Biodiversity Offsets Newsweek, October 20–26, 2014

About the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Newsweek

If you are inter­ested in envi­ron­men­tal com­pen­sa­tion and bio­di­ver­sity off­sets, there are cer­tainly good news: there is now a whole bunch of infor­ma­tion from dif­fer­ent sources, Biodiversity Offsets Newsweekloca­tions and view­points pub­licly avail­able (some­thing which wasn’t this easy only a cou­ple of years ago). Now, as has been pointed out (see here) the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog aims to com­pile and some­what struc­ture this infor­ma­tion. But there is not only a wealth of sources already out there on the inter­net, but also new sources are con­tin­u­ously being added. I am fol­low­ing and col­lect­ing the news via and cover the most trend­ing ones in posts on the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog. Nev­er­the­less, not all news can be cov­ered (at least not yet) and there­fore the “Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Newsweek” will list up the head­lines of the past week, together with the links and PDFs of the arti­cles or news.

This week: Octo­ber 20–26, 2014

This week (Octo­ber 20–26, 2014) some feed­back on the (now closed) con­sul­ta­tion of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion on its planned No Net Loss Ini­tia­tive (see  my pre­vi­ous posts) came up, in par­tic­u­lar from sev­eral oppo­nents of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets, who set up a let­ter to Com­mis­sioner Potočnik to stop bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting. Some news on Aus­tralian bio­di­ver­sity off­set projects took a crit­i­cal view on the sub­ject, too. Per­haps most inter­est­ingly, a new book by Jane Gleeson-White enti­tled “Six Cap­i­tals: The Rev­o­lu­tion Cap­i­tal­ism Has to Have – or Can Accoun­tants Save the Planet?” lays out the case for account­ing for exter­nal­i­ties like fresh water, sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties, pro­duc­tive soil and a live­able cli­mate. It also analy­ses the grow­ing num­ber of method­olo­gies for nat­ural cap­i­tal account­ing, their his­tory, upsides and down­sides. Some of the mech­a­nisms for mit­i­gat­ing cor­po­rate impact are also called into ques­tions, such as bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting. Finally, two inter­est­ing ini­tia­tives are to be noted: the Bio­di­ver­sity a-z online glos­saries launched by UNEP and the Ini­tia­tive on Global Bio­di­ver­sity Impact Indi­ca­tors for Com­mod­ity Pro­duc­tion by the Sec­re­tariat of the Con­ven­tion on Bio­log­i­cal Diver­sity.

Events on Bio­di­ver­sity Offsets

HG Spot­light on Envi­ron­ment Sem­i­nar: Sec­ond round of Green­tape Reduc­tion reforms and the Envi­ron­men­tal Off­sets Act 2014, Bris­bane (Aus­tralia), Octo­ber 23, 2014, by Hop­goodGanim Lawyers

EU con­sul­ta­tion on the planned No Net Loss Initiative

Open let­ter to Com­mis­sioner Potočnik about bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting, Octo­ber 20, 2014, by FERN

Stop bio­di­ver­sity off­sets: Thou­sands sign let­ter to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, Octo­ber 21, 2014, by Chris Lang

e-petition Ban bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting, Octo­ber 26, 2014, by Chris Hurst

Bio­di­ver­sity off­set News from Academia

Book review: Can accoun­tants save the planet? Octo­ber 23, 2014, by Wil­low Aliento

Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in Australia

Free­way to extinc­tion, Octo­ber 21, 2014, by Lucy Jarvis

Indian con­ser­va­tion­ist brings action against Queens­land coal project, Octo­ber 25, 2014, by Amy Remeikis

 Ongo­ing bio­di­ver­sity loss

Sec­re­tariat of the Con­ven­tion on Bio­log­i­cal Diver­sity Launches Ini­tia­tive on Global Bio­di­ver­sity Impact Indi­ca­tors for Com­mod­ity Pro­duc­tion, Octo­ber 20, 2014, by WBCSD

Other bio­di­ver­sity off­set news

Bio­di­ver­sity a-z — online glos­saries launched by UNEP (includ­ing bio­di­ver­sity off­sets, the mit­i­ga­tion hier­ar­chy etc.)

PDFs of the Articles/Links

To pre­vent to loose infor­ma­tion find the Pdfs of the arti­cles or news below — as we know, that unfor­tu­nately every now and then things are being removed from the internet.

Newsweek 20–26 Octo­ber 2014_Stop bio­di­ver­sity offsets_ Thou­sands sign let­ter to the Euro­pean Commission

Newsweek 20–26 Octo­ber 2014__ Indian con­ser­va­tion­ist brings action against Queens­land coal project

Newsweek 20–26 octo­ber 2014_Ban bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting — e-petitions

Newsweek 20–26 Octo­ber 2014_Book review_ Can accoun­tants save the planet

Newsweek 20–26 Octo­ber 2014_Letter to Com­mis­sioner for the Environment

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