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#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.

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#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 ...

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#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.

News Headlines
#101428
2014-10-15

Environment chiefs discuss biodiversity

PYEONGCHANG, Gangwon Province (Yonhap) ― 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
#101429
2014-10-15

Study proves biodiversity buffers disease

When a community is biodiverse with many different species, the risk of disease decreases, according to a new study that uses experiments to understand the mechanisms for this pattern, called the “dilution effect.”

News Headlines
#101430
2014-10-15

Acid oceans could devastate fishing-dependent nations

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 9, 2014 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification.

News Headlines
#101431
2014-10-15

Business Outside The Biodiversity Tent

Earlier this week I participated in the Business and Biodiversity Forum at the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

News Headlines
#101432
2014-10-15

City life key to harlequin ladybug invasion in the UK

The harlequin ladybird (ladybug), an invasive alien species first recorded in the UK in 2004, has a preference for urban areas and sunnier habitats.

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#101433
2014-10-15

African penguins put researchers in a flap

Robben Island is notorious as the site where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison, but now the island’s 1,200 breeding pairs of African penguins are sparking a scientific controversy. At stake is the survival of an endangered species, as well as how fisheries around the world are managed.

News Headlines
#101434
2014-10-15

IPBES’s budget ‘inadequate’ for capacity building

BUENOS AIRES] Knowledge generation and capacity building should get a bigger portion of the budget of the major international organisation on biodiversity, says a paper.

News Headlines
#101435
2014-10-15

Researchers create global map of world's forests circa 1990

Researchers have created a global map of the world's forests in the year 1990, enabling accurate comparisons between past and current deforestation rates. The GIS data underpinning the map is available at LandCover.org.

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#101436
2014-10-15

Measuring How Climate Change Affects Africa’s Food Security

NAIROBI, Oct 15 2014 (IPS) - For the past 40 years Josephine Kakiyi, 55, has been cultivating maize, beans and vegetables on her small plot of land in the remote area of Kwa Vonza, in Kitui County, eastern Kenya.

News Headlines
#101437
2014-10-15

Biodiversity, Climate Change Solutions Inextricably Linked

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 14 2014 (IPS) - The remarkable biodiversity of the countries of the Caribbean, already under stress from human impacts like land use, pollution, invasive species, and over-harvesting of commercially valuable species, now faces an additional threat from climate ...

News Headlines
#101438
2014-10-15

Environment ministers discuss ways to conserve biodiversity

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- 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
#101439
2014-10-15

Half Earth’s Wildlife Gone, Governments Meet to Save the Rest

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, October 14, 2014 (ENS) – Global wildlife populations have declined, on average, by 52 percent in the 40 year period since 1970, reports the global conservation nonprofit WWF. Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity, with exploitation of wil ...

News Headlines
#101441
2014-10-15

Facing Storms Without the Mangrove Wall

ATHENS, Oct 15 2014 (IPS) - As the cyclonic storm Hudhud ripped through India’s eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, home to two million people, at a land speed of over 190 kilometres per hour on Sunday, it destroyed electricity and telephone infrastructure, damaged the airport, and laid waste to th ...

News Headlines
#101442
2014-10-15

Africa’s agriculture system… need for new approaches

The transformation of Africa’s agriculture system will require new approaches, new methodologies, new efficiencies, and the accompanying political focus needed to effect change.

News Headlines
#101443
2014-10-15

Why Australia’s outback is globally important

There are places in Australia that are awe-inspiring, spectacular, mysterious; they touch our spirit and help define our nation.

News Headlines
#101444
2014-10-15

Plenty more fish in the sea: preserving stocks in Madagascar

Projects where local fishers manage marine areas to ensure sustainability are being replicated across the Indian Ocean

News Headlines
#101400
2014-10-14

Nagoya Protocol on biodiversity takes effect without Japan

A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection and fair sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources took effect Sunday, but Japan, which hosted the meeting that adopted the protocol in 2010, failed to ratify it in time.

News Headlines
#101401
2014-10-14

Cabinet approves bill on genetic resources sharing

The Cabinet approved a bill on genetic resources usage on Tuesday as South Korea’s effort to operationalize the Nagoya Protocol, which took effect on Oct. 12 under the global community’s join effort to preserve biodiversity.

News Headlines
#101402
2014-10-14

Korea, China, Japan solidify cooperation on biodiversity

The second Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Biodiversity among Korea, China and Japan took place on October 11 in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.

