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#111251
2016-12-05

'We urgently need healthy soils to ensure essential services they provide,' Ban says on World Soil Day

Marking World Soil Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of healthy soils, adding that “sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, se ...

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#111252
2016-12-05

Mainstreaming biodiversity to guarantee food security and nutrition

Maintaining biological diversity is important for producing food and to conserve the very foundation of life and rural livelihoods, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo told participants in an international summit aimed at protecting biodiversity.

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#111253
2016-12-05

Peru pledges tougher stance against illegal timber

In November, the Peruvian government pledged to improve the traceability of timber flows through export documentation, authentications after harvest and before export, and new penalties.

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#111254
2016-12-05

COP 13 in Cancun to Measure Participant Carbon Footprints

Cancun, Mexico, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Participants in the Conference of the Parties (COP13) on biological diversity will be able to measure their carbon footprint, an initiative of the meeting to be in harmony with nature and its preservation, announced the Organizers.

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#111255
2016-12-05

A tiny wasp could save Christmas Island’s spectacular red crabs from crazy ants

In what could be the most closely scrutinised biological control project in Australia, a 2mm wasp is being released to control a deadly ant infestation

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#111256
2016-12-05

Mexico to get its largest ever protected area

The new Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve will cover more than 5.7 million hectares

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#111257
2016-12-05

'Protecting forests is the best way to fight climate change'

With the Cancún Declaration adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity summit, DW talks to an indigenous leader on how native peoples are defending the Earth's forests - and through that, biodiversity and climate.

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#111259
2016-12-05

B.C. seabird haven marked for protected status

The federal government is proposing to designate the waters around the Scott Islands, a vital haven for seabirds off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, as a marine national wildlife area. The designation, which would put commercial fishing practices under scrutiny, would help Canada meet its ...

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#111260
2016-12-05

Biodiversity conservation vital for the tourism sectors of Fiji and Tonga

The integration of tourism into the biodiversity sector was under the spotlight at the High Level Segment of the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico.

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#111261
2016-12-05

Scientists propose ten policies to protect vital pollinators

In an article published on 25 November in the journal Science, a team of researchers has suggested ten clear ways in which governments can protect and secure pollination services – vital to the production of fruits, vegetables and oils.

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#111262
2016-12-05

Africa: WWF Cautions Governments On Biodiversity Loss

A report of the WWF released over the weekend shows that only ten per cent of 196 countries which agreed to a series of efforts to improve the condition of major natural systems, including freshwater, forests and oceans, will be on track to meet the convention's objectives-collectively known as ...

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#111230
2016-12-04

Fix food metrics

For sustainable, equitable nutrition we must count the true global costs and benefits of food production, urge Pavan Sukhdev, Peter May and Alexander Müller.

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#111231
2016-12-04

Swallowing swimming pools: New sensory tags capture kinetics of lunge-feeding whales

Swimming 4 meters per second, a feeding blue whale swings open its jaws and, in four seconds, swallows 140 percent of its mass—a volume of water and krill the size of a big swimming pool or school bus.

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#111232
2016-12-04

Australia Boosts Spending to Keep Great Barrier Reef off "in Danger" List

The money will help with issues like water quality and ecosystem health, but activists say it's not enough

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#111233
2016-12-04

Transforming rural areas through agriculture

Rural areas in Sarawak stands to gain from agriculture development due to its huge amount of land which is rich in bio-resources.

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#111234
2016-12-04

Ministers agree to redouble efforts to fulfil biodiversity goals

Cancun – Cancun, Mexico, Dec 4 (efe_epa).- Ministers from 190 countries gathered in the Mexican city of Cancun stressed on Saturday the need to boost efforts to achieve biodiversity goals by 2020 and agreed on measures to step up the process of fulfilling them.

