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June 2023

The first corporate science-based targets for nature released

The Science Based Targets Network - a global coalition of 80+ environmental non-profits and mission-driven organizations – has released the first corporate science-based targets for nature.

Over 200 organizations have already helped to shape the initial methods, tools and guidance. This includes 115 companies representing 20+ sectors, 25 countries, and over $4 trillion in market cap.

The guidance draws on the best available science today and includes collaboration with the Earth Commission on the upcoming safe and just Earth System Boundaries. It is also aligned with global goals on climate, nature and development including the Global Biodiversity Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.This first release forms part of a multi-year plan to provide companies of all sizes and sectors with comprehensive science-based targets for nature, which will increase in scope as science and technology advances.


Public understanding of the Sixth Mass Extinction Around the World - Our next webinar with Dr Ganga Shreedhar

In our next webinar, Dr Ganga Shreedhar will take use through her research to examine the level of public understanding of the sixth mass extinction. The webinar will take place at 12:15 - 13:15 GMT on Wednesday, June 28. 

You can click here to register. 

About the Talk

There is growing scientific and expert recognition that we are facing serious declines in biodiversity, and increasing risks from species extinctions. But there is very little evidence about how the public perceives and understand these risks and whether they are willing to do anything about it.

This talk will consider both scientific and public understandings of the sixth mass extinction using expert interviews (n=30) and public understanding surveys (n=2750) conducted with individuals across the world (USA, UK, India, Brazil and South Africa). It examines whether people perceive the sixth mass extinction event is happening and it’s causes and consequences, apart from willingness to support behaviour and policy change.


Paper from April webinar with Dr Sanchayan Banerjee now published:

Thinking through norms can make them more effective: experimental evidence on reflective climate policies in the UK.

Last month, Dr Sanchayan Banerjee joined us for a webinar to preview this research conducted by himself and Julien Picard (LSE). This research, examining the role that encouraging reflection in a 'social norm' nudge plays on promoting intentions for climate-friendly diets, has now been published. Among other findings, the paper shows that encouraging individuals to reflect on their will to conform with social norms with a pledge increases the effectiveness of the social norm nudge by 90% or more.

You can access the paper in full here.

UKNEE members can access the recording of the webinar. If you'd like to become a member, click here.

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