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Time to think green in financing, too

My favorite animal is the Bengal tiger. It’s a gorgeous big cat, but sadly its numbers have dwindled over the past century, first from hunting for sport in the 1920s and 1930s and later on by impacts of infrastructure development.

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FAO urges more countries to join treaty against illegal fishing

All countries should join the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) to make sure the landmark treaty aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing succeeds in its aims of ridding the world of a multibillion-dollar scourge that damages human nutrition and environmental sustainability, FAO Director-Gen ...

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Viet Nam strengthens its partnership with UNCTAD on sustainable use of biodiversity, access and benefit sharing and BioTrade

The Viet Nam Biodiversity Conservation Agency, focal point for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) approved a decree on the Management of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing. The decree support ...

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Protecting A Little More Land Could Save A Lot More Biodiversity

Save the Amazon rainforests. Save the whales. Save the giant pandas. The conservation movement has historically focused on protecting a specific species or its habitat, but there are a lot of species and habitats to save—far too many to make slogans for them all.

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Action plan drawn up for sustainable development of marine

A panel of experts has drafted a national-level action plan for sustainable development of marine fisheries.

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A tiny endangered marsupial points the way to a sustainable future

When the value of the environment is properly taken into account many apparent conflicts between conservation and economic development simply disappear, writes David Lindenmayer.

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The Garden Route is now a biosphere reserve according to Unesco

“Biosphere reserves are learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources,” said Unesco.

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Policy restricting development on two of Seychelles' islands revoked

A Seychellois policy which restricted development above the 50-metre contour line on Praslin and La Digue, the second- and third-most populated islands, has been revoked, a top government official said.

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Sensitising fisherfolk to conservation of biodiversity

Artists explain problems in using five types of banned nets and how they threaten the endangered species

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Earth Overshoot Day: Living beyond our means

We've used up more resources than the planet can regenerate in a whole year - and it's only the start of August. Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network explains why we need to check our overconsumption.

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New BioTrade project to promote sustainable trade of products derived from biodiversity

UNCTAD and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) launched today the 3rd phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP III).

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Earth's Resources for 2015 Have Already Been Used Up

Humanity is placing inordinate demands on nature, and it just keeps getting worse. In 2000, humanity had exceeded its "ecological budget" by October. This year, "Earth Overshoot Day" was August 13, according to the Global Footprint Network, a California-based environmental think tank. Earth Over ...

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India poised to drive a shift towards sustainable palm oil

India's 1.2 billion citizens use around 15 percent of the world’s supply of palm oil every year.

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Sustainability: Don't waste seafood waste

Every year, some 6 million to 8 million tonnes of waste crab, shrimp and lobster shells are produced globally — about 1.5 million tonnes in southeast Asia alone1. Whereas 75% of the weight of a tuna fish can be extracted as fillets, meat accounts for only around 40% of a crab's mass.

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How to end palm oil’s unsustainable rule

Palm oil is the world’s most popular edible oil. Consumption has grown spectacularly over the last few decades — from five million tonnes and 13 per cent of vegetable oil consumption in 1980 to 57 million tonnes and 35 per cent of vegetable oil consumption in 2013.

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Comparing Cousins To Unravel The Secrets Of Silk

A transcriptomic analysis comparing domesticated and non-domesticated silkworm species has identified genes controlling silk color and structure.

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