News Headlines
#101403
2014-10-14

Biodiversity protection pact goes into effect, as Japan lags behind

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea--A protocol that Japan spearheaded to help preserve the planet's biodiversity went into force Oct. 12, although Tokyo missed the deadline to ratify it.

News Headlines
#101404
2014-10-14

FEATURE: UN biodiversity pact seeks to ensure fair, transparent use of world’s genetic resources

13 October 2014 – After decades of negotiations, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing entered into force on Sunday, enhancing opportunities for the equitable sharing of benefits of the world’s biodiversity.

News Headlines
#101405
2014-10-14

Why Do Tropical Ecosystems Have Higher Biodiversity?

Why is biodiversity is higher in the tropics than in colder regions? It's one of ecology’s unsolved puzzles and has been since the European explorers and naturalists of the 17th and 18th centuries discovered there is a stunningly rich biodiversity in the tropics compared to the temperate regions ...

News Headlines
#101406
2014-10-14

Congo-Kinshasa: UN Envoy Urges Increased Efforts to Protect Biodiversity of Garamba Park

During a visit to the Garamba National Park, the top UN official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) urged national and international actors to step up efforts in preserving the natural resources and rich biodiversity of the Park located in the north-eastern part of the country.

News Headlines
#101407
2014-10-14

Biodiversity summit for local governments kicks off

global gathering among subnational governments around the globe to discuss strategy and action plans for biodiversity kicked off in the eastern city of PyeongChang on Monday, bringing together some 500 government officials, environmentalists and businesspeople from around the world.

News Headlines
#101408
2014-10-14

Curbing the Illegal Wildlife Trade Crucial to Preserving Biodiversity

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 13 2014 (IPS) - For over five years, 33-year-old Maheshwar Basumatary, a member of the indigenous Bodo community, made a living by killing wild animals in the protected forests of the Manas National Park, a tiger reserve, elephant sanctuary and UNESCO World He ...

News Headlines
#101409
2014-10-14

Alien Mussels Threaten U.K. Biodiversity

The single most threatening species to U.K.’s biodiversity is a species of mussels – the quagga mussel.

News Headlines
#101410
2014-10-14

Hitting biodiversity targets will require more work: Bob McDonald

The United Nations Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 was released this week, as we reach the halfway point towards biodiversity targets for 2020 that were agreed upon five years ago. The report shows mixed results.

News Headlines
#101411
2014-10-14

Nagoya Protocol takes effect

A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection and a fair sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources came into effect on Sunday, but Japan, which hosted the meeting that adopted the protocol in 2010, failed to ratify it in time.

News Headlines
#101412
2014-10-14

EU Legislation On Nagoya Protocol Becomes Effective; What Effect On Indigenous Peoples’ Rights?

The entry into force of an international treaty facilitating access to genetic resources and ensuring the fair sharing of potential commercial benefits has prompted the applicability of a European Union regulation relating to the treaty. This led a researcher to call on the treaty members to ens ...

News Headlines
#101413
2014-10-14

UK waterways face 'invasional meltdown' from European organisms

Scientists are warning that an army of species from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways.

News Headlines
#101414
2014-10-14

Climate change: Models 'underplay plant CO2 absorption'

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.

News Headlines
#101415
2014-10-14

Science could inform UN’s loss and damage mechanism

Recent developments in climate models may help determine the extent to which human-made climate change is responsible for extreme weather events, and help provide evidence to address losses and damages associated with impacts of climate change in developing nations, scientists say.

News Headlines
#101416
2014-10-14

Wild weather forces climate adaptation on Europe's political agenda

European Environment Agency finds adapting to climate change now on political agenda but action on ground still rare

News Headlines
#101417
2014-10-14

'It's important to look at the broader picture' of climate change

Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.

News Headlines
#101418
2014-10-14

Protecting biodiversity could be key to keeping forests standing in the long term

When it comes to conserving tropical forests and the carbon stored within them in order to prevent climate change, the role of forest animals may be too important to ignore.

News Headlines
#101419
2014-10-14

Turkey's trouble with acquatic aliens

Turkey’s Gökova Bay is home to an array of alien species that are wiping out native marine inhabitants, worsening a fishing crisis.

News Headlines
#101364
2014-10-10

An unsustainable course

The precipitous decline in the population of wild animals should serve as a clear warning to humanity that it is living beyond its mean

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