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Wetlands

Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists

by Fiona Harvey, Grist


Highlights

  • According to a new study, restoration of Earth’s most degraded areas along with protections for areas still in good condition would help store an amount of carbon equivalent to half of all human-related greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial revolution
  • Restoration and protection would prevent 70% of anticipated species extinctions
  • Only 1% of funding fighting against the climate crisis goes to nature restoration even though nature-based solutions are among the cheapest way of sequestering carbon and protecting wildlife
  • Restoration and protection of peatlands, wetlands, and savannas will protect numerous species plus aid in carbon sequestration
  • Marine habitat restoration is also needed to protect marine ecosystems, food supplies, and sequestration efforts

Accelerating sequestration is critical to achieving drawdown greater than emissions by 2030 for a climate-safe future. We know today how to manage natural and agricultural lands for sequestration through proven carbon farming practices. The Climate Center applauds Governor Newsom’s recent Executive Order on protecting state lands and water resources. The Center encourages the Governor to adopt the Executive Order as written by us to accelerate negative emissions and carbon drawdown.


Read More: https://grist.org/climate/rewild-to-mitigate-the-climate-crisis-urge-leading-scientists/

The ’30 by 30′ plan to save the natural world

by Sammy Roth, The Los Angeles Times


Highlights

In the journal Science Advances, a team of scientists introduced the 30 by 30 plan to protect 30% of the Earth’s land and 30% of waters by 2030. This plan also serves as a pathway to protect 50% of waters and lands by 2050.

  • The plan could help save many species and ecosystems from “points of no return” 
  • A global treaty from the United Nations titled The Convention on Biological Diversity is expected to adopt the 30 by 30 framework next year
    • This would include every United Nations member country except the United States 
  • California has introduced legislation to bring a 30 by 30 plan to the state. Currently, 22% of the land is protected and 16% of waters are protected
  • U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico has been promoting legislation that would set a national 30 by 30 target. Currently, about 12% of lands are protected and 26% of waters are marine protected areas across the country.
  • These protections can prevent habitat destruction and biodiversity loss, preventing the likelihood of more zoonotic disease transfers

Protecting wildlands can help sequester carbon. For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.


Read more: https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2020-05-21/boiling-point-save-natural-world-protect-30-percent-earth-boiling-point