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Uniting action on climate and nature through Great Big Green Week

On behalf of the Climate Coalition, Katie White, executive director of advocacy and campaigns at WWF, discusses how Great Big Green Week can act as a beacon in highlighting the urgent need for action on climate and nature.

All three sessions are now available to watch back at your convenience 

Now available on-demand: edie's nature-based solutions and climate adaptation online sessions

edie's Inspiration Sessions on climate adaptation and nature-based solutions, featuring experts fro, Unilever, the FAIRR Initiative, Nomad Foods, Grosvenor and more, are now available to watch on-demand.   

How leading UK businesses are coming together to take action for climate and nature

The UK Reforestation Coalition, founded by leading UK businesses Lloyds Banking Group, OVO Energy, DFS Group and Sainsbury's, along with the UK's leading woodland conservation charity the Woodland Trust, will support the UK's target of planting 30,000 hectares of trees each year, between now and 2030.

By WWF's estimates, global plastic production could double by 2040, outpacing improvements in recyclign systems

Plastic pollution: WWF urges action to prevent societal costs hitting $7trn by 2040

The societal cost of plastic produced in 2040 could hit $7.1trn unless urgent action is taken, according to a new report from WWF.

Amazon believes the Accelerator will enable farmers to utilise NbS to combat the climate crisis

Amazon launches nature-based solutions 'accelerator' to support farmers and cut emissions

Amazon has today (2 September) launched a new agroforestry and restoration programme that will utilise nature-based solutions (NbS) while improving livelihoods for local farmers in the Brazilian Amazonian region.

The report forms part of edie's Countdown to COP26 festival of content, supported by O2

edie's latest COP26 Primer report focuses on nature-based solutions

As part of the brand-new Countdown to COP26 Festival of digital content and events, edie has this week launched its latest "Primer Report" which provides need-to-know insights into the key themes of this year's crucial climate talks. Up next: Nature-Based Solutions.

The new amendments seek to strengthen the legal language around the UK's biodiversity efforts

Government tables Environment Bill amendments to 'halt' biodiversity decline by 2030

The UK Government has today (27 August) outlined a series of amendments to its flagship Environment Bill, which will deliver an overall ambition to "halt the decline in species abundance by 2030".

Deforestation rates in the Amazon reached a 12-year high in 2020, according to the Brazilian space agency 

UK's proposed anti-deforestation laws leave millions of hectares of rainforest at risk, WWF argues

The UK Government is being urged once more to strengthen its plans for eliminating deforestation in international supply chains, with WWF claiming current proposals could leave 2.1 million hectares of Brazilian rainforest at risk to the soy sector alone.

Pictured: The 400MW Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of Sussex

How will the offshore wind sector's expansion affect biodiversity? UK Government launches major research drive

A four-year research programme assessing the potential impact that the UK's offshore wind sector will have on marine ecosystems as it grows has been launched.

In-person negotiations are now scheduled to take place in Kunming from 25 April to 8 May 2022

COP15: In-person negotiations on global biodiversity treaty pushed back to 2022

In-person meetings set for October and designed to create a new global agreement on improving biodiversity have been delayed until 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pictured: Cornwall's Mevagissey harbour. Image: Defra

UK governments urged to 'climate-proof' fishing sector

The UK's fisheries are currently contributing to emissions more than they should under a net-zero trajectory and are acutely exposed to future climate risks due to poor support for nature restoration and adaptation, some of the UK's biggest nature charities are warning.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26. Bottom-left image: David Mirzoeff 

COP26 Action Tracker: Nations urged to respond to IPCC report as Cambo oilfield row rolls on

With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

Projects will focus on marine conservation and tackling plastics pollution in developing countries

UK allocates first round of support from £500m Blue Planet Fund

Global projects focused on protecting oceans and combatting the climate crisis have been awarded a share of the UK's £500m Blue Planet Fund.

#SustyTalk: Danone's Yann-Gael Rio on scaling regenerative agriculture

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Danone's vice-president for agriculture procurement and sustainability, Yann-Gael Rio.

Last year, local authorities in Cornwall, Buckinghamshire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Northumberland were selected to trial Local Nature Recovery Strategies

Government ponders role of nature-based solutions in local recovery strategies

The Government has opened a consultation to gain a better understanding of how nature-based solutions can assist with local strategies to contribute to rewilding and the Environment Bill, as part of a wider move across England to create or restore 500,000 hectares of wildlife habitat.

