Saturday, December 8, 2018

From mitigating climate change, to protecting coastlines, food security, bio-diversity, and economic and social equality – mangroves offer important solutions for our planet!


Over the past 26 years the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has worked around the globe in giving a voice to mangroves, and in helping to conserve and restore these critical forest wetlands. The world today faces a number of challenges – ranging from climate change, to protecting coastlines from strengthening storms, ensuring food security, and economic and social equality. Luckily, mangroves provide unique solutions to these pressing issues!

You may have read or heard recently about a report issued by the world’s leading climate scientists at the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warning us that urgent changes are needed to reverse the course of climate trends. Nearly 2.4 billion people live within 60 miles of the coast, and as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise these areas will be some of the most heavily impacted.

Luckily, mangroves have been found to be incredible long-term carbon sinks, storing carbon in the plants themselvesbut also (and more importantly) in the soils below for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Indeed, scientists have discovered that they store far more carbon than first thought – in some cases up to 5 times more per acre than inland forests! – all of which helps significantly in the fight against climate change.
Screen Shot 2018-12-06 at 4.31.03 PMGiven this fact, as well as the numerous other benefits provided by mangroves, it is now even more imperative to conserve and restore our global mangrove forests. To this end, MAP continues leading ecology and community-based mangrove restoration workshops and trainings across Latin America, Asia – and most recently Africa – to ensurthat restoration efforts globally are more successful, bringing a brighter future to coastal communities.
And while we are ramping up our efforts at MAP to protect and restore these crucial wetland ecosystems, we are also helping nurturthe next generation of coastal forest defenders. Now that we have specific targets (like keeping average global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius), we need to educate the younger generations as they will be responsible for meeting these goals. Across all of our programs, MAP aims to educate and inspire young people so that they grow up informed and passionate about the issues and importance of mangroves.

None of this work would be possible without our supporters, and we want to thank you for all your help in ensuring the continued health of our global mangrove ecosystems. The assistance we’ve received from supporters like you over the past year haallowed MAP to:

  • Work with Wetlands International to bring our innovative Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) method training to Africa, and to expand trainings to additional countries;
  • Expand our Marvellous Mangroves program to 2 additional countries (Suriname and French Guyana) – adding to the 250,000 children around the world who have taken part in the curriculum;
  • Conduct livelihood trainings in Thailand communities, and strengthen their CBEMR network so that they can expand protection of their country’s mangrove forests.

In the coming months, MAP will be pushing our successful ecology and community-based methods to the forefront of mangrove restoration efforts globally, and will continue engaging current and future generations in these crucial ecosystems. But we can only do so thanks to our amazing network of supporters! During this year-end giving season, we hope you’ll consider a tax-deductible donation to Mangrove Action Project.2019 Calendar Sales email header copy

To make a donation, please visit our donations webpage, or mail a check to the following address:

P.O. Box 1854
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You can also purchase our 2019 Children's Art Calendar through our website, which makes a great holiday gift!
And as always, from the mangroves and all those who call them home – thank you!

Sincerely,                                                                                                                              
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Alfredo Quarto                                        Dylan Skeffington
Co-Directors,
Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279

Thursday, December 6, 2018

MAP News Issue 457, Dec. 8, 2018

Mangrove Action Project
The MAP News
457th Edition                                                     Dec. 8, 2018

FEATURE
 
From mitigating climate change, to protecting coastlines, food security, bio-diversity, and economic and social equality – mangroves offer important solutions for our planet!
Mangrove Giving
Over the past 26 years the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has worked around the globe in giving a voice to mangroves, and in helping to conserve and restore these critical forest wetlands. The world today faces a number of challenges – ranging from climate change, to protecting coastlines from strengthening storms, ensuring food security, and economic and social equality. Luckily, mangroves provide unique solutions to these pressing issues! You may have read or heard recently about a report issued by the world’s leading climate scientists at the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warning us that urgent changes are needed to reverse the course of climate trends. Nearly 2.4 billion people live within 60 miles of the coast, and as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise these areas will be some of the most heavily impacted. Luckily, mangroves have been found to be incredible long-term carbon sinks, storing carbon in the plants themselves, but also (and more importantly) in the soils below for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. In the coming months, MAP will be pushing our successful ecology and community-based methods to the forefront of mangrove restoration efforts globally, and will continue engaging current and future generations in these crucial ecosystems. But we can only do so thanks to our amazing network of supporters! During this year-end giving season, we hope you’ll consider a tax-deductible donation to Mangrove Action Project. To make a donation, please visit our donations webpage.
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AFRICA

