“Unsustainable Exploitation of the Environment” Will Lead to More COVIDs

“Unsustainable Exploitation of the Environment” Will Lead to More COVIDs

Yesterday leaders from 190 countries were supposed to have met in Kunming, China for final negotiations on a biodiversity treaty designed to address the world’s urgent extinction and biodiversity crises. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made attendance of the UN Biodiversity Conference impossible. However, a panel of experts from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and […]

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In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer A new legal petition filed by conservation organizations urges the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to “formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins,” the Center for Biological Diversity wrote in a statement.  If certification occurs, the US could pursue sanctions and prohibit wildlife imports from China.  […]

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Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

We wrote last week that we wished the mainstream media would cover the devastating health effects of climate change in much the same way that they’ve been covering the COVID-19 outbreak. And now that shutdowns, work-from-home protocols, canceled flights, and shuttered factories are driving down global emissions, the question is, will coronavirus wake us up […]

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The Other CBD You Should Know About, and Why It Matters

The Other CBD You Should Know About, and Why It Matters

While 2019 was the year of CBD , 2020 will shape up to be the year of the other (arguably way cooler) CBD: the Convention on Biological Diversity. If we’ve lost you, just remember that this year the UN warned that 1 million species are at risk of extinction, making it imperative that we take […]

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What Are We Doing to Protect Biodiversity?

What Are We Doing to Protect Biodiversity?

  Throughout this week we’ve written about what biodiversity means, what’s driving its loss and how it relates to climate change. It’s been pretty somber content so we also wanted to talk about what’s being done to ensure that we don’t see the worst biodiversity loss scenarios. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the […]

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A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

There is a call for another “new deal” growing globally — this one a New Deal for Nature — and twelve of the largest international environmental groups are united behind it.  They launched their campaign yesterday, with a powerful message — “Securing Earth’s biological diversity is a moral obligation. It is also critical in averting catastrophic climate change and ecosystem collapse.” They believe that we need to conserve 30 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 30 percent of oceans (dubbed “30 by 30”) through an effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative, well-connected systems of highly protected areas.  Scientists argue that protected areas are much more resilient to damage from climate change or other human impacts.

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