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#101517
2014-10-20

Warmer Days a Catastrophe in the Making for Kenya’s Pastoralists

NAIROBI, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and “it is a cash-maki ...

News Headlines
#101518
2014-10-20

Brazil must target smallholders to curb rising deforestation

While the largest landowners have cut their contribution to deforestation by two-thirds, that of smallholders has increased

News Headlines
#101519
2014-10-20

Antarctic conference to vote on huge marine parks amid strained relations

Meeting of 25 nations, including Russia and Ukraine, in Hobart will consider proposals on the future of Antarctic research and marine protection

News Headlines
#101520
2014-10-20

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year

News Headlines
#101521
2014-10-20

Straight down the line

The invaders are evolving in a way that will make their colonisation happen faster

News Headlines
#101522
2014-10-20

WWF Statement on the Convention on Biological Diversity COP-12

On 17 October 2014 the Convention on Biological Diversity concluded its 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In response, the WWF CBD delegation issued the following statement:

News Headlines
#101523
2014-10-20

UN biodiversity meet commits to double funding

The gathering in South Korea agrees to use average annual biodiversity funding for the years 2006-2010 as a baseline to be doubled by 2015, and then maintained through 2020

News Headlines
#101524
2014-10-20

U.N. biodiversity convention wraps up successful run

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- A United Nations convention on biodiversity, which brought together government officials, environmentalists and entrepreneurs from around the world, wrapped up its 19-day run on Friday by adopting the "Pyeongchang Roadmap."

News Headlines
#101525
2014-10-20

Governments Vow To Double Biodiversity Finance By 2015 And Expand Protection Of Oceans

17 October 2014 | During the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12), a United Nations backed report noted a major funding gap in global biodiversity conservation. Delegates may have well taken this into account because they agreed to double financial r ...

News Headlines
#101526
2014-10-20

Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal

PYEONGCHANG, Gangwon Province ― The 12th meeting of members of the Convention of Biological Diversity closed Friday with the global community showing its commitment to increasing funding significantly to achieve conservation targets.

News Headlines
#101527
2014-10-20

[Michael Koch] Why Korea, and the world, must protect crop diversity

With Pyeongchang currently hosting the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Michael Koch, director of finance at the Global Crop Diversity Trust, explains why we need to act now to ensure future generations will be able to feed themselves.

News Headlines
#101528
2014-10-20

Governments commit to increased Funding Action to Achieve Biodiversity Targets, Sustainable Development

Governments meeting at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity have committed to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda.

News Headlines
#101529
2014-10-20

The link between environmental degradation and Ebola

Long-term alteration of habitats and accelerated climate change will increase chances of exotic diseases spreading, scientists argue.

News Headlines
#101530
2014-10-20

Forest fires cause biodiversity loss: forum

Global forest experts on Tuesday discussed the negative impact of forest fires, including the loss of biological diversity, during a sideline event of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity hosted by the Korea Forest Service.

News Headlines
#101485
2014-10-17

Bamboo Could Be a Savior for Climate Change, Biodiversity

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Bamboo Avenue is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of road in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth parish. It is lined with giant bamboo plants which tower above the road and cross in the middle to form a shady tunnel.

News Headlines
#101486
2014-10-17

Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity is adopted

Environmental delegates from around the globe and officials from related international organizations gathered last week for the 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will end today.

News Headlines
#101488
2014-10-17

New viruses 'killing amphibians' in Spain

A deadly new disease has emerged that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.

News Headlines
#101489
2014-10-17

Carnivores help trees thrive without thorns, study says

The presence of carnivores helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.

News Headlines
#101490
2014-10-17

Poisoned vulture could herald European bird crisis

Death linked to drugs whose use in cattle devastated vulture populations in India.

News Headlines
#101491
2014-10-17

Focus on Poverty: The top issues in the SDG in-tray

The UN General Assembly has just reviewed progress towards an international agreement on how to tackle climate change and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As SciDev.Net reported, President Obama announced a set of scientific initiatives.

News Headlines
#101492
2014-10-17

Panama’s Coral Reefs Ringed with Threats

TABOGA, Panama, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Fermín Gómez, a 53-year-old Panamanian fisherman, pushes off in his boat, the “Tres Hermanas,” every morning at 06:00 hours to fish in the waters off Taboga island. Five hours later he returns to shore.

News Headlines
#101494
2014-10-17

Vanishing Species: Local Communities Count their Losses

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - The Mountain Chicken isn’t a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud’ as locals call them “just in the backy ...

News Headlines
#101495
2014-10-17

Stakeholders identify tools and recommendations for sustainability practices at the III BioTrade Congress in Pyeongchang, Korea

The congress provided a platform for the public and private sectors, civil society and international and regional organizations to share experiences and explore avenues on how to foster business engagement in BioTrade activities.

News Headlines
#101497
2014-10-17

U.N. meeting emphasizes border area biodiversity

Environment-related officials from 124 countries agreed to widen the scope of global coordination on preserving biodiversity worldwide during the 12th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which closed on Friday in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.

News Headlines
#101498
2014-10-17

Jamaica’s Biodiversity to guide development and help to reduce poverty

As of next year, Jamaica’s biodiversity and ecosystem services will be used as key consideration in the island’s development decisions and poverty reduction strategies.

News Headlines
#101499
2014-10-17

A new approach to biodiversity resurrects old questions

A new look at one of ecology's unsolved puzzles—why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions—brought some unexpected revelations.

News Headlines
#101500
2014-10-17

UN must do more to protect biodiversity - Environment Minister

Environment Minister tells UN conference that they must do more to protect biodiversity following recent worrying reports.

