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Climate Change
Eco-Business, 2018-05-22
Funders’ perceptions that there is too much risk in investing at the local level prevents climate finance from making a real difference. Sam Greene discusses whether new technologies can benefit local communities while delivering the confidence donors and investors need to put their money where it matters.
Nature, 2018-05-22
A squad of seals living off the coast of West Antarctica has provided scientists with data that could help to improve estimates of future sea-level rise.
TVA Nouvelles, 2018-05-22
Le Québec deviendra d’ici moins d’un siècle le dernier refuge de milliers d’espèces d’animaux et de plantes victimes de la destruction de leur habitat naturel plus au sud du continent, à cause des changements climatiques.
RFI, 2018-05-22
La biodiversité est de plus en plus mise à l’épreuve par le réchauffement climatique et la déforestation.
Deutsche Welle, 2018-05-22
Biodiversity is under threat from development and climate change. Yet much of the planet's biodiversity isn't even known to science yet. Conservationists still struggle to find out what's really out there.
Endangered Species
BBC News, 2018-05-22
The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with possibly only a handful left in the wild. Field surveys carried out over four years suggest the Chinese giant salamander has all but disappeared from its natural habitat.
Deutsche Welle, 2018-05-22
Only a fraction of the world's species of fungi have an official name. Two scientists have been identifying organisms in the tropical forests of Ecuador which have never before been logged.
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Xinhua (China), 2018-05-22
Kenya plans to reform its laws in order to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization of national resources, a government official said on Tuesday.
International Day for Biological Diversity
UN Environment, 2018-05-22
The International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May provides an opportunity to reflect on biodiversity challenges and opportunities ahead of a major UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt in November 2018.
UN News Centre, 2018-05-22
The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday.
Business Standard (India), 2018-05-22
The total forest and social forestry cover in West Bengal has been raised to 12,358 hectares and 934 hectares respectively till 2016-17 under a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted project, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.
Express, 2018-05-22
MAY 22 is the United Nations World Biodiversity Day, marking the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the Rio Earth Summit on May 22, 1992.
Independent Online (South Africa), 2018-05-22
THE City of Tshwane today joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Biological Diversity at the Fountains Valley alongside eager pupils from Saulridge Secondary School.
The Courier, 2018-05-22
Scottish land managers are among the sectors which have been praised for making progress in meeting international nature targets. In a statement to mark today’s International Biodiversity Day, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said Scotland was leading the way with work to protect and increase biodiversity.
News Nation (India), 2018-05-22
To increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22. The CBD has chosen “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity” the theme for 2018 International Biological Diversity.
Vanguard (Lagos), 2018-05-22
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has implored environment activists, community leaders and local councils to deepen the crusade to preserve the pristine features in Nigeria’s forest belt, noting that more stakeholders are needed in the crusade for the protection of the country’s unique flora and fauna.
Ouest France, 2018-05-22
En cette journée internationale de la biodiversité, l’UICN se veut porteur d’espoir et démontre que même si « la sixième extinction est en marche », « il y a encore un espoir pour l’avenir de notre planète ». Par exemple, le panda géant a vu sa population passer de 1 216 en 1988 à 1 864 en 2014.
Le Figaro, 2018-05-22
À l'occasion de la journée internationale de la biodiversité, le Figaro vous fait découvrir des animaux résidents à Paris dans le plus grand des secrets.
Tehran Times, 2018-05-22
Biodiversity in Iran: According to Iran’s Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity published on its website, Iran is located in West Asia and borders the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. The mountains enclose several broad basins, or plateaus, on which major agricultural and urban settlements are located. With an area of 1,648,000 square kilometers, Iran ranks eighteenth in size among the countries of the world.
SunStar Davao, 2018-05-22
May 22, was the 25th International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The day was designated as such by the United Nations to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
Government Europa, 2018-05-22
The UK government’s Darwin Initiative grant scheme has selected 52 global biodiversity and conservation projects to receive £10.6m (~€12m). The announcement coincides with the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), and delivers on commitments established in the UK government’s 25 year environment plan. The Darwin Initiative has supported global biodiversity and conservation projects since 1992, having provided a total of £140m to 1,068 projects from 159 countries in that time.
The Asian age, 2018-05-22
Mumbai and Thane will now have a mobile application containing data on animals rescued by the forest department and wildlife wardens. The Thane forest department has initiated an app to connect and bring together all wildlife-rescuing individuals and organisations so as to collect, manage and organise rescue and rehabilitation data as part of the records. The app will be inaugurated on Tuesday, May 22, on the occasion of International Day for Biodiversity.
EcoWatch, 2018-05-22
Scientists are increasingly realizing the importance of biodiversity for sustaining life on earth. The most comprehensive biodiversity study in a decade, published in March by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), warned that the ongoing loss of species and habitats was as great a threat to our and our planet's wellbeing as climate change.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2018-05-22
Dolphins, whales and porpoises (cetaceans) are fascinating animals that continue to capture the imagination of humans as evidenced by the increasing number of whale watchers taking to the seas in search of a glimpse of these majestic creatures.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2018-05-22
A team of researchers from the University of Pisa and CNRS/Université Claude Bernard Lyon has observed captive female bonobos helping one of their own give birth. In their paper published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, Elisa Demuru, Pier Francesco Ferrari and Elisabetta Palagi describe what they witnessed, referring to it as a type of midwifery.
Phys.org, 2018-05-22
The soil supporting a field of crops teems with life. Untold numbers of bacteria and fungi strive for space and food. Most are harmless. Many are vital to creating healthy soil. But farmers worry about a handful of species that cause devastating crop diseases, and they often turn to chemical pesticides to keep those pathogens in check.
Phys.org, 2018-05-22
When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don't amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses. But we really know how to throw what little weight we have around, according to a first-of-its-kind global census of the footprint of life on the planet.
BBC News, 2018-05-22
L'Afrique est l'un des premiers continents en termes de biodiversité. Une richesse toutefois menacée, comme le montrent plusieurs rapports officiels.


Climate Change
Global News (Canada), 2018-05-21
Just half-a-degree Celsius difference in temperature could make the difference between saving the majority of the world’s species from climate change, or increasing the extinction risks for plants, animals and insects.
The Tribune, 2018-05-21
Adil Khan’s hopes for a good harvest are fading again this year as he inspects his orchard of apricot and loquat trees in the mountains of Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

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