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#101320
2014-10-08

Major Expansion Of Ecuador Reserve Will Better Protect Over 360 Species Of Birds, Other Wildlife

A joint effort among Fundación Jocotoco, Rainforest Trust, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), World Land Trust (WLT), and March Conservation Fund has added 1,187 acres to the Río Canandé Reserve, bringing protection to more than 6,100 acres of forest in the highly-threatened Chocó region of northw ...

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#101321
2014-10-08

Migrating monarchs are ‘buffer’ than the rest

New research traces the evolutionary origins of monarchs to North America, instead of South America as was previously hypothesized, and identifies a gene related to the butterfly’s distinctive orange-and-black appearance.

News Headlines
#101324
2014-10-08

Global economy to lose billions without action to stop ocean acidification, UN report warns

8 October 2014 – The global economy could be losing as much as $1 trillion annually by the end of the century if countries do not take urgent steps to stop ocean acidification, says a United Nations report launched today in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea (ROK).

News Headlines
#101325
2014-10-08

Biodiversity is more than just a numbers game

A new look at one of ecology's unsolved puzzles—why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions—revealed that while this long-recognized pattern holds true for the sheer number of species, it does not for how different species make a living.

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#101326
2014-10-08

U.S. initiates prototype system to gauge national marine biodiversity

NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.

News Headlines
#101327
2014-10-08

Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification

Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#101328
2014-10-08

Acid damage to coral reefs could cost $1 trillion

Ocean acidification is set to cost us $1 trillion by 2100 as it eats away at our tropical coral reefs.

News Headlines
#101283
2014-10-07

World falling behind 2020 plan for nature protection: U.N. report

International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a United Nations report.

News Headlines
#101284
2014-10-07

Nagoya Protocol revisited

Now is the time to turn our gaze toward Pyeongchang. While largely overshadowed by the just completed Asian Games, Korea has been hosting an important international conference in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.

News Headlines
#101285
2014-10-07

UN biodiversity meeting warns of targets

A UN conference on preserving the earth’s dwindling resources has opened with grim warnings that the depletion of natural habitats and species is outpacing efforts to protect them.

News Headlines
#101286
2014-10-07

U.N. forum to discuss DMZ biodiversity

The United Nations biodiversity conference underway in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, is

News Headlines
#101287
2014-10-07

Green Food Key To Success At Global Biodiversity Talks

7 October 2014 | PYEONGCHANG | South Korea | When we last spoke to Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the Executive Secretary of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), he identified private-sector engagement as a critical first step to halting habitat loss. That was 2012, and since then, tha ...

News Headlines
#101288
2014-10-07

COP 12 Calls for Scaling Up Action Plan to Stem Biodiversity Loss

With human consumption of the planet's natural resources galloping away, natural habitats and species are being depleted at a pace faster than implementation of protective measures.

News Headlines
#101289
2014-10-07

Financing for Biodiversity: A Simple Matter of Keeping Promises

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 07 (IPS) - With governments, activists and scientists tearing their hair out over the world’s impending crisis in biodiversity, the outgoing president of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) delivered a simple message to participants at the 12th Conf ...

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#101290
2014-10-07

Biodiversity meeting under way in Pyeongchang

The 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) kicked off yesterday in Pyeongchang, Gangwon, with delegates attending from more than 190 countries to discuss biodiversity and develop strategies to conserve it.

News Headlines
#101291
2014-10-07

Indigenous knowledge essential to meet global biodiversity targets – UN official

7 October 2014 – The knowledge and traditional practices of indigenous people and local communities are key to halting biodiversity loss and achieving sustainable development, a United Nations official stressed today at a major meeting on biological diversity in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

News Headlines
#101292
2014-10-07

Due to landscape fragmentation, Brazil's rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed.

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#101294
2014-10-07

Saving Peru's sea turtles and marine birds: conservationists and fishermen partner to tackle bycatch

Marine conservationists often view fisheries as an enemy of sorts, vacuuming up fish with little thought to the long-term consequences and using equipment that also ends up killing other species, i.e. bycatch like sea turtles and marine birds.

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#101295
2014-10-07

Elephants worth much, much more alive than dead, says new report

Elephants are worth 76 times more when they’re alive than dead, according to a new analysis released this past weekend.

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#101296
2014-10-07

OPINION: Planet Racing Towards Catastrophe and Politics Just Looking On

ROME, Oct 6 2014 (IPS) - If ever there was a need to prove that we are faced with a total lack of global governance, the U.N. Climate Summit, extraordinarily called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sep. 23, makes a very good case.

News Headlines
#101297
2014-10-07

Humanity Failing the Earth’s Ecosystems

COLOMBO, Oct 6 2014 (IPS) - In pure numbers, the past few decades have been marked by destruction: over the last 40 years, Earth has lost 52 percent of its wild animals; nearly 17 percent of the world’s forests have been felled in the last half-century; freshwater ecosystems have witnessed a 75- ...

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#101298
2014-10-07

Great Barrier Reef dredge approval was ‘suicide’ for reef authority

Coral reef expert says Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has lost its credibility and budget cuts left it unable to protect the world heritage site

News Headlines
#101299
2014-10-07

Most US packaged foods labeled 'natural' have GM ingredients – report

Non-profit finds that while ‘organic’ products lack GM ingredients, many cereals, chips and infant formula contain them

News Headlines
#101300
2014-10-07

Can cities save our wild bees?

I love bees. Everyone I know loves bees. And everyone knows bees are on the decline. But could it be that cities will come to their rescue?

