"We all know action on climate change is urgently needed. But that doesn’t mean
a forest should be razed to build a wind farm. Nor should vast fields of a
single crop be grown year after year – reducing the number of other species
that can live there – even if the plant is used to produce renewable bio-fuel.
Climate change and biodiversity loss are the two greatest challenges to
humanity and our planet. But they’re often dealt with by separate laws and
policies, which can lead to perverse, unwanted outcomes.
Clearly, this siloed approach must change. This was recognised in a draft plan
by the Convention on Biological Diversity, released overnight, which stated
that biodiversity should not be harmed by efforts to tackle climate change.
But how do we ensure solutions to one of these wicked problems does not worsen
the other? Some 50 of the world’s leading researchers on biodiversity and
climate have released a report which sought to answer this question. Below, I
outline the conundrums we tackled and the solutions we came up with."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics