On our watch… biodiversity breakdown

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Although over recent years in the built environment, ‘on our watch’, we have been discussing and to varying degree implementing biodiversity net gain, biodiversity units, action plans, habitat exchange, ecology of place, connectivity with nature and biophilic design.

Combating the Biodiversity Crisis and Learning to Live in Harmony with Nature

Green Market Oracle

We are facing a biodiversity crises and the actions we take this year will determine the fate of life on Earth. Biodiversity loss has a cascade of impacts which is why it is tied to the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs ). Biodiversity was a salient theme at the G7 Summit in August.

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Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss are Center Stage at WEF 2020

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Along with biodiversity loss, climate change is considered to be the greatest threat the world faces. While academics have been at the forefront of efforts to acknowledge and respond to the climate and biodiversity crises, most businesses and governments have not been doing enough.

Addressing Biodiversity Loss: The Convention on Biological Diversity

Green Market Oracle

Unless we act in a timely fashion to prevent further destruction of biodiversity entire ecosystems are at risk of collapse. According to a recent IPBES report human activity (eg climate change causing emissions, habitat loss and pollution) could result in the demise of up to one million species in the next 20 years. The goal is to secure a deal that would protect biodiversity as part of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity.

The climate case for construction

AGreenLiving

Business Green biodiversity clean-economy impact-on-the outsize-impact pollution prevention profoundly-practical- the-environmentBuildings have an outsize impact on the environment. But there are solutions to make construction more efficient, resilient and safer. Continued here: The climate case for construction.

China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

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To mitigate the resulting plastic pollution , the Chinese government is set to enact a plastic ban, phasing out the production and use of several single-use plastic items by 2025, thanks to a detailed policy directive and timeline from the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Eco Green Recycle biodiversity carlo ratti associati cop25 latin america north plastic ban plastic bans plastic pollution reconfigurable roads

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Alliance of more than 11,000 scientists warns that our planet faces a climate emergency

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Doing so can help reduce short-lived pollutants like black carbon (soot), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane, thereby slowing climate feedback loops and minimizing any warming trends. Habitat and biodiversity losses must be avoided by curtailing forest overharvesting and mismanagement. Business Eco Green biodiversity climate climate change policy climate change science during-the-1992 earth ecosystems environment forests-rapidly news scientists-also

30 of world’s largest cities have hit peak greenhouse gas emissions milestone, C40 analysis shows

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Meanwhile, in 2005, the multinational organization now known as C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, or C40 for short, was founded when representatives from 18 mega-cities cooperatively forged an agreement to address widespread pollution and climate change. Green akt biodiversity c40 climate change news philadelphia toronto urban-recreation vancouverThe international community has collaboratively crusaded to quickly reach peak global greenhouse gas emissions.

Amazon rainforest might reach irreversible tipping point as early as 2021

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Dire consequences include biodiversity loss, rampant ecosystem failure and climate repercussions. Eco Green a-policy-brief british climate climate change environmental destruction news photosynthetic textile pollution study tipping-point trees worldRelentless Amazon deforestation and gross mishandling of the region by Brazilian authorities and agricultural advocates are pushing the world’s largest tropical rainforest closer to the brink of catastrophic ecological collapse.

Still in the dark about targets? Observers respond to the UK government’s Environment Bill

Envirotec Magazine

Similarly, nothing was mentioned about NO2, or what new powers might be granted to local authorities to strengthen their ability to enforce air pollution standards – something that had also been promised prior to the Bill’s publication. Soil and biodiversity.

5 Ways Bog Mats Help Protect Environment

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Factors such as oilfield rigging, real-estate projects, urbanization and pollution are leading to rapid destruction of wetlands. An area`s biodiversity is significantly affected by earthworms and beetles as they depend on the soil for sustenance and shelter. Biodiversity environment ForestsNecessary steps must be taken by companies and their contractors to avert damage to environmentally sensitive areas.

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Climate-adaptive park in Copenhagen wins Arne of the Year Award

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Using blue-green space as a sponge for rainwater, the cloudburst adaptation project not only mitigates the effects of cloudbursts, but also increases biodiversity, improves health and quality of life for local citizens and reduces air pollution and the urban heat island effect.

New study pinpoints the places most at risk on a warming planet

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It’s an unprecedented degree of detail for a global biodiversity model. Patricia Balvanera, a professor of biodiversity at TK who wasn’t involved in the study, said the new model “provides an extremely important tool to inform policy decisions and shape responses.”.

Birds benefiting from climate change may find their boost short-lived

Envirotec Magazine

Richard Gregory said: “Our precious wildlife is already struggling to cope with habitat destruction, farming practices, pollution, harmful fishing and invasive non-native species humans have introduced into fragile eco-systems.

Event celebrates the mineral products industry’s contribution to conservation

Envirotec Magazine

The event also included the MPA’s Restoration & Biodiversity Awards, presented by BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today presenter, Sybil Ruscoe. MPA BIODIVERSITY AWARDS WINNERS 2019.

Are Earth’s species really doomed? This study has a hot new take.

Grist

Past studies on climate-driven extinction and biodiversity loss tended to lump a bunch of different factors under the climate change umbrella. When it comes to human-driven species slaughters, there’s (new) good news and there’s (old) bad news.