Indigenous peoples and local communities are the best guardians of biodiversity
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EGYPT - “Indigenous peoples and local communities embody humanity’s creative intelligence and wisdom in our care and love for Mother Earth. We are on the frontlines to protect the world's remaining biodiversity, and many of our leaders have been killed defending human rights and the environment.” This was the key closing message of the of the caucus* of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) participating in the UN Biodiversity conference, held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 17-29 November 2018. The Biodiversity Conference combined the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14), the highest governing body of the Convention, as well as the 9th meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COPMOP9) and the 3rd meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (COPMOP3). READ MORE

Joining up the dots to protect Forests, Climate and Rights - A Strategy Think-piece
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CONGO - As 80% of global biodiversity lie within the vast forest territories of indigenous peoples, these crises are closely linked.1 The threats to the successful conservation of forests, the associated impacts on our global climate and the cultural survival of indigenous peoples who call those forests home have their roots in the same problem: a failure to legally recognise and enforce the rights of indigenous peoples to care for their ancestral forest lands, thereby securing their lands and demonstrating sustainability is possible. FPP works at the nexus of these problems mobilising a diverse set of tools to tackle these linked crises. FPP’s approach is rooted in deep working relationships with indigenous peoples, connecting their struggles with national and global allies in the spheres of conservation, human rights, development and trade, and using tools such as strategic litigation, and legal and policy reform to reinforce this grass roots advocacy to generate transformative change. READ MORE

ASIA

Protecting our mangroves and coastal wetlands
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MALAYSIA - During my recent field trips to various mangrove forests and islands on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, there were sightings of plastic litter in the mangroves and on the shores throughout the coast. Accumulated plastic litter can have major negative consequences on mangroves. For instance, they occupy ground space and create unnecessary competition — deterring seedlings to establish and grow, while suffocating and choking the faunal organisms. Plastic litter also affect tidal flushing, causing stress on the ecosystem with increased salinity and chemical deposits. Furthermore, plastic litter could also promote the spread of mosquito- and other pest- and water-related diseases, among others.Many mangrove forests are still perceived as the most convenient dumping sites, while some mangrove estuaries are suppressed by the impacts of leachate and overflow garbage from the nearby illegal landfills. It is crucial to note that coastal villages are directly affected by the daily flood and ebb tides. Critically, during spring tides (new moon and full moon), all low lying villages are flooded and the tides will wash away unmanaged litter when ebbing, and contribute further to the marine debris issue. READ MORE

After Dedicating 16 Years of His Life to Mangroves, Man Has Helped to Plant 2 Million Trees
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SRI LANKA - Mangrove trees are an essential source of resources for humans and animals alike – and despite how deforestation has put the trees in a precarious position, one man has dedicated his entire life to protecting them. Douglas Thisera, also known as the “Mangrove Master”, has planted over 2 million mangrove saplings across his home country of Sri Lanka in a bid to preserve the precious foliage. “I love mangrove forests very much,” Thisera told Great Big Story. “I can compare my attachment to mangroves like the connection between a tree and its bark.” Though Thisera has been working in conservation since 1992, he has spent the last 16 years planting the saplings and organizing community projects to protect mangrove forests from being torn down for industrialization purposes.READ MORE

