World Food Prize 2021 Winner Unlocks Benefits of Fish
Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted has been named the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate. Often referred to as the Nobel Prize for food research, Dr. Thilsted is the first woman of Asian heritage to receive the award. Her work focuses on unlocking the benefits of fish for diets, health and livelihoods. Perishablenews.com
Bark-dwelling Methanotrophic Bacteria decrease Methane emissions from trees.
A world-first discovery published in Nature Communications found unique methane-eating communities of bacteria living within the bark of a common Australian tree species: paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia). These microbial communities were abundant, thriving, and mitigated about one-third of the substantial methane emissions from paperbark that would have otherwise ended up in the atmosphere. Nature
Forests the Size of France Have Regrown in the Last 20 Years, New Research Shows.
Nearly 59 million hectares of forests—an area larger than mainland France— have regrown since 2000, according to a new analysis published today by Trillion Trees, a joint venture between World Wildlife Fund (WWF), BirdLife International and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) WWF
Standard Tool to compare Species conservation efforts launched
The tool—called the Species Threat Abatement and Restoration, or STAR, metric—determines how much a given action can help reduce a species’ extinction risks. Anthropocenemagazine.org
World Leaders call for a Nature-Positive World: The Global Goal for Nature
Ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), leading conservation and business organizations are urging leaders to build a Nature Positive world. In a new paper, representatives from Global Environment Facility, WWF, Business for Nature, World Resources Institute and several other organizations make the case for "a clear and overarching Nature-Positive Global Goal For Nature". Read more here
Amazon raises $1 billion sustainable bond for climate, social causes
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) issued its first sustainability bond on Monday, raising $1 billion to invest in renewable energy, clean transport, greener buildings and affordable housing. Reuters.com
Ravaged by Fishing — An Oceanic Shark Emergency
Two iconic shark species — oceanic whitetip and scalloped hammerhead — as well as many other sharks and rays inhabiting the open ocean are being pushed toward extinction. Main threat? Overfishing. How did we get here and what can be done to save them? WWF
Scientists have taught Bees to smell the Coronavirus. They can identify a case within seconds.
Scientists in the Netherlands have trained bees to identify COVID-19 through their sense of smell, according to a press release from Wageningen University. The research was conducted on more than 150 bees in Wageningen University's bio-veterinary research laboratory. Businessinsider.com
G7 should invest $1 trillion a year for sustainable COVID recovery
G7 countries should invest $10 trillion to stoke an investment-driven recovery that puts COVID-19 vaccines in arms and triggers a sweeping energy transformation to slow climate change, according to a report requested by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Trust.org
Forest the size of France regrown worldwide over 20 years
Forest the size of France regrown worldwide over 20 years, study finds. Nearly 59m hectares of forests have regrown since 2000, the research found, providing the potential to soak up and store 5.9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide – more than the annual emissions of the entire US. Theguardian.com
DFC Announces First-Ever Chief Climate Officer and Deputy to Lead Agency Efforts to Tackle the Climate Crisis
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) today announced the agency’s first-ever dedicated senior officials focused on climate. Specifically, DFC has appointed Jake Levine as Chief Climate Officer (CCO) and Aparna Shrivastava as Deputy Chief Climate Officer. Nextbillion.net
Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Call on Big Pharma CEOs to Combat Vaccine Equity Crisis
Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have penned a powerful open letter to the CEOs of five of the world’s leading COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, calling on them to urgently share COVID-19 vaccines with the world’s poorest countries. Globalcitizen.org.
Renewed IKEA and WWF partnership to accelerate action to enhance biodiversity
For nearly 20 years WWF and Inter IKEA Group have partnered to drive positive environmental impact within different industries, and today a renewed term of partnership until 2025 is announced. IKEA.
G7: Rich states want to send 40m more girls to school
The G7 group of nations is to agree on a new target of sending 40 million more girls from low and middle income countries to school within five years. Foreign ministers will use a London summit to commit to helping women in developing countries with a $15bn (£10.8bn) two-year package of support. BBC.
Make nature-related financial disclosures mandatory, says Hank Paulson
Financial institutions should be required to report the impact on nature of their lending and investments as part of a joint public-private drive to put a value on nature, according to Henry Paulson. Environmental-finance.com
An Arctic Ocean Network of Priority Areas for Conservation
The WWF Arctic Programme is very excited to share the launch of our ArcNet Guide today. ArcNet – An Arctic Ocean Network of Priority Areas for Conservation – is a network of priority areas for marine conservation that spans the entire Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. WWF
Global shortage of 900,000 Midwives threatens women’s lives and health, new report shows
The COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated these problems, with the health needs of women and newborns overshadowed by the pandemic response and midwives being deployed to other health services. UNFPA