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.
2020: Let’s put the nature & climate emergency at the top of everybody’s to-do list
17th Jan 2020 — 2020 will be a crucial year for climate and the environment and, since we all depend on the natural world, it’ll be an important year for us too. It’s a time for important actions and decisions that will impact people everywhere for generations to come.
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.
World Soil Day: It’s time to scale-up soil carbon
As we accelerate critical global action on climate change, the role of soil organic carbon in global carbon cycles is growing in visibility and political buy-in. At this week’s UN climate meeting in Madrid (COP25) advocates are eager to see support for new programs following from this scientific and political momentum.
New report: Nature-based solutions for NDCs
Climate targets cannot be met without the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of nature and biodiversity. This pathway provides a seven-step approach and framework for national governments to identify potential nature-based solutions with the aim of enhancing their climate mitigation and adaptation action in a cost-effective manner and with multiple co-benefits.
Discover the carbon-capturing power of mangroves in your country
As Nations meet this week in Madrid for the 25th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), we advocate for the inclusion of nature, like blue carbon habitats, into countries climate action plans like the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). These NDCs will provide the roadmap for countries to achieve their climate mitigation and adaptation targets.
Natural Climate Solutions and Article 6 — what’s in it for nature?
The UN climate COP25 in Madrid in December could give nature a major boost, particularly if countries reach agreement on the one element of the so-called Paris Rulebook left unresolved in Katowice – Article 6. Such an agreement would establish the rules and guidance for how countries can cooperate voluntarily to deliver climate action.