• UN: world needs to rewild on massive scale to stop agw

    From MrPostingRobot@kymhorsell.com@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 4 18:39:54 2021
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    *World must rewild on massive scale to heal nature and climate, says UN

    Patrick Greenfield, The Guardian via Carbon Brief

    A joint report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and
    the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) calls on the world to
    rewild and restore an area the size of China in order to meet
    commitments on nature and the climate, reports the Guardian. In
    launching a "decade on ecosystem restoration", the UN bodies say they
    are issuing an urgent call for the large-scale revival of nature in
    farmlands, forests and other ecosystems. The report says that
    govts must deliver on a commitment to restore at least 1bn
    hectares (2.47bn acres) of land by 2030 and make a similar pledge for
    the oceans, says the Guardian. It adds: "Half the world's GDP is
    dependent on nature and the degradation of ecosystems is affecting
    about 40% of the world's population already, threatening human health, livelihoods and food security, according to the foreword written by
    the UNEP executive director, Inger Andersen, and the FAO
    director-general, Qu Dongyu." The i newspaper says: "[The report]
    estimates the nature restoration required to stem biodiversity loss
    will cost at least 141bn ($200bn) a year by 2030. But it stresses
    that for every USD spent on nature restoration, humans will reap
    up to $30 in economic benefits such as improved pollination, cleaner
    air and water, and less extreme weather events." Reuters quotes Tim Christophersen, who leads UNEP's nature for climate branch, who tells
    the newswire: "[Rehabilitating 1bn hectares would require] a
    completely different mindset#away from small projects to a scaled-up
    effort. It's essential for our biodiversity and climate change
    targets, but also for many of the sustainable development goals."


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