Global Scans · Life on Land · Weekly Summary

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss,

  • [New] Over the next two years, the Haatch D2N 2 ESAIF will invest in approximately 13 companies providing a significant step forward in unlocking the potential of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire's startup ecosystem and driving sustainable economic growth. Destination Chesterfield
  • [New] Depending on the development of emissions, projected changes in sea level worldwide indicate a rise of between 38 and 77 centimeters by 2100, affecting coastal areas and marine ecosystems around the world. Statista
  • [New] Cornerstone Ventures will make a higher quantum of investments in Indian SaaS startups as it believes that the scale of the SaaS startup ecosystem in India is only going to get bigger. Yourstory
  • [New] The global target of restoring 30% of degraded ecosystems by 2030 (Target 2 of The Biodiversity Plan) is a case in point. Convention on Biological Diversity
  • [New] Indigenous forest communities in Central Africa tend to lack the right or control to decide on what will happen in their lands and territories or spaces nearby their community. Mongabay Environmental News
  • [New] Carbon-loss estimates are what is expected over the long term, when ecosystems approach their new equilibrium states, based on climate and land-use changes projected for 2050. Nature
  • [New] The Declaration of the High-Level Segment, among other things, commits UNFF Members to take urgent and accelerated actions to halt and reverse deforestation and forest degradation and prevent land degradation by 2030, while achieving sustainable development. IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin
  • [New] Land crossings are tightly controlled by the Israel Defence Forces, with aid convoys subject to exhaustive inspections to prevent the delivery of 'dual use' items that might benefit Hamas or be used as a weapon. ReliefWeb
  • [New] Biodiversity, the intricate web of life on our planet, underpins human well-being now and in the future, and its rapid decline poses a threat to both nature and humanity. Hindustan Times
  • [New] After landing, Dream Chaser is powered down, and the Sierra Space team will transfer it back to the processing facility to perform necessary inspections, offload remaining NASA cargo, and begin the process of preparing it for its next mission. NASA
  • [New] The floating pier project is not a substitute for land deliveries that could bring in all the food, water and fuel needed in Gaza. The Guardian
  • [New] Humanitarian assistance has begun to arrive in Gaza along a US-made pier, but the US aid chief said the new sea corridor could not be a substitute for land crossings, and warned that deliveries of food and fuel entering Gaza had slowed to dangerously low levels. The Guardian
  • [New] Over recent years, Europe has been hit by a series of severe climate events, including droughts, floods, forest fires and heatwaves, which highlight the urgent need for governments and corporations to address climate change and reduce future risks. Green Business Journal
  • [New] African countries could leverage their vast renewable energy resources, tropical forests, peatlands, and marine ecosystems to export premium carbon credits, providing a new revenue stream. Africa Renewal
  • [New] The UK's battery strategy, published late last year, sets out a joined-up government-industry approach to delivering a battery ecosystem with the potential to unleash economic prosperity and help deliver on net zero ambitions. New Civil Engineer
  • [New] The newly expanded planted forests will possess substantial C storage potential in the future, potentially playing a key role in helping China meet its Carbon Neutrality Target by 2060. Nature
  • [New] Concern about China's planted forests in the northern and northwestern regions have persisted for many years, as the rapid and extensive expansion of planted forests in certain regions may come at the expense of other ecological functions and could lead to water shortages. Nature
  • [New] The overall increasing trends of China's planted forest area are expected to persist, but the rate of increase may decline due to limitations in available land area for planted forests. Nature
  • [New] Without concerted action to protect semal trees, their continued depletion poses a threat to biodiversity and ecosystem stability in Rajasthan. BYJU'S
  • Progress seen in the convergence of inflation towards central bank targets has strengthened baseline expectations among investors that the global economy will experience a soft landing. European Central Bank
  • The EU's Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 highlights the importance of biodiversity protection as well as the recovery and restoration of nature to deal with the impacts of the climate crisis and the effects of the unsustainable use of natural resources. MDPI
  • NatureScot hopes the Future Routes Fund will increase the number of young people who access nature and empower them to take positive actions towards reducing biodiversity loss and climate change. NatureScot
  • Under Xi Thought, China will adopt a tough line on territorial or maritime disputes, be it in the East China Sea, South China Sea, or China's western land borders. Time

Last updated: 26 May 2024

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