Three Keys to Climate Action, Five Years after Paris

Three Keys to Climate Action, Five Years after Paris

By Shyla Raghav, VP of Climate Change, Conservation International Five years ago this month, after years of tense negotiations, the gavel sounded to announce the adoption of the Paris Agreement. Like many who participated in the negotiations, I was relieved, hopeful, and exhausted. Everyone in the conference room recognized that this was just the first […]

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Our Global War on Nature is Suicidal, Our Ocean Should Be Better Managed

Our Global War on Nature is Suicidal, Our Ocean Should Be Better Managed

World leaders spoke out yesterday on the state of the planet and the message was clear — we must stop taking the natural world for granted.  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “the state of the planet is broken,” our attitude about it is “suicidal,” and then he spent more than 10 minutes cataloging our global “crimes against nature.” 

Why This Matters:  Guterres implored the world to make 2021 a “leap” year — a year in which individuals, businesses, and governments make a “quantum leap” towards carbon neutrality, and when more women leaders are at the table and they take decisive action to begin to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030.

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The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

Just a few decades ago, the vicuña was nearly extinct from overhunting. Today, there are more than 350,000 vicuñas — the long-necked fluffy alpaca cousins — living in their native range along the Andes. How did this conservation comeback happen?  By giving communities the rights to shear the vicuñas for their prized wool, the animals became a source of income. 

Why This Matters: Vicuña wool is a luxury item and one of the most expensive fibers in the world.

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One Cool Thing: Alligators Can Regrow Their Tails

One Cool Thing: Alligators Can Regrow Their Tails

Scientists have long known that some reptiles — like lizards and geckos — can regrow their tails.  But they recently learned that alligators can do the same, CNN reports.  This was a surprise to scientists, who used advanced imaging techniques to discover that juvenile alligators also have the ability to regrow their tails up to […]

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Let’s Stop Bankrolling Extinction

Let’s Stop Bankrolling Extinction

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer According to a new report, last year the world’s largest investment banks invested over $2.6 trillion in industries tied to the destruction of the natural world. The analysis found that 50 top investment banks provided financial services tied to extinctions and ecosystem destruction valued at more than Canada’s GDP.  […]

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“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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