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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
#101701
2014-10-31

On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning

31 October 2014 – As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.

News Headlines
#101702
2014-10-31

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

Zoologists say a skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

Meeting Document
#101700
2014-10-30

UNEP/CBD/BS/MB/WS/1/1

Provisional Agenda

Notification
#2257
2014-10-30
Action by
2014-11-14

Nominations for the Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization, Bridgetown, Barbados – 1-5 December 2014

Reference: SCBD/BS/CG/ET/ps/84000 (2014-126)
To: CBD National Focal Points for: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, cc: National Focal Points for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

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News Headlines
#101686
2014-10-30

Koala chlamydia vaccine trial raises hope

Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.

News Headlines
#101687
2014-10-30

Nestling birds struggle in noisy environments

Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and when they should crouch in the nest to avoid a predator seeking an easy meal.

News Headlines
#101688
2014-10-30

Amazon rainforest is getting drier, confirms another study

Parts of the Amazon rainforest are getting considerably less rain, leading trees to absorb less carbon, finds a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

News Headlines
#101689
2014-10-30

By killing off older fish, overfishing may lead to lost migratory patterns

Catching older fish may impact a school's ability to migrate from spawning grounds to feeding areas, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

News Headlines
#101690
2014-10-30

St. Vincent Takes to Heart Hard Lessons on Climate Change

PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct 29 2014 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions.

News Headlines
#101691
2014-10-30

Two new lizard species found in Queensland rainforest

Cape Melville rainbow skink and Cape Melville bar-lipped skink bring the tally of species unknown to science that have been found in small, remote area to eight

News Headlines
#101692
2014-10-30

Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

News Headlines
#101693
2014-10-30

GM food: saving lives, or lining corporate pockets?

The consequences of GM are more about politics than science

News Headlines
#101694
2014-10-30

For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development

Now that the high-level meetings have concluded, and the echoing of motorcade sirens has faded from the canyons of Manhattan's East Side, it is time for the international community to roll up its sleeves and get to the business of deciding the world's new development agenda, known as the Post-20 ...

News Headlines
#101695
2014-10-30

A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for World’s Rainforests

After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from B ...

News Headlines
#101696
2014-10-30

Local communities rise to the forefront of global conservation practice (commentary)

A few weeks ago, a remote aboriginal community in western Australia made headlines when it completed the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) containing over 4.2 million hectares of desert and grassland.

News Headlines
#101697
2014-10-30

IPCC preparing 'most important' document on climate change

Scientists and officials are meeting in Denmark to edit what's been termed the "most important document" on climate change.

News Headlines
#101698
2014-10-30

Africa: Synthetic Biology - Artificial Life Threatens Nature and Society

Synthetic food has long been the subject of speculative fiction, from Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" where poor quality artificial food spawned dissent, to Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" where food was manufactured from coal and petroleum because fossil fuels had trashed global ...

News Headlines
#101699
2014-10-30

Asian fungus threatens Western salamanders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Invasive species don't just come from the animal kingdom; plants and fungi can also arrive from abroad, wreaking havoc on native ecosystems. That is what's happening in Europe, where a new type of chytrid fungus, original to Southeast Asia, is threatening

News Headlines
#101675
2014-10-29

Will a U.S. endangered species listing help save lions in Africa?

"The African lion -- a symbol of majesty, courage and strength since earliest times -- faces serious and continuing threats to its survival," said U.S Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe.

News Headlines
#101676
2014-10-29

Giant tortoises making a comeback on Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Island were on the brink of extinction just a half-century ago, but 40 years after several specimens of the endangered species were bred in captivity and released back onto the island of Española, the massive land- ...

News Headlines
#101677
2014-10-29

UN urges salt-damage solution to reduce threat to crops

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

News Headlines
#101678
2014-10-29

Irreversible Climate Change Would Result from Continued Inaction

Continuing to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will trigger "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and 27 ecosystems," concludes a landmark draft U.N. science report expected to be approved this week.

News Headlines
#101679
2014-10-29

The secret life of the sea trout

Sea trout, also known as brown trout, live complicated lives. Like salmon, they begin their lives in a river, hatched from eggs that were laid in small nests, called redds.

News Headlines
#101680
2014-10-29

Variation in antibiotic bacteria in tropical forest soils may play a role in diversity

Variation in antibiotic-producing microbes in tropical forest soils has been discovered by scientists, who not that this research represents a step toward better understanding of the role they play in diversity.

News Headlines
#101681
2014-10-29

Bunge commits to zero deforestation palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge has joined the growing ranks of companies that have established zero deforestation policies for their palm oil supply chains.

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