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.
Articles Tagged: Natural Climate Solutions
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.
Untapped potential of American land to combat climate change
In the wake of the landmark United Nations 1.5 degrees report, a new study shows that efforts to improve land use at a US state level could deliver major results to mitigate climate change. The study shows how the United States’ forests, grasslands and coastal wetlands could play a much bigger role in reducing global warming than previously thought.
Project 195: Building a global movement in support of natural climate solutions
We would love to have all 195 signatory countries of the Paris Climate Agreement on board with natural climate solutions. How do you build a movement in support of natural climate solutions beyond the climate bubble and highlight that natural climate solutions are in danger of becoming the “Forgotten Solution” to climate change? One way was to enlist the help of 195 handpicked global ambassadors to highlight the importance of nature as a response to climate change.
Where communities and crabs work for Mangroves
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.
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.
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.