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Farmer tilling land in Angola

Repairing our broken food system

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the warning bells about our broken food system. As farmers and consumers grapple with disruptions in the global food supply chain, we are witnessing an exacerbation of threats to the natural environment. Since start of the pandemic, increases in deforestation…
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Streets of Jakarta, Indonesia, during coronavirus lockdown

Time to double down to reach net zero

There is everything to play for through reducing carbon emissions as the world emerges from the COVID-19 recession In the early weeks of this year, before all our lives were turned upside down by COVID-19, the International Energy Agency announced that global carbon dioxide emissions had flatlined…
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3d illustration of a half-burned forest

Welcome to the Anthropocene

The many overlapping crises of 2020 are not just hallmarks of a bad year. They reflect the human-caused environmental damage that will keep compounding in the epoch dubbed the Anthropocene, where humanity’s impact on the planet dominates all else. Writing for the World Bank's Voices blog, GEF CEO…
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Water falling onto hands from a tap

Let's not wash our hands of water security

The post-coronavirus recovery will offer a chance to improve water security for the world's neediest people Access to clean water for washing hands has been the first line of defense during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has made water security a renewed priority for development assistance and for…
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Colorful autumn sunrise in the Carpathian mountains. Krasna ridge, Ukraine, Europe.

From the pandemic to a zero-carbon economy

Global crises reqiure exceptional leadership to shift old systems into new ones Even before COVID-19 struck, we were entering the most important decade yet for humankind. Now, eight months into it, business and government leaders stand at a crossroads, as they choose how to rebuild economies and…
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Why this decade is make-or-break for nature

Momentum to reverse nature loss is growing, but there is still a long way to go In evolutionary time, a decade is but a flick of nature’s eyelid. That makes the rapid depletion of biodiversity over the past 10 years all the more distressing. Our forests are disappearing, our coral reefs are dying…
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Reflections of nature in an office building

We should prepare for future shocks post COVID-19

Businesses that integrate sustainability are more resilient As chief executive of a firm that has for 50 years helped the world’s leading organizations navigate sustainability challenges, I am often asked how companies should prepare for a next crisis such as COVID-19 or other future shocks. The…
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Woman at a fruit stand in Africa

Let's reboot our global food systems

A new sustainable approach to food and agriculture must tackle hunger, improve nutrition, safeguard the environment and hardwire resilience to global shocks such as COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic began as a health crisis, but it is also an environmental crisis that has quickly evolved into an…
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Forest and mountain landscape of Hawaii

Mapping nature to create a global biodiversity framework

The year 2020 was considered a 'super year' for biodiversity. A string of interconnected events offered a unique opportunity to build a global coalition and international policy framework that recognized the central role of nature to all life on Earth. At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) 196…
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Scenic evening view of the Blue Nile river, Bahir Dar and Lake Tana in the background. Ethiopia, Amhara Region

Looking to nature for solutions

How do we address the climate crisis, preserve biodiversity and recover from the pandemic? If a frog is put into hot water, it jumps straight out. However, if the water is at room temperature and then heated, the frog settles and relaxes, becoming so comfortable that it does not react, even at…

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