First Draft of UN Biodiversity Agreement Aims High

First Draft of UN Biodiversity Agreement Aims High

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, UN negotiators released a new set of draft goals to curb the drastic loss of nature and set member nations on a path to protect 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030. These latest drafts were developed out of arduous scientific and financial negotiations in […]

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New WWF Report Finds Human-Wildlife Conflict a Major Threat to Both Groups

New WWF Report Finds Human-Wildlife Conflict a Major Threat to Both Groups

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP) warns that conflict between humans and wildlife is one of the main threats facing the survival of some of the world’s most beloved species. The report, A Future for All: The need for human-wildlife coexistence, says that to […]

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Congress Urges Biden to Declare Extinction Crisis a National Emergency

Congress Urges Biden to Declare Extinction Crisis a National Emergency

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, nine Representatives introduced a bill that would direct the President to declare the global extinction crisis a national emergency. The Extinction Crisis Emergency Act would designate resources and agencies to evaluate and protect threatened species across the country and crack down on international endangered animal trade. Advocates say that […]

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The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together.   This week, the results of […]

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Green Groups Urge Biden Administration to Protect Old Growth Forests

Green Groups Urge Biden Administration to Protect Old Growth Forests

Environmentalists are urging President Biden to prioritize old-growth forests in his plans to protect 30% of all lands and waters by 2030. Following the Trump administration’s attacks on the Tongass National Forest and a devastating wildfire season in California’s old-growth Sequoia forests, advocates say that restoring and improving protections for these massive carbon sinks is crucial to fighting climate change. Meanwhile, tree-planting […]

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Oxford Study Says Nature-Based Solutions Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change

Oxford Study Says Nature-Based Solutions Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from the University of Oxford published Wednesday has found that nature-based solutions (NbS) land management and ecosystem restoration will play a key role in limiting global temperature rise. If implemented properly, these practices could remove gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere in the next century. Currently, […]

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