Australia’s logging ‘madness’ fuels more fires, hastens ecosystem collapse

A thick, acrid scent of smoke marks the last summer season in Australia, which has become known as the “black summer.” Between June 2019 and March 2020, a series of bushfires ripped through more than 11 million hectares (27.2 million acres) of bushland, forest and parks in Australia, killing about a billion native animals, including scores of iconic species like koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Read more here.

Best-practice biodiversity safeguards for Belt and Road Initiative’s financiers

With thousands of projects being built along eight transcontinental corridors, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is driving the global infrastructure boom. BRI is likely to have a sizeable biodiversity footprint as its corridors overlap several priority areas for conservation and 150,000 km2 of critical habitat. Biodiversity safeguards for the initiative therefore warrant scrutiny. Biodiversity safeguards are policies or standards (adopted by regulators, project proponents or financiers) that specify biodiversity impact mitigation measures. Here we examine a key source of safeguards—lending requirements of BRI’s financiers. We compare them with International Finance Corporation’s Perfor

Logging Fueled Last Year's Catastrophic Megafires In Australia And Could Spark Repeats

From the Amazon to Siberia wildfires set much of the world ablaze in 2019, with some areas suffering the largest burns ever recorded. This year shows signs of a repeat. It’s not hard to see global heating’s hand at play, even as some tried to deny it, but a new study in Nature Ecology and Evolution claims the influence of logging has been overlooked. Read more here.

Preventing pandemics, global warming and environmental degradation all at once

The Earth and its inhabitants face three global crises: the pandemic crisis, the climate crisis and biodiversity crisis. Unto themselves, each already feels overwhelming -- in terms of public-health consequences, the speed and scale of impacts, and the transformative actions needed to keep the planet habitable. Read more here.

Biodiversity offsetting requires lots of land

This guest blog by Laura Sonter, Jeremy Simmonds, James Watson and Martine Maron examines why avoiding impacts is a better solution to achieving No Net Loss of natural ecosystems. Read more here.

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