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Chile strengthens climate commitments

Friday 17th April 2020 — In a welcome move this week, Chile formally submitted its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The 2015 Paris Agreement calls for States to submit new or revised plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020, with the expectation that each subsequent NDC will contain more ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the future.

New research identifies carbon-rich lands that are essential to avoiding climate change catastrophe

Tuesday 31st March 2020 — We know that the world needs to “keep it in the ground” when it comes to fossil fuels. Now new research in the journal Nature Climate Change from Conservation International and six other organizations shows that some land areas, if destroyed or degraded, would release so much carbon that they must be protected if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Building resilience in the system: A watershed moment for forests and finance

Monday 23rd March 2020 — Protecting and restoring natural places is a public health issue, just as much as it is a climate action issue, a biodiversity conservation issue, and a water security issue. Healthy ecosystems provide food, timber, and medicine; sequester carbon; absorb floods and storm surges; filter our air; purify our water; and provide us with an endless source of beauty, recreation, and spiritual and cultural well-being.

Natural solutions to the climate crisis? One-quarter is all down to earth…

Mon 16th March 2020 — As momentum grows behind the critical role nature can play in helping to mitigate against climate breakdown, a new study led by The Nature Conservancy provides timely information and insights into harnessing the power of soils as part of these nature-based approaches. Published in the journal Nature Sustainability, the study calculates that soil represents up to 25% of the total global potential for natural climate solutions (NCS) – approaches that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and lock it into forests, croplands, grasslands and wetlands.

Tree Planting — A user’s guide for comparing tree for tree

The momentum for natural climate solutions has reached the highest circles of politics — across the globe, countries are leading significant reforestation efforts, and just last year Ethiopia made the record books for planting 360 million trees in a single day. However, not all tree planting is created equal. Here’s a quick guide for assessing pledges to determine which qualify as natural climate solutions, and which do not.

Experts discuss on the BBC if planting trees can help tackle the climate crisis (starts at 1312)

Professor Tom Crowther of ETH Zurich University tells us how many trees could have a meaningful impact on global carbon dioxide levels. Darren Woodcroft of the Woodland Trust explains his organization’s plans for planting trees in the UK. Malian singer Inna Modja, discusses The Great Green Wall in Africa which reflects the ambition to reforest an 8,000km belt across the degraded landscapes of the Sahel. And, Dr Susan Cook, forest restoration scientist at The Nature Conservancy discusses if planting a billion trees is feasible. The short answer is yes.

Momentum for nature-based solutions continues to grow despite disappointing UN climate talks

The United Nations climate negotiations, COP25, came to a close last week having failed to deliver meaningful progress, or reassure the world that the political will exists to tackle the climate emergency. This leaves much work to be done in the year ahead to keep the goals of the Paris Agreement within reach. However, nature-based solutions stood out as a bright spot amid the stalled negotiations.