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Why nature is the next frontier for sustainable business 24.9.2020 GreenBiz.com
Why nature is the next frontier for sustainable business Erin Billman Thu, 09/24/2020 - 01:15 It has been encouraging to see company and government commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions coming thick and fast in recent months, even despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes announcements from corporate giants Facebook , Uber and Amazon . America’s Pledge has just revealed that U.S. businesses, states and cities accelerated their action on climate in 2020. Businesses are increasingly seeing that climate action is not only the right thing to do but it brings material benefits such as increased investment, improved reputation and overall competitive advantage. For example, investor BlackRock is asking that by the end of 2020, companies issue reports aligned with the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. However, climate action alone is no longer enough to fend off the multiple environmental crises that our planet is facing. Nature — by which I mean the land, biodiversity, water and ...
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Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought 23.9.2020 WRI Stories
Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought Comments|Add Comment|PrintNew research finds that letting forests regrow naturally can absorb 23% of the world's CO2 emissions every year. Photo by Tobias Wrzal/Flickr */ There’s increasing recognition of how nature can help tackle the climate crisis. From protecting standing forests to planting new trees, forests offer significant climate mitigation benefits. Now, new research shows that letting forests regrow on their own could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Newsom orders 2035 phaseout of gas-powered vehicles, calls for fracking ban 23.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Under Newsom's order, new gas-powered cars and light trucks and medium and heavy-duty trucks must be zero-emission by 2045 where possible.

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California grants western Joshua trees temporary endangered species protections 23.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

California officials have taken the unusual step of granting temporary endangered species status to the western Joshua tree.

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Bill Gates' Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In March 2015, Bill Gates showed an image of the coronavirus during a TED Talk and told the audience that it was what the greatest catastrophe of our time would look like. The real threat to life, he said, is ‘not missiles, but microbes.’ When the coronavirus pandemic swept over the earth like a tsunami five years later, he revived the war language, describing the pandemic as ‘a world war’.

‘The coronavirus pandemic pits all of humanity against the virus,’ he said.

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Letters to the Editor: Humans have spent decades ruining forests. 'Managing' them won't help much 22.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Humans have cut down forests and replanted them with little regard for biodiversity. Now, climate change threatens the forests' very existence.

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Environmentalists plan lawsuit challenging Newsom over oil and gas drilling permits 22.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

The Center for Biological Diversity accused Newsom of being friendly to California's oil industry and issuing new permits without proper environmental reviews.

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World isn’t meeting biodiversity goals, UN report finds 15.9.2020 Denver Post: Local
A decade-long global effort to save Earth's disappearing species and declining ecosystems has mostly stumbled, with fragile habitats like coral reefs and tropical forests in more trouble than ever, researchers said in a report Tuesday.
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Op-Ed: Dalai Lama: It's up to us — and especially politicians — to save our planet 14.9.2020 LA Times: Commentary

Unless we act now, we will sacrifice the future of humanity for the greed of the few.

