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Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Jakarta Post, 2020-01-17
The Indonesian Biodiversity Conservation Trust Fund (Kehati) Foundation has returned with its awards event and is now looking for six individuals or groups that have made significant contributions to protecting the country's biodiversity to receive a 2020 Kehati Award.
Eco-Business, 2020-01-17
The narrative of the year will be if 2020 will be a turning point for the better or for the worse, says World Resources Institute president Andrew Steer. What stories should be watching out for?
Financial Resources and Mechanism
Science (AAAS), 2020-01-17
In their Letter “Solve the biodiversity crisis with funding” (20 September 2019, p. 1256), J. Malcom et al. called on the U.S. Congress to fund wildlife conservation programs to protect biodiversity. We agree that such funding is critically important, but we were disappointed that their discussion of biodiversity did not include plants.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Sustainability Times, 2020-01-17
The planet is experiencing a mass extinction of species and we are the cause of it. But we can do something about it while there’s still time. We can stop cutting down forests. We can stop further fragmenting already fragmented wildlife habitats. And we can stop poaching endangered species.
Humankind likes to think of itself as inventors and innovators, but the truth is Mother Nature has already created it. A new exhibit at the Okanagan Science Centre opens today that examines how 'man's' great inventions are based on things already found in nature.


Climate Change
CNBC, 2020-01-16
As the climate crisis intensifies, and as the wide-ranging economic impacts are felt up and down supply chains across continents, leaders from companies, governments and financial institutions cannot ignore the mounting economic risks, a report from McKinsey published Thursday says.
Fast Company, 2020-01-16
At an intense level of combined heat and humidity—a “wet bulb” reading of 35 degrees Celsius, hotter and more humid than humans have ever experienced—the air will become so muggy that people can’t sweat and their organs begin to shut down.
TIME, 2020-01-16
A peculiar theme park in the Hague celebrates the history of the Netherlands through a series of miniature models. The Madurodam features little canals, old-fashioned windmills, tiny tulips and, amid it all, an homage to Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant that is the biggest company in the country and, by revenue, the second largest publicly traded oil-and-gas company in the world.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
News Ghana, 2020-01-16
Farmers in Ghana have been urged to adopt organic farming practices to increase and sustain agriculture production, ensure food security and protect the environment from pollution.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Grist, 2020-01-16
It was the late 1980s, and the headlines warned of acid rain, air pollution, and contaminated water. So John Javna, then a writer best known for books found on the back of toilets, traveled from drought-stricken California to Washington, D.C., with his backpack, looking for practical advice on how to save the world.
Pacific Daily News, 2020-01-16
Guam high school students will help educate third graders on the importance of coral reefs to our island as part of the 15th year of the Guardians of the Reef program. The young educators will teach elementary schoolers about the threats reefs face, and actions they can take to help preserve these valuable resources.
BBC News, 2020-01-16
The 10 years to the end of 2019 have been confirmed as the warmest decade on record by three global agencies.
Slow Food, 2020-01-16
As a joyful celebration of nature, the United Nations (UN) declared 2020 as the year of plant health. “The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.”
Endangered Species
CTV (Canada), 2020-01-16
he world is facing the "moment of crisis" on climate change and cannot delay action any longer, British naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough warned in an interview broadcast Thursday., 2020-01-16
On an island famed as Australia's "Galapagos" for its unique and abundant wildlife, rescuers are racing to save rare animals in a bushfire-ravaged landscape., 2020-01-16
Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday.
BBC Discover Wildlife, 2020-01-16
A recently published study on the a new method of measuring avian extinction rates has highlighted that conservation projects are working, but also how threats of extinction are accumulating more quickly than previously thought.
Brussels Times, 2020-01-16
The move forms part of a plan by the region to tackle the recent huge growth in members of the public keeping bees – a trend inspired by concerns about pollution, climate and biodiversity.
Forest Biodiversity, 2020-01-16
As forest areas shrink and become fragmented, many tree species face problems. They often rely on animals that can no longer disperse their seeds effectively.
Gender and Biodiversity
Grit Daily, 2020-01-16
The UK-based charity, TreeSisters‘ feminine response to climate change hopes to shift humanity’s identity from a consumer to a restorer species, calling for collective responsibility and planetary restoration through a reforestation revolution. It nurtures ordinary women to do extraordinary things.
Governance, Law and Policy
Guardian (International Edition), 2020-01-16
The UK’s food security is to be regularly assessed by parliament to ensure minimal disruption to supplies after the country leaves the EU and while new trade deals are sought.
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
EU Reporter, 2020-01-16
MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.
Eco-Business, 2020-01-16
In less than one year, delegates from around the world will gather in Kunming, China, to complete a new global agreement for protecting and conserving the world’s natural systems. To succeed, they must bring together not just environmentalists, but also officials with the clout to effect change across entire economies.
Invasive Alien Species, 2020-01-16
As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies—the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Romania insider, 2020-01-16
The Snagov, Andronache and Băneasa forests, close to Bucharest, will have the status of protected areas beginning this March, environment minister Costel Alexe announced.
Research and Science
Science Daily, 2020-01-16
Researchers at San Diego State University have found a new way to harness food as medicine, which has far reaching implications to control harmful microbes in our gut while balancing microbial diversity by fostering the growth of beneficial bacteria., 2020-01-16
Every time you wash clothes, you are releasing microplastics into the sea, but we know little about the amount and distribution of such material from different types of textile. Research scientists are now working on measuring and capturing microplastics in our laundry.
Tourism and Biodiversity, 2020-01-16
In a shady patch along a pristine white beach on Mahe Island, a radio spits out reggae and snapper sizzles on the barbecue, as Seychelloise Nareen tops up her rum and coke on time off from her job aboard a luxury yacht.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
Mongabay (India), 2020-01-16
More than one-third of the world’s remaining pristine forests, known as intact forest landscapes, exist within land that’s either managed or owned by indigenous peoples, a new study has found.
The Conversation, 2020-01-16
The sheer scale and intensity of the Australian bushfire crisis have led to apocalyptic scenes making the front pages of newspapers the world over. An estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km) of land have burned since 1 July 2019.