New IUCN Red List Released
The news for sharks and rays are VERY BAD‼️ As latest findings show, 36% of sharks and rays are now threatened with extinction, with overfishing as the single largest threat responsible for this alarming trend.
Sir David Attenborough Backs New Tech That Can Recycle All Plastics
Wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough has appeared in a video campaign for a new plastic recycling technology in the U.K., alongside other naturalists calling for stronger protections for the world’s oceans. Forbes.com
Record weights of Ivory seizures in pre-pandemic data remains of concern
The most recent seizure data from the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) shows that despite reporting gaps, there was a marked increase in the total weight of ivory seized during 2019 compared to the previous three years. The year 2019 saw three of the largest weight seizures ever recorded by the monitoring system. CITES
How rescheduling Debt for Climate and Nature goals could unlock a Sustainable Recovery
UN Economic Commission for Africa, for instance, is working on ways of providing immediate debt relief and liquidity while developing a medium-term green investment strategy. Weforum.
WWF appoints Ombudsperson in a first for Conservation sector
WWF has appointed distinguished human rights lawyer and international mediator, Gina Barbieri, as Ombudsperson for the global conservation network, the first role of such a kind for the nature conservation sector. WWF
Cargo Ship still stuck across Suez Canal- holding up $9.6bn of goods a day
Last week, a single ship — admittedly one almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall — caused ripple effects around the world when it blocked the southern entrance to the canal after running aground. Crude oil prices have jumped, tankers and container ships are backed up. Financial Times
World's biggest Coal company bets on Solar Power
Coal India Limited (CIL) plans to invest in a 3,000 megawatt solar energy project in a joint venture with state-run NLC India. BBC
UN Chief warns of coming Debt Crisis for Developing World
Guterres said the fact that only six countries had defaulted on their foreign debts last year — Argentina, Belize, Ecuador, Lebanon, Suriname and Zambia — had created the “illusion” of stability and a “misperception of the seriousness of the situation”. Financial Times.
President Biden Invites 40 World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate
The Summit will reconvene the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP. White House
Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation are underfunded - but offer big Benefits
New research finds that as little as 1.5% of all public international climate finance has gone to support nature-based solutions for adaptation in developing countries. REDD+ Digest.
Experts Urge World Leaders to 'Put Marine Ecosystems at the Heart of Climate Policy'
Led by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and backed by 66 partner groups, the letter (pdf) calling on world leaders to “put marine ecosystems at the heart of climate policy” is now open to public signature and will be presented to governments before November's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Desmogblog.com
Once nearly extinct, American bald eagle populations have quadrupled in last decade
Populations of American bald eagles, once on the brink of extinction, have pleasantly surprised experts — quadrupling in size since 2009. cbsnews.com
Transatlantic flights are about to get a little bit greener.
Scientists found smart new flight paths to take advantage of prevailing winds that could save 200km worth of jet fuel on every crossing. Forbes.com
UN-Habitat and UNEP jointly launch a new project “Connecting People, Cities and the Ocean''.
The programme aims to harness important coastal and marine resources to achieve a sustainable blue economy and bring jobs to over 3,000 youth and women. unhabitat.org
Octopuses may be able to Dream and change Color when sleeping.
Octopuses change color when they sleep, and it might be because they are dreaming. Sidarta Ribeiro at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil, and his colleagues have found that octopuses go through two distinct stages of sleep – active and passive. Newscientist.com.
Thriving population of Endangered Monkeys gives hope to Conservationists.
Fewer than 300 Delacour’s langurs (Trachypithecus delacouri) remain today. Most of the world’s remaining Delacour’s langurs live in Van Long Nature Reserve in Vietnam. Efforts to conserve them are showing positive outcomes. Mongabay.com
Unrelated adoptions by Bonobos may point to altruistic traits, study says.
While the researchers do not know why these Bonobos chose to adopt unrelated infants in the Congo, they speculate that it could be to strengthen current and future alliances within their own groups as well as with other social groups.Mongabay.com.
Could the Amazon become Ground Zero for the World’s next Pandemic?
If deforestation continues to accelerate, the Amazon could be at risk of becoming ground zero for the world’s next pandemic, according to a study published last week. Conservation.org.
New picture of famous Black Hole reveals its swirling Magnetic Field.
“It was not a lot of information about the actual physics of the gas around the black hole,” says Sara Issaoun, an EHT team member at Radboud University in the Netherlands. “Looking at it in polarised light told us information about the magnetic field of the black hole.” Newscientist.com
Three-Quarters of Travellers are choosing destinations based on sustainability compliance
Booking.com has released its 2020 Sustainability Report, sharing market intelligence that 80% of travellers think sustainable travel is important, and 70% are more likely to choose an accommodation if it has implemented sustainable practices.