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#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#101365
2014-10-10

Carbon Emissions Are Bringing Ocean Acidity To Catastrophic Levels

Most scientists whose heads aren't firmly wedged inside the Koch brothers' rear ends have ascertained that human-sourced carbon emissions are contributing to a dangerous warming of our planet, one that pretty much spells out the end of Earth as we know it unless world leaders do something about ...

News Headlines
#101366
2014-10-10

World Biodiversity Plan Shows Progress, But Not Enough

It’s not just about the polar bears and the honeybees. Sustainable development, and increasingly the stabilization of climate, depend more on biodiversity than we realized even a decade ago. Extinction, deforestation, overfishing, and pollution all restrict human abilities to nourish the planet.

News Headlines
#101367
2014-10-10

12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

PYEONCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA – 84 companies operating recreational diving and ecotourism in 44 countries delivered a Declaration to the 12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, requesting protection from the continued devastation of the natural environments and ...

News Headlines
#101368
2014-10-10

The world after Millennium Development Goals

India needs to urgently improve its policy mix if it wants to abolish poverty

News Headlines
#101370
2014-10-10

Proposed SDGs won't capture the imagination

Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, nongovernment organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disea ...

News Headlines
#101371
2014-10-10

WB-IMF Report Gauges Progress on Development Goals, Including New Target of Promoting Shared Prosperity of Bottom 40 Percent

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 – Much more work needs to be done to end poverty and close the gap in living standards between those in the bottom 40 percent and the top 60 percent of the population around the world, says the Global Monitoring Report 2014/2015, released today by the World Bank and I ...

News Headlines
#101372
2014-10-10

Aligning the agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and the European Environment and Health Process

The world is entering a crucial phase in the global negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda—the framework following in the footsteps of the Millennium Development Goals concluding next year.

News Headlines
#101373
2014-10-10

Antarctic sea ice shows record growth, climate change likely cause

The growth of sea ice is not evidence against the effects of climate change, but rather the consequence of it.

News Headlines
#101374
2014-10-10

Balancing birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields

Scientists have examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat.

News Headlines
#101375
2014-10-10

Urine of tiny migrating marine animals affects ocean chemistry

Tiny animals migrating from the ocean's surface to the sunlit depths release ammonia, the equivalent of our urine, that plays a significant role in marine chemistry, particularly in low-oxygen zones.

News Headlines
#101376
2014-10-10

Climate change alters the ecological impacts of seasons

If more of the world's climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insects, malaria transmission, and even confuse migration patterns of birds and mammals worldwide.

News Headlines
#101377
2014-10-10

'A remarkable conservation achievement': Ecuador reserve expands as forest disappear

A strip of rainforest running along the northwestern Ecuadorian coast and up through Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

News Headlines
#101378
2014-10-10

Marine Litter: Plunging Deep, Spreading Wide

ATHENS, Oct 10 2014 (IPS) - Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its ...

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