There is strong evidence that deteriorating environments caused by climate change are driving millions of people to resort to mass migration in their search for a better life, both within countries and across borders. As temperatures rise these migrations will only increase, particularly in Latin America and India, which is predicted to overtake China as the country with the largest population by 2025. An analysis of environment and migration, published in Nature Climate Change, of 30 studies of individual countries across the world shows that there is no one single factor that drives migration. But most research has found that environmental hazards have a major influence. Rising temperature levels, changes in rainfall and single sudden events like hurricanes are all triggers.
Climate News Network 15th Sept 2020 read more »
The world has failed to meet a single target to stem the destruction of wildlife and life-sustaining ecosystems in the last decade, according to a devastating new report from the UN on the state of nature. From tackling pollution to protecting coral reefs, the international community did not fully achieve any of the 20 Aichi biodiversity targets agreed in Japan in 2010 to slow the loss of the natural world. It is the second consecutive decade that governments have failed to meet targets. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, published before a key UN summit on the issue later this month, found that despite progress in some areas, natural habitats have continued to disappear, vast numbers of species remain threatened by extinction from human activities, and $500bn (£388bn) of environmentally damaging government subsidies have not been eliminated.
Guardian 15th Sept 2020 read more »
Seagrass is a wonder plant but unrecognised and sorely neglected. This is a flowering plant with long ribbon-like leaves that often grows in the sea in lush underwater meadows. It is an unsung hero in the fight to clean up carbon dioxide and the climate emergency. Its credentials are astonishing: it absorbs carbon from the atmosphere up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests, stores 10% of the annual ocean carbon storage across the globe and locks up that carbon in sediments that can stay out of harm’s way for millennia. A restoration project got under way in Pembrokeshire, planting 1m seagrass seeds on the seabed at Dale Bay to create a 20,000 square-metre meadow. The restoration programme by the University of Swansea, WWF and the Sky Ocean Rescue charity hopes the Pembrokeshire project will spur large-scale seagrass restoration projects elsewhere in Britain and in the world.
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The world is about to face a ‘Minsky moment’ because of climate change, Mark Carney has warned. In a new film by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), the former Bank of England governor has warned that the finance sector is not doing enough to combat the mounting problem and that we need to take swift action. The movie, which also features David Attenborough and Richard Curtis, argues that the world’s economies need to rapidly adjust to become more sustainable, and build back in a more climate-friendly way after the pandemic. Mr Carney, who is now the Special Envoy for Climate Change and Finance at the United Nations, said: “The biggest risk is inaction today. If we continue to downplay the scale of the transition that needs to happen across the entire economy, across all economies around the world, then the adjustment when it comes will be much more severe.
Telegraph 14th Sept 2020 read more »
The word Arctic may be up for redefinition. The conditions within the melting Arctic Circle are changing so fast that what was once a frozen seascape could now be entering a new climate regime in which nothing is predictable. Even in an unusually cold year, the sea ice may not return to the summer limits normal in the last century. For some months of autumn and even winter, rain will fall instead of snow, US scientists report in the journal Nature Climate Change. “The rate of change is remarkable,” said Laura Landrum, of the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research, who led the study.
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