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Every once a while, a momentous environmental law comes into force. That's the case of the EU Deforestation Regulation

This is the most consequential anti-deforestation law in history

THREAD #deforestation #climate #biodiversity
The EU Deforestation Regulation mandates extensive due diligence for operators and traders dealing with products derived from

> Cattle
> Cocoa
> Coffee
> Oil palm
> Rubber
> Soya
> Wood

Non-compliance is very costly

Fines for companies caught importing, trading or selling banned products will total up to at least 4% of annual EU revenues. Using Nestlé as an example, this could mean a fine of about $800m

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Breaking: the European Commission just included #biodiversity #offsetting in its #taxonomy of "green" economic activity, and obfuscated this inclusion into yesterday's delegated act behind anti-democratic confusing legalese. 1/6… Image
An earlier draft of the delegated act included the following language: « 6.1. The conservation activity does not only serve the purpose of offsetting the impact of another economic activity.”
This was already some very twisted language to say offsetting is included. 2/6
...But not sufficient, as a few of us called them on it. So instead of removing the allowance for offsetting, they merely reworded it to try and convince civil society that the issue was gone. 3/6
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🚀 Day 2 of One Planet Fellowship’s #Science Week is on at the #Corum of @montpellier_ !

This morning focuses on #Climate in #Africa with several GIEC (@IPCC_CH) speakers 🎤

Let’s go! ⤵️
@AWARDFellowship @Agrofondation @Cirad Image
🫶🏾 First introductions by Damien Conaré, General Secretary of @UnescoChairFood, Mylène Aycard-Gueydan, General Secretary of @Agrofondation, and Vincent Blanfort, Co-leader of the Strategic Scientific Field « Climate Change » in @Cirad ImageImageImage
Let’s dive in the most recent @IPCC_CH #ClimateReport w/ a focus on the impacts of CC on the African continent

🎤 To start off, Aida Diongue Niang, Meteorologist and Technical Advisor @meteosenegal, set the scene walking us through « Physics and CC » (IPCC/GIEC Group 3 writer)
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Ahh, how is it that in 2023 there are still conservationists who think that #biodiversity loss is because of a misalignment between logics of inquiry and action, rather than the non-logic of #capitalism & #colonialism?

Link to paper:… Image
There's this great paper summarising how economic growth drives biodiversity loss…
And this paper that demonstrates how over 3 years after regional free trade agreements are enacted, deforestation increases esp in tropics…
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New paper for ‘ibis.iSDM’ now published in Ecological Informatics. Here I present a new R-package that allows the integration of different datatypes in SDMs. But it can do much more than that... #sdm #biodiversity #conservation…
So one might ask why another R-package for correlative SDMs, and I generally agree. The specific role of the package for me and our group is to a) support all types of integration originally highlighted by Fletcher et al. and more (…, @FletcherEcology) (2/8)
..., b) propose a modelling framework founded in Poisson Process Models and support Bayesian SDMs, c) enable easy construction of scenarios and projections and d) have a modular coding framework that can be easily updated with further functionalities (3/8)
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🌍🔥 #Greenwashing #AbruptClimateChange #CO2 #Methane #Habitat #Biodiversity #Earth #Environment
It’s unbelievable that in 2023, people at decision making levels still don’t understand that deserts, swamps, bogs, mangrove swamps are all critical habitats—not wastelands…1/
@Msmariablack @pen_is_mighty @pewtergod @DanCady @NBPTROCKS @Blueoceanarctic
👉Human conceit-we destroy nature to replace it w/something “better”-read $—then wonder why we have problems w/disease, pollution, natural disasters.

“…the scale is almost incomprehensible 2/
Riverside East Solar Energy Zone-ground zero of CA’s solar energy boom [is] 150,000 acres-10 x the size of Manhattan.

It is a crucial component of the US “green energy revolution”.

