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#112599
2017-04-20

EU Commission Launches Blue Economy Initiative For Western Mediterranean

The European Commission launched Wednesday a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.

News Headlines
#112581
2017-04-19

Scientists launch global search for 25 ‘lost’ species

Unseen for decades in the wild, many species are now feared extinct. Some exist only as museum specimens, others are only known from old drawings or photographs.

News Headlines
#112583
2017-04-19

“The Ocean Is Not a Dumping Ground”

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, Apr 19 2017 (IPS) - An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius’s sixth president on June 5, 2015 – and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world.

News Headlines
#112585
2017-04-19

Western Mediterranean: Actions for the sustainable development of the blue economy

Today the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.

News Headlines
#112586
2017-04-19

Consortia Identify Indicators to Make SDGs Work for Climate Change Hotspots

April 2017: Members of four consortia focused on climate change hot spots have proposed indicators that have a regional scope and complement subnational and national indicators.

News Headlines
#112589
2017-04-19

UN forum highlights importance of stronger partnerships for financing sustainable development

18 April 2017 – Underlining the importance of sustainable finance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials today called for stronger partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that resource requirements are met.

News Headlines
#112590
2017-04-19

Time for everyone to sign up for strong ocean governance

There is currently no legal mechanism for creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the high seas. A proposed agreement by the UN looks to rectify that, writes Sophie Mirgaux.

News Headlines
#112528
2017-04-13

Did You Know that the Oceans Have It All?

ROME, Apr 13 2017 (IPS) - Perhaps you are not aware enough of the fact the oceans have it all! What is “all”? Well, oceans have from microscopic life to the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, from the colourless to the shimmering, from the frozen to the boiling and from the sunlit to t ...

News Headlines
#112532
2017-04-13

50 New Spiders Discovered In Australia

Spiders capable of diving, jumping, and dancing (and one the size of a human face) were among the new species discovered.

News Headlines
#112561
2017-04-13

BYOB: Vancouver Aquarium halts sale of plastic water bottles

The Vancouver Aquarium has discontinued the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in a bid to cut down on the tonnes of marine debris that ends up in our oceans each year.

News Headlines
#112510
2017-04-12

Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum

British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals.

News Headlines
#112521
2017-04-12

UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

11 April 2017 – With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking t ...

News Headlines
#112495
2017-04-11

Scientists discover two new orchid species in Japan

April 10 (UPI) -- Researchers in Japan have identified two new orchid species on the island of Okinawa. Scientists described the new species, Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia okinawensis, in the journal Phytotaxa.

News Headlines
#112503
2017-04-11

New biodiversity chief to UN Secretary-General wants biodiversity mainstreamed

Achieving global biodiversity targets will be a strong contribution to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a ...

News Headlines
#112504
2017-04-11

Marine ecologists discover and name the first endemic tree-climbing crab

The Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Lab, led by Dr Stefano Cannicci at the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS) and School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has recently discovered, described and named a new species of mangrove-climbing micro-crab from Hong Kong, Ha ...

News Headlines
#112488
2017-04-10

Oceans in grave peril - but we have solutions

Oceans, and the future of Pacific island peoples, are in grave peril, but we have tried and tested solutions

Press Release
#112492
2017-04-10

Mainstreaming biodiversity contributes to achievement of sustainable development, says new biodiversity chief to UN Secretary-General

10 April 2017 – Achieving global biodiversity targets will be a strong contribution to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to United Nations Secretary-General Antón ...

News Headlines
#112474
2017-04-07

Global warming may be turning the Arctic Ocean inside out

There's something special – and very counterintuitive – about the Arctic Ocean.

News Headlines
#112481
2017-04-07

Arctic Ocean becoming more like the Atlantic, scientists say

"Rapid changes in the eastern Arctic Ocean, which allow more heat from the ocean interior to reach the bottom of sea ice, are making it more sensitive to climate changes," said researcher Igor Polyakov.

News Headlines
#112468
2017-04-06

Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Sonoma Joins UNWTO INSTO

The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Sonoma, California, has become the 17th member of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

News Headlines
#112469
2017-04-06

Climate change is undermining sustainable development in Myanmar. Here is what can be done about it.

Myanmar’s national government and some international development groups are adopting different but complementary approaches to tackling what many in the country consider to be one of the biggest threats to achieving sustainable development: Climate change.

Meeting Document
#112458
2017-04-05

UNEP/CBD/SOI/WS/2016/5/2

Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative National Capacity Development Workshop for Vanuatu

News Headlines
#112436
2017-04-04

'Surprise' discovery of Europe's first cave-dwelling fish

Pink, scaleless and with declining vision, the cave loach is the first ever example of a fish found living in a cave in Europe.

News Headlines
#112440
2017-04-04

Climate-induced species migrations could upend human society: study

If the tuna that Pacific Island communities have reliably fished for generations suddenly change their behavior — teeming in totally new areas of the ocean or in smaller numbers, for example — this behavioral shift doesn’t affect only the tuna.

