UN launches AI tool to measure nature contributions to economic prosperity

The new tool is expected to make it easier for countries to measure nature’s ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands

Netflix commits to achieving net zero emissions by 2022

It has pledged to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 45% by 2030 under the guidance of the Science-Based Targets Initiative and invest in the regeneration of critical natural ecosystems

EAC calls for VAT cuts on green sectors to build back better

MPs suggest wider tax changes could offer a reset to design an economy fit for net zero Britain

UK commits £3bn of climate finance to support nature and biodiversity

Programmes supported will include the flagship Blue Planet Fund for marine conversation as well as projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation

EU approves €280m for environment, nature and climate action projects

The funding is expected to trigger total investments of nearly €590m

‘If global climate warms by 2°C, 230 billion tonnes of CO2 will be released from soils’

That’s the dire warning from the University of Exeter, which says this could cause a catastrophic feedback loop

More US citizens concerned about long-term threat of climate change than coronavirus

Around 35% of respondents said they now trust their government’s ability to tackle the climate crisis less than they did before the pandemic

Biodiversity ‘being destroyed at a rate unprecedented in history’

On average, there has been a 68% decrease in the population sizes of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016

England’s ten largest landowners ‘must grow more trees’

That’s the call from Friends of the Earth, which claims some of the biggest landowners in England have woodland cover ‘even lower than the weak national average’

Microplastics found in guts of sharks off UK coast

Microplastic and other man-made fibre particles were found in 67% of the creatures studied