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Biodiversity: Revolutionary change in economic relations to better take into account the contribution of nature to the economy

Biodiversity: Revolutionary change in economic relations to better take into account the contribution of nature to the economy A new statistical framework to better take into account biodiversity and ecosystems in national economic planning and political decision-making, approved last week at the United Nations (UN), allows countries around the world to use a common set of rules and methods for m...
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National Biodiversity Plan has failed to halt loss of nature

National Biodiversity Plan has failed to halt loss of nature The current National Biodiversity Plan has failed to stem the loss of nature in Ireland, a new report has warned.  The National Biodiversity Forum delivered their assessment in a report to Minister of State Malcolm Noonan today and urged the government to radically step up its efforts to address the biodiversity crisis in the next plan ...
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UNEP 2020 Work Highlights on Climate, Biodiversity, Nature, Pollution and Waste

UNEP 2020 Work Highlights on Climate, Biodiversity, Nature, Pollution and Waste In 2020, as COVID-19 disrupted the world, UNEP responded to immediate environmental impacts of the pandemic, while supporting a green recovery and pushing even harder to address the planetary emergency. Executive Director, Inger Andersen, shares highlights from UNEP’s work on the climate crisis, the biodiversity and n...
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Booterstown leisure and biodiversity centre refused planning over pollution concerns

Booterstown leisure and biodiversity centre refused planning over pollution concerns Planning permission has been refused for a major new leisure and biodiversity centre on the southside of Dublin Bay close to an important wildlife sanctuary because of its potential environmental impact on EU protected habitats.  Dublin City Council has rejected plans for a five-storey “recreational and interpret...
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Tackling climate change and biodiversity loss together

Tackling climate change and biodiversity loss together Climate change and biodiversity loss are twin crises that should be tackled together. Conserving, managing, and restoring ecosystems are key to success.  In addition to the direct impacts on the economy, societies and people’s health, rapidly advancing climate change negatively impacts many of the world’s species and ecosystems, driving biodi...
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Budget 2021: where do climate and biodiversity stand?

Budget 2021 - where do climate and biodiversity stand? The word has really worn itself out this year, but both this Budget and the times we find ourselves in are truly unprecedented.  Clocking in at €24.5 billion in support measures, Budget 2021 is nearly eight times the size of last year’s Budget plan. There is, as to be expected given the disastrous scale and scope of the Covid-19 pandemic, a...
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EU commits to reverse nature loss by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Summit

EU commits to reverse nature loss by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Summit President Ursula von der Leyen last week represented the EU at the UN Biodiversity Summit in New York, which brought together world leaders to step up global actions for nature and confirm their determination in agreeing a new ambitious global biodiversity framework at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention...
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Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss

Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss Ireland is among the countries who signed up to a global initiative yesterday to halt biodiversity loss just days before an international summit on the issue.  A total of 64 countries and the European Union signed the declaration yesterday, a few days shy of the official opening of the UN Summit on Biodiversity, and committed to “matchin...
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The crucial link between air pollution and biodiversity loss

The visual impact that air pollution is having on the natural environment may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but from the abundance of stinging nettles on the side of the road to the lack of bugs splattered on your car windscreen, biodiversity loss is real and it is getting worse.  In the UK alone, 15% of all species are threatened with extinction and 41% of species have declined in abundanc...
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Rich countries could be asked to pay billions to protect biodiversity

Wealthy nations could be asked to make significant financial contributions to biodiverse countries such as Brazil under proposals put forward during talks on a global agreement, during a meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Rome last week, to halt and reverse biodiversity decline.  Paying countries with life-sustaining ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest billions of poun...
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