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#135027
2022-06-22

African bishops call on world leaders to protest biodiversity

Bishops from Africa meeting in Kenya released a statement on Tuesday calling on governments to take “urgent and ambitious” action to protect biodiversity. This is the first-time prelates from the continent have taken a collective, public stance on climate.

News Headlines
#135028
2022-06-22

Nairobi hosts UN biodiversity talks aimed at ’30 by 30′ push

United Nations negotiators have begun talks in Nairobi towards reaching a new global pact for protecting nature and wildlife, after a previous round of talks in March failed to make progress.

News Headlines
#135031
2022-06-22

Indigenous leaders demand Indigenous rights respected by UN biodiversity summit

Indigenous leaders traveled this week to Nairobi to demand that the UN biodiversity summit officially recognise the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their central roles in protecting biodiversity.

News Headlines
#135032
2022-06-22

Ibrahim Thiaw appointed interim UN Climate Change head

Mauritanian diplomat and head of the UN body to combat desertification Ibrahim Thiaw has been appointed interim executive secretary of UN Climate Change.

News Headlines
#135033
2022-06-22

Kenyan hunter-gatherers forced to farm now face increased evictions from their forest

The Indigenous Sengwer people in Kenya’s Embobut Forest have gone through a drastic change in livelihood, from hunting-gathering to herding and commercial farming in the forest, leading to tensions with forestry officials.

News Headlines
#135034
2022-06-22

In Costa Rica, unlicensed fishers and regulators unite over a common enemy

Every morning, just after dawn, small-scale fishers Ettel Lattouche and Rafael Hernández head to the beach with their fishing gear to eke out a living. Together, the couple venture deep into the ocean off Punta Uva, a small town on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, and hope to return with s ...

News Headlines
#135035
2022-06-22

Britain’s largest butterfly at risk as fungal pathogens kill food source

Britain’s largest butterfly may be at risk from fungal pathogens that have caused a drastic die-back of the rare plant on which its caterpillars feed.

News Headlines
#135036
2022-06-22

EU plan to halve use of pesticides in ‘milestone’ legislation to restore ecosystems

For the first time in 30 years, legislation has been put forward to address catastrophic wildlife loss in the EU. Legally binding targets for all member states to restore wildlife on land, rivers and the sea were announced today, alongside a crackdown on chemical pesticides.

News Headlines
#135037
2022-06-22

8,000 green bottles … Carlsberg trials fibre beer containers

Carlsberg is to conduct its biggest trial of recyclable fibre beer bottles across Europe. The bottles are made of a wood-based fibre shell and a plant-based polyethylene furanoate (PEF) polymer lining.

News Headlines
#135038
2022-06-22

Why the planet needs legally binding obligations to limit climate-mitigation 'free-riders'

The causes and effects of climate change are global – carbon emissions anywhere in the world endanger people everywhere. As a result, since 1979, climate and weather extremes have caused 2 million deaths and mounting economic losses. Additionally, in the future, climate change is expected to cau ...

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#135039
2022-06-22

Study finds climate change reporting can change minds — for a moment

Researchers conducted an online study across four waves with 2,898 participants in the Fall of 2020. During the first wave, participants read reports that reflected scientific consensus on issues involving climate change before moving on to the second and third waves where they read a scientific ...

News Headlines
#135040
2022-06-22

Scientists investigate 'snow blood' phenomenon, climate change links

Have you ever seen red snow, like the crystals themselves are bleeding? Then you might have seen algae known as "snow blood," a phenomenon that accelerates Alpine thaw and that scientists worry is spreading.

News Headlines
#135041
2022-06-22

Here's how one group of polar bears is adapting to climate change

Rising temperatures are melting the Arctic sea-ice on which polar bears hunt, limiting their access to food. A recent study has found a remote population of polar bears that have adapted to hunt on chunks of glacier ice.

News Headlines
#135042
2022-06-22

Climate Change: The New Abnormal

Humans have a tendency to believe everything will be pretty much the same in the future as it has been in the past. No surprise since generally speaking that was pretty true in the past and while things changed, they did not change so radically or with such severe consequences as they are now.

News Headlines
#135043
2022-06-22

Rain-triggered floods in Bangladesh conjure climate warnings

Scientists say that climate change was likely to have made the rains that unleashed catastrophic flooding across Bangladesh worse. While South Asia's monsoon rains follow natural atmospheric patterns, the rains will become more erratic and torrential as global temperatures continue to climb, sci ...

News Headlines
#135044
2022-06-22

Climate change: How can India’s concretised, dangerously hot cities be cooled down sustainably?

Over the past month, Rani has been exhausted all the time. As the mercury has soared beyond 42 degrees Celsius in Delhi, life in her tin-roofed, poorly ventilated home made from mud and corrugated iron has made it difficult to sleep.

