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USFS -5 days ago

Impacts of historical ditching on peat volume and carbon in northern Minnesota USA peatlands

Peatlands play a critical role in terrestrial carbon (C) storage, containing an estimated 30% of global soil C, despite occupying only 3% of global land area. Historic management of peatlands has led to widespread degradation and loss of important ecosystem services, including C sequestration. Legacy drainage features in the peatlands of northern Minnesota, USA were studied to assess the volume of...

CBD -2 weeks ago

Does the fight against hunger need its own IPCC?

Later this year, politicians and policymakers are due to meet to make crucial decisions on protecting biodiversity, mitigating climate change and ending hunger - all part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Delegates at two of these meetings - on biodiversity and climate - benefit from the advice of organizations in which thousands of scientists periodically review research in the...

CBD -2 months ago

Tackling the Biodiversity and Climate Crises Together, and Their Combined Social Impacts

Global experts identify key options for solutions; First-ever collaboration between IPBES- and IPCC-selected scientists. Unprecedented changes in climate and biodiversity, driven by human activities, have combined and increasingly threaten nature, human lives, livelihoods and well-being around the world. Biodiversity loss and climate change are both driven by human economic activities and mutually...

CBD -2 months ago

IPBES/IPCC: Tackling the biodiversity and climate crises together, and their combined social impacts

Unprecedented changes in climate and biodiversity, driven by human activities, have combined and increasingly threaten nature, human lives, livelihoods and well-being around the world....

CBD -2 months ago

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

A 'sustainability revolution' is now urgently needed. Of the over 400 climate scenarios assessed in the 1.5°C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), only about 50 scenarios avoid significantly overshooting 1.5°C....

timberbiz -3 months ago

Vic Government misses the mark with carbon storage

The Victorian Government’s climate change strategy announcement provides a proposed roadmap for Victoria to achieve zero emissions but misses the opportunity to maximise carbon sequestration from wood and paper products, according to the Victorian Forest Products Association. Source: Timberbiz “The Government’s announcement implies that the best carbon sequestration is to leave trees in the ...

timberbiz -3 months ago

Euro study showing 69% increase in logging, it may be just 6%

Is forest harvesting increasing in Europe? Apparently so, but not as much as reported last July in a controversial study published in Nature. The study, titled ‘Abrupt increase in harvested forest area over Europe after 2015’, used satellite data to assess forest cover and claimed an abrupt increase of 69% in the harvested forest in Europe from 2016. Source: Timberbiz The authors, from...

EFI -4 months ago

Role of Science in Supporting Policymaking

The ThinkForest Seminar ‘Role of Science in Supporting Policymaking’ will take place online on 20 May 2021. This event aims to discuss: • How can we ensure that the best available science translates into sound EU policies? What are the golden rules for a successful science-policy interface? • Which mechanisms are available for science support? What are some good examples of existing p...

USFS -5 months ago

Integrated biochar research: A roadmap

A scientific consensus is building that the drawdown of very large amounts (at least 1,000 Gt [1.1 x 1012 tn]) of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere will be needed to stabilize the earth’s climate system at a safe temperature (Hansen et al. 2008; Cao and Caldeira 2010; IPCC 2018, 2019). The minimum estimated cost of this drawdown is tens of trillions of dollars over the course of a century...

CBD -5 months ago

The UN Environment Programme needs new powers

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be 50 next year. But the globe's green watchdog, which helped to create the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), very nearly didn't exist....

timberbiz -6 months ago

Ross Hampton takes his chair on the FOA Advisory Council

Incoming Chair of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s forestry advisory council, Ross Hampton, says the world’s renewable timber and forestry sectors must be turbo-charged if we are to have any chance of achieving the global goal of ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’. Source: Timberbiz Mr Hampton, who is also Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association, has just been...

USFS -6 months ago

Effects of Climate Change on Invasive Species

Mean surface temperatures have increased globally by ~0.7 °C per century since 1900 and 0.16 °C per decade since 1970 (Levinson and Fettig 2014). Most of this warming is believed to result from increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activity. Temperature increases have been greater in winter than in summer, and there is a tendency for these increases to be ...

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