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Created Nov 2017:

#2020SuperYear: "We're working to secure an ambitious #NewDealForNature and People in the year 2020."

2017: 1 #WWF retweet on Dec 18

Created/managed by Bernadette Fischler Hooper - works at WWF-UK as Head of Advocacy – Our Planet / 2020 Project.
April 2019, Friends of the Earth:

"Happy 2020. It's going to be a big year"

"Will our government and business leaders act on the triple emergency of climate, nature and poverty, or will business as usual win?...
"What would life be like in 2030 if restoring nature, stabilising our climate & making strides in human development & poverty reduction were daily priorities for all gov'ts & every business for the decade starting in 2020?"
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*THREAD* Second session today at #RSPBScieConf19 features @Natures_Voice work on "Saving Nature Through People" #conservationscience #socialscience
@Natures_Voice First up: @tomswinfield on tropical forest restoration🌴🌳 Private sector restoration concessions must be profitable if they are to be a scaleable restoration option. An enabling regulatory environment is needed. @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia #RSPBScieConf19
@Natures_Voice @Tomswinfield @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia Next, Sierra Leone: Reconciling #biodiversity and #livelihoods in high biodiversity developing world settings is a perennial problem. New @Darwin_Defra project seeks to achieve this goal in greater #Gola landscape @FionaJSanderson bit.ly/2qCUlrc bit.ly/33n1Tve
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*THREAD* This #RSPBScieConf19 session thread presents advances in @Natures_Voice's goal to champion land well-managed for nature #ornithology #conservationscience
@Natures_Voice Now @Tomfinch89 shows that combining high-yield farmland with natural habitat and low-yield farmland can reconcile conflict between food production and nature conservation @RSPBScience @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies and @NaturalEngland.

*Paper here* conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.111…
@Natures_Voice @tomfinch89 @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies @NaturalEngland In the first of a set of #agri-environment talks @pebellamy tests the effectiveness of targeted grants in delivering increases in #woodland birds @ForestryComm @NaturalEngland #RSPBScieConf19
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What's our #beef with beef?

Public interest on #climate, #biodiversity & #diet is rightly growing

#Meat is often at the heart of the debate but it's important we look past headlines & unpick the detail

THREAD 👇

#EatBetterMeat #EatOrganic #BBCOne 👉ow.ly/MjQ150xjJI9
Our #meat comes from different #farm systems

When animals are grazed on grass, as in #organic, this can have positive impacts on #climate & #nature. Intensively produced #grain-fed chicken & pigs can have the opposite effect

#EatBetterMeat #EatOrganic 👉ow.ly/MjQ150xjJI9
🐄🐖🐔 Intensively farmed animals are almost always fed on #grain & imported #soya

The production of animal feed can exhaust soils and drive #rainforest clearance

This is devastating for the #climate & #biodiversity

#EatBetterMeat #EatOrganic #Meat 👉ow.ly/MjQ150xjJI9
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You talk about #Indian #Biodiversity.

These are different #birds found in India only of one #colour. Different shades of #blue. #Unknown
For names Please read from Left to Right every ROW.

1. White Bellied Blue flycatcher
2. Lesser Niltava
3. Niligiri Flycatcher
4. White bellied Blue robin.
5. Small Niltava
6. Black Naped Monarch
7. Andaman Shama.
8. Beautiful Sibia.
9. Asian Glossy Starling.
10. Andaman Drongo.
11. Ultramarine Flycatcher.
12. Grandala.
13. Tickell's Blue-flycatcher.
14. Crested Treeswift.
15. Blue Rock-Thrush
16 Spangled Drongo
17. Pale Blue flycatcher.
18. Asian fairy-bluebird (M)
19. Blue Fronted redstart.
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In a paper published this week @NaturePlants, we present the main results of seven years studying #MorningGlory taxonomy and evolution: "A taxonomic monograph of Ipomoea integrated across phylogenetic scales". And there is sweet potato too! nature.com/articles/s4147… 🌿🍠⬇️⬇️
This project, led by Robert Scotland at @OxfordPlants, involved researchers from @OregonState, @Cipotato, @DukeU, @TheBotanics and @KewScience, as well as really important collaborators during field work, herbarium curators, other taxonomists, funders... So much help!🙏
Our aim was to show how powerful evolutionary studies become when they integrate with a good, comprehensive taxonomic study (especially for relatively poorly known groups of tropical plants). This idea was proposed 7 years ago (cell.com/trends/ecology…) and here we show it works.
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Visiting #LaReunion allowed for a very special adventure with my 8-month old son. We wanted to see one of the rarest birds in the world before it disappeared: the Reunion Cuckoo-shrike.