River-friendly businesses honoured as scheme sparks growing environmental network

Envirotec Magazine

A number of firms have secured “River-Friendly Business” status through an initiative which aims to help companies work together to tackle water pollution. Representatives from all 10 River-Friendly Businesses (photo credit: Dean Atkins).

Tens of thousands of city trees to be planted in first round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Envirotec Magazine

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, said: “Trees are vital in the fight against climate change, to tackle air pollution and help us achieve our net-zero target by 2050. (Photo credit: Forestry Commission). First round of successful bidders to the Urban Tree Challenge Fund announced.

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Report from engineering consultancy considers best and worst scenarios for the future of the planet

Envirotec Magazine

An ever-expanding population and declining planetary health could lead to gigantic air domes combatting the leading cause of death, air pollution, and the total destabilisation of global weather patterns. The report considers what shape the world will be in by 2050.

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Sustainable Certification Schemes Have Failed

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The report indicated that none of the certification schemes have slowed biodiversity loss, deforestation, peatland draining or the loss of biodiversity. Green certification schemes are an impediment to environmental action.

Andrea Leadsom promises 'stronger, greener' UK as government readies Environment Bill

Business Green

Landmark Environment Bill is set to be tabled in Parliament today, but concerns remain over strength of green targets and regulatory enforcement.

Peers sought to build urban resilience platform

Envirotec Magazine

Other issues arising include flood damage to buildings and other street infrastructure; sewer overflows polluting watercourses and water bodies and the declining quality of our lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Nature-based urban resilience infrastructure in Milan, Italy.

What if the Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t the ocean’s biggest plastic problem?

Grist

But several plastics researchers are already disputing this new work, as well as Ocean Cleanup’s approach to the pollution problem. The science of ocean plastic pollution is so new, it’s still hard to tell what’s doing the most harm, and what most needs fixing.

Return of the Environment Bill

Business Green

The Environment Bill must match the Climate Change Act (CCA) in both effect and intent, so that the twin crises of biodiversity and climate can be tackled with equal vigour.

IUCN finds ocean oxygen levels dropping at record rates

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” Related: IPCC landmark report warns about the state of the oceans, polar ice content and the climate crisis Both the climate crisis and nutrient pollution cause ocean deoxygenation. Nutrient pollution includes nitrogen from fossil fuels and run-off from agriculture and sewage. Scientists say that these higher temperatures are probably responsible for about half of the oxygen loss in the ocean’s top 1,000 meters, which is the highest in biodiversity.

Gulf shrimpers fight for their livelihoods in a fertilizer-fueled dead zone

Grist

Increasingly, Blanchard and other Gulf Coast fishermen find themselves reckoning with a different type of pollution, a threat to ocean biodiversity and Louisiana’s $2 billion seafood industry that’s unrelated to oil and much harder to fix. Fertilizer is a major pollutant.

5 growing environmental nonprofits to support in 2020

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5 Gyres 5 Gyres was founded by a couple who met on a sailing expedition to research pollution in the North Pacific Gyre. The organization’s goal is to empower action against the global epidemic of plastic pollution through science, education and action.

New Animal Endangerment Map shows global distribution of threatened animal species

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Species survival is vital to preserving biodiversity and a region’s unique natural history but progress has not been kind to flora and fauna of late. Today’s wildlife are in peril, facing a variety of threats that test their survivability.

New rankings show boost in demand for sustainable cotton as Adidas claims the top spot

Business Green

Dozens of global firms have made substantial progress in their sourcing of sustainable cotton, the latest sustainable cotton rankings have confirmed, providing evidence more businesses are acting to ameliorate the fashion industry's contribution to water scarcity, pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

UK Declare Launch, 13th June

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It will be an essential tool for example in meeting the pledges of the recent Architects Declaration of Climate and Biodiversity Emergency , currently signed by over 274 UK Architects. It focuses mostly on Red List materials, which are all well-known environmental pollutants.

5 growing environmental nonprofits to support in 2020

AGreenLiving

5 Gyres 5 Gyres was founded by a couple who met on a sailing expedition to research pollution in the North Pacific Gyre. The organization’s goal is to empower action against the global epidemic of plastic pollution through science, education and action. Apply to become an ambassador to represent 5 Gyres at events and to promote and raise awareness of plastic pollution. Those interested can also donate or download the Trash Blitz app to track pollution in your area.

Impediments to Action on Enviromental Degradation and Climate Change

Green Market Oracle

The Earth's biodiversity is dying as the ecological web of life is breaking down. To address climate change corporate polluters must be made to bear the costs through some form of carbon pricing scheme.

Urgency and consistency must be the watchwords for UK climate action in 2020

Business Green

October's Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) summit in China will review the Aichi targets which seek to halt and reverse the catastrophic loss of nature and wildlife that our species is driving across the planet.

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G7 summit: Fashion companies make a pact to protect the planet

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” Some of the pact’s ideas include pledging to 100 percent renewable energy for operations by 2030; removing microfiber pollution; boosting biodiversity and creating eco-friendly agricultural, mining and forestry processes; and cutting back on single-use plastics in packaging by 2030.

Missing the point? Understanding environmental policy under a Conservative government

Business Green

The government is committed to the removal of all net greenhouse gas emissions within 30 years from the whole of the UK and a 25-year environment plan to improve - note, not halt the decline - of the country's biodiversity.