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Life on Land

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss,

  • [New] Shrinking biodiversity and the impact of climate change are disproportionate threats to food production in Africa and South Asia. Tread Softly
  • [New] Around 100,000 personnel, 20,000 vehicles and 120 aircraft will join the drills, which will also involve Japan's Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces as well as a US Army landing ship. China Breaking News | Top Stories | Political | Business | Entertainment | Sport
  • [New] Around 35% of the Horizon Europe research programme will be dedicated to climate action, offering significant cooperation opportunities for EU and Indo - Pacific partners to address climate change and biodiversity loss. eeas Europa
  • [New] North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles that landed in the sea off its east coast, according South Korean and Japanese officials, just days after it tested a cruise missile that analysts said could have nuclear capabilities. Reuters
  • [New] The EDF provides €8 billion in co-financing over 2021-2027 for defence research and development in all operational and technological domains (land, sea, air, space, cyber, information, energy, materials, CBRN, etc.). Defence Industry and Space
  • [New] Other ecosystems will be excluded, even though the EU document concedes that stricter rules to protect the Amazon rainforest have already been shown to accelerate conversion of Cerrado savannah and Pantanal wetlands for agricultural production. The Guardian
  • [New] China should seize the opportunity to play a leading role in the protection of climate and biodiversity in the Southern Ocean.
  • [New] Natural Asset Companies, or NACs, will list and trade on the NYSE, creating a new market whose assets generate trillions of dollars in ecosystem services annually. The Rockefeller Foundation
  • [New] Climate change and unsustainable uses put pressure on ecosystems like the Saloum Delta, threatening the livelihoods of communities who depend on it. International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • [New] Proposed transmission lines across Australia within the Australian Energy Market Operator's (AEMO) Integrated Systems Plan have caused significant issues with land-use conflict amongst farmers, and now are leaving households out of pocket. National Farmers' Federation
  • [New] Greening Australia has been working with Parks Victoria, DELWP and Melbourne University researchers to better predict the potential loss of key forests as a consequence of climate change and increased fire frequency, and to explore what interventions may be effective in reducing their loss. Greening Australia
  • [New] A quest by Greening Australia and Minderoo Foundation to find 'super seeds' suited to a changing climate will help prevent widespread loss of Australia's Alpine Ash forests before it is too late. Greening Australia
  • [New] Intermediate-range land-attack cruise missiles were no less a threat than ballistic missiles and were a pretty serious capability for North Korea. AOL
  • [New] After disruptive Turkish moves in 2020-on the land border with Greece, in Libya, and in the Eastern Mediterranean - presenting a more cooperative attitude worthy of a mid-size power is in Turkey's interest. Carnegie Middle East Center
  • [New] Even a partial collapse of ecosystem services would cost 2.3% of global GDP in 2030, while Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia could lose 9.7% and 6.5% of their real GDP respectively, if key ecosystem services collapse. World Bank Blogs
  • [New] The digital transformation has a growing impact on Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) business and IT ecosystems and offers new and prolific opportunities to participate in the global economy. Market Research Reporting & Analysis Agency in India
  • [New] There is an opportunity for the UK to demonstrate leadership on data policy and practice and to create a trustworthy data ecosystem that is both good for business and good for people and communities. Google Docs
  • [New] More recently, increased Chinese sabre rattling has provided a further wake-up call that nuclear-armed peer states - able to compete and challenge western militaries across air, land, sea, space and cyber - now constitute the main threat. Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Pioneer Natural Resources said the acquisition of DoublePoint Energy will increase Pioneer's acreage position to greater than 1 million net acres in the Permian Basin with no exposure to federal lands. Hart Energy

Last updated: 19 September 2021