By 2021, mobile app will send alerts if mangroves destroyed
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INDIA - Debris mafia and land encroachers may want to think twice before destroying mangroves as the state forest department’s cell is all set to get phone alerts through an app whenever miscreants damage any green cover. The app, to be developed by Indian Institute and Space Science and Technology (IIST)—a unit of Indian Space Research Organisation, will generate alerts even if a minor change is detected in the state’s mangroves cover. Even a 2sqm destruction or degradation of mangroves will be detected with the help of satellites. The IIST commenced work on the satellite-mapping project in April and is expected to complete it by 2021. In the meantime, IIST has already begun sharing satellite images with the mangrove cell. “We are using ground and satellite data to perfect a model for monitoring mangroves. The app, which will be developed in the later stages, will be provided to select officials. It will also receive complaints and mangrove destruction pictures sent by citizens,” said an official. “Past baseline maps and imagery are being used. The satellite will monitor changes and every time a change is detected, if it is negative, an alert will be generated. The project will cost us Rs 70 lakh,” said the official. READ MORE

Indigenous peoples in West Papua call for halt of harmful 'development activities' on their customary lands
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INDONESIA - "Currently, we, the indigenous people, traditional villagers and forest people, and the places where we are living are under pressure and face sustained injustice and social tension due to large-scale “development’ activities conducted by plantation and commercial logging companies." After travelling to Jakarta to meet with religious leaders, and representatives from the environmental and forest ministry, the affected communities from West Papua took part in a demonstration. At present, indigenous communities, villages and customary forests in Papua are experiencing pressure, injustice and social tensions from development activities carried out by large scale plantation companies and commercial logging. READ MORE

AMERICAS

Experts Seek to Conserve and Restore Mangroves in the Country
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COSTA RICA - The International Workshop for Exchange of Experiences in Mangrove Conservation and Restoration was held in the country for the framework of the Project Restoration, Conservation and Sustainable Management of the Mangroves of Costa Rica, Benin Against Climate Change, and the Costa Rica-Benin Mangrove Project. This was the 4th workshop to be held in Costa Rica this year since previously the national experiences have been known and from countries such as Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador. The workshop allowed the exchange of knowledge and experiences related to conservation, mangrove restoration, models of community participation and environmental education related to these ecosystems, which will include the participation of national and international experts, government institutions, civic organizations, and community groups. In addition, it allows the monitoring of the results of the national initiatives previously identified by the project Global Environment Facility (GEF) mangroves and the coordination of the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), to work towards the goal of establishing a protocol national for the rehabilitation of mangroves.READ MORE

Finding A Future in the Forest
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MEXICO -One of the largest remaining tropical rainforests in the Americas stretches across the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, and reaches down into Guatemala and Belize. The forests are home to an innumerable number of species, from jaguars and mahogany trees, to plants, insects and animals still yet to be named and classified by modern science. In some places, the landscape is dotted with cenotes, caves hollowed out from limestone, that fill with dazzlingly aqua waters. People living in this region have been stewards of the forest for generations. But when she was younger, Alma Delia Salgado didn’t think she could stay in her small hometown, Nueva Vida, in the state of Campeche. She planned to move away to find work, perhaps to a big city or maybe the United States. This is a common dilemma facing young people around the world, who find few opportunities in rural regions. But for the forest communities of the Yucatan Peninsula, the departure of an entire generation could spell disaster for an ecosystem — and global climate change. READ MORE

OCEANA

Can Killer Robots Help Save the Great Barrier Reef?
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AUSTRALIA - I spot one on a clear September morning, while swimming through the lukewarm waters around the Great Barrier Reef. A striking starfish, the color of cabernet and sporting more than a dozen arms, hugs the side of a gently curving ridge of coral. It looks lovely and dangerous, and not just because I know the long spines covering it are lacquered with venom. This creature, located a two-hour boat ride from Townsville, off Australia’s northeast coast, is known as the crown-of-thorns starfish. While it’s the first one I have ever seen, it’s far from alone. Since 2010, a plague of them, numbering somewhere in the millions, has been methodically consuming the Great Barrier Reef, representing yet another in a series of existential threats to a coral reef system already wounded by intense hurricanes and weakened by bouts of exceptionally warm waters. Nor is this the first outbreak. READ MORE