#SustyTalk: Stop Ecocide International's Jojo Mehta on protecting nature using law

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Stop Ecocide International's executive director Jojo Mehta.

The Government previously commissioned an independent review, with a global remit, into quantifying the economic benefits of biodiversity

Multi-million-pound government funding boost for researchers exploring climate and social benefits of trees

Six research projects, assessing the role of woodlands in creating a sustainable future in the UK, have been selected to receive a share of a new £10.5m Government fund.

Nature charities have previouly voiced concern over a lack of funding

Conservation and restoration projects secure share of £80m green recovery fund

Almost 100 nature-based projects will receive a share of the Government's £80m Green Recovery Challenge Fund, designed to promote nature restoration and conservation.

Howard Boyd will help oversee the GFI’s work in the build-up to the COP26 climate summit this November in Glasgow

Emma Howard Boyd confirmed as interim chair of Green Finance Institute

The Green Finance Institute (GFI) has announced that the Environment Agency's chair Emma Howard Boyd CBE has been appointed as interim chair at the institute, following the passing of Sir Roger Gifford in May.

Businesses have been tasked with aligning to the ambitions of Race to Zero

New environmental roadmap developed for homebuilders

UK homebuilders have backed a new Government-led plan to ensure that new builds are zero-carbon ready by 2025 as well as improving biodiversity and reducing waste.

#SustyTalk: Model and activist Arizona Muse on restoring soil and nature

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with model and environmental activist Arizona Muse.

At present, extinction rates are 100 times higher than the natural baseline due to human activity

'Urgent policy action needed': UN unveils draft Paris-style plan to halt biodiversity loss

Eliminating all plastic pollution and ending $500bn of annual government subsidies that harm nature are among the targets in a UN draft plan for averting Earth's sixth mass extinction.

The letters request a response by 15 August

Investors call on banking giants to step up on climate and biodiversity commitments

More than 100 investors, including the likes of Aviva and M&G Investments, representing $4.2trn in assets under management have written to some of the world's biggest banks, calling on them to strengthen climate and biodiversity targets this year.

Around 135,000 jobs would be created in the North, Midlands and East England, with a further 57,000 jobs set to be created in Scotland

UK's clean energy pipeline on course to unlock 625,000 green jobs

The UK's focus on decarbonisation and clean energy looks set to unlock 625,000 jobs, equivalent to 90% of jobs lost to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

The UN estimates that food and drink production alone has been the driver of 75% of deforestation by area size to date

Current nature targets 'not enough': WWF calls for UK to cut global environmental footprint by 75%

If the UK is to properly address its climate impacts, it must reduce the environmental impact of products made domestically and imported by 75% this decade.

This month's innovations could have siginifcant impacts in the built environment, nature conservation, food, metals and minerals and recycling sectors

Lab-grown salmon and seed-bombing 'skyscrapers': The best green innovations of June 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up five of the best from June 2021.

The EAC report also criticises funding cuts to public bodies and calls for the Government to increase Natural England’s multi-year funding

UK's 'poorly mixed cocktail' of policy driving biodiversity decline, MPs warn

The UK is not treating biodiversity loss with the same urgency as the climate crisis, according to a group of MPs that have warned that current Government policies are inadequate to address a sharp decline in nature-based losses.

For land use, roundtable members have agreed to a commitment to ensure that the value chain is a net-positive contributor to nature

Global beef sector sets out biodiversity and climate commitments

A coalition of global beef producers, including JBS, Rabobank and Cargill, have collectively agreed to reduce the sector's contribution to climate change by 30% by 2030, as part of a new sustainability roadmap that also aims to improve biodiversity and animal welfare.

The initiative will aim to assist shoppers globally to support sustainability programmes

Every Action Counts: New business alliance to encourage one billion consumers to support sustainability causes

A new alliance of banking firms, consumer goods giants and digital platforms, including Mastercard and BBVA, has launched to encourage individuals around the world to deliver positive actions that improve biodiversity and sustainable behaviours.

Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Image: University of Leeds

Major nature restoration scheme for Yorkshire as Defra outlines new conservation measures

WWF, Natural England and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have launched a major landscape restoration project in the Yorkshire Dales, in the same week that the Government has proposed new measures to protect and restore habitats.

Businesses are under pressure to measure and disclose natural capital impacts, but often cite challenges in terms of metrics and data collection

Natural capital accounting standard launched by BSI

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has issued its first standard aimed at helping businesses and public sector bodies measure the extent and value of their impacts on nature.

