Call for Collaborative Action to Address Planetary-scale Emergencies

A message from Geoversiv: On March 26, we signed an Open Letter to Global Leaders to show support for a Call to Action from the Planetary Emergency Partnership. Geoversiv was created to foster collaborative investigation and innovation, to address and transcend the global unsustainability crisis. We are now facing multiple overlapping planetary-scale emergencies—each of which…

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COVID-19: Stay Home, Save Lives

Please note: Geoversiv is not a public health institution and should not be treated as the definitive authority on pandemic-related information. This page is provided as a public service, to connect readers to basic background information and to useful expert guidance and the latest reporting. COVID-19 is an infectious disease resulting from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus,…

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Biodiversity is a Measure of Our Actual & Potential Wellbeing

What is Biodiversity? And why should it matter to you? Biological diversity is a vital sign for nature’s complex life-support systems. If you have too few species in a given environment, the complex ecosystem that makes life work in that environment is more vulnerable to serious disruption. To put it bluntly, a less biodiverse ecosystem…

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Amazon Rainforest Feared to Be ‘Past Point of No-Return’

In a shocking, but not entirely surprising development, Antonio Donato Nobre—a leading Amazon rainforest conservation expert—says the actions of the Bolsonaro government in Brazil may have put the viability of the complex Amazon rainforest ecosystem beyond the point of no-return. This is because of a convergence of two major destructive forces—deforestation and climate disruption. The…

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Public Participation to Improve Global Outcomes

CCE Submission for the Next Phase of ACE Implementation This submission is offered in response to mandate: Decision 15/CP.25, paragraph 3—by Citizens’ Climate Education, on behalf of the Engage4Climate Network and local volunteer chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby in 55 countries—and offers “recommendations and views on future work to enhance the implementation of Article 6…

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Central Banks’ Climate Resilience will Affect You Personally

We are living through historic—and perilous—separation of high finance from everyday experience. Accelerating climate disruption is a symptom of the unaccountability that comes with such disconnections. And yet, central banks’ efforts to mitigate climate risk and build resilience will affect you personally. When food is scarce, prices rise; this is one of the most significant…

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71% Increase in Climate-Smart Finance Commitments in 2019

The biggest growth opportunity in finance is climate-aligned investment and innovation. In 2018, all major asset classes struggled to earn. Cash was the asset class that expanded the most, signaling a pull-back from new investment and a wait-and-see attitude. In 2019, trade tensions spurred worries of a global economic slowdown that could lead to recession.…

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Value Nature to Reconnect Financial Gains with Everyday Wellbeing

The global economy is slowing down. The US economy is also slowing down. A major contributing factor to both is the widening gap in new income generation, between the super-rich and everyone else. It is now widely argued we are living through a “new Gilded Age”, where high-powered, high-visibility interests prosper and everyone else struggles.…

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Shift Incentives to Transform the Food System

REPORT FROM DAVOS The World Economic Forum has identified all 5 of the leading global risks as related to climate and environment: Extreme weather Climate action failure Natural disasters Biodiversity loss Human-made environmental disasters Climate breakdown is accelerating, and global carbon emissions are not declining. The loss of climate stability is not a small or…

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Juliana v US case must move forward to secure America’s future

A federal appeals court ruling dismissing the case Juliana v. United States—commonly known as the youth climate lawsuit—is founded on a logical incoherence: the Courts exist to redress grievances, yet the ruling says they are not empowered to do so. The Constitution of the United States, the 1992 Climate Convention (a ratified treaty and so…

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Interactive Risk Tracking is a Foundation for Resilient Prosperity

Tracking of interacting compounding risks shows higher value of financing external returns. Resilience is the ability to weather and emerge from shock events. Resilience intelligence is the complex work of understanding whether we are positioned to do so. Structured, evolving guidance, rooted in Earth systems science, is critical for achieving reliable ongoing operational resilience. The…

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Changes to Jet Stream threaten food supply

Studies of significant changes to the Jet Stream—a fast-moving river of air that plays a major role in regulating climate patterns—show increasing risk of prolonged catastrophic drought and threats to the human food supply. Scientific American is reporting: extreme jet stream patterns like those of 2018 may be getting more common and more extreme, representing…

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