REDD+, which seeks to create financial incentives for forest conservation, has attracted criticism for failing to deliver expected results, and for giving polluters an excuse to avoid reducing their own emissions when forest-based emission reductions are used for offsets. On the other hand, proponents argue that REDD+ is an important way to supplement emission reductions from fossil fuels, and to incentivize emission reductions from land-use change. Nature4climate spoke with Frances Seymour, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute and one of the world’s experts on forests.
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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.
Celebrating mangroves and local community leaders on World Forest Day
Meet José Inés. In 1995, José Inés, with a group of like-minded local friends, embarked on a journey aimed at restoring mangrove forests in the San Crisanto community in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Find out why.
Celebrating International Day of Forests
Let’s applaud forests of all kinds, old, young, small and tall. They cover one-third of Earth’s land area, contain more than half of the world’s terrestrial plants and animals, are the source of two-thirds of all cancer- fighting medicines, and absorb over 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually.
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.
Forests are the best technology to solve climate change
Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, writes that forests and land-use must play a key role in climate mitigation rather than relying on artificial carbon dioxide removal technologies. Forests are the world’s oldest carbon capture and storage technology, and can be deployed at a global scale without risk.
New map interface on Global Forest Watch makes it easier to use and customize forest data
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. The tool provides access to near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. This week, GFW launched a new user interface making it easier to explore, analyze and customize forest data.
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.
Climate change leaders commit to putting forests at heart of solutions
Environmentalist and UN messenger for peace Dr. Jane Goodall set down a powerful challenge to climate change leaders gathered in San Francisco this week to recognize forests as part of the solution.