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Knowledge Base

The purpose of this knowledge base is to facilitate access to key CBD resources. This initial version has been created thanks to the support of Spain and is undergoing further development.
News Headlines
#101575
2014-10-22

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101576
2014-10-22

UN meet signs off on biodiversity roadmap amid 2020 target concerns

Delegates meeting under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Friday closed a two-week long meet held in South Korea after agreeing to a series of 33 decisions.

News Headlines
#101578
2014-10-22

Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed

Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed "a universal explanation" for many of the dazzling coloured and silvery reflections in the natural world.

News Headlines
#101581
2014-10-22

Ban of vulture-killing drug in India is working

There's hope for India's imperilled vultures. There has been a big reduction in the use of veterinary diclofenac, a painkilling drug given to livestock that is deadly to vultures that dine on their carcasses.

News Headlines
#101582
2014-10-22

IPCC urged again to fill regional research gaps

[MARRAKESH] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should do practical research that can help mitigate global warming effects and advance knowledge in regions such as Africa where climate systems are little understood, a UN official has said.

News Headlines
#101583
2014-10-22

Back agriculture to get the most out of aid to Africa

European countries devote small percentages of their national income to international aid, but these add up to colossal amounts — in the UK, for example, 0.7 per cent amounts to £11 billion a year.

News Headlines
#101584
2014-10-22

Saving the survivor: China scrambles to keep the finless porpoise from extinction

On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did.

News Headlines
#101585
2014-10-22

Colombia reports drop in deforestation

Colombia has for the first time released an annual report on deforestation, revealing that forest loss during 2013 was lower than the recent average.

News Headlines
#101586
2014-10-22

OPINION: The Politics of Biodiversity Loss

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - To mainstream biodiversity concerns into development planning, we must offer a compelling rationale and demonstrate biodiversity’s relevance to wealth generation, job creation and general human wellbeing.

News Headlines
#101587
2014-10-22

Panama’s Indigenous People Want to Harness the Riches of Their Forests

PANAMA CITY, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity.

News Headlines
#101588
2014-10-22

Weak EU 2030 climate deal risks nearly a million jobs, warn unions

Leader of European Trade Union Confederation joins major brands, including Philips and Shell, calling for ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses

News Headlines
#101589
2014-10-22

'We will succeed in these negotiations'

Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.

News Headlines
#101590
2014-10-22

Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101591
2014-10-22

Bio-safety law holds many possibilities for Nigeria’s agribusinesses

Agricultural biotechnology is an issue that is very important to the economy of a nation, and for developing countries, it is vital to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

News Headlines
#101592
2014-10-22

In fight against hunger, UN launches initiative targeting threat of desertification

22 October 2014 – The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.

Press Release
#101566
2014-10-21

Sustainable wildlife management essential for protecting biodiversity

Montreal, 21 October 2014 – Recognizing that wildlife is an important renewable natural resource, with economic, cultural, nutritional and recreational value to humans, Parties at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, have passed a ...

News Headlines
#101546
2014-10-21

EU pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'

The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report has claimed.

News Headlines
#101547
2014-10-21

Are we miscommunicating gender in science?

Later this month, Paraguay will host the 10th Iberoamerican Congress on Science, Technology and Gender

News Headlines
#101548
2014-10-21

View on Poverty: Big data protects farmers’ livelihoods

“Don’t plant any crops” was the expert advice one group of Colombian farmers received from a research partnership last year.

News Headlines
#101549
2014-10-21

Indonesian law bars palm oil companies from protecting forests

A law passed by the Indonesian government last month makes it even more difficult for palm oil companies to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich and carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, ...

News Headlines
#101550
2014-10-21

Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 2014 (IPS) - Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country’s economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this gr ...

News Headlines
#101551
2014-10-21

Protecting Biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Thermal Convection Dome in the Pacific

SAN JOSE, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet’s most biodiversity-rich marine areas.

News Headlines
#101552
2014-10-21

Prozac may be harming bird populations, study suggests

Starlings who were fed same levels of antidepressant drug found in sewage earthworms suffered loss of libido and appetite

News Headlines
#101553
2014-10-21

Africa: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development - Vital Interlinkages

As the world moves towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, there is an emerging debate about how target-setting and implementation might integrate across the 17 goals proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) so that the inextricable links between, say, climate change, ...

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