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August 17, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Politicians have little awareness of what's needed to stabilise the planet

STOCKHOLM: Author and Global Commons Alliance (GCA) director Owen Gaffney says awareness of the transformation needed by 2030 to stabilise the planet is "worryingly" low. Earlier this year the GCA, a partnership of over 50 organisations covering philanthropy,…
August 03, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

There’s not enough land to grow enough trees to reduce enough emissions

NAIROBI: A new report from Oxfam says just using land to achieve net zero by 2050 will need at least 1.6 billion hectares of new forest, more than all the planet’s farmland. The aid organisation notes the net-zero climate promises of just four of the world’s…
July 08, 2021
Biodiversity Editor

Banks get August deadline to disclose lending risks from biodiversity loss

LONDON: Investors representing assets of US$4.2 trillion have given 63 major banks until August 15 to disclose their lending risk as a result of biodiversity loss and to set science-based nature targets by 2024 or face shareholder action at their next AGMs.…
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…

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