CI, Apple Develop Mangrove Carbon Credits

CI, Apple Develop Mangrove Carbon Credits

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In Cispatá on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, scientists have calculated just how much carbon a mangrove forest stores. Up until now, that number has treated mangroves like trees on land — missing more than half of their carbon store in the soil under trees. The calculation in Cispatá estimates the […]

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Exclusive Interview of the Week: Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International click button

Exclusive Interview of the Week: Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

This week we had a great conversation with Sanjayan, a world-renowned scientist and one of the few leaders of a major environmental organization who comes from the global south. On environmental justice: “Conservation has a long way to go … the folks who are on the front lines in some of the biggest challenges that […]

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Maasai Mara Conservancies Get Some Relief

Maasai Mara Conservancies Get Some Relief

The Maasai Mara is home to 25% of Kenya’s wildlife and the place of the greatest annual migration of animals on Earth. The land is owned by the indigenous Maasai people, who lease it to conservancies for tourism operations, which in turn fund conservation efforts that drive wildlife tourism. The conservancy conservation model that makes […]

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The UK’s Prince William Launches a 10 Year “Earthshot” To Inspire Action click button

The UK’s Prince William Launches a 10 Year “Earthshot” To Inspire Action

Inspired the the “moonshot” project of the 1960s, the heir to the British throne has launched an ambitious effort to find the fifty best new ideas that can change the current course of destruction of the planet.

Why This Matters:  Now more than ever we need leaders with worldwide influence to put us on the right track on climate change and biodiversity conservation.

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Climate Week’s Biggest Corporate Commitments  Shift to “Regeneration”

Climate Week’s Biggest Corporate Commitments Shift to “Regeneration”

The most progressive corporate commitments this week involve nature-based mitigation and pushing sustainability out into their supply chains.  Walmart pledged to do some big things, including achieving zero emissions by 2040 without carbon offsets, committing to protect and restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030, and promising zero waste in the US, Canada, and Japan by 2025.

Why This Matters:  Nature-based solutions have until now been seen as greenwashing. But these new commitments go much farther.

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Study Shows Spending On Conservation For Pandemic Prevention Yields Huge Benefits

Study Shows Spending On Conservation For Pandemic Prevention Yields Huge Benefits

A new study published in the Journal Science yesterday found that the costs preventing pandemics using three conservation strategies are substantially less than the economic losses and mortality costs of responding to a global zoonotic virus once it occurs.

Why This Matters:  As the study’s authors explain, the risks of zoonotic disease are higher than ever as increasingly intimate associations between humans and wildlife disease reservoirs accelerate the potential for viruses to spread globally.

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