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: Natural Climate Solutions
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.
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.
A bamboo conservation initiative creates a new future for a Vietnamese community
“Bamboo has a role to play in protecting the environment and in the fight against climate change. It is a champion of sustainable development,” says My Hanh Diep Thi, founder of the Bamboo Village of Phu An in the Binh Duong province of Viet Nam. Read his story.
N4C applauds world’s first soil carbon project to earn credits under UN Paris Agreement
In a world first, carbon credits are to be counted for the first time under the United Nations Climate Paris Agreement. These have just been issued for a soil carbon project under the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund. The credits were received by the Grounds Keeping Carbon Project, which showcases the work of an innovation and farming system in Victoria that creates soil carbon in pastures at rates that are comparable with forests.
Natural climate solutions critical part of overall action needed on climate
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.