A group of researchers from more than a dozen countries are calling for worldwide peatland protection and restoration.

In a signed statement released Dec. 1, more than 40 scientists say the global importance of peatlands must be addressed.

As global biodiversity loss persists, a team of international scientists is calling for a more holistic approach to biodiversity protection: by coupling conservation efforts with human justice measures.

In a new paper published on Dec. 5 in One Earth, scientists say many goals and timelines aimed at halting biodiversity loss and aiding recovery are actually unrealistic, and that such targets may fail if they don’t address the main drivers of biodiversity loss and inequities between “low-income countries targeted for greatest conservation action, and the high-income countries who have over-consumed their fair share of nature’s benefits.” Area-based protection, which has largely predominated conservation efforts, as seen in the highly publicized 30×30 campaign, cannot be treated as a singular goal, the scientists argue, but must be accompanied by other measures that set both nature and people on a positive path forward.

  • Dave Harmon, PW editor

Proposals ranging from no barriers to visitation in the National Park System to better management of visitors entering and exploring parks were floated Tuesday during a House subcommittee hearing on how to deal with overcrowded parks, but no consensus materialized and whether the issue will be revisited in the next Congress remains to be seen.

The 90-minute hearing raised many of the issues facing visitors to the park system: Near-impossible odds of obtaining camping reservations through, crowded areas in the parks, and occasionally long lines backed up behind entrance stations. Staffing shortages in the parks also were mentioned as part of the problem when it comes to managing the crowds, and the park system's ongoing maintenance backlog also was cited as an impediment to visitation.