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You Can’t Fix Climate Change Without Protecting Biodiversity, Says UNFCCC Official | GZERO Media

We can't fix climate change without protecting biodiversity, says UNFCCC official

Fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity may not be exactly the same thing, but they're definitely related.

"Biodiversity and climate are deeply intertwined. It will actually not be possible to solve one crisis without addressing the other," Ko Barrett, vice chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and senior adviser for climate at NOAA, says during the livestream discussion "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

One the one hand, she explains, climate change is accelerating biodiversity loss by increasingly disturbing marine and land ecosystems. On the other, nature offers solutions to address climate while protecting biodiversity such as green roofs to cool buildings, preserving bee populations to improve crop yields, or mangroves to store carbon.

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Biodiversity Loss: Is Nature-Positive The New Net Zero? | GZERO Media

Biodiversity loss: Is nature-positive the new net zero?

The world has been in a climate emergency for years now. But much less attention is paid to biodiversity loss — which is a very big deal since we're on the brink of a sixth mass extinction.

On the heels of the ongoing COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Canada, we gathered experts from the public and private sectors to discuss the gravity of the problem and, more importantly, how to fix it. The solution lies with businesses, although it needs help from policymakers to figure out how to make money in a sustainable way that not only protects life on earth but actually reverses the course of its destruction.

Here are a few highlights from "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

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Watch live: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity

TODAY AT 8 AM ET: Among the many challenges stemming from climate change: natural ecosystems and habitats are being destroyed.

Recognition of the link between business sustainability and a healthy, living planet has motivated businesses to incorporate nature into decision-making. But the private sector needs help – from policymakers, scientists, and communities – to measure impact and devise sustainable solutions.

In our live digital event on December 14, Tak Niinami, CEO, Suntory Holdings, will be joined by Eurasia Group & GZERO Media president Ian Bremmer, experts from Eurasia Group’s climate team, private and public leaders, scientists, and other experts on the world’s nature and biodiversity to address this challenge and chart a path towards reversing nature loss.

Watch here.

Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity

Wednesday, Dec 14 2022 | 8 am EST / 10 pm JST

Register to attend and receive the playback after the livestream concludes.

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Asia Will Lose Land as the Planet Warms, Says IPCC's Ko Barrett | GZERO Media

Asia will lose land as the planet warms, says IPCC's Ko Barrett

Last August, a landmark IPCC report underscored the urgency of the climate crisis — with big implications for Asia, the region most at risk. Ko Barret, vice president at the IPCC, says Asia should especially watch out for a combination of sea level rise above the global average and a lot more rain than usual that'll together result in shorelines receding along the Mekong delta.

Barrett spoke during the first of a two-part Sustainability Leaders Summit livestream conversation sponsored by Suntory. Watch here.

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