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Mapped: Where ‘afforestation’ is taking place around the world

A key finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new special report is that it is likely that some degree of “afforestation” will be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels  — Afforestation is a process where new forests are planted across land without trees. As a forest grows, …

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Climate change not the only threat to giant pandas, study says

Climate change could play a smaller role in determining future giant panda populations than previously thought, a new study suggests — This is because other important factors affecting panda distribution, such as farming, tourism and the local distribution of bamboo plants, may have previously been underestimated, the research shows. The researchers find that, when climate …

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Factcheck: Will climate change bring great white sharks to UK waters

Last week, many news publications reported on “a new study” claiming that climate change could lead several shark species to move into UK waters — The Independent, Times, Daily Mail, Press Association, Guardian, BBC News and the i newspaper were among the outlets carrying variations of the story.   However, Carbon Brief has discovered that …

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Rights not ‘fortress conservation’ key to save planet, says UN expert

Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples calls for a new, rights-based approach to conservation — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released a report highly critical of the global conservation movement and calling for indigenous peoples and other local communities to have a greater say in protecting the world’s forests. Titled …

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Canada’s largest national park risks losing world heritage status

Wood Buffalo national park also faces danger from oil and gas development and hydroelectric projects, government report says — The world’s second-largest national park is under threat from a destructive combination of climate change, oil and gas development and hydroelectric projects, according to a new report from the Canadian government. Wood Buffalo national park, which …

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