News Headlines
#135045
2022-06-22

This scientist wants you to send him dead mosquitoes in the post

Most people won’t thank you for posting them a dead mosquito. But for Canadian scientist Dan Peach, each squished mozzie is another valuable data point in his quest to find out how far the insects are travelling as a result of climate change.

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#135046
2022-06-22

Tapping the ocean as a source of natural products

The oceans are teeming with countless forms of life, from the world's largest creature—the blue whale—to miniscule microorganisms. In addition to their vast numbers, these microorganisms are also crucial for ensuring that the entire eco- and climate system work properly.

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#135047
2022-06-22

Mysteries of the Global Carbon Cycle

Natural processes cycle carbon between the atmosphere, ocean, and land. This was a finely balanced system until human activities began to increase the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to unprecedented levels, disrupting this balance and the ability of natural systems to respond.

News Headlines
#135048
2022-06-22

Push to halt biodiversity loss with legally binding EU targets

The biodiversity crisis is rising up the political agenda as Brussels pushes ahead with legally binding targets to cut the use of pesticides and improve natural ecosystems, despite objection from farmers who argue that they face “cumulative crises” following coronavirus and the war in Ukraine.

News Headlines
#135049
2022-06-22

Kenyan forum setting stage for reinvigorated global biodiversity conservation agenda

The fourth open-ended working group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework underway in the Kenyan capital Nairobi is expected to pave the way for a new era of enhanced protection of species to realize sustainability development.

News Headlines
#135050
2022-06-22

Tree species diversity under pressure

In a new global study of more than 46,000 species of trees, an international team of researchers has shown that many tree species are under substantial pressure and poorly protected. The research team, headed by Aarhus University, has also studied how this situation can be improved by means of a ...

News Headlines
#135051
2022-06-22

Why There Are High Hopes From the Nairobi UN Biodiversity Meeting

For the fourth time, beginning June 21, representatives from 196 countries are sitting together to discuss the best plans and a post-2020 framework to save the shrinking biodiversity of our sick planet, under the banner of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

News Headlines
#135022
2022-06-21

Major biodiversity summit will go ahead in Canada not China: what scientists think

Researchers are relieved that a pivotal summit to finalize a new global agreement to save nature will go ahead this year, after two-years of delays because of the pandemic. But they say the hard work of negotiating an ambitious deal lay ahead.

News Headlines
#135006
2022-06-21

Final part of UN’s summit to create international biodiversity goals moved to Canada, in bid to end delays

The summit was originally planned for Kunming, China, in 2020. It was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequently split into two parts, with the first part successfully completed in Kunming in October 2021 and the second meeting in Kunming taking place this spring.

News Headlines
#135007
2022-06-21

COP15: UN biodiversity summit moved from China to Canada

Major UN talks aimed at striking a deal on safeguarding nature have been moved from China to Canada. The COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference began as virtual, online talks in October last year.

News Headlines
#135008
2022-06-21

UN biodiversity summit moved to Montreal from China over COVID-19 policy

A United Nations summit on biodiversity (COP 15) will be held in Canada instead of China, organizers announced Tuesday, the second major international event to be moved from China because of its strict anti-coronavirus policies.

News Headlines
#135009
2022-06-21

UK takes lead to seek global action on nature at COP15 biodiversity conference

The UK will lead ambitious calls to protect nature at a UN meeting to agree global biodiversity targets in Nairobi this week - in line with UK’s domestic leadership through its Environment Act.

News Headlines
#135010
2022-06-21

COP15 relocated after consultation

The second phase of the United Nations' negotiations over the world's new biodiversity conservation goals through 2030, known as COP 15, has been relocated from the Chinese city of Kunming to Montreal, Canada according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. The meeting is scheduled for Dec ...

News Headlines
#135011
2022-06-21

Second part of COP15 meeting relocates to Montreal in December

The second part of the COP15 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be relocated to Montreal, Canada, from December 5 to 17, China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment confirmed on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#135012
2022-06-21

It’s time to put Indigenous Peoples first at the UN biodiversity talks

As talks on a global deal to protect nature begin in Nairobi, Kenya, countries need to create a new conservation designation for Indigenous Peoples’ land

News Headlines
#135013
2022-06-21

Crunch UN talks face pressure to land global nature pact in 2022

Across the endless savannah dotted with flat-topped acacia trees, Mara Siana Conservancy in western Kenya teems with elephants, giraffes, zebra and impala, alongside the Maasai people who inhabit the area with their vast herds of livestock. But this wasn’t always the case.

