Nature

Post-Brexit biodiversity plans incite concern

tomatoes growing on a farm, with farmer in the background

What’s going on here? Under the EU, BUnder the EU, British farmers received grants through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Following Brexit, the government has promised to introduce the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), consisting of: The Sustainable Farming Incentive, Landscape Recovery and Local Nature Recovery schemes. ELMs promises the restoration of 300,000 hectares of land 2042 by paying farmers and landowners…

The retreat of Antarctica’s riskiest glacier: Thwaites

What’s Going On Here? Scientists have warned that the eastern ice shelf of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier could shatter within the next decade, accelerating melting and sea level rise. What Does This Mean? West Antarctica’s Thwaites glacier is about the size of Great Britain and sheds circa 50 billion tonnes of ice each year.  Earlier this week, The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC),…

Scientists to map “invaluable ally” in climate crisis: world’s fungi networks

Fungi networks

What’s Going On Here? Scientists have come up with a plan to save an “invaluable ally” in the climate crisis – sprawling underground networks of fungi that absorb and store carbon dioxide. The new project, from the Society for the Protection of Underground Networks (SPUN), will map the mysterious fungal web for the first time, helping scientists locate those most under threat.…

Nearly 20% of tropical forests threatened by overlapping extractive industries

What’s Going On Here? A new study from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and WWF has revealed that around 20% of intact tropical forests overlap with extractive industries, mining, oil and gas projects. This overlapping area amounts to 975,000 km2, almost equivalent to the size of Egypt! What Does This Mean? Tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) are defined as continuous patches of forest…

Can we slash the rate of extinctions with a UN Agreement?

What’s Going On Here? Plans for new UN targets to curb biodiversity loss have been shared in draft by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.  Biodiversity, and the benefits it provides, is fundamental to human well-being and a healthy planet. Despite ongoing efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide and this decline is projected to continue or worsen under business-as-usual scenarios. What Does This…

Save the Rainforests, UK Edition

Did you know that there are rainforests right here in the UK? We’re not talking about the tropical kind, but ‘temperate’ rainforests which thrive in places with heavy rainfall.  No surprise that the UK makes the perfect climate!. Our very own green and pleasant land is home to some small fragments of these habitats which are as important for carbon sequestration and…