This is a thread about #birds, #birding, fatherhood, #biodiversity and #extinction ... 1/13
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 2. What does #extinction mean? What does it feel like? How does our species internalise, let alone rationalise, the loss of another?

Perhaps, like the Universe itself, the #anthropocene sixth mass extinction is too big, too abstract, just too *much*, for us to absorb.
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 3. So let's focus on just one species: a bird few have heard of, and fewer would likely think or care about. A type of cuckoo-shrike found only on #Reunion, the next-door island to my home in #Madagascar.

A bird from an island where avian extinctions have already occurred.
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What if I told you that #BigTech and #SocialMedia platforms are manipulating you, steering you toward #Health information that they think is right, rather than letting you evaluate content for yourself?

Commentary by @MaryamHenein (Thread 👇) theepochtimes.com/google-censors…
Accredited professionals, meanwhile, who stand for #Health freedom and who criticize Big Anything, are losing posting privileges, getting banned, being buried, finding themselves deranked, and getting digitally assassinated.
Content is literally disappearing from the Internet along with our #Health choices.

It sounds conspiratorial because it is. Independent #Journalists and health experts are blowing the whistle. But it’s become a silent one.
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Shocking revealations by @Dev_Fadnavis

When it is was decided to build @MumbaiMetro3 carshed inside #Aarey, govt received 13,000 objections of which 10,000 were put up on a #Bengaluru based website.

The handwritten objections recd were a few 100

#AareyAikaNa
#AareyAiklaNa
#SC has already said that the proposed area for car depot in #Aarey is #notAForest or a place rich in #biodiversity, but it is #Govt land where permission can be given

It has also ruled out the #feasibility of any #alternatives

#AareyNotAForest
#AareyAikaNa
#AareyAiklaNa
. @Dev_Fadnavis has dubbed @MumbaiMetro3 project as a #CarbonUltraPositive

He said: We will be putting 13,000 trees in place of the trees that will be cut

Plus, his govt will be planting #50crore trees across the State of which #33crore have already been planted

#AareyAikaNa
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Stark prospect. Oxygen deprivation. Can't be rest assured, w/ inherent risks of lack of Co2. Amassing looters, expunging such a large carbon footprint. Selling land for quick profits. #AmazonFire
2/n In sync with axes at the grind -- leading to inevitable deforestation. Coming dawn of no less, extinction of the planetary ecosystem. This disastrous outcome with many factors have been congregating for many years, now. #ClimateStrike
3/n And, where I helm. Nor in any respect "us" Aussies or elsewhere immune. The die has already been cast, and triggers of misuse — via politician's have ignited by fusion of friction. The vein has already been mined. Global problem besetting the world remains unresolved. #Change
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When I first came to Borneo in 1990, I flew across the whole island looking down on endless perfect forest. Not any more. Making a program on deforestation and palm oil is so frustrating & depressing. Inside the forest the wild orchestra is deafening. cont...
Biodiversity is close to zero. We’ve been nose to nose with sun bear & orang utan orphaned & homeless. Been in perfect riverside forest but finding it only extends metres from the banks. cont...
But there MUST be positivity. Buying and protecting forests is one solution World Land Trust Sustainable palm oil is another; strips of forest within the plantations, encouraging epiphytes and other plants beneath the palms. cont..
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45 scientists & policy wonks are meeting this week in Addis Ababa to make sure their agricultural research/development programs are run in compliance with national/international ABS laws and regulations. The meeting is coordinated by @CGIAR Genebank Platform and @ILRI. 1/n
@CGIAR @ILRI ABS=access to biodiversity and sharing of benefits arising from its use. That means the @UNBiodiversity Nagoya Protocol, the @planttreaty and relevant national regulations. 2/n
@CGIAR @ILRI @UNBiodiversity @planttreaty There's a bunch of research leaders and #genebank managers at the meeting. I'll add pix and other snippets to this thread as I get them from my "mole" at the meeting, who is apparently social media challenged. 3/n
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1. This History Thread is about the mighty rivers that have defined Myanmar (Burma.) North-south river valley geology shaped regional history. #Rivers, their tributaries & watersheds continue to have enormous political, agricultural & environmental importance. #dams #biodiversity
2. From 12th C. BCE populations migrated along #Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady), #Chindwin, #Salween river valleys to settle in lands that are now known as Myanmar (Burma.) Powerful dynasties rose and fell along the Irrawaddy, including Pyu, Pagan, Ava.
3. British made river port Rangoon (Yangon) colonial capital in 1853. Burma became “rice bowl of Asia” under their exploitation especially in fertile Irrawaddy Delta. River inundation/irrigation can augment monsoon rain for wet rice cultivation. Padi harvest transported by river.
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I'm sorry but this is a tremendous waste of time and money and toes the fossil fuel lobby's line