News Headlines
#135014
2022-06-21

Include wetland conservation in upcoming biodiversity, climate change negotiations: Experts

Wetland conservation should feature as an independent topic of discussion in the negotiations at the upcoming biodiversity and climate change conferences for effective carbon sequestration, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#135015
2022-06-21

'We cannot afford to wait': UN confirms COP15 Biodiversity Summit to relocate to Canada

Decision to move crucial talks to Montreal later this year spark renewed hopes crucial treaty to combat nature loss can be finalised

News Headlines
#135016
2022-06-21

Nature needs Nairobi to succeed

As the health of Earth’s ecosystems sits increasingly on a knife-edge, negotiators from across the world will descend on Nairobi next week to untangle disagreements in the draft text for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) – the 10-year, make-or-break roadmap designed to arrest and ...

News Headlines
#135017
2022-06-21

'Biodiversity loss is humanity's greatest threat'

Talks are currently underway in Kenya on a new international treaty to tackle dramatic species loss. What exactly is at stake? Here's what you need to know.

News Headlines
#135018
2022-06-21

Towards a new global commitment to save Biodiversity

Nature is at a tipping point. Over the last century, human activities have destroyed nature at an alarming rate. The 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 2019 report highlighted that around one million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction, underlinin ...

News Headlines
#135019
2022-06-21

Crunch time in Nairobi: a lifetime opportunity to reverse damage to nature

On the ground with the BirdLife Partnership's policy team, Amy McDougall (BirdLife’s Global Biodiversity Policy Coordinator) explains how we’re influencing the CBD meeting in Kenya and why it is so important. It’s time to build consensus and thrash out a framework to save nature.

News Headlines
#135020
2022-06-21

A framework for nature, people and planet

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II found that global warming is putting biodiversity and ecosystems at risk of extinction. These findings are in line with the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook from the CBD and the range of IPBES reports.

News Headlines
#135021
2022-06-21

Video: Why does nature loss receive less international attention than climate change?

Humans are having an unprecedented and unparalleled impact on the natural world. Around 70% of land and 87% of the ocean have been “significantly altered” by humans. Food production for humans takes up to half of the planet’s habitable surface.

News Headlines
#134960
2022-06-14

Spain and southern France hit by second extreme heat event of year

A second extreme heat event of the year is searing Spain and southern France, with temperatures hitting highs not normally recorded until July or August and experts warning summer heatwaves are happening earlier and more often.

News Headlines
#134961
2022-06-14

India takes tough stand at climate talks as Delhi endures brutal heatwave

Throughout the day Virender Sharma splashes water from a bucket on to the sheet he has pulled over his lilies, tuberoses, carnations and gerberas in an attempt to protect them from the hot, dry wind sweeping through Delhi.

News Headlines
#134962
2022-06-14

Africa must forgo gas exploration to avert climate disaster, warn experts

Africa must embrace renewable energy, and forgo exploration of its potentially lucrative gas deposits to stave off climate disaster and bring access to clean energy to the hundreds of millions who lack it, leading experts on the continent have said.

News Headlines
#134963
2022-06-14

Plastitar: mix of tar and microplastics is new form of pollution, say scientists

The discovery came as a team of researchers were combing the shores of the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canaries. Time and again, set against the sparkling waters that lapped the Playa Grande, they spotted clumps of hardened tar, dotted with tiny, colourful fragments of plastic.

News Headlines
#134964
2022-06-14

Search for clues as bodies of hundreds of little blue penguins wash ashore in New Zealand

The penguins lie in orderly, evenly spaced rows, wings splayed, their trademark glossy blue plumage dulled by sand. There are 183 in all, carefully collected by local people, laid out and photographed for later investigation.

News Headlines
#134965
2022-06-14

Researchers use whale photo archive to help protect important WA calving site

Researchers are combing through thousands of whale photos to help protect a calving site off Western Australia’s coast that was severely impacted by the whaling industry.

News Headlines
#134966
2022-06-14

Frog hotels: scientists build creative urban shelters to draw species back to Australian cities

Tadpoling is a thing of the past in many suburban creeks, as humans encroach on frogs’ territory. But there is a way to lure them back – frog hotels.

News Headlines
#134967
2022-06-14

The ocean is not a quiet place

For a long time, the great ocean explorers used sight to reveal the secrets of the marine environment, downplaying its acoustic aspects. Indeed, the ocean has long been considered a place devoid of any sound.

News Headlines
#134968
2022-06-14

Mobilizing communities trumps penalties in protecting seascapes: study

Conservationists have long recognised the significance of engaging locals in safeguarding the ecosystems they live off, but assessing those relationships can be hard because of time and resource constraints.

News Headlines
#134969
2022-06-14

SA signs regional, intercontinental conservation agreements impacting planning, policymaking

The first agreement is for a five-year project that aims to develop and enhance national spatial biodiversity assessments, planning and prioritisation (SBAPP) processes and products across four Southern African countries (South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Malawi).

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