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Meeting
#5483

5th Kubuqi International Desert Forum

28 - 29 July 2015, Ordos City, Mongolia

News Headlines
#104657
2015-07-27

Why Canadians Have Ignored Climate Change

In addition to the staging of the PanAm Games, Toronto was the location of some unusually high profile activities in recent days that were supposed to increase the efforts to tackle climate change.

News Headlines
#104658
2015-07-27

Climate Change: Apple, Microsoft, Google Among US Companies To Pledge $140B To Cut Carbon Emissions

Several U.S. companies, including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Bank of America Corp., will on Monday announce at least $140 billion in new investments to lower their carbon emissions and increase funding for clean energy, the Wall Street Journal reported.

News Headlines
#104659
2015-07-27

Drought and climate change fuel high-elevation California fires, study finds

Wildfires in California's fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis.

News Headlines
#104660
2015-07-27

Four in 10 worldwide not aware of climate change

New Yale-led research reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why.Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, an international team of researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perce ...

News Headlines
#104661
2015-07-27

Man-made climate change: 4 continents hit by historic droughts affecting millions

Four continents around the world are currently experiencing historic droughts affecting millions of people, and experts warn that this is the effect of man-made climate change. Severe dry spells are being felt not only in North America, but also in South America, Asia and Africa.

News Headlines
#104662
2015-07-27

Should business leaders speak out more on public issues such as climate change?

With a growing number of CEOs publicly committing their companies to taking action on climate change, what difference can their pronouncements make? Can they persuade others to follow suit, or encourage governments to legislate?

News Headlines
#104663
2015-07-27

Making Hunger History

We have the expertise, the technology, and the resources to feed every person in every country. Yet there are still more than 840 million people whose lives are wrecked by hunger. This is an unforgivable development failure - and the single greatest obstacle to creating the inclusive, sustainabl ...

News Headlines
#104664
2015-07-27

Depletion of natural resources causing threat to biodiversity: Sharmila

Provincial Culture and Tourism Minister Sharmila Farooqui said on Sunday that biodiversity of the country was under threat due to the massive depletion of natural resources. The government of Pakistan recognized the need to conserve biodiversity and it was now committed to several international ...

News Headlines
#104665
2015-07-27

Frogs under the spotlight to prevent extinction

Amphibians, such as frogs, are globally threatened. Over the past four decades, many tropical species have begun to disappear from intact natural habitats. In the 1980s alone, for example, 40 per cent of Costa Rica’s amphibians disappeared. Other Latin American countries are experiencing similar ...

News Headlines
#104666
2015-07-27

People warned about the dangers of invasive plants

People across the East are being warned not to attempt clearing giant hogweed and other non-native invasive plants without seeking professional advice first.

News Headlines
#104667
2015-07-27

Six New Species Of Spiders Found In Kerala

Six more new species of spiders are discovered around banks of river Periyar in Kerala. Researchers have established it as ecological diversity in Kuttivanam of Aluva Sivarathri Manappuram.

Meeting Document
#104656
2015-07-25

UNEP/CBD/ID/AHTEG/2015/1/2

Global Indicators and Sub-Global Approaches to Monitor Progress in the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Meeting Document
#104655
2015-07-24

UNEP/CBD/ID/AHTEG/2015/1/INF/4

Drawing Information from National Reporting Processes for the Review of Implementation of the Convention

News Headlines
#104645
2015-07-24

Agriculture and forest restoration could coexist – if planned well

Around the world, humans have razed billions of hectares of forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems in our pursuit of land on which to grow our food and expand our infrastructure.

News Headlines
#104647
2015-07-24

Faith Leaders Issue Global “Call to Conscience” on Climate

PARIS, Jul 24 2015 (IPS) - “We received a garden as our home, and we must not turn it into a wilderness for our children.”

News Headlines
#104648
2015-07-24

Global warming deniers are an endangered species

At the end of this year there will be a critically important international climate change conference in Paris. At this conference, nations will attempt to reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.