Instead of inventing hair-brained schemes - solar reflection, pole freezing, ocean greening - to mitigate emissions, target their source: oil, gas and coal bbc.com/news/science-e…
The @IPCC_CH is the most complete authority there is on #climatechange, includes no geoengineering in its models, because the systems proposed "face large uncertainties and knowledge gaps as well as substantial risks" geoengineeringmonitor.org/2018/11/ipccs-…
Oil and gas giants still include carbon capture and storage (CSS) in their models, which they claim will allow them to continue using #fossilfuels as long as they want, so long as CO2 can be sucked out of the air in 2nd half of 21st century energy-transitions.org/sites/default/…
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SCOOP 🚨 @AFP has obtained a draft copy of a forthcoming landmark UN report on #biodiversity

It paints a devastating picture:

- 1 million species face extinction risk
- 75% of land, 40% oceans severely degraded
- 80% rise in resource use in three decades
news.yahoo.com/lost-world-un-…
- 75% of fish stocks over fished or fished to their limits
- Pesticide use doubled in just 13 yrs
- 400 million tonnes of toxic waste dumped into freshwater each year
- 60 billion tonnes extracted from nature each year
#IPBES #biodiversity
- In rich nations protein consumption rose 50% since 1960
- 40% of world lacks access to clean drinking water
- Rich nations use 4x resource per had than poor ones
#IPBES #environment
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The Ministry of #Environment has removed from its website several maps pointing out priority areas for #biodiversity preservation. The images show ecosystems at risk or which only exist in very specific parts of Brazil. (1/3)
#Climatechange NGO network @obsclima managed to rescue the files. They can be accessed and downloaded on the following link: (2/3) web.archive.org/web/2019011111…
The information was especially useful for institutions such as the Chico Mendes Biodiversity Protection Institute, which oversees parks and preserved areas. This week, Minister Ricardo Salles named 4 military officers to replace institute's directors who had resigned (3/3)
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Corporate monopoly of seeds & dominating research & breeding, poses a massive threat not only to #biodiversity but food sovereignty- Seeds bred for profit not for food security. Corporates also working to criminalise farmer seed systems & farmers' rights to share & breed #seed
Seed laws only speak to the commercial sector who are Privatising the commons of genetic resources. corporates then influence states to subsidise their privatised seed. #ResilientLivlihoods&ClimateJustice2019
80% of the world's food is produced by small holder farmers who also prefer their own seed over commercial seed. Local seed is adapted to local ecology & social contact, resilient to climatic changes. For farmers resilience is more NB than maximum yields #ResilientLivlihoods
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Our latest #infographic for the @UofAALES #EMEND project is here! Check out the full infographic here (ow.ly/hjQs30nknje) or read more below! #scicomm #sciart @NSERC_CRSNG @EllenMac_UofA @charlesnock (1/8)
First of all, what is EMEND? This is a @NSERC_CRSNG funded experimental harvest area where researchers are able to study the effects of retention #harvest strategies on biodiversity, soil properties + more. (2/8)
'Retention harvest' means keeping some trees either individually or as patches after harvest. This might help improve #conservation of #biodiversity within the area & can be used to mimic natural disturbance patterns. (3/8)
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#NSPNsymposium18 @yfortiss starts off the session on Rebuilding Sustainable & Resilient #PuertoRico thru #Science @scipolnetwork
@SEPANYC

