Foundations call for cooperation, some new pledges at COP27

2022-11-22T08:20:13-08:00November 22nd, 2022|News|

As communities around the globe press their case at the COP27 conference in Egypt that climate damage is forcing migration and causing suffering as never before, philanthropic foundations pooled their resources to donate more than $2 billion to support climate adaptation projects. Overall, though the amount of charitable funding directed toward climate related projects remains small.

Global climate talks were scheduled to end negotiations Friday, though many expect they will go beyond the deadline to reach a deal.

From AP News

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-africa-business-egypt-caa2477341b0d1ad420f7ebedb1e6866

Biodiversity Funders Group Seeks Program Associate

2022-11-15T13:21:47-08:00November 15th, 2022|Job Listing|

The primary role of the Program Associate is to support BFG’s Land and Freshwater Conservation Program and the Marine Conservation Program. In addition to each programs’ annual meetings (typically in March and September, respectively), the programs deliver relevant and engaging programming of interest to hundreds of grantmakers throughout the year. Working closely with the Senior Program Director and volunteer co-chairs, the Program Associate will help shape and implement learning opportunities on a range of conservation issues in virtual and in-person formats. Surfacing emerging issues and topics and identifying areas for deeper peer engagement is […]

COP27: Fears of compromise on key 1.5C global temperature issue

2022-11-15T13:17:26-08:00November 15th, 2022|News|

A key target to stop climate change raising global temperatures is under threat at a UN summit.

Climate change talks have been trying to limit the average rise in temperatures to 1.5C.

But at talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik, there are concerns that target will slip.

Senior figures here in Egypt are worried about backsliding on efforts to keep the 1.5C goal.

From the BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63617400

New Resources on Scale from the CLIMA Fund

2022-11-15T12:04:44-08:00November 15th, 2022|News|

From the EGA

Check out the infographic and accompanying article in Stanford Social Innovation Review along with our short video on Reimagining Scale to learn about the models of scale in mainstream philanthropy limiting us in supporting grassroots climate solutions, and how funders and donors can serve grassroots groups as they continue to scale their critical work. Grassroots movements have sophisticated approaches to growth, which ensure sustainable, resilient, and equitable solutions. By expanding our view of scale, funders can better understand and resource strategies that are likely […]

The 2022 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: health at the mercy of fossil fuels

2022-11-02T09:54:44-07:00November 2nd, 2022|News|

The 2022 report of the Lancet Countdown is published as the world confronts profound and concurrent systemic shocks. Countries and health systems continue to contend with the health, social, and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a persistent fossil fuel overdependence has pushed the world into global energy and cost-of-living crises. As these crises unfold, climate change escalates unabated. Its worsening impacts are increasingly affecting the foundations of human health and wellbeing, exacerbating the vulnerability of the world’s populations to concurrent health threats.
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Forests in protected Indigenous lands are healthier, scientists find

2022-11-01T10:05:25-07:00November 1st, 2022|News|

Over the last two centuries, human actions have resulted in rising temperatures, a massive carbon imbalance, and tremendous biodiversity loss. However, there are cases in which human stewardship seems to help remediate this damage. Researchers examined tropical forests across Asia, Africa, and the Americas and found that the forests located on protected Indigenous lands were the healthiest, highest functioning, most diverse, and most ecologically resilient.

From Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/10/221026114054.htm

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Walking Back in Time to Learn About the Future of Permafrost

2022-10-19T09:28:12-07:00October 19th, 2022|News|

There’s a freezer door in the mountainside outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. Tom Douglas opens it and we step inside, breathing in cold air and musky dust as we start to walk back through time.

This isn’t fantasy. It’s the Permafrost Tunnel run by the U.S. Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Alaska, where Douglas is a Senior Scientist.

https://www.enn.com/articles/71358-walking-back-in-time-to-learn-about-the-future-of-permafrost

 

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‘Devastating consequences’ as new Swedish government scraps environment ministry

2022-10-19T09:21:32-07:00October 19th, 2022|News|

Sweden’s new right-wing government has sparked an outcry after scrapping the Ministry of Environment in a move the opposition has branded “devastating”.

Previously, the ministry was a high-profile stand-alone department with a minister in the cabinet, but now it will operate as part of another ministry instead.

https://www.euronews.com/2022/10/18/devastating-consequences-as-new-swedish-government-scraps-environment-ministry

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