We often think of ‘land-based’ climate solutions or nature as being something that’s far removed from the urban lives. Cities are powerhouses of global GDP, and are also responsible for at least 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. But could they also be the unseen heroes of natural climate solutions.
What’s the beef? Brazil’s climate emissions
If the Brazilian cattle sector was a country, it would rank 16th in a league table of countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions (ghg).
UN says trees provide critical solution to climate change, as world continues dramatic loss in 2017
Despite international efforts to reduce deforestation, the world’s tropical forests lost 39 million acres of trees in 2017, an area roughly the size of Bangladesh, according to new data from the environmental monitoring group Global Forest Watch.
Forests provide a critical short-term solution to climate change
There is a “catastrophic climate gap” between the commitments that countries have made under the Paris Climate Agreement and the emissions reductions required to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, according to UN Environment’s Emissions Gap Report 2017.
A new project seeks to kickstart a revival for the world’s largest rainforest by planting new trees – tens of millions of them. The project, announced in September in Brazil, aims to restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023.
Climate and forest restoration in the Lower Mississippi Valley
Hardwood forests are returning to the Lower Mississippi Valley region, thanks to a range of private and public actors, and as the trees grow they will sequester of millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
Australia’s indigenous communities light a fire on climate change
Indigenous groups in Australia are mitigating carbon emissions from their land by setting fire to it.
Reduced-impact logging in Indonesia and Malaysia
Reduced-impact logginga set of logging practices that focuses on removing only high-quality timber while minimizing impact to the ecosystemcan reduce some carbon emissions and minimize damage to soil and water quality while also maintaining an active industry that resists forest conversion and supports communities.
With the deadline fast approaching towards 2020 – the date by which hundreds of companies have committed to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp – many admit that knowing what must be done and then actually doing it, is a gap.
An Open Goal: Why Forests and Nature Need to be at the Center of the Sustainable Development Agenda
The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development kicked off on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York. This year’s theme focusses on the “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and the SDGs in review are of relevance to migration. WWF authors explore why nature is central to it all.