How rewilding Britain could absorb even more CO2 than tree planting

How rewilding Britain could absorb even more CO2 than tree planting
England's current woodland covers only 10% of the country and current regenerative plans are only planning to increase this by 2%, by 2050.If woodland cover was increased to 26%, 10% of the nation's carbon would be adsorbed naturally, whilst supporting dwindling wildlife.Rewilding - allowing woodland to regenerate naturally on a large scale - is the most effective way to increase woodland cover. Allowing trees to naturally establish over huge are...
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Wildlife populations have plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years

Wildlife populations have plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years
Natural areas that used to support biodiversity and have been converted for farming are the biggest reason for the population decline of thousands of species around the world.The WWF study has found that the average population size has dropped by 68% worldwide since 1970.These declines are stark warnings that human activity is becoming unsustainable on Earth. The average size of wildlife populations has plummeted by two-thirds worldwide since 197...
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Coral reefs: climate change and pesticides could conspire to crash fish populations

Coral reefs: climate change and pesticides could conspire to crash fish populations
Australia barely had time to recover from record breaking fires at the start of 2020 before the Great Barrier Reef experienced its third mass coral bleaching event in the past five years. Only five of these have occurred since records began in the 1980s. High water temperatures and marine heatwaves, caused by climate change, are making coral bleaching an almost regular occurrence in some parts of the world. Coral reefs are among the most vibrant ...
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Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?
The Trump administration has announced that it is opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development – the latest twist in a decades-long battle over the fate of this remote area. Its timing is truly terrible. Low oil prices, a pandemic-driven recession and looming elections add up to highly unfavorable conditions for launching expensive drilling operations. In the longer term, the climate crisis and an ongoing shift...
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New Nature Economy Report II: The Future of Nature and Business

New Nature Economy Report II: The Future of Nature and Business
The Future of Nature and Business, the second of three reports in the World Economic Forum's New Nature Economy series, provides the practical insights needed to take leadership in shifting towards a much needed nature-positive economy. As the world prepares to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting crisis, we are presented with an unprecedented clarion call, and opportunity, to change the way we eat, live, grow, build and power our liv...
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Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought

Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought
The big idea The ocean plays a major role in the global carbon cycle. The driving force comes from tiny plankton that produce organic carbon through photosynthesis, like plants on land. When plankton die or are consumed, a set of processes known as the biological carbon pump carries sinking particles of carbon from the surface to the deep ocean in a process known as marine snowfall. Naturalist and writer Rachel Carson called it the "most stupendo...
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How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans
The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans into stark focus. These leaps often happen at the edges of the world's tropical forests, where deforestation is increasingly bringing people into contact with animals' natural habitats. Yellow fever, malaria, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Ebola – all of these pathogens have spilled over from one species to ...
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How 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their ‘heat threshold’

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Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere when they are living, but release large quantities when they die.Scientists predict that just a 2˚C could push most tropical rainforests above their safe 'heat threshold' As they photosynthesise and grow, tropical forests remove enormous amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, reducing global warming. However, forests are also themselves affected by this warming. If it gets too hot or too dry, trees will gro...
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The COVID-19 pandemic is not a break for nature – let’s make sure there is one after the crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is not a break for nature – let’s make sure there is one after the crisis
There is a misperception that nature is getting a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.Instead, many rural areas in the tropics are facing increased pressure from land-grabbing, deforestation, illegal mining and wildlife poaching.To respond to this crisis of human health, the economy, the climate and biodiversity, we need solutions that build resilient societies for the long term. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, global media is reporting on ...
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5 reasons why biodiversity matters – to human health, the economy and your wellbeing

5 reasons why biodiversity matters – to human health, the economy and your wellbeing
Biodiversity is critically important to human health, economies and livelihoods.Humans have caused the loss of 83% of all wild animals and half of all plants.To mark the International Day for Biodiversity, here are five reasons why biodiversity matters to humans – and why we need to protect it. Biodiversity is critically important – to your health, to your safety and, probably, to your business or livelihood. But biodiversity – the diversity with...
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