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June 14, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Biodiversity loss and climate – two sides of the same crisis

BONN: A report by 50 leading scientists say biodiversity loss and climate change are two sides of the same crisis and have to be addressed together. Selected by a joint steering committee and supported for the first time by the Intergovernmental…
June 10, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Companies commit to WWF global forest management programme

WASHINGTON, DC: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched ‘Forests Forward’, a programme to encourage companies and other stakeholders deliver strategies for forests that help achieve their business and sustainability goals. The first US-headquartered…
June 09, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Swiss Re warns of climate threat to global economy

ZURICH/NAIROBI: Reinsurer Swiss Re has warned the global economy will lose 18 percent of its value by 2050 if governments don’t keep to the Paris Agreement and temperatures rise to 3.0 degrees Celsius. As the G7 leaders meet in Cornwall, UK on June 11, Oxfam…
June 04, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Restore land the size of China to avoid Earth ecosystem collapse says UN

NAIROBI/ROME: A new UN report to coincide with World Environment Day on June 05 says the world must face ecosystem collapse and biodiversity loss if it doesn’t restore at least one billion degraded hectares of land in the next decade – an area about the size…
May 28, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Nature needs US$8.1 trillion for restoration and regeneration says UN

GENEVA: US$ 8.1 trillion - or US$536 billion a year - is needed over the next three decades to tackle the interlinked climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report. Annual investments in nature-based…
May 26, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Scotland launches offshore wind energy hub

LEITH: Britain’s Forth Ports is investing £40 million to create a renewable energy hub on a 175-acre site at the Port of Leith. The money will create a riverside marine berth capable of supporting the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels with a…
May 13, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Many of the world’s largest cities don’t have a climate action plan

LONDON: CDP, the non-profit that runs the world’s environmental reporting system, says 93 percent of the world’s 812 largest cities disclosing data are at risk from climate change and 51 percent don’t have an action plan. The reporting cities produce 70…
May 11, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Governments need to act to avoid irreversible sea-level rise

POTSDAM, Germany: According to new data from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels could reduce sea-level rise by 50 percent. Current pledges by most nations to reduce GHG emissions are…
April 21, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Bolloré offsets CO2 by turning methane into biofuel

PUTEAUX, France: Bolloré Logistics has begun financing a waste-to-energy project at the CYY Bio Power treatment plant in Pong Daeng, Thailand to offset residual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by its maritime LCL subsidiary TSL. The CO2 is offset…
April 16, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Call to stop deforestation-linked supply chains

BRUSSELS: A report from the WWF says the European Union’s trade policy has enabled it to become the second largest importer of tropical deforestation and its associated emissions – all enabled by the global logistics industry. The study says the EU caused…
April 08, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Atmosphere as warm as 3.6 million years ago

HAWAII: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, says the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is now comparable to where it was during the Mid-Pliocene Warm Period - around 3.6 million years ago. During…
April 01, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Annual economic cost of climate change by 2025: US$1.7 trillion

NEW YORK: The Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI) recently invited 2,169 Ph.D. economists to take a 15-question online survey focused on climate change risks, economic damage estimates and emissions abatement. Of the 738 that replied, 74 percent say…

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