News Headlines
#101502
2014-10-17

In a Changing Climate, We Can’t Do Conservation as Usual

At the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity happening right now in Korea, there has been a lot of talk about adaptation. Most importantly, how can nature help countries and communities adapt to climate change?

News Headlines
#101503
2014-10-17

Countries adopt measures to strengthen the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Governments have agreed on mechanisms to ensure compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing at the first Meeting of the Conference of the Parties held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

News Headlines
#101504
2014-10-17

United States: Restrictions Governing International Trade In Genetic Resources Enter Into Force

Nagoya Protocol Spurs New and More Stringent Requirements for Prior Informed Consent and Benefit Sharing for Research and Commercial Activities Involving Genetic Resources from Plants, Animals and Microorganisms

News Headlines
#101456
2014-10-16

Helen Clark - Speech On "Biodiversity in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: Next Steps" At the Side-Event to the Conference of State Parties to the Convention On Biological Diversity (cbd), Cop-12

I thank the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for inviting me to address this important side-event on "Biodiversity in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: Next Steps".

News Headlines
#101457
2014-10-16

'Private sector's role crucial for biodiversity'

The private sector should increase its role in protecting and restoring biodiversity, the environment minister of Malta said Thursday during an environmental conference held in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province.

News Headlines
#101458
2014-10-16

Environment chiefs discuss biodiversity

A global meeting of environment ministers and heads of related international organizations began in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Wednesday to discuss ways to conserve biodiversity for sustainable development.

News Headlines
#101459
2014-10-16

High-level meeting of U.N. biodiversity conference adopts 'Gangwon Declaration'

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- A high-level meeting of a U.N. biodiversity conference ended Thursday, adopting a declaration that summarizes conservation initiatives and global development suggestions made during the three-week conference.

News Headlines
#101460
2014-10-16

Eradicating poverty goes ‘hand in hand’ with biodiversity protection – UN officials

15 October 2014 – The protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, senior United Nations officials stressed today at a meeting in Republic of Korea, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development.

News Headlines
#101461
2014-10-16

Sharks that hide in coral reefs may be safe from acidifying oceans

The epaulette shark displays physiological tolerance to elevated carbon dioxide in its environment after being exposed to carbon dioxide levels equivalent to those that are predicted for their natural habitats in the near future.

News Headlines
#101462
2014-10-16

Curbing Biodiversity Loss Needs Giant Leap Forward

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15 2014 (IPS) - When political leaders from climate-threatened Small Island Developing States (SIDS) addressed the U.N. General Assembly last month, there was one recurring theme: the urgent need to protect the high seas and preserve the world’s marine biodiversity

News Headlines
#101463
2014-10-16

Ethiopia Shows Developing World How to Make a Green Economy Prosper

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Ethiopia has experienced its fair share of environmental damage and degradation but nowadays it is increasingly setting an example on how to combat climate change while also achieving economic growth.

News Headlines
#101464
2014-10-16

Vanishing Species: Local Communities Count their Losses

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - The Mountain Chicken isn’t a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud’ as locals call them “just in the backy ...

News Headlines
#101465
2014-10-16

Australia pledges to halt loss of native mammal species by 2020

Environment minister reveals masterplan that involves tackling feral cats thought to kill 75m birds and mammals a day

News Headlines
#101466
2014-10-16

Rhino horn demand in Vietnam drops by more than 33% in one year

Information campaign successfully changes minds of people who think rhino horn has medicinal value

News Headlines
#101467
2014-10-16

Britain's migrating birds are drastically declining, RSPB says

Nightingale and turtle dove among populations that have seen dramatic long-term fall in number, annual RSPB report says

News Headlines
#101468
2014-10-16

South Africa: SA Hands Over Chairmanship of Biological Group

South Africa has handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Like-Minded Mega-diverse Countries (LMMCs) to Guatemala after leading the group for two years.

News Headlines
#101469
2014-10-16

Kerala biodiversity efforts praised in South Korea

Thiruvananthapuram: The efforts by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) have been praised at 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, an official said on Thursday.

News Headlines
#101470
2014-10-16

On World Food Day, UN lauds role of family farmers in ending global hunger

16 October 2014 – With over 800 million people worldwide still lacking access to healthy, nutritious food, family farmers must play an increasingly vital role in the global war on hunger, United Nations officials affirmed today, adding that the strong participation of the world’s family farmers ...

News Headlines
#101471
2014-10-16

Businesses should be 'forced' to report environmental impacts, says former UN chief

Failure to quantify economic costs of biodiversity losses are undermining efforts to protect it

News Headlines
#101472
2014-10-16

Mexico Will Host COP-13 Conference

Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) spokesperson Juan Jose Guerra Abud announced Wednesday that the Conference of the Parties-13 will be celebrated at the end of 2016 in the coastal city of Los Cabos, in Baja California.

News Headlines
#101473
2014-10-16

Biodiversity: the ‘stepchild’ of international talks

Biodiversity and climate change negotiations both started as environmental concerns.

News Headlines
#101474
2014-10-16

Biodiversity And Climate Conventions Find Common Ground In Sustainable Forest Management

16 October 2014 | Heru Prasetyo seems to be everywhere these days. He was a fixture at last year’s Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, COP 19, where he provided what may have been the most eloquent advocacy on behalf of the emerging landscape approach to using carbon finance to Reduce greenhous ...

News Headlines
#101475
2014-10-16

Slender-billed curlew: Where has Europe's rarest bird gone?

"To the memory of the slender-billed curlew," says Dr Janos Botond Kiss, raising a beaker of ruby-tinted plum brandy, pressed from the fruits of his garden.

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