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Leaders’ Pledge for Nature

Today sees the launch of the Leaders Pledge for Nature. Endorsed by political leaders from 79 nations across five continents, including from five of the world’s biggest economies, the pledge calls for a global scale-up of ambition to protect biodiversity to help avert the planetary emergency we face. Signatories recognise that biodiversity loss and [...] Read more September 28, 2020

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Science Based Targets for Nature (SBTN)

Around 1000 companies have already committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the science-based target for emissions. Now the same initiative has launched science-based targets guidance to define how companies can assess, prioritize, measure, address and track their impacts and dependencies on natural ecosystems. The guidance defines interim targets that companies can align [...] Read more September 22, 2020

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Climate and biodiversity commitments at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

Several significant announcements from governments and corporations were made during the UNGA and the co-occurring Climate Week NYC. For example:

China pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2060, which was later followed by net-zero by 2050 pledges from two more major Asian economies – South Korea and Japan. Amazon and Global Optimism launched The [...] Read more September 22, 2020
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UK climate commitments to kickstart Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC is taking place from 21st to 27th September; it’s the biggest climate summit of the year and will focus on how we can address climate change as we recover from COVID-19.

Alok Sharma, COP26 President, has made the following announcements to kickstart the week:

Race to Zero is a global campaign for a zero-carbon [...] Read more September 21, 2020
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Living Planet Report: bending the curve of biodiversity loss

WWF’s 2020 Living Planet Report publishes updated figures for the Living Planet Index (LPI): the size of around 21,000 mammal, bird, fish, amphibian and reptile populations fell by an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016. The change in LPI varies regionally, with the most striking result being a 94% decline in tropical subregions of [...] Read more September 17, 2020

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Mapping the evidence of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation

Today our systematic review on nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation has been published in Global Change Biology. It is the first global systematic review of the effectiveness of nature-based solutions and provides evidence that nature-based solutions play a key role in addressing the impacts of climate change, but also highlights potential trade-offs to [...] Read more September 10, 2020

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HSBC to asset management venture for natural capital

The UK-based multinational bank, HSBC, is collaborating with a climate change advisory firm to create a venture which will target investments at projects which protect or enhance nature whilst generating profit. Some of these projects will likely qualify as nature-based solutions, such as sustainable forestry and regenerative agriculture. The venture is expecting to raise up [...] Read more September 4, 2020

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First chapter of Trillion Trees programme launched

Over 20 cities, companies and nonprofits in the US have pledged to collectively plant more than 800 million trees by 2030. This is the first chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Trillion Trees programme to be officially launched.

Groups taking part in the new national programme will need to outline detailed plans for how they [...] Read more September 4, 2020

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New UK law proposed to protect forests

The UK government has proposed a new law which will force companies above a certain size to ensure that the products they sell have deforestation-free supply chains.

Currently, most environmental targets and regulations are restricted to UK territory alone. For example, the net-zero emissions by 2050 target does not include emissions released abroad during the production [...] Read more August 26, 2020

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The Cerrado – Brazil’s savanna deserves protection

This article explains how the Cerrado, the world’s most biodiverse savanna, has been neglected in part due to being overshadowed by its charismatic neighbour – the Amazon rainforset. In fact, the Cerrado is invaluable:

Its deep soil holds water from the wet season, feeding into eight watersheds which together provide 40% of Brazil’s freshwater It is a [...] Read more August 26, 2020
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