The latest @ConservationOrg study released this week finds that companies are underestimating #ClimateChange risks and underprepared for its impacts. There is still time for them to change course – but not a whole lot.
Coral reefs support 25% of all marine life. They're a protein factory for the world; many of the fish that provide the main protein source for more than 1 billion people spend at least part of their lives in reefs. It is our fortress against storms, a latticed barricade buffering more than 93,000 miles of shoreline and the 275 million people who live there. It’s a source of medicines now being tested for relieving pain and for treating cancer, HIV and other diseases. It drives economies, generating livelihoods from tourism and fisheries. It inspires countless cultures and gives us a sense of place. . But this vital ecosystem is in jeopardy due to #ClimateChange. If our grandchildren (or our children for that matter) have any chance of experiencing the electric power of a healthy reef or benefiting from the services it provides, we must protect them NOW.
#DYK the orangutan is one of humankind’s closest relatives – in fact, we share nearly 97% of the same DNA. The word #orangutan even comes from the Malay words “orang hutan“, meaning “human of the forest“. . Female orangutans give birth about once every eight years with infants staying with their mother for six to seven years, until they’ve learnt the necessary skills to survive on their own. During this time, a very special bond is formed between the mother and child just as us humans share a special bond with our own mothers.
Freshwater is the lifeblood of our planet. But when rivers, lakes and wetlands are degraded, these ecosystems — and the species that live in them — are less resilient to the impacts of #ClimateChange, AND their reliable supplies of clean water are threatened. At @ConservationOrg we’re working around the world to protect and restore freshwater ecosystems to supply critical services to the people, nature and wildlife who depend on them most.
Tuesday Tails: You probably know that chameleons can change their skin color, but did you know that their tail basically functions as a fifth limb? For most species of chameleon, the tail can support the animal’s entire body weight, helping them move among trees more easily.
Wondering what all this talk about #COP24 is? Almost 200 countries will convene this week in Poland for an annual conference on limiting #GlobalWarming. The goal: creating a rulebook for implementing the #ParisAgreement so major climate action can continue. And to stop #ClimateChange, clean energy is at the top of people’s minds. But we must also halt destruction of critical high-carbon ecosystems, like tropical #forests, peatlands, and #mangroves, and restore areas already degraded areas.