News Headlines
#104649
2015-07-24

Secret weapon in fight against climate change: mayors

Sixty big-city mayors from around the world gathered at the Vatican this week to discuss their role in addressing climate change. Mayors often play an unheralded role in reducing carbon emissions.

News Headlines
#104650
2015-07-24

Big animals eat only big seeds? Think again

A new study finds that large animals eat not only large seeds but small ones too - helping with seed dispersal. If they become extinct, this could have an impact on overall biodiversity in an ecosystem.

News Headlines
#104651
2015-07-24

These Cities Are Learning From Each Other to Become More Sustainable

If you've hung around some of the wackier, more conspiratorial parts of the internet you may have heard of Agenda 21.

News Headlines
#104652
2015-07-24

A year of action

This year is make or break for climate and a sustainable future. The opportunity to make genuine progress on these grand societal challenges must not be squandered.

News Headlines
#104653
2015-07-24

Record-breaking number of European citizens call to protect nature

Almost half a million people are calling on the European Commission to save Europe's nature laws – by far the highest number of responses to a public consultation ever reached in the history of the European Union.

News Headlines
#104654
2015-07-24

Legislative attacks threaten Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act is under increased attack by lawmakers, conservationists say, with a slew of legislation proposed this year — including dozens of budget riders tacked onto unrelated bills — aimed at restricting wildlife protection.

Focal Point
#6752

Cuba

Mr. Eddy López Valdés

CHM Informal Advisory Committee
eddy@citma.cu
News Headlines
#104626
2015-07-23

Environmental science: Agree on biodiversity metrics to track from space

Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Target 5, for instance, aims to halve global deforestation rates by 2020; but reliable indicators for deforestation ...

News Headlines
#104627
2015-07-23

Insect-killed forests pose no additional likelihood of wildfire

As mountain pine beetles and other insects chew their way through Western forests, forest fires might not seem far behind. Lands covered by dead trees appear ready to burst into flame.

News Headlines
#104628
2015-07-23

Researchers quantify nature's role in human well-being

The benefits people reap from nature - or the harm they can suffer from natural disasters - can seem as obvious as an earthquake. Yet putting numbers to changes in those ecosystem services and how human well-being is affected has fallen short, until now.

News Headlines
#104629
2015-07-23

Ethiopia: "Ethiopia Possesses One of the Oldest, Richest Gene Banks in Terms of Species Diversity

Dr. Gemedo Dalle was born and grew up in Arsi-Negelle. He attended primary and secondary school there before he went to Addis Ababa University for his first degree from the department of Biology. He had served for four years in various sectors before he once again joined the same department for ...

News Headlines
#104630
2015-07-23

Ethiopia: A Boon or Bane for the Country?

Ethiopian agricultural scientists particularly biotechnology researchers are debating on the issue of adopting the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) though their stance could hardly be recognized as a pro- and anti- GMO position. Interestingly, scholars of both categories do have the same fe ...

News Headlines
#104631
2015-07-23

Mounting threat to Galapagos from 'El Nino'

Santa Cruz (Ecuador) (AFP) - The Galapagos Islands, celebrated for their breathtaking biodiversity, could face a major threat from "El Nino," the weather system known to wreak havoc every few years.

News Headlines
#104632
2015-07-23

Environment to tighten the noose on invasive species

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Tuesday said the Program to Control and Monitor Invasive Alien Species has been strengthened , and aims to remove chickens, the Palo Verde Iguana, donkeys and cats which compete, displace or destroy native varieties in the country’s protected areas.

News Headlines
#104633
2015-07-23

Ocean acidification will affect balance of plankton species

BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Mollusks aren't the only ones in trouble as the ocean takes up more carbon dioxide and further acidifies. Ocean acidification will also dramatically affect phytoplankton populations all over the world -- diminishing some species, while sustaining others.

News Headlines
#104634
2015-07-23

Ban lifted on controversial 'neonic' pesticide

The government has temporarily lifted a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country.

