Global Task Force Says to Stop Next Pandemic Humanity Must End Destruction of Nature

Global Task Force Says to Stop Next Pandemic Humanity Must End Destruction of Nature
"We can choose to transform this moment into an opportunity to learn from our recent tragic mistakes... We can choose to invest in prevention." More than a year into the pandemic that's still raging across much of the world, an independent task force of scientists said government leaders are doing far too little to stop future pandemics at their source by ending the exploitation and destruction of nature. The task force was convened by Harvard Gl...
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Can this billion-dollar initiative save the world’s tropical forests?

Can this billion-dollar initiative save the world’s tropical forests?
A new public-private initiative will provide $1 billion in financing to countries that protect their tropical forests.The US, UK and Norwegian governments have teamed up with global businesses such as Amazon, GSK and Nestlé in an attempt to end deforestation.Destruction of primary rainforests increased by 12% from 2019 to 2020, with the world losing over 4.2 million hectares of forest cover last year.The LEAF Coalition will also benefit billions ...
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'We Can Change': In New Film, Greta Thunberg Connects Dots Between Animal Exploitation, Climate Crisis, and Pandemics

'We Can Change': In New Film, Greta Thunberg Connects Dots Between Animal Exploitation, Climate Crisis, and Pandemics
A new short film featuring climate action leader Greta Thunberg highlights the connections between the climate crisis, ecological emergency, and the Covid-19 pandemic as well as other public health crises that are likely to arise from humans' exploitation of animals—and explains how communities and policymakers can repair people's relationship to wildlife while radically changing our food systems. "For Nature," conceived of by Thunberg and produc...
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Your sense of separateness is an existential risk

Your sense of separateness is an existential risk
One of my greatest concerns about modern society is that we view everything as separate. We see ourselves as divided not just by our individuality, but also by groupings such as politics, race, religion, sexuality, occupation, wealth, nationality, and geography. We also regard ourselves as separate from nature. Modern society tells us that we are superior to, and detached from, the natural world. As a result, many believe we can continue to ...
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Study shows only 2-3% of Earth's land is ecologically intact. Here's what we can do

Study shows only 2-3% of Earth's land is ecologically intact. Here's what we can do
A new study published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change has revealed that only 2% - 3% of the Earth's terrestrial surface can be considered ecologically intact.This percentage is significantly lower than previous assessments, which estimated this figure at 20% - 40%.This is because the more recent study included the loss of species from intact habitat in addition to reduced populations.On a positive note, the study has revealed that a foc...
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People Worldwide Said 'Build Back Better.' IEA Chief Says 'Just the Opposite' Is Happening

People Worldwide Said 'Build Back Better.' IEA Chief Says 'Just the Opposite' Is Happening
"As long as countries do not put the right energy policies in place, the economic rebound will see emissions significantly increase in 2021. We will make the job of reaching net zero harder." For the past year, climate campaigners and experts have urged heads of state around the world to "build back better" in the wake of the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. But rather than pursuing a just and sustainable recovery, coun...
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How rescheduling debt for climate and nature goals could unlock a sustainable recovery

How rescheduling debt for climate and nature goals could unlock a sustainable recovery
The world is struggling to tackling climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the sovereign debt crisis.Old-style 'debt-for-nature swaps' were designed to relieve debts for low-income countries while safeguarding nature.Attention is now turning to new financial instruments like 'nature performance bonds' which could help countries achieve ambitious climate targets. As the world continues to struggle with COVID-19, it is faced wit...
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Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but scientists are still learning how it harms wildlife

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Plastic pollution is a growing global concern. Large pieces of plastic have been found almost everywhere on Earth, from the most visited beaches to remote, uninhabited islands. Because wildlife are regularly exposed to plastic pollution, we often ask what effects plastics have on the animals. Over time, macroplastics (plastic debris larger than five millimetres in size) break up into tiny particles called microplastics (smaller than five millimet...
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Blue Acceleration: our dash for ocean resources mirrors what we’ve already done to the land

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Humans are leaving a heavy footprint on the Earth, but when did we become the main driver of change in the planet's ecosystems? Many scientists point to the 1950s, when all kinds of socioeconomic trends began accelerating. Since then, the world population has tripled. Fertiliser and water use expanded as more food was grown than ever before. The construction of motorways sped up to accommodate rising car ownership while international flights took...
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Restoring seagrasses can bring coastal bays back to life

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A century ago Virginia's coastal lagoons were a natural paradise. Fishing boats bobbed on the waves as geese flocked overhead. Beneath the surface, miles of seagrass gently swayed in the surf, making the seabed look like a vast underwater prairie. More than 70 species of seagrasses grow in shallow waters around the world, on every continent except Antarctica. In Virginia, beds of eelgrass (Zostera marina) provided habitat for bay scallops and foo...
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