Solar makes up~3% of US electricity supply, but the Biden admin hopes it will reach 45% by 3/
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The #G7HiroshimaSummit seems to be unusually productive, with the leaders agreeing on a very large list of actions. Among them, combined with new bilateral US/Australia pacts, are possibly profound energy & #climate resolutions. Image
2/I'll quote a few examples from the Joint Declaration.
- accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs ), recognizing that reducing poverty & tackling the #climate and nature crisis go hand in hand;
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- preserve the planet by accelerating the decarbonization of our energy sector & the deployment of renewables, end plastic pollution & protect the oceans;
- deepen cooperation through Just Energy Transition Partnerships, the #Climate Club & new Country Packages for...
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For the last few months, students at UBC Climate Justice Research Collaborative worked with us to create a story map that details the major concerns with TMX and charts the fight to stop it.

Here’s a 🧵 with some of what they found 1/8 🧵#NoTMX…
First, it shows the difference between traditional territories and reserve lands. Many nations whose lands the pipeline crosses have never given their consent, even if it has permission from the reserves directly on its route. #NoTMX 2/8 🧵 A map of the west coast sho...A map showing a handful of ...
This map shows the many spills Trans Mountain has had over the years. You can click on each circle to see how much oil was released into the local environment. #NoTMX 3/8 🧵 A map showing the TMX path ...
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🧵| What lessons can the 🇺🇸#US learn from the 🇪🇺#EU's 🔆#EnergyTransition?

As states and the Biden administration move towards #electrification, the US needs to rapidly expand its electric⚡️#grid to tap the potential of 🌱#renewables and lower carbon emissions. Image
2/5 | New York recently became the first US state to require its public power provider to generate all electricity from clean energy by 2030.

This will require more connections between renewables and the 🔌#grid.

More from @aliyaute in @GuardianUS👇… Image
3/5 | Plugging in 🚙cars, 🏠homes, and 🏭factories to renewables is a cornerstone of Biden’s plan to cut emissions, which means electricity demand in the US could roughly double by 2050, even as overall energy use goes down.

🔗@PopovichN & @bradplumer👇… Image
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Nature's financialisation lobby latest disingenuous narratives and tactics involve pushing governments to help create demand for #biodiversity #offset markets, and dropping the #offset claim in appearance only, in order to reduce legal liability: 1/11…
The latest report from the taskforce on nature markets lobby group openly advocates for the "imposition of a nature / #biodiversity tax and trading system" as a "potential legal enablers for scaling biodiversity credit #markets." 2/11
"The proceeds from the tax could then be applied by the government to fund the purchase of biodiversity credits from projects in accordance with government priorities. This approach would serve as an incentive for corporates to reduce their negative impacts on nature... 3/11
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A 🧵 on the recent outreach event
"Climate change: #resilience, #transformation, and #equity" on the #IPCC Sixth Assessment Report key findings and their relevance to #Asia, hosted by @SMARTS_AIT


Session 1: Observed warming and future scenarios: Impacts and vulnerability.

“ With every increment of global warming, regional changes become more widespread and pronounced” @sorensson_anna
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Session 1: Observed warming and future scenarios: Impacts and vulnerability.

“Rebuilding overexploited or depleted fisheries reduces negative #climatechange impacts on #fisheries and supports #foodsecurity, #biodiversity, human #health and #wellbeing” William Cheung
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"In order to assess carbon-biodiversity trade-off, the new paper examines the spatial relationships between biophysical & social values for #CarbonSequestration potential (measured as CO2 flux) & #biodiversity in Finland, using integrated valuation."