In 2019, Burberry set a science-based target aligned to the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement

Burberry to become 'climate positive' by 2040

Luxury fashion firm Burberry has updated its science-based targets in a bid to become "climate positive" by 2040, a move that will aim to decarbonise the value chain and utilise a bespoke carbon insetting fund.

The UK's 2019 'State of Nature' report revealed that most UK species have declined since the 1970s, with 15% now facing extinction 

UK Government commits to 'nature-positive' future following landmark biodiversity review

Following the publication of the landmark Dasgupta Review, which argued the case for biodiversity considerations to be embedded in all economic decisions by the government, a new commitment for all large infrastructure projects to be 'nature positive' has been made.

95% of the kelp forest in the proposed project area has been lost since the 1980s, the councils claim

Carbon-sequestering kelp: Sussex councils team up for major natural capital project

Two West Sussex Councils have applied for permission to create a large 'undersea forest' of kelp - a project they claim will boost biodiversity while sequestering carbon emissions.

The UK's 2019 'State of Nature' report revealed that most UK species have declined since the 1970s, with 15% now facing extinction 

Environment Bill updates leave green groups doubting UK's commitment to halt nature loss

Some of the UK's biggest nature charities have called amendments made to the Environment Bill this week "weakly worded", arguing that they leave loopholes for the UK to backtrack on a commitment to improve nature for the next generation.

The UK Government has confirmed that the Summit will take place between 11-13 June in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Climate change at the G7 Summit: Everything you need to know

World leaders are meeting in Cornwall this week (11-13 June) as part of the G7 Summit. The climate crisis is a key theme for policymakers going into the event, but how much prominence will it have as the world's largest economies attempt to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?

Pictured: A stretch of shoreline in Cornwall

World Oceans Day: UK Government to ban damaging fishing in new marine protected areas

Following pressure from green groups, the UK Government has confirmed plans to introduce a new class of protected areas around the English coastline, in a bid to prevent damage from sectors including fishing.

Image: Dove

Unilever announces first €1bn Climate & Nature Fund project

Unilever has announced that the first project to benefit from its flagship €1bn Climate & Nature Fund will be a forest restoration scheme in Indonesia, developed through beauty brand Dove.

The new commitment was unveiled as part of the company’s latest sustainability report

McCain commits to regenerative agriculture across all farms by 2030

The UK's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain, has today (7 June) committed to ensuring that every potato grown across its 370,000 acres worldwide is done so using regenerative agricultural practices by 2030.

The TNFD has officially launched today

Can the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures solve the global ecological crisis?

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) officially launched on Friday (4 June) with an overarching aim to align corporate reporting and financial spending to alleviate nature-related risks. Here, edie explores whether the new initiative can generate enough momentum to deliver tangible change.

The report estimates that annual investments into NbS will need to reach $536bn annually by 2050

$8trn funding gap: UN report calls for four-fold increase in nature-based solutions investment

The world is facing an $8.1trn financing gap into nature to help combat the climate crisis and ecological breakdown, according to a new UN report that warns that annual investments into nature-based solutions (NbS) need to increase fourfold by 2050.

#SustyTalk: Exploring coral reef restoration with marine biologist Dr Tim Gordon

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Mars Petcare's marine science officer Dr Tim Gordon.

The module is currently focused on the mining and agriculture sectors – two of the most exposed sectors to biodiversity-related risks

ENCORE: UN-backed biodiversity module to help investors factor nature into spending decisions

A new UN-back module has been launched today to enable financial institutions to map their exposure to biodiversity risks based on sectoral activities, in a bid to push the economy towards a nature-positive future.

Pictured: Rannerdale Knots, Lake District

Environment Bill returns to Parliament with new binding targets for nature

The Environment Bill will return to Parliament today (26 May), following Covid-19 related delays.

Estimates suggest that financing this market will reach $854bn annually by 2030 to halt natural degradation

Investors and businesses urged to address $700bn nature-based solutions finance gap

A new report has warned that a $700bn investment gap into "Nature-based Solutions" needs to be addressed in order to meet wider net-zero goals and combat the climate crisis.

#SustyTalk: Countdown to COP26 with Natural England's Tony Juniper - Environment Bill and nature-based solutions

With COP26 less than six months away, edie has launched a new series of videos with high-level speakers, designed to inspire and empower your preparations for the conference. Up next, Natural England chair Tony Juniper.