News Headlines
#112446
2017-04-04

World is home to '60,000 tree species'

There are 60,065 species of trees in the world, according to a comprehensive study of the world's plants.

News Headlines
#112428
2017-04-03

After 25 years of trying, why aren't we environmentally sustainable yet?

In 1992, more than 170 countries came together at the Rio Earth Summit and agreed to pursue sustainable development, protect biological diversity, prevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests.

News Headlines
#112429
2017-04-03

This Small Island Nation Makes a Big Case For Protecting Our Oceans

It stands to reason that if you protect the ocean, ecosystems will thrive. Now, scientists have hard data to back up that logical assumption, thanks to a sweeping study of marine reserves in the island nation of Palau

News Headlines
#112431
2017-04-03

Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel

Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans.

Meeting Document
#112423
2017-03-31

Document

Training Manual for the Description of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in Open Ocean Waters and Deep-sea Habitats

Meeting Document
#112419
2017-03-31

Document

Azores Scientific Criteria and Guidance for identifying ecologically or biologically significant marine areas and designing representative networks of marine protected areas in open ocean waters and deep sea habitats

News Headlines
#112401
2017-03-31

UN launches campaign to take out ocean trash

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a global campaign last month aimed at eliminating two of the chief sources of ocean trash by 2022: microplastics frequently used in cosmetics and single-use plastic products like shopping bags.

News Headlines
#112402
2017-03-31

Exploring ocean waters to characterize atmospheric aerosols

Aerosols are collections of fine particles, either biological or of other types, suspended in a gaseous medium. They play a major role in cloud formation and therefore have a strong impact on climate models. They are, however, extremely hard to study due to the small size and immense variety of ...

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#112388
2017-03-30

Phytoplankton greens the Arctic oceans

Arctic sea-ice has thinned so much over the past 30 years that even sun-dependent phytoplankton can now bloom beneath it, according to new research.

News Headlines
#112393
2017-03-30

UNWTO welcomes the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’

UNWTO welcomes the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversit ...

News Headlines
#112372
2017-03-29

Poor outlook for Antarctic biodiversity

An international study involving scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has debunked the popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world.

News Headlines
#112373
2017-03-29

In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.In the near future, taking a dip in the ocean could be more like thrashing in the ball pit at McDonald’s. A conservative estimate puts more than 5 trillion pieces of p ...

News Headlines
#112355
2017-03-28

The protective powers of chocolate

In Sierra Leone, where communities are recovering from years of hard times, chocolate could just be an essential ingredient in the recipe for a sustainable future. And it could even save local wildlife.

News Headlines
#112359
2017-03-28

Travel co-ops and the rise of sustainable tourism

Every year, over one billion international tourists pack their bags to go on holiday, creating millions of jobs and investment for national and local economies. But decades of ever-expanding mass tourism are taking their toll on the environment.

News Headlines
#112363
2017-03-28

How green buildings can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The World Green Building Council’s Dominika Czerwinska outlines the many ways in which green buildings can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

News Headlines
#112365
2017-03-28

Migration crisis: Communities retreat as oceans swell, coasts erode

Erosion, rising seas, ferocious storms and other coastal perils have prompted the resettlement of more than 1 million people worldwide, with an exhaustive new analysis highlighting an emerging migration crisis that’s worsening as global warming overwhelms shorelines.

News Headlines
#112336
2017-03-27

Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed

Warming sea waters - caused by climate change and extreme climatic events - threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support warn scientists at Exeter University

Notification
#2605
2017-03-27
Action by
2017-05-15

Submission of information regarding the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/MK/86418 (2017-030)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points, other Governments and relevant organizations

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News Headlines
#112329
2017-03-24

Treasure or tragedy – our ocean commons

The sea was a bit too choppy for my liking. But there was a volcano erupting inland. The sea looked like a safer option! I took the plunge and jumped off the boat with my snorkel and fins.

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#112333
2017-03-24

Stop treating oceans as "waste swimming pool" - U.N's FAO chief

OSLO, March 24 (Reuters) - The world must stop treating the oceans as a "waste swimming pool" for pollution, a senior U.N. official said on Friday at the debut in Oslo of a $65 million research ship to help developing nations manage fish stocks.

News Headlines
#112316
2017-03-23

New tools to increase the accuracy of biodiversity monitoring

An EU funded project, has created a range of tools to give a more accurate picture of current biodiversity, aiding efforts for sustainable governance of natural resources.

News Headlines
#112318
2017-03-23

Sustainable development won't happen without climate change action

The relationship between excessive carbon dioxide emissions and severe climate change impacts is well documented: In the past few years alone, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 reached its highest level in 2 million years.

News Headlines
#112322
2017-03-23

Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

22 March 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

News Headlines
#112294
2017-03-22

Record-breaking weather in 2016 pushes world into ‘truly uncharted territory’– UN agency

21 March 2017 – Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have ...

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#112297
2017-03-22

New species discovered: Protist parasites contribute to the stability of rainforest ecosystems

Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth.

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