The Nature4Climate coalition welcomes a new paper released this week citing the need for both natural and energy solutions to stabilize our climate. We are pleased to see the ongoing discussion around natural climate solutions (NCS) which reinforces our message that reducing emissions from fossil fuels is absolutely essential to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Costa Rica unveils plan to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in climate change fight
Conservation International and Nature4Climate applaud Costa Rica’s leadership in addressing climate change. If we don’t address climate change, little else will matter – and recent science corroborates the incredible urgency to act within the next decade in order to avoid irreversible and catastrophic warming.
What did Davos mean for nature?
The annual gathering of global leaders known colloquially as Davos has been over for a few weeks. While attendees assessed the risks likely to batter the world economy in coming months and years, the World Economic Forum told us environmental threats dominate the list for the third year in row – both in terms of impact and likelihood.
The Equator Initiative launches global search for local, nature-based climate solutions
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.
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.