Nature-based Solutions (NbS) won't save the planet

Their success is based on us adopting a plant-based diet, too.

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Natural ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands and oceans, do a pretty good job of storing carbon and supporting biodiversity.

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Why do some species evolve to miniaturize?

The island rule hypothesizes that species shrink or supersize to fill insular niches not available to them on the mainland.

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  • Brookesia nana, the nano-chameleon, may be the smallest vertebrate ever discovered.
  • The "island rule" states that when new species migrate to islands, they may shrink or grow as they evolve to fill new ecological niches.
  • It remains unclear whether the island rule can explain the nano-chameleon or nature's other extreme miniaturizations.
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Citizen scientists are filling research gaps created by the pandemic

Participation in community science programs has skyrocketed during COVID-19 lockdowns.

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The rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 disrupted field research and environmental monitoring efforts worldwide. Travel restrictions and social distancing forced scientists to cancel studies or pause their work for months.

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2020 ties for hottest year on record, says NASA and NOAA

In a joint briefing at the 101st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, NASA and NOAA revealed 2020's scorching climate data.

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  • 2020 is tied with 2016 for being globally the hottest year on record.
  • The year's hotspot included the Arctic, which is warming at three times the global mean.
  • The United States endured a record-breaking year for billion-dollar natural disasters.
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    9 of the most shocking facts about global extinction - and how to stop it

    Across the world, wildlife is under severe threat.

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    Earth's fate and the devastation of the natural world were recently put under the microscope with the release of Sir David Attenborough's Netflix documentary A Life On Our Planet.

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