Today, the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, released a major report detailing past biodiversity losses and prospects for people and nature. Governments and scientists worldwide agree we are exploiting nature faster than it can renew itself, and the threat from the loss of nature will be as big a challenge to the world as rising temperatures. Dr. Cristiana Pașca-Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, shares her response to the report.
Articles Tagged: Climate Change
Critters and climate change; some unlikely heroes
This week, as we expect to read in the IPBES report assessing the state of Earth’s biodiversity, we discover that there are even more reasons to halt the extinction crisis we’re facing – one being the climate benefits bestowed upon us by a selection of unlikely climate heroes. The humble beaver, the endangered pangolin, and the iconic elephant seem to have little in common, but all three tend to the environment in a way that is critical to preserving habitats that provide huge climate benefits.
Measuring the state of the world’s wildlife
Next week, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will launch its Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the first global snapshot in more than a decade of the state of the world’s biodiversity and is also the first-ever such report that is intergovernmental. It is a collation of existing evidence: what sets it apart is its aggregation of the science, combined with endorsement by governments.
Calling all young natural climate leaders
In May, Climate Guides will launch its ‘Youth4Nature’ initiative to encourage young people who are leading the charge for natural climate solutions to come forward and bring their stories to the attention of world leaders at the UN Secretary General Climate Summit.
All hands on deck for the climate
Do we invest in energy-based solutions for climate mitigation or do we invest in nature-based solutions? It is not an either-or question. In a recent letter to the editor in Global Change Biology, the authors argue that aggressive action in both is needed. Substantial carbon dioxide reductions are needed by the middle of the century. Moving the political and energy structures of society is like turning a big ship; we need more time. Many nature-based solutions are ready to go now.
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.
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.
Nature has provided us with a powerful and free force to fight climate change – our forests
UNDP’s Administrator Achim Steiner says on the 10th Anniversary of UN-REDD and the second week of the UN Climate meeting in Poland, nature has provided us with a powerful and free force to fight climate change – our forest. It’s time to allow them to realize their full potential.