LAST WORD

BECCS and many fake “sustainable biofuel” projects continue to misinform about their net impacts using false carbon accounting.
Some examples are given in this New York Times article, which unfortunately fails to discuss solutions:
Palm Oil Borneo Climate Catastrophe
Last year, when the deforested peatlands cleared for oil palm burned in forest fires, Indonesia was briefly the world’s largest CO2 emitter, even more than China or the US!
Indonesia has the world’s largest mangroves, and around half of them have been destroyed.
Most have been destroyed with international “development” funds, in order to create shrimp ponds, around half of which have been abandoned due to disease.
Indonesia now protects mangroves, but the north coast of Java, which used to be mangroves, are now water, causing flooding inland due to sea level rise.
If they were regenerated, Indonesia could be the world’s largest and most cost-effective carbon sink.
The Biorock method, originally developed for coral reef and coastal fisheries regeneration, greatly increases marine plant above and below ground production, and increases carbon storage in sediments.
Willie Smits, Biorock Indonesia, the Mangrove Action Project, and Indonesian mangrove researchers are trying to find funding to use Biorock restoration methods to restore Borneo mangroves that were illegally clearcut for palm oil plantations, whose peat carbon is now oxidizing and turning into CO2 as the result of deforestation and drainage.
Our goal is to turn this devastated area into an orangutan sanctuary, a carbon sink, and a producer of truly sustainable biofuels.
These will be produced from sustainable tapping of the flower stalks of Nypa fruticans palm, endemic to these swamps, which unlike sugar cane, does not need to be cut down or fertilized to produce biofuels.

Thomas J. F. Goreau, PhD
President, Global Coral Reef Alliance
President, Biorock Technology Inc.
Coordinator, Soil Carbon Alliance
Coordinator, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Small Island Developing States Partnership in New Sustainable Technologies
37 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
goreau@globalcoral.org
www.globalcoral.org
Skype: tomgoreau
Tel: (1) 617-864-4226


 

 
 
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

MAP News Issue 456, Nov 24, 2018

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456th Edition                                                     November 24, 2018

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Stand with Mangroves this #GivingTuesday - Tuesday Nov 27
Support MAP this Giving Tuesday
 
GLOBAL - The November 27th Giving Tuesday is right around the corner! This annual day of giving provides us a great opportunity to begin the new year with a strong base... and this year there is a chance to make your impact even greater! This year Facebook and PayPal are teaming up to provide a $7 million matching fund for Giving Tuesday – that means that if you donate through our Facebook page after 5AM (PST) Tuesday, you will have a chance to double your donation to Mangrove Action Project! With rising global temperatures and sea levels, saving and restoring the world's mangrove forests is now more important than ever – both for the health of our planet, and the 200+ million people who call these ecosystems home. So on this #GivingTuesday, please consider donating to MAP to help spur much-needed action on our world’s vital mangrove forests. From all those at the Mangrove Action Project team, and from mangrove communities around the world, we say thank you!
Sincerely,
Alfredo Quarto & Dylan Skeffington
Co-Directors, the Mangrove Action Project
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AFRICA

MAP's CBEMR Training in the Saloum Delta
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SENEGAL - Another fascinating mangrove rehabilitation teaching adventure, this time to Senegal, at the behest of Wetlands International, with MAP’s Alfredo Quarto and Jim Enright. The travel allowed us to see a small bit of normal life in Dakar and the countryside. Driving needs care as there were many animal-drawn vehicles on the road, and the ubiquitous white Peugeot 505 taxis, held together by poly-filler and hope. Week one was a mix of theoretical training and field trips. We covered the reasons for planting failures, mangrove benefits focusing more on the obscure features such as water cleaning, a lot of relevant mangrove biology and ecology, species zoning, measuring spot heights, the importance of hydrology and how CBEMR uses all of these factors to facilitate natural regeneration. With removal of mangrove stressors and improvements of hydrology and topography a bio-diverse ecosystem can be re-established. So saline there were salt crusts everywhere as well as saturated soils. Leaves covered in excreted salt and a layer of dust inhibiting photosynthesis. Tough conditions. READ MORE

