% of world’s forests have high integrity

Tuesday 8th December 2020 — WCS and science partners have produced the first measure of ecological integrity for forests globally. The index reveals that only 40% of forests are considered to have high integrity. Ecological integrity is critical for combating climate change, preserving biodiversity, protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and avoiding future pandemics.

Win-wins for climate and nature

Monday 16th November — Why choosing priority areas for conservation works to help wildlife, store carbon and fight climate change. A new report co-authored by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and supporting partners shows that coordinating priority areas to conserve both biodiversity and carbon stocks is key to meeting ambitious goals for both nature and climate.

N4C response: IPBES Workshop on Biodiversity and Pandemics

Friday 30th October 2020 — N4C congratulates IPBES for pulling this seminal analysis together. The statistics are both terrifying and emboldening. On one hand, the report cites that the likely cost of COVID-19 was $8-16 trillion globally by July 2020. It further estimates that costs in the United States alone may reach as high as $16 trillion by the 4th quarter of 2021.

N4C response to Leaders’ Pledge

Monday 28th October 2020 — Political leaders participating in the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity in September 2020, representing more than 60 countries from all regions and the European Union, have committed to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030. By doing so, these leaders are sending a united signal to step up global ambition and encourage others to match their collective ambition for nature, climate and people with the scale of the crisis at hand.