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The Scale of the Net Zero Challenge

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ESG, Sustainability and Impact Jargon Buster

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Climate change is no longer a distant threat or just a possibility, it is now a reality for all of us. In this pathway, Kevin Trenberth, a renowned climatologist, delves into the science behind climate change. He first introduces the climate system, its main components and forces.

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Introduction to Measuring Biodiversity Loss

Introduction to Measuring Biodiversity Loss

Samuel Temidayo Osinubi

Avian ecologist

Climate change is affecting species, ecosystems and biodiversity on an unprecedented level. The sustainability of these resources requires assessment of the resources. That’s where classifications come into play. Join Samuel Temidayo Osinubi as he explores this in depth.

Climate change is affecting species, ecosystems and biodiversity on an unprecedented level. The sustainability of these resources requires assessment of the resources. That’s where classifications come into play. Join Samuel Temidayo Osinubi as he explores this in depth.

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Introduction to Measuring Biodiversity Loss

9 mins 57 secs

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the red list of species and ecosystems

  • Outline how species ranges can change

Overview:

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the global authority on the status of the natural world. Principally, the IUCN monitors biodiversity at species and ecosystem levels, through the: Red List of Threatened Species and Red List of Ecosystems. Both lists are based on a scientific system of data, verification and analysis, such as population size and geographic range (Red List of Threatened Species) or declining distribution and rate of abiotic degradation (Red List of Ecosystems). Species range can also vary spatially - either through expansion, shift or reduction.

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Summary

What is the IUCN?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the global authority on the status of the natural world. Principally, the IUCN monitors biodiversity at species and ecosystem levels, through the: 

  • Red List of Threatened Species
  • Red List of Ecosystems

What does the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species measure?

The Red List is based on scientific system of data, verification and analysis including:

  • Population size
  • Geographic range
  • Rate of population decline or growth
  • Degree of population
  • Distribution fragmentation

Species are classified into nine categories: not evaluated, data deficient, least concern, near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild, and extinct.

What does the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems measure?

The Red List is based on scientific system of data, verification and analysis including: 

  • Declining distribution
  • Restricted distribution
  • Rate and extent of abiotic degradation
  • Rate and extent of disruption of biotic interactions
  • Statistical model with quantitative estimates on the risk of ecosystem collapse

Ecosystems are classified into eight categories: not evaluated, data deficient, least concern, near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, and collapsed.

How can species range change? 

The trend of change in the geographic range of a species can be explored in space and time. A change in range could result from several factors that can be biotic, abiotic or an interaction of both. Biotic factors can include the life history of the species (these are traits or patterns of survival and reproduction observed in a particular species that comprise fecundity, age at sexual maturity, maximum body size and lifespan). Other biotic factors are predator and prey relationships, pest and diseases, and competition. 

Abiotic factors can influence a species range of tolerance. 

What constitutes a spatial change in species range?

- Expansion is the colonisation of areas outside historic ranges of a species, while maintaining historic ranges. 

- Shift is the colonisation of areas outside historic ranges with an extinction from parts or all historic ranges.

- Reduction or contraction of a species range is an extinction from parts of the species historic range. 

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Samuel Temidayo Osinubi

Samuel Temidayo Osinubi

Samuel Temidayo Osinubi is an avian behavioural ecologist who has worked in a variety of roles across multiple continents. His academic background includes a postdoctoral fellowship at the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology in Cape Town, South Africa, a PhD from the School of Biological Sciences in Christchurch, New Zealand, and an MSc from the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute in Jos, Nigeria. He has worked in various capacities with BirdLife International, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Birds, Fauna and Floral International, the UN Convention on Migratory Species, and also enjoys time on cruise ships as an expedition lecturer. His core values are centred around achieving set conservation project objectives and opening doors for wider collaborations. He sees himself as a bridge between diverse points of view and backgrounds.

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