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Knowledge Base

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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#114894
2017-10-19

A brief history of the Earth's CO2

Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

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#114895
2017-10-19

Zoos and aquariums pledge to highlight 'devastating effects' of unsustainable palm oil

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote the importance of more sustainable approaches to palm oil production.

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#114896
2017-10-19

The Liasion Group of Biodiversty-related Convention (BLG) gathered to discuss ways to join forces

During 28-29 September 2017, the Heads of eight bio-diversity-related Conventions known as the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) met at FAO Headquarters to discuss ways to join forces in support of global biodiversity and sustainable development agendas.

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#114897
2017-10-19

Uncovering the mysteries of the Indian Ocean aboard the SA Agulhas II

Cape Town - The bright red metal behemoth heaves slowly, but steadily, through the water. Around her, whales periodically pop up for a breath of air before disappearing into the warm waves off South Africa's east coast. The vessel is a stranger here. Built to weather freezing temperatures, she u ...

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#114898
2017-10-19

First cosmetic ingredients supplier to fulfil Nagoya Protocol on sustainability

Provital Group, a cosmetics ingredients player, has become the ‘first in the industry’ to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol for a specific R&D project.

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#114899
2017-10-19

World's deepest lake is in peril: Natural wonder that holds one-fifth of earth's unfrozen fresh water is mysteriously dying

Lake Baikal, a major international tourist attraction, is undergoing a grave crisis, experts says. The lake, in Russia's Siberia, is a natural wonder of 'exceptional value to evolutionary science' meriting a listing as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It holds one-fifth of the world's unfrozen f ...

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#114900
2017-10-19

As a biodiversity hot spot, SA gets ready to glow

Across SA, thousands of plant and animal specimens are languishing in poorly catalogued museum collections. Although an important part of scientific research, the collections have suffered from systemic underfunding and neglect.

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#114901
2017-10-19

Declining baby songbirds need forests to survive drought

Before cutting down forest, land managers in drought prone areas might first consider the birds in the trees.According to a new study by biologists at Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, the offspring of a certain songbird, the wood thrush, are more likely to survive drought ...

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#114902
2017-10-19

Climate Change Checkup, 10/19/17

Public attention has been focused on global warming — more properly referred to as climate change — but the more general subject is man’s interaction with his environment. Often, this interaction has been beneficial to humanity: paths are cleared to allow easy travel; boats are built for access ...

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#114903
2017-10-19

Digging in the Arctic mud for answers to climate change

Working from a small boat on the choppy lake waters in northern Canada, Sarah Crump, a paleoclimatologist, pulls up a 5-foot mud core sample from the undisturbed lakebed. Crump and her research team work with a sense of urgency. Even in summer, bad weather can move in quickly. And they must alwa ...

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#114904
2017-10-19

Fighting Extinction: Researching and Designing Solutions to Protect Endangered Species

The African wild dog. The Asian elephant. The Eastern lowland gorilla. These are just three of the many vertebrate species facing possible extinction because of human activities. Is there anything we can do to protect endangered species, and slow overall extinction rates?

Notification
#2678
2017-10-18
Action by
2017-10-31

Webinar and Workshop on Climate-related Geoengineering

Reference: SCBD/OES/CPP/DC/OES/86924 (2017-103)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, Traditional Knowledge Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local community organizations, and other relevant organizations

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#114880
2017-10-18

Collaboration helps reforestation take root

Almost three years after its adoption, the New York Declaration on Forests remains a landmark moment in the global fight to eliminate deforestation.

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#114881
2017-10-18

Study maps out reptiles’ ranges, completing the ‘atlas of life’

Across the swath of vertebrate lifeforms that inhabit Earth, scientists have a pretty good idea about where most of the known land mammals, birds and amphibians live. That makes identifying areas for protection where a lot of these animals live relatively straightforward, even if the details of ...

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#114882
2017-10-18

Uganda: Are GMOs the Silver Bullet to End Hunger in Uganda?

Last week, Parliament passed the Biosafety and Biotechnology Bill into law. The law had been on the shelves of Parliament for nearly five years partly because of a tug-of-war between the voices in support and those opposed to it.

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#114883
2017-10-18

Women's role stressed in addressing climate change

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Austrialia's Minister for International and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti stressed on Wednesday the importance of the role played by women in addressing climate change problems.

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#114884
2017-10-18

World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change

Around the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world's population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years.

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#114885
2017-10-18

World needs to adapt and build for climate change, says Figueres

The key to dealing with climate change is to decarbonize the world economy by 2050 and that requires building differently, said a leading expert on climate change.

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#114886
2017-10-18

CliFi – A new way to talk about climate change

Cli-Fi refers to “climate fiction;” it is a term coined by journalist Dan Bloom. These are fictional books that somehow or someway bring real climate change science to the reader. What is really interesting is that Cli-Fi books often present real science in a credible way.

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#114887
2017-10-18

Study reshapes understanding of climate change’s impact on early societies

The team of researchers examined the hydroclimatic and societal impacts in Egypt of a sequence of tropical and high-latitude volcanic eruptions spanning the past 2,500 years, as known from modern ice-core records. The team focused on the Ptolemaic dynasty of ancient Egypt (305-30 B.C.E.)—a state ...

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#114888
2017-10-18

Fiji to sell world's first climate-change "green" bonds

Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

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#114889
2017-10-18

Xi Jinping to China: “Any harm we inflict on nature will eventually return to haunt us”

In 2012, in a key party leadership speech, China vowed to work with international society to “actively respond” to climate change. Five years on, president Xi Jinping just told China that it is in the “driving seat” when it comes to preserving the planet for future generations.

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#114890
2017-10-18

The Arctic doomsday vault just got thousands of nearly extinct ‘hurricane-resistant’ seeds

The Arctic doomsday seed vault, designed to securely store over 2 billion seeds from natural or man-made calamities has just received a new shipment of thousands of more seed samples. The doomsday vault’s new samples include a nearly-extinct and rare “hurricane-resistant’ wild bean, which evolve ...

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#114891
2017-10-18

Bees in the city: Designing green roofs for pollinators

A key factor that affects bees is increasing urban development as people flock to cities. As cities develop, they sprawl into their surroundings, fragmenting animal habitats and replacing vegetation with hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt. Insects, including a multitude of native bees, r ...

Notification
#2682
2017-10-18

Submission of information to support the objectives of the expert workshop to develop options for modifying the description of areas meeting the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), for describing new areas, and for strengthening the scientific credibility and transparency of the EBSA process, 5-8 December 2017 - Berlin, Germany

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/JL/JG/86798 (2017-107)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, Convention on Migratory Species, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Maritime Organization, International Seabed Authority, Ramsar Convention, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, World Heritage Convention, relevant United Nations/international organizations, Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, Regional Fisheries Bodies, indigenous peoples and local communities; other relevant organizations

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