Dbytes #417 (18 March 2020)

Info, news & views for anyone interested in biodiversity conservation and good environmental decision making


“Every report the climate science community produces seems to be falling on deaf ears. What we are knowingly doing to future generations, our landscapes and fellow creatures on this planet is criminal.”
Joelle Gergis [in a tweet about the latest WMO report, see items 1 & 2]


In this issue of Dbytes

1. The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019
2. ‘I’m profoundly sad, I feel guilty’: scientists reveal personal fears about the climate crisis
3. COVID-19 and Conservation
4. ‘Practical Environmental Restoration’ – The new Government mantra?
5. Climate Change, Pandemics and Economic Turmoil Provoke Existential Fears for Humanity’s Future
6. Reducing bushfire risks
7. I shot a deer – and I still believe it was the ethical thing to do

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1. The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019

The tell-tale physical signs of climate change such as increasing land and ocean heat, accelerating sea level rise and melting ice are highlighted in a new report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization and an extensive network of partners. It documents impacts of weather and climate events on socio-economic development, human health, migration and displacement, food security and land and marine ecosystems.

https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/multi-agency-report-highlights-increasing-signs-and-impacts-of-climate-change?fbclid=IwAR1IVi55Uf6opZM5cGXyP2ViAg92Ic1vArDQxHw0-SNffggcrE1x53KnFRI

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2. ‘I’m profoundly sad, I feel guilty’: scientists reveal personal fears about the climate crisis

Feelings of powerlessness and despair for the future are evident in letters written for a six-year ‘passion project’.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/08/im-profoundly-sad-i-feel-guilty-scientists-reveal-personal-fears-about-the-climate-crisis

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3. COVID-19 and Conservation

COVID-19 reveals starkly that a conservation model based on global travel is not sustainable. One immediate thought is that it is likely to derail 2020 as a ‘super year for biodiversity’. With global travel widely on hold and major events being canceled, there may be no World Conservation Congress in France in June, perhaps no meeting of the parties to the Conventional on Biological Diversity in China in October, or United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland in November. Even if these events run, all the negotiations and pre-meetings will be disrupted, hitting hopes for an ambitious ‘post 2020 agreement’. COVID-19 reveals conservation’s perverse dependence on global mass diplomacy as a way of making ‘progress’.

https://thinkinglikeahuman.com/2020/03/16/covid-19-and-conservation/

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4. ‘Practical Environmental Restoration’ – The new Government mantra?

So what does ‘practical environmental restoration’ mean? Pork barrelling, obviously.

https://sustainabilitybites.home.blog/

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5. Climate Change, Pandemics and Economic Turmoil Provoke Existential Fears for Humanity’s Future

How people see humanity’s future may not simply reflect what they expect the future might hold. Their views involve complex and subtle relationships between expected future conditions, contemporary social realities and personal states of mind. Future visions can both reflect and reinforce social conditions and personal attributes. They can act on personal wellbeing directly, and indirectly through their social impacts.

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-03-16/climate-change-pandemics-and-economic-turmoil-provoke-existential-fears-for-humanitys-future/

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6. Reducing bushfire risks

All the world has seen media coverage of the extraordinary fires that Australia has endured this summer. They sparked an intense discussion and debate about what Australia should do to reduce bushfire risks going forward. What does our economic modelling of fire management say about that?

www.pannelldiscussions.net/2020/03/333-reducing-bushfire-risks/

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7. I shot a deer – and I still believe it was the ethical thing to do
George Monbiot

Between kill nothing and kill almost everything lies the pragmatic aim of maximising diversity and abundance on Earth.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/19/wildlife-killing-deer-diversity-resources-environment

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About Dbytes

Dbytes is a weekly eNewsletter presenting news and views on biodiversity conservation and environmental decision science. From 2007-2018 Dbytes was supported by a variety of research networks and primarily the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). From 2019 Dbytes is being produced by David Salt (Ywords).

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