2020: the necessary, desirable and achievable turning point to safeguard our climate
Emissions must peak by 2020 to have any chance of staying well below 2°C. From there, the pathway to staying below 2°C is deceptively simple: we need to cut emissions by half or more each decade, achieving close to zero emissions by the second half of the century.
Tompkins Conservation donates an additional 103,000+ acres of land to Iberá Park in Argentina
Iberá National Park in Argentina gained more than 103,000 acres of land! This marks the second historic donation to Iberá from Tompkins Conservation, and is part of a greater collaboration with the Argentine government to protect more than 1.7 million acres of land, which is more than twice the size of Yosemite National Park.
Keeping the world below 1.5C with 100% renewable energy
A global warming target of 1.5˚C is in reach without the need for BECCS or other forms of geoengineering.
Divestment 2.0: Launch of "Global Coal Exit List" for the Finance Industry
New divestment tool: LDF grantee Urgewald launches comprehensive coal database "Global Coal Exit List"
The road to a low carbon future
There are multiple ways the U.S. can reduce carbon pollution and save money for consumers while creating sustainable new businesses and jobs for American workers. Once such example is California’s Low Carbon Fuels Standard.
RE-Volv: Empowering communities with solar energy
LDF grantee RE-Volv was recently awarded the Leadership in Green Power Education Award for its Solar Ambassador Program. The award, in its 17th year, is a part of the annual Green Power Leaderships Awards given by the Center for Resource Solutions.
Legal systems need to evolve to recognize rights of nature
Organized by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, the 4th International Rights of Nature Tribunal met alongside COP23 to apply new legal options for incorporating nature’s rights into climate and conservation decisionmaking.
Mapping a global ‘safety net’ for the planet
Protecting and connecting 50% of the world’s wildlands can ensure the integrity of our biosphere and support a growing human population.
Southern California air pollution: an environmental justice issue
Communities in Los Angeles that are situated in close proximity to oil refineries suffer some of the highest rates of asthma in California, along with a host of other ailments. Those most affected by the toxic pollutants and poor air quality caused by the extraction and/or refining of oil tend to be working class, immigrant, low-income communities of color.
New Great Ape species discovered: the Tapanuli Orangutan
Scientists have identified a new species of Great Ape on the Indonesian island of Sumatra: the Tapanuli orangutan. With only 800 individuals left, this is the most endangered Great Ape species in the world.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History to host esteemed panel and screen Before the Flood
Carnegie Museum of Natural History will host a free screening of National Geographic’s blockbuster documentary Before the Flood and host a panel featuring the film’s director and representatives from NatGeo and LDF.
Fiji partners with LDF to develop innovative renewable energy solution for rural communities
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is proud to announce our participation in a new model that will bring renewable energy, storage, and smart grids to the rural villages in Fiji. The announcement was made at this weeks Pre-COP ceremony in Fiji.
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