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COVID-19, weakened environmental protections, and rights infringements threaten the Amazon’s Indigenous territories and protected areas 14.9.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This post was coauthored by Bärbel Henneberger. Indigenous communities living in the Amazon rainforest are known as the ‘guardians of the forest’ because of their effectiveness in keeping forests intact. Indigenous territories and protected areas, which cover 52 percent of the Amazon and store 58 percent of the carbon, outperform surrounding lands in terms of […]
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The Relative Abundance of Bumblebees In North America Is Estimated to Have Crashed by 97 Percent 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Jack Bates’ blueberries rely on “non-union” bees. The Delta, British Columbia, farmer is not alone. Blueberries, raspberries, and tree fruits are some of BC’s most important crops, worth about $370 million combined—and they all depend on bees, […]
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Aligning Action with Ambition: How Leadership Companies Approach Audacious Sustainability Goals 3.9.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Aligning Action with Ambition: How Leadership Companies Approach Audacious Sustainability Goals The pressure is on when it comes to sustainability in the private sector. No longer is it sufficient to announce new ambitions. Now, driven by new reporting requirements in the form of TCFD, new regulatory regimes being enacted by the EU, increasing shareholder and consumer pressure around the pace of climate change, companies are being asked to not only set goals – but to share detailed plans about their roadmap to transform their business to reach those targets and their progress against those. These new expectations go beyond the goal-setting and reporting process – it also is now expected that companies will have multifaceted sustainability goals and programs that encompass carbon but also water, waste and biodiversity and also are creating new tools and services to enable others to build on their work.  There’s also increased competitive pressure, as more and more companies step up to the plate. Despite ...
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5 Pillars for a Green and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 2.9.2020 WRI Stories
5 Pillars for a Green and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintWoman in face mask on subway. Photo by Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis is likely to push tens of millions of people back into poverty and undercut efforts to improve human well-being around the world. And as bad as things are, this is only a preview of how the climate crisis and the destruction of nature will threaten our economies and societies. Yet we have all the means... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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UN plan to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030 could displace hundreds of millions, NGOs and experts warn 2.9.2020 Survival International
These Khadia men were thrown off their land after it was turned into a tiger reserve. They lived for months under plastic sheets. Millions more face this fate if the 30% plan goes ahead. © Survival International One hundred twenty eight environmental and human rights NGOs and experts today warn that a United Nations drive to increase global protected areas such as national parks could lead to severe human rights violations and cause irreversible social harm for some of the world’s poorest people. 1 In May 2021, the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) is set to agree on a new target to place at least 30 percent of the Earth’s surface under conservation status by 2030 2 . This ‘30 x 30’ target would double the current protected land area over the coming decade. 3 However, concerns about the human cost of the proposal as well as its efficacy as an environmental measure are growing as nature protection in regions such as Africa’s Congo Basin and South Asia has become increasingly ...
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Ecology and COVID-19 #5: Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere 25.8.2020 EcoTone
This blogpost originally appeared on the website for Bruce Byers Consulting. by Bruce Byers The novel coronavirus is holding up a mirror for our species, giving us an opportunity to consider our place in the evolution of life on Earth and question our anthropocentrism. What I’ve missed during this pandemic and shutdown of our usual ...
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Renewable energy corporations fight endangered species status for Joshua trees 18.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

Renewable energy corporations have launched a campaign to derail a petition seeking endangered species protection for Joshua trees.

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Editorial: Elephant and lion heads belong on those animals, not on some trophy hunter's wall. 17.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A state bill banning the possession in California of the heads and other body parts of African wildlife killed by hunters for trophies should pass the legislature.

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A Wildlife Refuge Under Siege at the Border 16.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in High Country News and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. During the fall of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security began pumping large amounts of water from a southern Arizona aquifer to mix concrete for the Trump administration’s border wall. The aquifer is an essential water source […]
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Why We Oppose Golden Rice 11.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as a solution to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. Agrochemical transnationals (TNCs) and collaborating institutions such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are using concerns over food security during the pandemic to push for an industrial agricultural system that is already discredited. To quote PAN Asia Pacific:

“in the webinar “The future of food systems in Southeast Asia post-COVID19” organised by IRRI and the FAO, Jean Balie, IRRI’s head of Agri-Food Policy, said that they are “looking to increase the mineral and vitamin content in rice grains” as a response to the pandemic, alluding to renewed promotion of the genetically-modified Golden Rice, which has recently been approved for commercialization in Bangladesh and the Philippines” said PANAP.

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Investors say agroforestry isn’t just climate friendly — it’s profitable 10.8.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Sid Brantley/U.S. National Agroforestry Center Close Authorship Traditional livestock farming, for instance, is carbon intensive. Trees are cut down for pasture, fossil fuels are used as fertilizer for feed, and that feed is transported across borders, and sometimes the world, using even more fossil fuels. Livestock raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), produce more methane than cows that graze on grass. A silvopasture system, on the other hand, involves planting trees in pastures — or at least not cutting them down. Farmers rotate livestock from place to place, allowing soil to hold onto more carbon. There are similar benefits to other types of agroforestry practices. Forest farming, for instance, involves growing a variety of crops under a forest canopy — a process that can improve biodiversity and soil quality, and also support the root systems and carbon sequestration potential of farms. A changing debate Etelle Higonnet, senior campaign director at campaign group Mighty Earth, ...
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