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Here's a single-tweet, three-picture Summary-of-the-Summary-for-Policymakers: A direct line from more greenhouse gas emissions to more heatwaves, storms, and droughts. Conversely, a direct line from cutting emissions to a cooler, safer, more bountiful future. #ipcc
There's lots of research on what makes individual protected areas effective. A new paper by Payal Shah @kathy_baylis me & @EngelmannJe looks at what makes national protected areas networks effective: ⬇️agricultural threat ⬆️economic growth ⬆️governance…
'A win-win solution for people and planet.' Ecological fiscal transfers: a win-win solution for people & planet…
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From a virtual workshop to a global overview of ecological fiscal transfers 👇 Here's what's#BehindThePaperr……B by@jonahbuschh & colleagues 🔖 The original
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Something to follow 👇! West Papua province brings academic draft for ecological fiscal transfer to the political discussions in Indonesia. It is based on the#DAUU funding scheme. #2019HutanJadiDAUU#ICBE20188#TransferFiskalEkologiss@agussarii@jonahbuschh…X5
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Sources: Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On Bill Bryson’s The Body…
I knew that “Patient Zero” was a misinterpretation of Patient O. But today I learned that Blood Type O was a misinterpretation of Blood Type Zero! O≠0, people!
Ecological fiscal transfers (EFT) are little known, yet this conservation finance mechanism is getting more attention and schemes are under development in 15 countries. These take a number of forms, with diverse effects. Want to know more? See our review below!…
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“A simple idea to ease conservation costs: transferring funds” My Q&A with @BrunoVelde @ConservationOrg on our global review of ecological fiscal transfers…
What started as a corridor chat with @jonahbusch @CGDev seven years ago culminated today in the @naturesustainab publication of a global review of #EcologicalFiscalTransfers as a key #climatefinance initiative. Hope this is just the start of #GreenPublicFinance movement.…
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“We expect the growth in ecological fiscal transfers to continue” Irene Ring and I share the story #BehindThePaper of our global review of ecological fiscal transfers @NaturePortfolio ……
Our global review of ecological fiscal transfers emerged from a virtual workshop hosted by @EarthInnovate @tudresden_de. With 23 authors from 15 countries, including @moniqueakullo15 @oyutamarjargal @maud_bo @rscassola @NilsDroste @anitnath @Sonnymumbunan @madhuver10
National governments currently transfer almost US$5 trillion per year to state and local governments, so greening even a small fraction of these transfers could result in sizeable increases in ecological funding.
Ecological fiscal transfers offer a way to put big money towards environmental goals without having to appropriate new funding from scarce resource pools. Instead governments can just reformulate how existing flows of funds to lower-level governments are transferred.
Ecological fiscal transfers are especially timely in 2021 as governments make pledges to @UNFCCC, @UNBiodiversity, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. At the same time, many public budgets are stretched even thinner than usual by Covid.
Researchers have found ecological fiscal transfers have led to: 🇧🇷more protected areas in Brazil 🇵🇹more protected areas in Portugal 🇨🇳less pollution in China 🇮🇳finance for India’s national climate commitment
Globally, ecological fiscal transfers now move about US$23 billion a year, and growing.
Ecological fiscal transfers have been established in Brazil, Portugal, France, China, and India. They’re emerging in Indonesia, Mongolia, and Uganda. They’re being proposed elsewhere too.
Ecological fiscal transfers are government-to-government revenue transfers within a country based on ecological indicators. Our new paper reviews where and why they’re emerging, how they’ve grown, what effects they’ve had, how to design them, and opportunities for more of them.
Our NEW PAPER published today in @naturesustainab! “A Global Review of Ecological Fiscal Transfers” The first comprehensive global review of a rapidly growing conservation finance mechanism. By 23 co-authors from 15 countries.
A professional update: I'm delighted to rejoin old friends @ConservationOrg, where I'll be researching how to combat climate change cost-effectively by protecting and restoring nature.
New maps show carbon #emissions and removals from forests anywhere on 🌍. We can now measure emissions anywhere-- from small local parks or the total#carbonn sink of the Congo Basin. Read more about the research that made this possible in@NatureClimatee→…1m
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My awards: Memories of Alhambra (best concept, most exciting, best editing) The King (best villain, best supporting actor, best song, best cinematography) Goblin (best music, best scene) Nine-Tailed Fox (scariest, cutest kid) Legend of the Blue Sea (funniest, best actress)
They’re full of romance, reincarnation, ghosts, near-death experiences, and family intrigue. Key plot points include: Can a mermaid and a human fall in love? What about a goblin and a human? Fox and human? Evil serpent? Grim reaper? (Spoiler: yes, yes, yes, no, sorta)
For those not yet in the know, K-dramas are each about 20 hours of (slow) screen time. They’re only one season long with no hedging for season 2. There’s lots of time to develop plots and characters and bring the story to a satisfying close.