ASIA

MAP staff member joins the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2018
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PHILIPPINES - The 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum involved global participation and almost 1,000 delegates attended from government, the academic and scientific community, businesses, civil society organizations and NGOs, international development partners, media and youth from over 60 countries, focusing on sharing and learning from each other in a bid to proactively address the need to enable resilience for all, and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. MAP representative Jaruwan (Ning) Enright was invited to be one of panelists in the session on Technology & Practices under Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in the auditorium. She was joined by Alex Rendell, a Thai celebrity and Thai actor who influences young people and the public to be interested in and support the environmental work in Thailand. The session highlighted green technology and infrastructure to help increasing the resilience of ecosystems. Sheshared Mangrove Action Project’s experiences and challenges using the practice of Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) to show how it can increase ecosystems resilience by providing multiple services and reduce storm impacts on local livelihoods. READ MORE

Blue Carbon: An Underreported Climate Story
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INDONESIA - “It’s sexy but underreported.” This is how Indonesian climate scientist, Daniel Murdiyarso, refers to the issue of blue carbon, or the carbon dioxide in coastal ecosystems. Indonesia has two major coastal blue carbon ecosystems: nearly 3 million hectares of mangroves and 300,000 hectares of seagrass meadows. Terrestrial climate and environmental issues, such as deforestation or the conservation of endangered animals, get far more play in the media. While public and media outrage over the cutting down of trees or the razing of orangutan habitats is justified, the reality is that mangroves can, per hectare, store more than five times the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by upland forests. This means that the clearing of mangroves emits five times more carbon dioxide than clearing a similar area of degraded forest or peatland, thus increasing carbon emissions and further exacerbating climate change. “On paper, if we handle the mangrove and peat problem, 80% of the problem is solved. But the problem is [that] it is not in the government agenda yet to include blue carbon in the process to reduce emissions,” says Murdiyarso, who is principal scientist for climate change, energy and low carbon development at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), based in Bogor. READ MORE

Rehabilitation of mangroves a boost for eco-system
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MALAYSIA - Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Berhad (“LCTH”) in collaboration with Tanjung Piai Johor National Park spearheaded the rehabilitation of 1,000 mangroves in Tanjung Piai, a coastal mangrove area located at the southernmost tip of continental Asia managed by Johor National Parks Corporation. The half-day event mobilised almost 50 people, including state Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal, Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Berhad chief financial officer David Tan Gek Seng, Johor National Parks Corporation director Mustafa Kamal Abdullah, Tanjung Piai Johor National Park manager Norwati Abdul Wahab and staff of LCTH and Tanjung Piai Johor National Park. The event saw the planting of 1,000 mangrove seedlings along the coast of Tanjung Piai. The participants had the opportunity to experience hands-on mangrove planting and go on a tour around Tanjung Piai’s picturesque boardwalk. READ MORE

How mangrove forests can rebound – and it's thanks to climate change
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PHILIPPINES - Humans have become adept at destroying natural habitats. Indeed, we’re so good at it we’ve changed the very makeup and climate of our planet. But there may be signs the natural world is fighting back by protecting itself against rising temperatures and changing weather patterns, and we face the tantalising prospect of helping this process. A recent study found that mangrove forests could be adapting to climate change by growing beyond their usual range. The risk of several days of continuous frost, which previously kept these trees in tropical and subtropical areas near the equator, is continuously shifting towards the poles. As average global temperatures rise, mangroves are able to increase their growth and expand their range beyond the equator. READ MORE

