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Climate Change
UN News Centre, 2017-03-24
23 March 2017 – Speaking today at a United Nations forum to invigorate political momentum on climate change, the head of a major UN panel on climate change underlined that human influence on the climate system cannot be disputed.
UN News Centre, 2017-03-24
23 March 2017 – Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for Governments and business, senior United Nations officials said today.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2017-03-24
Measure aims to ramp up action on climate change - but previous laws have produced little in the way of results
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Stuff (New Zealand), 2017-03-24
New Zealand has more than 900 native species approaching extinction and another 2800 declining or at risk, Ged Cann looks at why Kiwis don't seem worried.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
BBC News, 2017-03-24
Scientists are warning of another "devastating" loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures.
UNDP, 2017-03-24
The sea was a bit too choppy for my liking. But there was a volcano erupting inland. The sea looked like a safer option! I took the plunge and jumped off the boat with my snorkel and fins.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2017-03-24
OSLO, March 24 (Reuters) - The world must stop treating the oceans as a "waste swimming pool" for pollution, a senior U.N. official said on Friday at the debut in Oslo of a $65 million research ship to help developing nations manage fish stocks.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Khmer Times, 2017-03-24
The Tourism Minister has called on riverside communities in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces to avoid fishing in areas where dolphins live to attract visitors who want to see the rare creatures.
Science Daily, 2017-03-24
New study reveals an important mechanism responsible for biodiversity in natural ecosystems
Relief Web, 2017-03-24
21 March 2017 – UN Environment will assist Colombia with overcoming the environmental degradation legacy of the internal conflict which lasted for more than 50 years, especially in remote rural areas.


Climate Change
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2017-03-23
The relationship between excessive carbon dioxide emissions and severe climate change impacts is well documented: In the past few years alone, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 reached its highest level in 2 million years.
Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing
Traffic, 2017-03-23
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 23rd March 2017—Just under 60 representatives from government agencies, research centres, businesses, and NGOs gathered in Hanoi to discuss polices that facilitate the fair and equitable sharing of benefits for people who earn income from the cultivation or collection of medicinal and aromatic plant (MAP) resources.
Endangered Species
Science Daily, 2017-03-23
Birds benefit from flocking together -- even when they're not of a feather. According to a new study, China's endangered crested ibises benefit from joining forces with other, more visually-oriented bird species while searching for food.
Inland Waters Biodiversity
Nature, 2017-03-23
The Great Lakes that straddle the border of Canada and the United States hold one-fifth of Earth's surface fresh water, and cover almost 250,000 square kilometres — an area larger than the United Kingdom.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
UN News Centre, 2017-03-23
22 March 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.
Polar Biodiversity
United Press International (UPI), 2017-03-23
March 22 (UPI) -- Earth's combined polar sea ice extent -- the total sea ice coverage on both the planet's poles -- hit a record low in March.
United Press International (UPI), 2017-03-23
March 23 (UPI) -- Vast herds of caribou roaming the barren tundra are among the most iconic images of Arctic wildlife. But today, most of the world's barren-ground caribou and reindeer herds are on the decline.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Mongabay.com, 2017-03-23
Countries across the world created some of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) last year, some spanning hundreds of thousands of square miles.
United Press International (UPI), 2017-03-23
March 22 (UPI) -- Ants are often thought of as pests, but new research suggests they offer a significant boost to soil health. Under most circumstances, farmers and gardeners should welcome their presence.
CORDIS, 2017-03-23
An EU funded project, has created a range of tools to give a more accurate picture of current biodiversity, aiding efforts for sustainable governance of natural resources.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2017-03-23
A recent report from the Champions 12.3 coalition underscores the fact that the global community is capable of tackling the long-running issue of food loss and wastage if all players in the food ‘supply chain’ take action. The challenges are well defined, the incentives are many. But are we doing what is necessary?


Chemicals and Pollution
United Press International (UPI), 2017-03-22
March 21 (UPI) -- Almond growers face a dilemma. They need to keep their almond trees fungus free, but new research shows almond-crop fungicides harm honey bees, the nut tree's chief pollinator.
Endangered Species
Christian Science Monitor, 2017-03-22
After many delays, the bumblebee has finally become the first in the continental US to be listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Japan Times, 2017-03-22
The Environment Ministry has revealed its red list of threatened marine species for the first time, designating 56 as endangered species, including the sand tiger shark.
Ex-Situ Conservation
Guardian (UK), 2017-03-22
Czech zoo takes saw to the horns of its 21 rhinoceroses in response to deadly attack at Paris wildlife park this month
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2017-03-22
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continues to define most tree plantations as forest cover in its assessments. Conservation groups are petitioning to change this – but it may not be so simple
Mongabay.com, 2017-03-22
A report released today, on the International Day of Forests, finds that forest protection in the United States must be drastically increased in order to mitigate the climate crisis and safeguard communities from the extreme weather events climate change is projected to continue to make more frequent and more severe.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Science Daily, 2017-03-22
Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth.
Inland Waters Biodiversity
Deutsche Welle, 2017-03-22
The lowest body of water in the world, famed for its health benefits, is disappearing, threatening livelihoods and nature.
National Geographic, 2017-03-22
The Mekong River Basin supports millions of people and some of the world’s richest biodiversity, but it must overcome many threats.

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