If there is a last line of defense against climate change, it may well lie in the mangrove trees that cling to coastlines throughout the tropics. Locked in the mud of these unique tidal forests is thousands of years’ worth of accumulated carbon. Clear the mangroves — as humanity has been doing ever faster in recent years — and that carbon is slowly released into the atmosphere, where it accelerates global warming.
Articles Tagged: Climate Change
What have mangroves ever done for the climate?
Mangrove forests, due to their rich soils are one of our most effective systems to absorb and store carbon. In fact, they can store three to four times more carbon on an area basis than most terrestrial forests. Not only that, they will store soil carbon for centuries to millennia.
WWF’s Living Planet Report: We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and the grave situation we are facing.
The WWF has released its highly anticipated Living Planet Report (LPR) which presents an overview of trends in global biodiversity and natural systems. The report draws a depressing picture of wildlife around the world, under increasing pressure from human activities.
The power of the mighty mangrove: a magnificent tale of love and loss
This month, we are focusing on mangroves. Mangrove forests are not only evocative of tropical coastlines, slow-moving waters and brackish water where freshwater and salt water mix. They are indicators of resilience and strength. A new Mangrove Restoration Map shows that restoration of lost mangroves worldwide could lead to the storage of an extra 69 million tonnes of carbon in aboveground biomass.
How big data can help us fight climate change faster
Big data — whether historical or real-time — can also help us tackle the problem, for example by locating harmful emissions or identifying pressure points along the supply chain. This transformative change in data capabilities is an example of what the World Economic Forum refers to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
We’re on track to blow past 1.5°C temperature rise – it’s time to work with nature to address the climate challenge
To help achieve the necessary scale and impact, WBCSD announce that they’re working with key players in the business and NGO communities to mobilize investment in natural climate solutions through carbon finance.
New Study: Country-level social cost of carbon
Known as the “social cost of carbon” the effects of climate-change related economic impacts are shown to be the greatest for the world’s biggest carbon emitters. Using multiple future climate simulations researchers found that based on 2017 emissions the entire global economy is impacted to the tune of 16 trillion dollars. Read the full report here.
Missing Pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action
ActionAid and the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA) released a new report on climate change “Missing Pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action.” In the aftermath of last week’s climate report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world must now ask tough questions on the transformation and development pathways that are urgently needed.
Harrison Ford: We know that we only have the possibility of avoiding a looming climate catastrophe if people like us refuse to give up
This year’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco welcomed activist and actor Harrison Ford, who took the stage to deliver an impassioned speech decrying climate change and anti-science political leaders. Watch his Ford’s full speech.
N4C spokespeople respond to IPCC 1.5 report and the importance of NCS
The much-awaited special report on global warming at 1.5C from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” if governments and industries are to avoid uncontrollable natural tipping points. N4C spokespeople responded to the report and the importance of NCS in stabilising the word’s climate.