Lack of land to compensate for mangroves affects major projects
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INDIA - Lack of land to plant the mangroves as compensation, since mangrove land utilisation for public interest projects, has affected the work of two major projects; Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL) and Thane Creek bridge project. The high court recently rejected The Maharashtra State Road Development Corpora-tion (MSRDC), which is implementing both the projects, proposal to cut mangroves in the Juhu area for VBSL. Thus, despite awarding the letter of acceptance (LOA) to contractors to start the work, the piling works has not yet commenced. Joint consortium of Reliance Infrastructure and Astaldi received the LOA to commence work for VBSL in September this year. “We had proposed to plant mangroves in a land identified at Jalna, but court declared that the land is not suitable for mangrove plantation and turned down the proposal. Also, since the project is in Mumbai, the court directed to find a place in Mumbai itself,” said a senior official from MSRDC. The official further added, “We have identified a land at Charkop, once the land is approved by high court, only then the civil work can be started.” READ MORE

OCEANA

Bougainville move to highlight importance of mangroves
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NEW ZEALAND - It is driven by NGO, Tulele Peisa, which said trhere was widespread destruction of Bougainville's mangroves and it wants people to recognise the importance of protecting the coastal vegetation. The mangroves are under threat from development and people using them for firewood. Tulele Peisa has been working around the low lying Carterets and says it understands the importance of mangroves in protecting coastlines. Its leader Ursula Rakova said they had been working with the Bougainville Department of Primary Industry to change attitudes to mangroves. READ MORE

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Rally held in London on Global Day of Solidarity to Save the Sundarbans
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UK - On Saturday, the 10th November, London saw a vibrant rally by London’s climate activists at Altab Ali Park on the Global Day of Solidarity to Save the Sundarbans. In response to the National Committee to Protect Oil Gas and Mineral Resources in Bangladesh (NCBD)’s call to observe a worldwide solidarity to save the world’s largest mangrove forest, the UK branch of NCBD has organised a powerful rally which was joined by grassroots and community climate organisations. Speakers attending the rally called on Bangladesh and Indian governments to scrap Rampal coal-power plant urgently and to halt climate change in Bangladesh and across South Asia. Presided by a veteran Bangladeshi community leader and medical professional Dr Rafikul Hasan Jinnah and moderated by the general secretary of the UK branch of NCBD, Akhter Sobhan Masroor, the rally was outraged about the joint project of the Power Development Board (PDB) of Bangladesh and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India for 1320 Megawatt Rampal coal-fired plant because it is a deadly threat to the environment and livelihood of the Sundarbans. READ MORE

Oceans Are Losing a Football Field of Seagrass Every 30 Minutes
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UK - Seagrasses are flowering marine plants that live in shallow coastal waters almost everywhere in the world. The more than 70 species of seagrass provide an important habitat for thousands of ocean animals, from tiny invertebrates, crabs and turtles to large fish and birds. Equally if not more important, seagrasses also are natural carbon sinks — even more effective at soaking up heat-trapping carbon pollution than forests on land. They soak up carbon in their leaves, and when they die, they decompose far more slowly than terrestrial plants, so that carbon remains buried for hundreds of years. “Seagrasses are the ultimate natural carbon sink,” said Richard K.F. Unsworth, a lecturer in marine biology at Swansea University in the UK. “In healthy seas, seagrasses are so productive you can see oxygen rapidly bubbling through the water column as they photosynthesize on a sunny day.”READ MORE

UN Environment convenes world’s insurers to assess intensifying climate change impacts
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EUROPE - UN Environment’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced today a partnership with 16 of the world’s largest insurers—representing around 10% of world premium and USD 5 trillion in assets under management—to develop a new generation of risk assessment tools designed to enable the insurance industry to better understand the impacts of climate change on their business. This understanding is vital for an industry whose core business is to manage risk. The pilot group will develop analytical tools that they will use to pioneer insurance industry climate risk disclosures that are in line with the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). This will require them to make use of the latest climate science, including some of the most advanced, forward-looking climate scenarios available. READ MORE


 

 
 
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