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The purpose of this knowledge base is to facilitate access to key CBD resources. This initial version has been created thanks to the support of Spain and is undergoing further development.
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#115283
2017-11-22

We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution.

Near midnight, during an expedition to southwestern Ecuador in December 2013, I spotted a small green frog asleep on a leaf, near a stream by the side of the road. It was Atelopus balios , the Rio Pescado stubfoot toad. Although a lone male had been spotted in 2011, no populations had been found ...

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#115284
2017-11-22

Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change

Nature itself can be the best defense against climate change for many species—at least in the short term­—according to a study published in the journal Ecology Letters from the University of California, Davis.

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#115285
2017-11-22

Productive cities: toward a new biopolitics of cities

The idea of the productive city emerged with the development of industrial capitalism. In this way, the productive model imposed its own logic on cities, which came to be regarded as passive receptacles harbouring economic activities. Cities were supposed to furnish enterprises with basic resour ...

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#115286
2017-11-22

The hidden £120 billion costs from Britain's food

Ever since the ‘green revolution' in the mid-twentieth century, when moves towards increasing intensification, specialisation and scale in food production led to huge increases in agricultural output, policy attention has focused on the importance of agricultural productivity.

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#115287
2017-11-22

To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people

There is growing concern that the world's oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs.

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#115288
2017-11-22

How We Can All Help Solve The Single-Use Plastic Waste Epidemic In Our Oceans

On Saturday I unexpectedly found myself live on the BBC News 24 channel to talk about the potential tax on single-use plastics that was rumoured to be announced in the UK budget the following week. I was also able to talk about our imminent launch, on 23 November, of a fun, but ultimately seriou ...

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#115289
2017-11-22

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date. The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.

News Headlines
#115290
2017-11-22

How dinosaur scales became bird feathers

he genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists. By expressing these genes in embryo alligator skin, the researchers caused the reptiles' scales to change in a way that may be similar to how the earliest feathers evolved.

News Headlines
#115291
2017-11-22

Climate change may be making bearded dragons less intelligent

A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Lincoln in the U.K. has found evidence suggesting that as the planet heats up due to global warming, the bearded dragon may become less intelligent. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes exp ...

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#115292
2017-11-22

Wanted: A plan of action on climate migration

The agenda at the COP23 climate conference over the past two weeks has been dominated by the questions of climate finance, and the nitty gritty of the Paris rulebook, as well as issues such as climate risk insurance, which rose to prominence.

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#115293
2017-11-22

Addressing Climate Change One Stove At A Time

The secret to Jollof rice is good tinned tomatoes and plenty of spices, or so we’ve been told by Vivian, a food vendor we met in Ghana, who works at Sweet Mother’s restaurant to support her family.

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#115294
2017-11-22

How carbon farming can help solve climate change

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large ...

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#115295
2017-11-22

Germany's Climate Innovators

Energy production, food, mobility, waste: Four videos highlight German innovation in these key areas - projects that, each in their own way, protect the climate. Say hello to Germany's climate innovators.

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#115296
2017-11-22

U.N. plan strengthens women's role in climate action

Last week marked a milestone in the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. In Bonn, world leaders at the United Nations climate negotiations (COP23) under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed and adopted the first ever Gender Action Plan to not only re ...

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#115297
2017-11-22

Pledge to conserve biodiversity by setting up marine protected areas

Sindh Livestock and Fisheries Department Secretary Sohail Akbar Shah has stressed the need to develop and implement a broad-based fisheries policy, which is mandatory for accelerated development of the fisheries sector in Sindh.

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#115298
2017-11-22

Worldwide increase in methane bubbles due to climate change

Never before have such unequivocal, strong relationships between temperature and emissions of methane bubbles been shown on such a wide, continent-spanning scale.", says biologist Sarian Kosten of Radboud University.

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#115299
2017-11-22

Flower Disguises As Mushroom Get Pollinated

In a study published in Ecology, scientists in Japan have discovered that the flowers of the Aspidistra elatior plant mimic the shape and smell of mushroom to attract pollinators.

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#115300
2017-11-22

Our disappearing biodiversity

The passenger pigeon, the woolly mammoth and the Tasmanian tiger – what do they all have in common? They are extinct. But how many animals have died out? And how many more will? Global Ideas takes a look.

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#115301
2017-11-22

Let slip the dragonflies of war

The world’s military training zones double as conservation zones. The only worry is the threat of peace. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

News Headlines
#115302
2017-11-22

WWF names environmental economist as new board president

The announcement came during a board meeting Sunday attended by Sukhdev. He will succeed Yolanda Kakabadse, who had served two consecutive four-year terms. Sukhdev played a key role in a major green economics study called “The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity” commissioned by the G-8+5 and ...

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News Headlines
#115267
2017-11-21

Man who 'raised' the young of endangered tree wins President's Award for the Environment

SINGAPORE - In little plastic cups, he "raised" the young of an endangered tree, and cared for the seeds like they were his children. This was in 2002 when Dr Shawn Lum, then vice-president of the Nature Society (Singapore), learnt of the illegal felling of the endangered giant - Hopea Sangal - ...

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#115268
2017-11-21

Arabian Eagle Owl discovered in UAE

Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wide Fund (EWS-WWF) recently discovered the Arabian Eagle Owl, a previously unsighted owl species in the UAE, the society said on Tuesday. The bird is currently inhabiting the Hajar Mountains in the Eastern Region.

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#115269
2017-11-21

Climate change models of bird impacts pass the test

A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals.

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