The best thing about sheltering in place the last ten months (aside from not getting Covid) has been discovering Korean dramas. I’m on my sixth, and my wife has watched 16! We’re hooked.
As artificial intelligence seems to grow ever-creepier, here's a cool example of AI being used for good: Academics @brenucsb and human rights group @Liberty_Shared team up with @GlobalFishWatch @Google to detect forced labor in the world's fishing fleet…
Congratulations to our own @oyutamarjargal for her contributions to this important study highlighting opportunities to lower #emissions and mitigate #climatechange through targeted #reforestation.…
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Today I asked Elsevier to send the following letter to all World Development authors & reviewers To save you reading the letter, its message is that after 8 years of working for the journal as its editor-in-chief, I have decided to step down on Dec. 31 this year. Thank YOU.
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How much will it cost to preserve, manage, and restore global forests to prevent dangerous climate change? Short answer- more than we thought, but still low-cost relative to other sectors. Our new paper out today!…
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By legalizing an emission trading scheme, Vietnam is embarking on the post-pandemic green recovery. #carbon #ClimateAction #GreenRecovery @burke_ec @Victoriakwakwa…
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3/5 Main finding: 1.6 billion people lived within 5km of a forest in rural areas in 2012. Of these, 65% lived in tropical countries and 71% lived in low- and middle-income countries. Change was driven by changes in both forest cover and population #FLARETC20 @KinzerAndrew
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Caveat: We don’t test if local co-occurrence of economic growth and environmental improvement “scales up” nationally or globally. But there’s still something powerful about 50 good examples of local green growth. 💚📈 Thank@FLAREglobalal! Feedback welcome#FLARETC2020 5/oa
We’ll test how well bright spots are explained by four theories: 💰INCOME surpassing a threshold (Environmental Kuznets Curve) 🌲INDUSTRIES compatible with ecosystems 🏭SECTORAL SHIFT toward manufacturing and services 📝POLICIES that protect ecosyste#FLARETC20TC20 oify
In Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand, bright spots of green growth show up outside big cities. Europe’s bright spots are up north. China has bright spots all over. We’d love your thoughts on what’s happening in regions you know about. #FLARETC20 3/5
Most places want a strong economy. They also want a clean environment. Can they have both? You know about “hotspots” of biodiversity loss. Here are 50 global “bright spots” of economic growth and environmental improvement. #FLARETC20 2/5
“Global Bright Spots of Green Growth” by @jonahbusch & @oyutamarjargal @EarthInnovate We find 50 places with exceptional economic growth (>95th %ile night light gain) AND environmental improvement (>95th %ile net tree cover gain) from 2000-2010. 💡⬆️+🌳⬆️=💚#FLARETC20TC20 gvCe
Welcome back! I'll be chairing our next session (Session E): Poverty and prosperity in forested landscapes #FLARETC20 Each presenter gets 5 tweets in 5 minutes, followed by time to respond to questions 1/5
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Do PES schemes deliver desired environmental & livelihood outcomes? What about risk that payments crowd-out intrinsic motivations? We answer using a rare Randomized Control Trial of a conservation intervention at landscape scale (& discuss controversy around RCTs). 1/5 #FLARETC20
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I'm intrigued to join a Twitter Conference organized by @FLAREglobal on Forests and Livelihoods in Turbulent Times. "Speakers" present 5 tweets in 5 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions. Tune in at 1:05 ET today for my paper with @oyutamarjargal on green growth... #FLARETC20
Congratulations to Prof. @NRamankutty (SPPGA; @ubcires) for receiving the prestigious Wihuri International Prize in recognition of his work on sustainable global food systems. Read more:
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Fun fact: when you win a Nobel Prize @UCBerkeley, as physicist Reinhard Genzel and chemist Jennifer @doudna_lab already have this year, you get to use parking spots reserved for Nobel Laureates. Funner fact: turns out Berkeley has Nobel bike parking too…
“By 2050 smoke wave events in the western US would increase in intensity by an average of about 30 percent“…
COVID has made Californians: -drive less -drive faster -get in fewer car crashes BUT... -the crashes they do get into are more severe -so the overall effect on driving deaths is a wash New working paper by Jonathan Hughes et al @CUBoulder…
"It's a horrible hygiene situation packing live, dead, wild, domestic animals together...We need to get a handle on our really broken relationship with nature." @WWFLeadWildlife…
Biologists have studied how zoonotic diseases like Covid-19 emerge from increased human-animal interface from deforestation/wildlife markets. We weigh costs/benefits and make policy recommendations. Extremely grateful to work with an amazing team on this.…
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