News Headlines
#101301
2014-10-07

[Editorial] Biological diversity

A United Nations convention on biodiversity is underway in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. The event should encourage more countries to include mainstream biological diversity in their development agendas and commit themselves to protecting species and restoring the ecosystem.

News Headlines
#101250
2014-10-06

Global biodiversity is dwindling, says UN

A UN conference on preserving the earth's dwindling resources has opened with grim warnings that the depletion of natural habitats and species is outpacing efforts to protect them.

News Headlines
#101251
2014-10-06

Global biodiversity protection targets still unmet, UN warns

SEOUL - A UN conference on preserving the earth's dwindling resources opened Monday with grim warnings that the depletion of natural habitats and species was outpacing efforts to protect them.

News Headlines
#101252
2014-10-06

U.N. biodiversity convention opens in Pyeongch

A United Nations convention on biodiversity kicked off in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday, bringing together government officials, environmentalists and businesspeople from around the world.

News Headlines
#101253
2014-10-06

Global Biodiversity Outlook looks bleak

Oslo - Governments are failing to meet goals to protect animals and plants set out in a biodiversity plan for 2020 that also aims to increase food supplies and slow climate change, a UN report showed on Monday.

News Headlines
#101254
2014-10-06

UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts to meet a set of targets agreed in 2010

News Headlines
#101255
2014-10-06

UN alarm over shrinking biodiversity

Grim warnings on the earth's dwindling biodiversity have been given at the opening of a UN conference in South Korea. A UN report says governments are only on course to meet five of 53 goals by 2020.

News Headlines
#101256
2014-10-06

Different depths reveal ocean warming trends

The deeper half of the ocean did not get measurably warmer in the last decade, but surface layers have been warming faster than we thought since the 1970s, two new studies suggest.

News Headlines
#101257
2014-10-06

Down the drain: Do surfactants harm the environment? Not likely, report finds

What happens to soap and detergent surfactants when they run down the drain?

News Headlines
#101258
2014-10-06

More accurate model for greenhouse gases from peatlands

Scientists have created a new model to more accurately describe the greenhouse gases likely to be released from Arctic peatlands as they warm.

News Headlines
#101259
2014-10-06

Photos: Czech Republic publicly burns confiscated rhino horns

Late last month, armed guards escorted officials marching 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns to a pyre for burning. The event, at the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, was the first public burning of rhino horns in Europe.

News Headlines
#101260
2014-10-06

Humanity Failing the Earth’s Ecosystems

COLOMBO, Oct 6 2014 (IPS) - In pure numbers, the past few decades have been marked by destruction: over the last 40 years, Earth has lost 52 percent of its wild animals; nearly 17 percent of the world’s forests have been felled in the last half-century; freshwater ecosystems have witnessed a 75- ...

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#101261
2014-10-06

New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS) - Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.

News Headlines
#101262
2014-10-06

Think twice about wild animal tourism, visitors told

A leading animal charity is urging tourists to think more carefully about the impact their adventures are having on animals

News Headlines
#101263
2014-10-06

In the Age of Extinction, which species can we least afford to lose?

Climate change and human intervention are accelerating the planet's loss of biodiversity. So should we try to preserve 'useful' bees before 'cuddly' tigers?

News Headlines
#101264
2014-10-06

Pop-up parks fight to bring green space to Brussels

Brussels boasts being one of Europe's greener cities, even though many of its parks are far from inner-city residents. In response, some people have created their own pop-up parks out of vacant lots.

News Headlines
#101265
2014-10-06

Reality check in race to curb extinction as only five of 56 targets are seeing progress

Attempts to slow down the dramatic loss of wild animals and their habitats are failing, a United Nations reported has warned.

News Headlines
#101266
2014-10-06

Biodiversity meet to implement genetic resources sharing pact

Gangwon Province Gov. Choi Moon-soon said Monday that a historic protocol on genetic resources would take effect during the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang.

News Headlines
#101267
2014-10-06

Major conference on biodiversity warns against 'business as usual' behaviour, consumption

6 October 2014 – The parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity began meeting today as a new United Nations report on the status of biodiversity warned that much more efficient use of land, water, energy and materials are needed to meet globally-agreed targets by 2020.

News Headlines
#101212
2014-10-03

Predicting impact of climate change on species that can't get out of the way

When scientists talk about the consequences of climate change, it can mean more than how we human beings will be impacted by higher temperatures, rising seas and serious storms.

News Headlines
#101213
2014-10-03

Herbivores play important role in protecting habitats from invasive species

Herbivores consume more non-native oak leaf material in areas with diverse native plant communities than in less diverse communities. Why diverse plant communities tend to resist invasion by non-native plants, remains uncertain.

News Headlines
#101214
2014-10-03

How giant clams harness the sun by growing algae as a source of food

Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

News Headlines
#101215
2014-10-03

Investing in female scientists to feed Africa

In this interview, Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development fellowship programme in Kenya, talks about AWARD’s work supporting the careers of female agricultural scientists across Sub-Saharan Africa.

News Headlines
#101216
2014-10-03

New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS) - Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.

News Headlines
#101217
2014-10-03

Global biodiversity targets won't be met by 2020, scientists say

World leaders are failing in their pledge to cut the rate at which wildlife lose their homes, according to the the first ever progress report on targets to halt biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. Conservationist called the lack of action a “troubling sign” and a “reality check”.

News Headlines
#101218
2014-10-03

Are walrus at risk from climate change?

A mass haul out of 35,000 animals on an Alaska beach doesn’t bode well for the future of wildlife dependent on the Arctic ice

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