News Headlines
#104635
2015-07-23

Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice

Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring substance

News Headlines
#104636
2015-07-23

Africa Advised to Take DIY Approach to Climate Resilience

PARIS, Jul 23 2015 (IPS) - African countries would do well to take their own lead in finding ways to better adapt to and mitigate the changes that climate may impose on future generations instead of relying only on foreign aid.

News Headlines
#104637
2015-07-23

Goats Take the Bite Out of Climate Change in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Jul 22 2015 (IPS) - With unusually hot and dry weather beating down on this Southern African nation, climate change and the accompanying drought have cost farmers much of their cattle herds. In response, many ranchers are turning to goats to preserve their livestock assets.

News Headlines
#104638
2015-07-23

Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence

As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence

News Headlines
#104639
2015-07-23

World mayors warn of threats to mankind, commit to U.N. development goals

VATICAN CITY, July 22 (Reuters) - More than 65 mayors from around the world pledged on Wednesday to implement the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their cities and to combat global warming, saying society was facing numerous threats.

News Headlines
#104640
2015-07-23

Conservation: Stop misuse of biodiversity offsets

Biodiversity offsetting involves trying to compensate for the damage to species and habitats caused by development such as expanding cities, constructing mines and building dams, by creating an 'ecologically equivalent' benefit elsewhere1.

News Headlines
#104641
2015-07-23

Environmental science: Agree on biodiversity metrics to track from space

Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

News Headlines
#104642
2015-07-23

We must quench the thirst of the 663 million people without safe water

The report card is in on the UN’s first set of global targets, the millennium development goals. And when it comes to reaching the world’s poorest with safe water and basic toilets, the grade is mediocre at best.

Notification
#2359
2015-07-23

Peer review of draft documents for the nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

Reference: SCBD/SAM/RH/SS/AC/84874 (2015-087)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and relevant organizations

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News Headlines
#104643
2015-07-23

Corals in deeper waters off U.S. Virgin Islands more fertile than shallow cousins

Miami FL (SPX) Jul 23, 2015 -- Researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts.

Meeting Document
#104625
2015-07-22

Document

Information Note for Participants

News Headlines
#104612
2015-07-22

Bt Cotton In Ghana – False Claims and Legal Sleight Of Hand

Field trials of GMO cotton, genetically modified Bt cotton, have been going on in three northern areas in Ghana, according to a news report published by the Graphic on Monday, 29 June 2015. With Ghana being a signatory to the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, the very decision to approve the applica ...

News Headlines
#104613
2015-07-22

PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY

A change in Myanmar’s second largest lake was noticed by 35-year-old fisherman, Ko Yan Naing, three months ago. He started to catch shrimp on Inlay Lake because he found it was getting harder to find fish.

News Headlines
#104614
2015-07-22

Council project enhances Nelson's biodiversity

A new Nelson City Council initiative will inject $6 million into a 10-year project to protect and restore biodiversity in the region. The Nelson Nature programme was launched today and mayor Rachel Reese said it would be one of the most holistic, all encompassing biodiversity projects carried o ...

News Headlines
#104615
2015-07-22

A Marine Bank: Too Big to Fail

The "Amazon" of the ocean is a massive series of interconnected reefs in the western equatorial Pacific, it covers six million square kilometers, and is home to three quarters of all coral species.

News Headlines
#104616
2015-07-22

Philippines to raise 10m signatures for pope’s climate petition

Asia’s largest Catholic country has mobilised after the pope’s warning to tackle climate change, promising to gather 10m signatures for a petition that will be handed to world leaders at a Paris climate summit in November.

News Headlines
#104617
2015-07-22

Ricky Gervais Backs New Anti-Poaching Technology Developed To Protect Endangered Species

Ricky Gervais is backing new camera and satellite technology that will give wildlife a “fighting chance” against poachers. Created by British scientist Dr Paul O'Donoghue, the real-time monitoring device has been welcomed by experts as ground-breaking and will help animals facing extinction, inc ...

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