Nature inextricably linked to companies’ bottom lines

Iguazu Falls in Brazil. (© Conservation International/photo by John Martin) Editor’s note: Achieving the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals is essential to protect nature and save the bottom lines of businesses everywhere, a leading conservationist told business leaders this week at a meeting of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the U.N. Global Compact . “The goal of protecting nature isn’t an addition — it’s…

In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world

Pangolin, pictured above, in Cambodia. (© Peter Yuen/Animals in Photos) Editor’s note: News about conservation and the environment is made every day, but some of it can fly under the radar. In a recurring feature, Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about. How simple forensic fingerprinting could help the world’s most trafficked mammal The story: British researchers recently discovered a way to lift…

The climate talks: 3 things you need to know

Mount Nicholas, Queenstown, New Zealand. (© Conservation International/photo by Nicole Han) The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 was a historic milestone. It set globally agreed goals for keeping Earth’s temperatures to “safe” levels and increasing resilience to the increasingly evident impacts of climate change. However, agreeing on high-level goals alone isn’t enough to address a global problem this complex. For the past several years,…

Coral Triangle Summit Wrap-up

I’ve just returned from the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit in Manado, Indonesia. The summit marked the culmination of two years of CI’s engagement in this novel initiative, and brought together the six heads of state from Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste to sign a landmark agreement for coral reefs, fisheries and food security. The CTI is the first regional agreement for…

Climate change: Time for the U.S. to Dust Off that Leadership Role

The United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen (COP 15) will be a turning point in the fight to prevent climate disaster. – Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary As I pack plenty of warm clothes for Copenhagen, I think of the long winding road that my colleagues and I have been on as we followed the negotiations over this past year, from Bonn to Bangkok to Barcelona. The thought that is most in my mind (besides the obvious…

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