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#111235
2016-12-04

Lopez moves to mainstream biodiversity in devt projects

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has ordered the integration of biodiversity in the planning, implementation and monitoring of development projects and tenurial instruments issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

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#111236
2016-12-04

Kuwait determined to preserve bioversity - EPA chief

KUWAIT, Dec 3 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait is determined to keep building natural reserves and provide full support to any environmental initiative to safeguard biodiversity, Environment Public Authority (EPA) chief has said.

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#111237
2016-12-04

Interview: Mexico, China can collaborate to improve agricultural practices -- Mexican minister

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Both Mexico and China are committed to improving agriculture and can exchange their best agricultural experiences, Mexican Agricultural Minister Jose Calzada Rovirosa has said.

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#111238
2016-12-04

New alien species in Mediterranean Sea

The Niger Hind (Cephalopholis nigri) is a new alien fish species for the Mediterranean discovered by the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group.

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#111239
2016-12-04

New protected area to be Mexico’s biggest

The Mexican government will announce Monday the creation of a biosphere reserve that will be the country’s largest natural protected area at more than 5.7 million hectares.

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#111240
2016-12-04

Government of Canada Announces Concrete Action on Marine Conservation

CANCUN, MEXICO--(Marketwired - Dec. 3, 2016) - Canada is taking action in the conservation and long-term protection of marine biodiversity. At the recent Convention on Biological Diversity at the Conference of the Parties (COP13), the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and ...

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#111241
2016-12-04

Samoa taking action in the agricultural sector

SAMOA has called upon key donors and partners to support regional and national programs that strengthen biodiversity conservation in the pursuit of a sustainable environment.

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#111214
2016-12-03

Management of pine beetle not working

A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles -- pheromone baiting -- may actually help the pest's population increase, UBC research shows.

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#111216
2016-12-03

Large-scale changes in insect species inhabiting streams and rivers

The frequencies of occurrence of hundreds of insect species inhabiting streams have been altered relative to the conditions that existed prior to wide spread pollution and habitat alteration, American scientists have discovered.

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#111217
2016-12-03

Climate scientists condemn article claiming global temperatures are falling

A Republican-led panel promoted a misleading tabloid story alleging earth may not be warming, relying on data that leaves out important points of context

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#111218
2016-12-03

UNEP urges world to avoid border walls, to save biodiversity

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Countries must unite to defend biodiversity instead of building border walls, Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said Friday.

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#111219
2016-12-03

Interview: Expert urges preservation of biodiversity to counter global warming

OXKUTZCAB, Mexico, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Preserving biodiversity is one of the ways to counter the consequences of global warming, anthropologist James Callaghan has said.

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#111220
2016-12-03

Mainstreaming biodiversity to guarantee food security and nutrition

2 December 2016, CANCUN, Mexico -Maintaining biological diversity is important for producing food and to conserve the very foundation of life and rural livelihoods, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo told participants in an international summit aimed at protecting biodiversity.

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#111221
2016-12-03

How Japanese media have failed endangered species

In October, a new documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio premiered on Netflix.

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#111222
2016-12-03

A tiny wasp could save Christmas Island’s spectacular red crabs from crazy ants

Have you heard the one about the wasp that kills the bug that feeds the ants that kill the crabs that keep the forests healthy on Christmas Island?

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#111223
2016-12-03

Cancun: COP 13 Urges for Working Together in Benefit of Biodiversity

Cancun, Mexico, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, Erick Solheim, mentioned today the consequences of biodiversity loss on the planet and called on the international community to work together to reverse this situation.

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#111224
2016-12-03

UN report calls for global action to restore pollinators

A United Nations report on pollinator decline blame loss of habitat, climate change and farming changes, and calls for a range of measures including "bee highways" and tougher controls on new pesticides.

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#111225
2016-12-03

UN Group Declares Betty Caceres a 'Champion of the Earth'

On Friday the U.N. Environment Programme posthumously awarded assassinated Honduran Indigenous leader Betty Caceres its Champion of the Earth Prize.