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The approach used by authors "combines methods from #CarbonSequestration modelling, expert scoring approaches to biodiversity assessment and public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS)."
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Results indicate "strong spatial associations between biophysical assessment of #CO2 #flux and biodiversity priorities, and weaker associations between biophysical and social values."
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1/14 BREAKING -The European Commission just published a draft #taxonomy's delegated act for biodiversity - i.e. its list of the economic activities that fight biodiversity loss in the EU - that includes debunked #biodiversity #offsetting Image
2/14 The list includes so far 2 activities, with more to come in the future:
1. Conservation and restoration of habitats, ecosystems and species;
2. The provision of short-term tourism accommodation
3/14 We first note that the conservation & restoration activity does not prioritize curbing destruction over restoration, thereby implicitly favouring the latter, despite its uncertain & delayed results and weak track record
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I’m delighted to announce that my provocative piece on the impact of #plasticpollution on the #tropics is the first published article in Journal of Tropical Futures published by @SAGEPublishers…

#plasticfree #plastic #plasticwaste #plastictreaty
Unsustainable #plastic production, use and mismanagement have resulted in increased #plasticpollution in the environment threatening #sustainability, especially in the #tropics.

#sustainabledevelopment #sustainabilitymatters #singleuseplastic
Countries in the #tropics have been disproportionally impacted by #plasticpollution due to imports of #plasticwaste from developed countries, or because tropical Small Island Developing States have become overwhelmed by #singleuseplastics used widely in the tourism sector.
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Cheering news today as @NGRSenate concurred with @MBuhari request on National Park (Declaration) order, 2022, in consonance with Section 15 of the National Park Service Act, LFN 2001 (As amended) which added 10 National Parks
consequent upon due feasibility studies and 🌳🦋🌵🦍
environmental impact assessment in 12 selected Forests and Game Reserves in various states of the federation as follows:
“Alawa National Park, Niger State, Apoi National Park, Bayelsa State, Edumenum National Park, Bayelsa State, Galgore National Park, Kano State, Hadejia Wetland
National Park, Jigawa State, Kempe National Park, Kwara State, Kogo National Park, Katsina State, Marhi National Park, Nassarawa State and Oba Hill National Park, Osun State. @NigeriaGov is poised to address the challenge of preserving “Particularly the fauna and the flora,🦅🐊🌳
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Very proud of this team effort "A regional integrated assessment of the impacts of #climatechange and of the potential #adaptation avenues for #Quebec’s #forests" is now published

A (very long) thread. Buckle up!…

@cflscf @NRCan

First, I would like to acknowledge the work of all my colleagues including Jesus, Annie Claude, Yves, @mariehbrice, @DominicCyr, Louis, Daniel, @GauthierSylvie9 , Pierre, @Guillemette_L , Mathieu, Maryse, Tadeusz, Martin-Hugues, @ethiffault , @Tremblay_Jun and Stephen
Quebec’s #forests goes from northern hardwood with sugar #maple, beech, hemlock in the south, to pure boreal black #spruce forests up north. Natural #disturbances, go from single-tree windthrow or mortality in the south, to large stand-replacing #fires in the north.
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Our new @NatureClimate paper just out! State-of-the-art estimates of economic impacts of climate change show that benefits of #ClimateAction outweigh the mitigation costs by a factor of 1.5 to 3.9 ➡️strong economic validation of #ParisAgreement 🔗 1/7
We combined climate impacts of
🟠sea-level rise,
🟡river floods,
🟢labour productivity,
🔵energy supply/demand,
🟤forestry and
⚫️road transportation
and transform this in financial costs. But not: ❌biodiversity loss❌health❌tipping points 2/7
For a 3°C scenario (RCP6.0, roughly current trend/baseline), economic impacts are 10-12% of GDP, with high regional differences. Even higher if sea-level rise adaptation is not optimal. 3/7
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The #biodiversity of the #Danube #Delta is not affected by dredging works on the Bystroye Canal, and the water flow on the river Danube did not report any significant changes compared to statistics published in recent years, says Environment Minister @BarnaTanczos. (1/4)
The statement came after the 1st measurements conducted by RO on the branch of Chilia&RO sections of the Danube. He said Ukrainian authorities must provide a written consent before the 3 RO ships can finalize depth measurements across the entire section of the Chilia branch (2/4)
Authorities from Romania&Ukraine have agreed to measure the depth of #Danube River canals after Kyiv started #dredging the Bystroye canal. The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry said that, once dredging works were completed, the depth of Bystroye grew from 3.9 to 6.5 meters. (3/4)
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Annually, 3⃣ March commemorates #WangariMaathaiDay established by the African Union 🌍to pay tribute to her legacy fighting for #EnvironmentalJustice 🌱⚖️

