Blog

06 October 2021

Shifting finance towards sustainable land use: redirecting financial markets

The land sector is a huge emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG). Globally, agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) drive about one-quarter of annual GHG emissions.
10 December 2020

No super year for nature: Large-scale developments for infrastructure and mining could push forests over tipping point

As we reflect on 2020 - which was meant to be the "super year for nature" - we ask: how far have we come on protecting forests from rising global commodity demand and large-scale infrastructure development? Why has progress been so difficult to achieve, and who bears the cost of failure? And are the solutions staring us in the face?
02 July 2020

The Covid-19 crisis in Colombia – Slowing the virus while accelerating social and economic impacts

In Colombia, where almost half of the population is economically vulnerable, achieving a low number of cases and deaths due to SARS-CoV-2 is not, on its own, a sufficient measure of success. The government must also increase its investments in effective public policies to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.
15 June 2020

Another health crisis: German forests

As we are coping with a public health crisis, I spend a lot of time on our balcony looking at the sickly tree in our yard and can’t help but wonder about this other health crisis. It isn’t caused by a single virus but by weather extremes in combination with other environmental stressors and drivers of devastation. Looking at the statistics, forests all over Germany are in a bad state - with a risk of disappearing completely.
30 May 2020

Bolsonaro-19 and Brazilian forests

For its many dreadful consequences, Covid-19 has momentarily led to a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions around the globe. But not in Brazil, which is battered by the full force of the pandemic, but yet sees increased GHG emissions due to a surge in deforestation rates in the Amazon. It is as if Brazilian forests are suffering from a unique strain of the Covid family – one we term here ‘Bolsonaro-19’.
30 March 2020

A tale of two crises

While all eyes are focused on the ugly, virus-shaped beast stood squarely before us, a bigger, more vicious animal lurks behind. The climate crisis, already upon us, is impacting lives and ecosystems at an accelerating rate. Natural disasters are becoming worse and more frequent, changing weather patterns are causing crops to fail and rivers to run dry.