w/ @Sefini @sloan_kettering, Juan Ramirez @aaas @nahjUPRRP, and @fcoloninFL of Jasperi Consulting and former advisor to US Dept of State
Ramirez shows #NSPNsymposium18 the striking and dramatic impact of the #PuertoRico hurricane, and the impact on services and #infrastructure. Power was a prominent lasting impact. Cellphone signal was out for days, but once back the people got to work 💪
Pix of the student centre & research building at the university @nahjUPRRP soon after the hurricane in #PuertoRico, taken by Ramirez. Just over a year later, the regular semester and the natural beauty of the campus has returned 👏 #NSPNsymposium18
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1. Have been exploring relationship between shift to #RegenerativeEconomy, #SustainableDevelopment + #Diversity, which has led to discussions on tolerance/hate, racism/fascism, political divides. Maybe atypical territory for sustainability, yet it's key imho. Some findings:
2. Beliefs are hard to change, "convincing" people is not a viable tactic, arguing w facts only serves to further entrench if listener isn't seeking to understand. Can be frustrating - feels like arguing against gravity sometimes. Critical to realize I too am entrenched. #Listen
3. Focusing on what's wrong/bad generates energy, but not the energy we need. Better: emphasize real e.g.'s of positive alternatives, while not ignoring horrific realities. Reminds me of #BuckminsterFuller's "build new better system/render old obsolete" guidance. #Evolve
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this is a long thread on #nauru, where i spent last week. nauru is currently most visible as a site for australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers and refugees. it is also the location of a longstanding #phosphate mine which covers over 2/3 of the island 1/22
#nauru is experiencing considerable #climatechange. im going to outline some of the social-environmental stresses i observed that nauruans, refugees and asylum seekers are facing, and why we need to talk about #colonialism and #environmental racism for #climatejustice 2/22
#nauru is a beautiful island. its main resource is #phosphate. germany colonised nauru in the late 1800s and in the early 1900s the british found phosphate and started to exploit it for fertiliser and munitions with australia and nz, who became nauru’s trustees in the 1920s 3/22
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Steeling myself with a strong coffee to sit down and read major new report on avoiding dangerous #climatechange (@IPCC_CH #SR15, available here: ipcc.ch/report/sr15/). My takes to follow (1/n)
As always, the #peerreview effort by @IPCC_CH is Herculean. A couple hundred volunteer scientists read & cited 6,000+ studies to support conclusions w/ evidence. Responded to 42,001 comments in 3 rounds of review. The most robust process there is to establish scientific consensus
Now, this #SR15 report title is descriptive, but doesn't exactly roll off the tongue...
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npr.org/sections/goats… @NPRGoatsandSoda Usually a big fan of your journalism, but you guys did a disservice to your readers in the piece on gene drive in A. gambiae. Why would you reach out to anti-GMO activist Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher for comment on this research? #malaria
First of all, asking Dr. Steinbrecher to comment on the consequences of using genetic engineering to suppress a disease vector is a bit like asking the pope about a newly developed form of birth control.

Of COURSE she’ll be against it - for ideological, arbitrary reasons
Plus, Dr. Steinbrecher’s degree is in developmental biology, not #ecology. Her statement about “ecosystem crashes” is absurd, and displays her ignorance in this area
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.#AugustaGA "euthanized" an alligator in Lake Olmstead wfxg.com/story/38792486… Many people were bothered by this story, including myself. Only after watching a @pbs @PBSNature episode on people & lions in #Gujarat #India was I able to articulate why this seemingly trivial
event actually points to the larger issue of whether we humans are going to adapt to this planet or whether we are going to continue to act as if our choices have no consequences until this planet changes & boots us out. #IndiasWanderingLions pbs.org/video/nature-i… Rather than
change our behavior which resulted in an alligator inhabiting this lake or take measures to limit the risk it would cause harm, we humans killed it to eliminate the minor risk it posed. We again positioned ourselves *outside* of the biosphere, even though our lives would be
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