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Scientists Say Oceans Can Be Restored by 2050, With Big Commitments to Conservation

Scientists Say Oceans Can Be Restored by 2050, With Big Commitments to Conservation

A new study published in the journal Nature has revealed that oceans are remarkably resilient and could be restored to health by 2050 if “major pressures—including climate change—are mitigated.” As the BBC reported, the researchers identified nine components that are key to rebuilding the oceans: salt marshes, mangroves, seagrasses, coral reefs, kelp, oyster reefs, fisheries, […]

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World Water Day Focuses on Climate Change

World Water Day Focuses on Climate Change

Yesterday was World Water Day and the focus this year was on the interconnectedness of water and climate change. As 2020 was set to be a critical year for climate action (though the coronavirus outbreak could change that), it’s timely to bring attention to how a warming planet affects the world’s water supplies and exacerbates […]

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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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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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Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

The Paris Climate Agreement mentions climate mitigation (reducing our emissions) and adaptation (learning to live with the damage done) but nowhere does the agreement broach the subject of climate restoration: as Quartz explained, the idea of rehabilitating the atmosphere to its pre-industrial state. However last week at the UN, an event convened by the Foundation […]

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Bolsonaro’s Big Talk at the UN

Bolsonaro’s Big Talk at the UN

The Amazon Rainforest is still on fire. This fact comes as Brazil’s newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time and told the world (as the New Yorker reported) that the forest was “practically untouched,” and blamed a “lying and sensationalist media” for propagating fake news about their destruction. […]

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“How Dare You,” Greta Thunberg Schools the UN

Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN Climate Action Summit sent shockwaves through the Twittersphere. Her candor, anger, and deep frustration summed up the reason that we’ve gotten to this point in terms of climate change quite simply: the fossil fuel industry has for 30 years–since the science became available–thwarted political action to significantly curb greenhouse […]

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Special From the IPCC: Report on The World’s Water Expected Out on Wednesday

Special From the IPCC: Report on The World’s Water Expected Out on Wednesday

By Monica Dean and Justin Kenney, UN Foundation The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to release its first special report dedicated to the link between climate change and the ocean and cryosphere on Wednesday. This begs the question, what is the cryosphere?  It is all of Earth’s frozen water: snow, glaciers, ice […]

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IPCC’s New Special Report Warns that We Must Get Serious About Sustainable Land Use

IPCC’s New Special Report Warns that We Must Get Serious About Sustainable Land Use

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land was released today and makes it clear that the way we use our land and cultivate our food must quickly become more sustainable if we’re going to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C and meaningfully act on climate change. Agriculture […]

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How IPCC Reports Have Changed Climate Perception

How IPCC Reports Have Changed Climate Perception

This week we’re taking a deeper dive into the IPCC in anticipation of their new report on climate change and land which will come out this Thursday. Check out our previous stories on the history of the IPCC and how their comprehensive reports are written. Today we’ll explore how the IPCC’s climate reports have shaped […]

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How IPCC Reports are Written (it’s quite a process!)

How IPCC Reports are Written (it’s quite a process!)

  In anticipation of the IPCC’s new Special Report on Climate Change and Land we’re taking a look into the IPCC and how its scientists write their reports. Yesterday we explained the IPCC’s history and structure and today we’ll explain how their reports are written and the rigor behind them. The Basics: As Scientific American […]

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So What is the IPCC exactly?

So What is the IPCC exactly?

If you read about climate change then likely you have come across data cited from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or the IPCC. In fact, there’s a forthcoming special report from the panel to be released later this week but we decided to spend some time leading up to it to take a deeper […]

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