The policy updates build on an overarching vision to protect 30% of land for nature

Trees, peat and net-zero: UK to enshrine new nature goals in law

The Government is set to enshrine a commitment to halt species decline and nature loss by 2030 in law and has pledged to treble tree planting this parliament.

Pictured: HiPP UK's marketing director Richard Walker planting the scheme's first tree, an oak, at the National Trust's Runnymede site in Surrey

Baby food brand HiPP Organic pledges to plant 50,000 trees

German multinational baby feeding brand HiPP Organic has partnered with the National Trust on a major tree-planting initiative, which forms part of its plans to become climate positive.

Pictured: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, where next month's summit will take place

'Future generations are relying on us': Businesses urge leaders to prioritise climate and nature at G7 Summit

A string of the world's biggest trade bodies are urging world leaders, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to ensure that next month's G7 Summit prioritises the international response to the climate and nature crises.

Environmental charities, thought leaders and Green Party representatives have expressed disappointment over the announcements

'Proposals fall far short': Green economy left disappointed at Queen's speech

With the UK's official reopening of Parliament this week, the Queen travelled to the House of Lords to outline Governmental priorities for the coming months. Many had expected more to be said about tackling climate change and nature loss.

The ‘Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework’ is set to be adopted by governments when the Conference of Parties to the CBD meets in Kunming, China, on October 21

Global Paris-style biodiversity agreement 'lacks scientific basis', researchers warn

Efforts to formulate a "Paris-style" agreement to halt global biodiversity loss lack definition, fails to align with the scientific need to reverse nature loss and place Indigenous People at risk, according to a global alliance of NGOs.

Iceland is also exploring alternatives to soy, but Walker admits that there aren’t any commercially scalable solutions ready

Iceland boss Richard Walker: Collective business activism required to hold politicians to account

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland Foods' boss Richard Walker believes that 'collective business activism' is essential in driving policymakers to align with the sustainability movement, following a recent letter sent by food retailers to the Brazilian Government urging them to reconsider a new land bill that could increase deforestation.

Image: Sheba/TheNature Conservancy 

'World's largest' coral reef restoration project backed by Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare brand Sheba has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to deliver what it claims is the world's largest coral restoration programme, covering more than 185,000 square metres.

Pictured: A diver working with seagrass in Dale Bay, Wales. Image: WWF/Lewis Jeffries 

Green Alliance: Nature jobs would benefit UK regions hit hardest by unemployment

At least 16,000 jobs in nature conservation and restoration could be created as part of the UK's Covid-19 recovery plans, with areas facing the greatest employment challenges set to benefit the most.

Last year, Timberland pledged to ensure that it has a net-positive impact on nature within a decade

Timberland, Vans, The North Face to develop regenerative rubber supply chain

The VF Corporation, which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans and The North Face, is partnering with a Thailand-based design consultancy to create the fashion industry's first regenerative rubber supply system.

Pictured: Durdle Door, Dorset

UK Government urged to accelerate ocean protection in COP26 plans

Major UK nature charities including WWF and RSPB have unveiled plans to assess the UK Government's measures to conserve and restore marine habitats this year, urging Ministers to take action ahead of COP26 this November.

Read on for key webinar takeaways in brief, and watch on-demand to catch up in full. Image: The Woodland Trust

Six top tips for developing a leading business biodiversity strategy

Biodiversity is steadily rising up the business agenda in the run-up to COP26. But how can the private sector go beyond greenwashing to deliver meaningful, engaging, science-based strategies?

The LEAF initiative aims to mobilise at least $1bn to support emissions reductions by ensuring tropical forests that act as carbon sinks are protected from deforestation

Amazon and Unilever among businesses teaming with governments on $1bn deforestation pledge

A group of businesses including Amazon, Unilever, and Nestlé has joined the UK, US and Norwegian governments in setting up a new public-private initiative committing $1bn to combat the climate crisis through the conservation and preservation of tropical forests across the globe.

The webinar will take place at 11am (BST) on Wednesday 21 April and will be available to watch on-demand for those who register

Available to watch on-demand: edie's biodiversity webinar featuring Kering and Unilever

Speakers from Kering, Unilever and the Woodland Trust discussed the role of biodiversity in shaping and assisting sustainability strategies on a webinar that took place on Wednesday (21 April). A recording of the sessions is available to watch on-demand.

We round up new resource and nature commitments, as well as innovative product launches 

Shampoo bars and sustainable shoes: Rounding up the big Earth Day product announcements

A string of big-name brands, including SC Johnson and Vans, have bolstered commitments on resource use or launched products with circular economy principles to mark Earth Day 2021. Here, edie rounds up the announcements.

