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Today the UN will release its latest scientific assessment on the state of the global environment — this one is on biodiversity, and specifically how well the world did in meeting its goal of protecting 10% of the planet by the end of this year. The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) is also expected to look ahead to achieving the next big goal of 30% of the planet under some form of protection by 2030. The UN says that the report will provide a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems, and nature’s contributions to people, and presents pathways to reach new targets for by 2030. Looking at how extreme events tied to climate change are battering our natural world — from wildfires to floods to sea-level rise — the stakes for protecting our planet’s nature-based life support systems could not be higher.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Monday, Botswanan officials announced their findings following an investigation into the sudden and mysterious deaths of 356 elephants. The investigation found that neurotoxins caused by an algal bloom in a large rain puddle poisoned the animals. However, many conservationists remain skeptical, largely because the government has yet to release […]
A trio of humpback whales was trapped for a few weeks well inland in an Australian river crawling with crocodiles — something never witnessed before, according to CNN. The whales caused quite a stir — they were stranded in the murky East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in Australia and could not find their […]
The World Wildlife Fund’s recently released 2020 Living Planet report made one thing clear: the past 50 years have been an unsustainable path for biodiversity. Humans need nature, and the costs of ignoring the staggering loss of global wildlife populations (68% since 1970) are immense for our wellbeing and for that of our planet. To […]
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