Oceans & Forests

Healthy Oceans Vital for Life on Earth

On World Oceans Day we recall that life under water is essential to life on land. The oceans produce half of the oxygen we breathe. As a major heat and carbon sink, the ocean plays a fundamental role in mitigating climate change. The ocean also provides food for billions around the world.

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Overfishing: A European Problem

European policymakers failed to meet their own targets and deadlines on sustainable fishing, under pressure from their national fishing fleets. They have failed to honour their promises. By 2020, all quotas were meant to be based on a maximum sustainable yield meaning that the most fish that can be caught without damaging the ability of the species to reproduce and replenish its numbers.

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Planetary Emergency – Warming Oceans

Planetary Emergency – Ocean Warming – The global ocean has warmed up more and more, year on year, in the last 50 years. Since 1993, the rate of ocean warming has more than doubled. Marine heatwaves have also doubled in frequency since 1982 and are getting hotter. We have polluted and changed the chemistry and temperature of the world’s oceans. This has caused severe stress to marine ecosystems and life.

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Global Warming – Permafrost Meltdown

The oceans and cryosphere provide people with food and water supply, renewable energy, and benefits for health and well-being, cultural values, tourism, trade, and transport. The health of the ocean and cryosphere is critical to every aspect of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Forests, NOT Technology

It is commonplace when talking about sustainability to claim that technological innovation can save the world from our actions. I do not believe that at all. Our over dependence on technology has enslaved us and is destroying the Earth’s ability to support that which all species need to survive. Technology takes us …

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Trees to Combat Global Warming

‘The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.’ This is the opening line of a report called ‘The Global Tree Restoration Potential’ published in July this year in the Science journal. The study measures the cover of the forest canopy rather than the area of …

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Nature is Speaking – Shailene Woodley is Forest

I am the forest
I take in your pollution and give you clean air
I purify your water and protect your shores
Yet you continue to cut me down, releasing carbon into the air and heating this planet
Whilst some of you stand with me,most of you turn your backs on me but I am resilient
Let me grow and we can …

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Sleepwalking Towards Catastrophe

“Extinction of seed plants is occurring at a faster rate than the normal turnover of species.” This is one of the salient points raised by a study published in June of this year in the Nature, Ecology & Evolution journal called ‘Global dataset show geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and …

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Catastrophic Disruption of Nature

We are beginning to appreciate that everything in nature is connected and interdependent. We are able to understand some of the mechanics of nature and can now see, for the first time in human history, the unintended consequences of our actions. Human activity has caused catastrophic disruption to the …

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Forests #theforgottensolution

Forests are the forgotten solution to Climate Change. Large forests are capable of sucking up huge amounts of carbon. Forests like those still found in the Amazon, the largest forested region on the planet, act like a sink to remove emissions from the atmosphere. Global Forest Watch monitors …

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