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#111226
2016-12-03

Six environmental leaders receive Champions of the Earth award – UN’s top environmental prize

President of Rwanda, Australian eco-innovator, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Indian organizer of world’s largest beach clean-up, Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, and veteran Mexican biologist all lauded

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#111227
2016-12-03

Six environmental leaders receive Champions of the Earth award - UN's top environmental prize

President of Rwanda, Australian eco-innovator, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Indian organizer of world's largest beach clean-up, Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, and veteran Mexican biologist all lauded

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#111186
2016-12-02

UN Biodiversity Conference COP13 to be held in Cancun, Mexico

The UN Biodiversity Conference COP13 will be held during 4-17 December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. It is the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which brings together representatives of the countries party managers and key players to promote the implementation of t ...

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#111187
2016-12-02

On eve of major UN conference, alarms raised that efforts to halt biodiversity loss are lagging

1 December 2016 – Time is running out to stop the global decline in biodiversity and protect ecosystems that are essential for the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity warned today, as more than 190 countries prepare to meet on t ...

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#111188
2016-12-02

CIFOR Day at USAID: Integrating biodiversity and forests into key development objectives

USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (FAB) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) teamed up this past October to host series of seminars focused on integrating biodiversity and forests into diverse development objectives including food security, the fight against zoono ...

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#111189
2016-12-02

As Australian shipping grows, how can we avoid collisions with marine animals?

Australians also have a strong affinity with the ocean, as reflected in the growth in recreational boating and cruise shipping. But these numbers risk putting people on a collision course – literally – with whales, turtles and other marine life.

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#111190
2016-12-02

Institutional collapse, not guns and bombs, is most-cited cause of wildlife declines from war

In conflict zones, the most common killers of wildlife are not guns and bombs, but breakdowns in institutions, societies and economies, according to a study by researchers at UC Berkeley.

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#111191
2016-12-02

Grasslands in US Great Plains are being destroyed at “alarming rate”

According to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the US Great Plains lost more acres of grassland in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon lost rainforest.

News Headlines
#111193
2016-12-02

Nations need to get serious about biodiversity loss or risk missing global targets

Faced with dramatic declines in nature, governments must come prepared to urgently implement their collective commitments to global biodiversity conservation and dramatically raise their individual ambitions at the upcoming meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#111194
2016-12-02

UN Biodiversity Conference to Open in Cancun

1 December 2016: The UN Biodiversity Conference, hosted by the Mexican Government and organized with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will open in Cancun, Mexico, with a High Level Segment (HLS) to be held from 2-3 December under the theme, ‘Mainstreaming Biodivers ...

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#111205
2016-12-02

Indigenous people eat 15 times more seafood than non-indigenous people

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Per capita seafood consumption among indigenous people living on or near the coast is 15 times greater than per person seafood consumption among non-indigenous people in the same country.

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#111206
2016-12-02

Climate change will drive stronger, smaller storms in U.S., new modeling approach forecasts

The effects of climate change will likely cause smaller but stronger storms in the United States, according to a new framework for modeling storm behavior.

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#111207
2016-12-02

Land reclamation in Malaysia puts environment, endangered turtle at risk

Melaka – The expanse of sand stretches hundreds of meters in both directions, featureless and flat, its dusty monotony alleviated only by the excavators, trucks and dredgers that dump sand and rocks into the sea and smooth out the newly-created land.

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#111208
2016-12-02

Quitting UN climate change body could be Trump's quickest exit from Paris deal

Lawyer on president-elect’s transition team says leaving UNFCCC is ‘most practical way’ way to quit agreement, a process that normally takes four years

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#111209
2016-12-02

Joy as China shelves plans to dam 'angry river'

Environmentalists in China are celebrating after controversial plans to build a series of giant hydroelectric dams on the country’s last free-flowing river were shelved.

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#111210
2016-12-02

Mainstreaming biodiversity to save species

In a week when destruction of the Great Barrier Reef and Amazon rainforest have hit the headlines, the Convention on Biological Diversity conference comes at the right time. But will it produce workable solutions?

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