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    Biodiversity is being lost globally, at devastating rates. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will finalise a global biodiversity conservation framework for 2020-2050. The negotiations must result in ambitious yet workable targets that protect and restore nature, while equitably and sustainably sharing nature’s contributions to people.

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  • A synthetic control approach to model avoided forest loss shows that a protected-areas programme in India aimed at tiger conservation is associated with significant reductions in carbon emissions.

    • Aakash Lamba
    • Hoong Chen Teo
    • Lian Pin Koh
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Insects rely on symbiotic microbes for nutrition and defence. Analysing a large dataset of microbe–insect symbioses, the authors show that symbiosis evolved in response to nutrient deficiencies but its impacts on insect diversification depend on their feeding niche.

    • Charlie K. Cornwallis
    • Anouk van ’t Padje
    • Lee M. Henry
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Using geographical data for approximately 36,000 marine and terrestrial species and climate projections to 2100, the authors show that the area of each species’ geographical range at risk of thermal exposure will expand abruptly, highlighting the urgency of mitigation and adaptation actions.

    • Alex L. Pigot
    • Cory Merow
    • Christopher H. Trisos
  • Using DNA barcoding to analyse flying insect diversity of >225,000 specimens from five biogeographic regions, the authors show that more than half of local species diversity is represented by only 20 insect families, most of which suffer from taxonomic neglect.

    • Amrita Srivathsan
    • Yuchen Ang
    • Rudolf Meier
    ArticleOpen Access

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