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.
Articles Tagged: Climate Change
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.
As emissions rise, UN climate talks take on greater urgency
This has been an alarming year for climate change effects. Wildfires scorched California, hurricanes took heavy tolls and coral reefs are dying. In the face of these natural disasters, greenhouse gas emissions, the main driver of climate change, aren’t decreasing. A commentary on the report, published this week by Christiana Figueres comes as countries gather this week and next for the UN climate talks (COP 24) in Poland.
Where soils belong in the boardroom
Today (December 5th) is World Soil Day. Businesses are built on soil. That’s because soils underpin value chains by supporting crop productivity, biodiversity and livelihoods and they play a crucial role in two of the top business risks: water crises and climate change. If we are to have sustainable businesses, economies and societies, they will, and can only be built on healthy soils.
Sustainable forestry: Republic of Korea has lessons to offer to developing countries
As UN Climate talks kick off this week in Poland, it’s clear that delivering on the Paris Agreement requires action on natural climate solutions alongside efforts on energy, industry, buildings and transport. If we are to unlock natural climate solutions, as with all sectors of the economy, negotiators at COP24 need to agree clear guidance for governments to follow, known as the Paris rule book.
Mangrove restoration and protection is a win-win investment for wildlife and the climate
Mangroves can store three to four times more carbon on an area basis than most terrestrial forests. Not only that, mangroves store soil carbon for centuries to millennia. In Gabon, a true Eden of Africa, Gabon’s ocean waters and its pristine forests make up one of the most spectacular and environmentally intact coastlines in the world. It is also one where mangroves abound.
N4C’s spokespeople respond to two landmark climate moments
N4C’s spokespeople responded to two landmark climate moments. Climate finance continues to be the central issue in how the global community proposes to follow through with implementation of the Paris Agreement. In addition, the European Union announced its aim to become the world’s first climate neutral economy by 2050.
COP24: Natural climate solutions events
Are you attending COP24 this year in Katowice, Poland? If so, be sure to visit these natural climate solution events that Nature4Climate, partners and supporters are hosting.
What is a T-FENCE and how does it protect mangroves?
Case study: creativity in the face of adversity can make a difference. Faced with recurring coastal erosion, the town of Leganes in the Philippines decided to try the practice of ‘T-fence’. The T-fence was installed along the the coastline bordering the Katunggan Mangrove Ecopark in 2015 and 2016, and is designed to trap sediments, which create a strong and secure base for newly planted mangrove saplings.
Could Brazil be on verge of one of world’s biggest conservation agreements?
The Brazilian Cerrado is a biodiverse mixed ecosystem. It is almost three times bigger than Texas, but half of its natural habitat has been lost as it is converted to croplands and cattle pasture, and especially soy plantations. A Cerrado accord breakthrough could be at hand, conserving Brazil’s biodiverse savanna, and setting a new conservation precedent protecting its mosaic of ecosystems.