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  • On the misuse of nature-based carbon ‘offsets’

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    Nature-based solutions (NbS*) are being misused for greenwashing. Promoting NbS as carbon 'offsets' while continuing business as usual in fossil fuel use is not a solution to climate change. In fact, it can encourage continued or even increased fossil fuel consumption leading to more emissions o [...] read more
  • What Can Nature offer COP26, and vice versa?

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    ‘Nature is our life support system' says Professor Nathalie Seddon in a new video from the University of Oxford, 'and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is critical that we work with nature'. Professor Seddon is one of around 30 official ‘friends’ of COP26, is a member of the U [...] read more
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Highlighting best-practice for integration of NbS into revised NDCs

The NbSI team are in the process of updating our Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Policy Platform. The platform makes information about climate change adaptation planning across the globe openly available, easy and interesting to explore. Pledges are linked to the underlying evidence, and will highlight the prominence of integration of NbS in [...] Read more
October 28, 2021
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NbS Guidelines highlighted in House of Lords S&T committee letter to COP26 President

The House of Lords Science and Technological Committee, chaired by Lord Patel, has written to RH Alok Sharma in his capacity as President for COP26 to highlight the role that nature-based solutions could play in the negotiations, as part of their ongoing inquiry into nature-based solutions. The letter emphasised the importance of adhering to the [...] Read more
October 16, 2021
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New Oxfam report warns of reforestation risks for cropland in low-income countries

A new briefing paper by Oxfam, Tightening the Net: Net zero climate targets – implications for land and food equity, has warned that current net zero climate targets risk reliance on large areas of land in low-income countries to capture carbon emissions, and therefore allowing the avoidance of emissions reductions by the biggest emitters of [...] Read more
August 3, 2021
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Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) launched

On June 4th 2021, the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) formally launched. The taskforce aims to provide financial institutions and corporations with guidance on their environmental risks and opportunities. Four founding partners brought together the TNFD – Global Canopy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and WWF. [...] Read more
July 20, 2021
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G7 leaders agree commitments to biodiversity and sustainability in Nature Compact

At the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Cornwall in June, countries came together and agreed a shared G7 Nature Compact – on outline of key commitments which bring G7 countries together to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, tackle climate change, deforestation, marine litter and the illegal wildlife trade. The G7 Nature Compact locks in agreements [...] Read more
July 19, 2021
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Bloom or bust? UK Biodiversity report says more action needed

NbSI Director Nathalie Seddon provided extensive evidence to the recent House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report ‘Biodiversity in the UK: bloom or bust?’. The report urged the Government to conserve and restore UK biodiversity and ecosystems amid grave concern that of the G7 countries, the UK has the lowest level of biodiversity remaining. The [...] Read more
July 10, 2021
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Recent national climate commitments from the big emitters

Over the last couple of months, some of the countries responsible for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions have made enhanced climate commitments. However, progress on the ground has been limited and in Brazil’s case, backwards: – The top two highest emitting countries, China and the US, agreed in April that they are committed to [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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NDC updates: 82 Parties have submitted updated NDCs, with 75 enhancing ambition

When the Paris Agreement came into force, almost every nation made a written commitment to tackling climate change in the form of a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and agreed to enhance ambition over time. Parties were meant to submit updated NDCs by the end of 2020, but due to the pandemic this deadline was softened. To [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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Net zero commitments globally represent 61% of emissions

Oxford Net Zero, in collaboration with the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, have published a global assessment of net zero targets across all countries, all states and regions in the 25 highest-emitting countries, all cities with a population over 500,000, and all companies in the Forbes Global 2000 list. 769 (19%) of these parties have [...] Read more
May 6, 2021
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NbS in Peru: Vanguard Country for Global Commission on Adaptation & National Climate Change Strategy update

Two important events in the past month have highlighted Peru’s commitment, ambition and leadership on climate action and NbS. First, as a “Vanguard Country” for the Natural Environment Action Track of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Peru played a key role in the Climate Adaptation Summit on January 2021. In this global event, Peru shared that [...] Read more
February 17, 2021
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UK Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement

The UK submitted an updated NDC in December and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This equates to per capita emissions falling from around 14 tCO2e/person in 1990 to 4 tCO2e/person in 2030. This is more ambitious than the UK’s previous contribution, which was a [...] Read more
February 12, 2021
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UK Adaptation Communication to the UNFCCC 2020

The UK submitted its first Adaptation Communication to the UNFCCC in December 2020, setting out its plans to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK and to support climate change adaptation overseas. The Adaptation Communication provides the following: An outline of the impacts of climate change in the UK, and the consequent risks and [...] Read more
February 12, 2021

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