Carbon stored in deep peat soils such as those in fens and raised bogs are up to eight times greater than the amount stored by an equivalent area of tropical rainforest

Natural England: Biodiversity critical to reaching net-zero

Peatlands, woodlands and coastal marine habitats are all vital in helping the UK reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but efforts need to be made to improve biodiversity conservation and restoration.

The fund aims to ensure financial return for investors

Apple launches $200m forestry restoration fund

Technology giant Apple has partnered with Conservation International and Goldman Sachs to create an investment fund focused on carbon-sequestering forestry restoration programmes that will remove at least one million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

The report confirms that Springer Nature is net carbon neutral across its offices, fleets and travel flights

Publisher Springer Nature reaches carbon neutrality

Global research publisher Springer Nature Group has today (8 April) confirmed that it has reached carbon-neutral status for emissions associated with its offices and business travel.

In 2019, 21.8 million hectares of UK waters are protected to some degree

UK's marine natural capital assets valued at £211bn

The UK's marine assets, which include renewable energy production, tourism attraction, sustainable fishing and carbon sequestration, have reached a value of £211bn, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Charlotte led Vivobarefoot through the B Corp certification process

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Charlotte Pumford, Vivobarefoot

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Charlotte Pumford, Vivobarefoot's sustainability manager.

Pictured: A boat on the Tapajos. Image: WWF/Reckitt

Reckitt partners with WWF, pledging £10m donation

Reckitt, the parent company of brands including Air Wick and Dettol, has announced a three-year partnership with WWF focusing on nature conservation.

Pictured: A sheep farm in Scotland

British farmers 'planning to ramp up net-zero investments as part of Covid-19 recovery'

A survey of hundreds of UK farmers has found that record proportions are planning to invest in measures to improve energy efficiency, increase renewable energy sourcing and boost carbon sequestration.

The UK has already lost up to 92% of its seagrass in the last century

Carlsberg and WWF launch seagrass restoration project

Beer giant Carlsberg will team up with WWF on a year-long partnership to restore carbon sequestering seagrass meadows across the UK coastline.

The private sector has already missed collective anti-deforestation targets for 2020

Just 1% of businesses taking strong action on deforestation, despite risks totalling $53bn

An analysis of the anti-deforestation work of 553 of the world's largest businesses has found that just 1% are taking 'best practice' action. This is despite the multi-billion-dollar risks associated with inaction.

Pictured: Mangroves, which could provide an investment opportunity for those seeking biodiversity and carbon sequestration

Is biodiversity being forgotten in sustainable corporate finance?

EXCLUSIVE: The issuance of sustainability bonds and sustainability-linked loans in the private sector is gathering pace, but are businesses using them to help avert the nature crisis?

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What is the role between business and biodiversity? Access edie's new Explains guide

edie has this week published a new downloadable guide outlining all the key considerations for businesses that are looking to incorporate biodiversity into a holistic sustainability strategy.

Nomad Foods will introduce on-pack communications for customers detailing how the partnership is improving biodiversity

Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods launches nature-positive partnership with WWF

Nomad Foods, which owns brands such as Birds Eye, Findus and Green Cuisine, has unveiled a new strategic partnership with WWF that will deliver "nature-positive" farming practices to protect and promote biodiversity while tackling the climate crisis.

edie Explains: Biodiversity and Business

What is the relationship between biodiversity and business? What are the operational challenges and opportunities surrounding biodiversity? And what steps can be taken to reverse nature loss and restore natural habitats? This free edie Explains guide answers all of those key questions and more.

The likes of Pernod Ricard and Nestle have already enshrined biodiversity into their sustainability strategies

Cutting through complexity: Can biodiversity be embedded into corporate strategies?

In recent months, the importance of biodiversity in combatting the climate crisis has reached a new level understanding, with policymakers and academics peering into this complex topic to try and outline how the private sector can champion it. Here, edie hears from the businesses that have already enshrined regenerative practices into their business model.

The announcement builds on Unilever's confirmation of a €1bn climate and nature fund and €2bn pot for supporting suppliers from marginalised social groups

Unilever Beauty & Personal Care targets 1.5 million hectares of nature conservation by 2030

Unilever's Beauty & Personal Care arm, which owns brands like Dove and Vaseline, has committed to conserving and restoring 1.5 million hectares of habitat by 2030 as part of a new sustainability strategy.


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