Prof. @WangariMaathai founded the @GreenBeltMovmnt aimed at addressing deforestation, environmental degradation, and its disproportionate impact on rural women. In 2004, Wangari was the 🥇 African woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize 🏆
In this video our East Africa Hub Director, Nyaguthii Chege @NyChege reflects on her legacy in protecting the #KaruraForest in Nairobi 🇰🇪

📽️ 📽️
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(1/8) TVA wants to swap two of its retiring coal power plants for methane gas, a plan that is bad for our ecology, economy, climate, health and environmental justice. We also have better options! Here’s the first reason why TVA should #PassOnGas (Thread)
(2/8) #Biodiversity is already at risk in much of Tennessee
(3/8) Right now, the Tennessee Valley Authority is posing another threat to Tennessee's local ecology:
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1/ An evening thread! Yesterday #Pollen next its beetles #Palaeoentomology - preserved in #peat fragments of bugs (wing cases, head capsules etc) are difficult to ID but provide key evidence of #Palaeoenvironments - #Prehistoric #woodland, #Biodiversity changes+extinctions! Two people, stood in a pit with an exposed face of peat in f
2/Dr Eileen Reilly (photo 1, r) passed away too young. Her #Palaeoentomological work was groundbreaking. Demonstrated presence of beetles in #prehistory now extinct/rare in 🇮🇪 many associated with wood/trees (Saproxylic), 'Urwald relict' group (see table!) A table showing extinct/rare species found in peat samples f
3/E.g: photos 1+2 #Archaeological excavations, Lisheen Bog, Co.Tipp. Samples from Bronze Age oak wood plank trackway, contained remains of Prostomis mandibularis+other bugs. Primary #woodland present in this period despite clearance/farming. A table showing rare/extinct beetles including wood loving t
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1/Hi all! This afternoon we look (selectively) at what pollen records, tell us about long term changes, from the end of the last Glaciation. How has climate, humans+related processes shaped the 🇮🇪 vegetation over thousands of years? (Nick Miller, From Cogan's Shed, 2004) Image
2/Difficult to summarise 1000s yrs in tweets! Image by Gill Plunkett @QUBelfast does good jobNB. highly generalised, much spatial variation across country; Key points: development of woodland as climate warms start of #Holocene hazel dominant, oak, elm, later alder, how dense? A pollen graph showing curv...
3/Closed canopy? But NB1 Concept of 'Climax' woodland largely discredited; : 'openess' is under-represented in #pollen records! NB2; #ClimateChange driving some changes; other processes inc. soil development. When does human activity impact? Now that's a good qu! A photograph of a woodland ...
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Hello Tweeple! Super chuffed to have this #paper just out in @naturesustainab ! It took 2 years, 15 institutions and 18 authors to put this together. Here's a summary 👇🧵 (0/9)
(1/9) The problem: #landscape-scale #conservation in a crowded country like #India
(2/9) Let's take this one (#biogeographic) zone at a time...
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Agreed. The singular advantage of money as a near-universally acceptable, reliable medium of exchange is that it breaks the need to know and trust counterparts all along the chain of trade & production. 1/x
This not only expands -and hence enriches- the network of exchange (think Adam Smith or “I, Pencil”) but removes node-occupying middlemen and toll-exactors. Efficiency increases, but transparency and fairness, too. 2/x
Once we have #CBDC-s -coupled to #Agenda2030 #IoT tracking of ‘#carbon’, meat protein, ‘circular economy’, low food miles, etc, we will have subjected ourselves to an intrusive, permanent rationing where a tax collector, a camp guard, and a Levitican Inquisitor...
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