Archive for September 16th, 2020

16/09/2020

Climate Change: Record Northern Heat Fuels Concerns over US Wildfire Destruction

(UN News)* — The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday [15 September 2020], amid searing conditions that have contributed to devastating wildfires on the west coast of the United States.
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San Francisco Fire Department | More than 78,000 acres of forest in the Sierra mountains in California has been lost due to wildfires.
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“The northern hemisphere just had its hottest summer on record”, said Clare Nullis, WMO spokesperson.

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16/09/2020

10 Years to Restore Our Planet. 10 Actions that Count.

16 September 2020 (UN Environment)* — Against a backdrop of environmental crisis, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a chance to revive the natural world that supports us all. 

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A decade may sound like a long time. But scientists say that these next ten years will count most in the fight to avert climate change and the loss of millions of species. Here are ten actions in the strategy of the UN Decade that can build a #GenerationRestoration. 

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16/09/2020

‘Protecting Nature Is Entirely within Humanity’s Reach. The Work Must Start Now’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment*

We have known for a long time that biodiversity, and the services it provides, have been in decline. It is on this background that ten years ago, the international community adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The goal of the plan, and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, was to halt biodiversity loss and ensure that ecosystems continued to provide essential services.

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16/09/2020

Nature: Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

Montreal, 15 September 2020 (UN Environment)*Despite encouraging progress in several areas, the natural world is suffering badly and getting worse. Eight transformative changes are, therefore, urgently needed to ensure human wellbeing and save the planet, the UN warns in a major report. nature-3545314_1920Pixabay

The report comes as the COVID-19 pandemic challenges people to rethink their relationship with nature, and to consider the profound consequences to their own wellbeing and survival that can result from continued biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystems.

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16/09/2020

UN Report Highlights Links between ‘Unprecedented Biodiversity Loss’ and Spread of Disease

ILRI/Barbara Wieland | Testing sheep for diseases in Bako, Ethiopia.
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The fifth edition of the UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report, published by the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), provides an authoritative overview of the state of nature worldwide.
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