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#104036
2015-05-26

Ensuring that protected areas are more than "paper parks"

Protected areas are the cornerstone to prevent species extinctions. The Convention on Biological Diversity have set a target to protect 17% of all terrestrial land by 2020.

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#104037
2015-05-26

The sustainable development goals are serious business

Here we are, midway though the big one, 2015 – our generation's 1945 as Mary Robinson put it recently – the one that will make all the difference for the environment, sustainability and climate change.

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#104038
2015-05-26

Development decisions made today will fundamentally alter Africa’s ecological future

WWF and the African Development Bank today launched the 2015 African Ecological Futures report, highlighting a development path that can bring long-term well-being and prosperity while valuing and safeguarding Africa’s rich natural resources.

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#104039
2015-05-26

Inaugural forum for Asia-Pacific environment ministers held

Environment Ministers and Authorities from 35countries across Asia Pacific met on May 19 to find solutions to pressing sustainable development, health and environment challenges facing the region at the inaugural First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities Forum.

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#104040
2015-05-26

Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world's most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country's history but they have intensified in recent years.

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#104041
2015-05-26

Scientists warn plant global knowledge will be lost as botany studies drop sharply

MOUNT IDA, Ark. -- Scientists are warning that the plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing collections of plant species.

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#104042
2015-05-26

Changes in forest structure affect bees, other pollinators

Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists.

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#103987
2015-05-25

Attacks on the last elephants and rhinos threaten entire ecosystems

When I read about the attacks on the world’s remaining elephants and rhinos, the first thought that enters my head is: “these creatures used to be everywhere.” Almost every area of land and sea, in every region of the world, had a megafauna.

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#103988
2015-05-25

Experts examine growing threat to Viet Nam's dwindling biodiversity

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's struggle with its degrading biodiversity was the top concern expressed by experts at a meeting commemorating International Day for Biological Diversity at Botanical Garden, Ha Noi, on Friday.

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#103989
2015-05-25

Interview: Costa Rica thrives on biodiversity -- minister

SAN JOSE, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Although its territory accounts for only 0.03 percent of the planet's surface, Costa Rica is home to almost 5 percent of the world's total estimated species, enabling the government to promote a different kind of development, an official has said.

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#103990
2015-05-25

Urban biodiversity: We can all do our bit to save it

For all the environmental degradation that Bangalore is made to endure, the city still has considerable biodiversity left to talk about. Here, it is easy to miss the forest for the trees. The biodiversity is there, breathing right under our noses, not exactly teeming as it might have been till e ...

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#103991
2015-05-25

South Africa: Communities Urged to Protect SA's Biodiversity

Pretoria — Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson, has urged all South Africans to step up efforts to protect the country's biodiversity for the benefit of the present and future generations.

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#103992
2015-05-25

TSBB celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity

Telangana State Biodiversity Board (TSBB) today celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity at a function at the Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium here.Speaking on the occasion, Telangana Forest Minister Jogu Ramaiah said human errors were affecting the biological diversity adding it was ...

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#103993
2015-05-25

World Biodiversity Day (May 22, 2015)

The International Day for Biological Diversity is designed to remind us that conservation, sustainable management, and the restoration of biodiversity can play an important role in the fight against climate disruption.

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#103994
2015-05-25

The relevance of biological diversity

Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity.

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#103995
2015-05-25

Day for Biological Diversity observed

The WWF-Pakistan commemorated International Day for Biological Diversity at Virtual University (VU) to increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

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#103996
2015-05-25

Intl Day for Biological Diversity observed

Imphal, May 22 : Additional Chief Secretary Ram Muivah has emphasised the need to work together to conserve biodiversity to ensure the future of the present generation and coming generations.

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#103997
2015-05-25

Conservation of eco-system reverberates on Intl Day for Biological Diversity observation

IMPHAL May 22: As in other parts of the world, the International Day for Biological Diversity was observed jointly by Manipur Biodiversity Board and Forest Department under the sponsorship from National Biodiversity Authority Government of India at Manipur Film Development Corporation, Palace Co ...

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#103998
2015-05-25

Int’l Day for Biological Diversity observed: This year's theme is ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’

The International Day for Biological Diversity was observed on Friday (May 22) to increase the global understanding and awareness of issues and challenges around biodiversity.

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#103999
2015-05-25

Namibia: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

A statement from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism looks at the importance of conserving biodiversity in the broadest sense of its definition.

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#104000
2015-05-25

‘Care for environment on biodiversity day’

NAVI MUMBAI: To boost understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues, UN declared May 22 as International Day of Biological Diversity. This year the official theme is sustainable development.

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#104002
2015-05-25

Int’l Day for Biological Diversity celebrated

LAHORE - WWF-Pakistan celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity at Virtual University (VU) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

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#104003
2015-05-25

Rwanda: Devt Should Not Come At the Expense of Biodiversity - Expert

Rwandans have been urged to scale up efforts to conserve natural resources as the world celebrated the biodiversity day.

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#104004
2015-05-25

EDS celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity

Today, May 22nd, is the United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity. It is a day to note that we need to do much better in managing our relationship with New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna.

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#104005
2015-05-25

International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May

Many of us even don’t even think about the importance of biological diversity in our world even though people’s fate is actually closely linked to it.

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#104006
2015-05-25

‘International Day for Biological Diversity’ observed in Mokokchung

“International Day for Biological Diversity” under the theme ‘Biodiversity for sustainable Development’ was observed on May 22 at department of botany, Nagaland University, Lumami with conservator of forest, government of Nagaland, Supongnukshi (IFS) as the invited lecture.

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#104007
2015-05-25

Bahrain marks International Day for Biological Diversity

Manama, May 22 (BNA): Following directives from His Majesty the King’s Personal Representative, President of the Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Bahrain marks the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB).

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#104008
2015-05-25

World Turtle Day: What to know and how to help

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Turtle Day celebrates turtles and tortoises of all kinds every May 23. Created by American Tortoise Rescue in 2000, the annual observance is meant to raise awareness of the animals, their welfare and their increasingly threatened habitats.

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#104009
2015-05-25

New maps identify poaching threats

KASESE, Uganda, May 22 (UPI) -- New poaching maps help conservationists identify risk and better protect animals. The maps are the result of cooperation among scientists and researchers at University of York, in England, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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#104010
2015-05-25

IS threat to Syria's northern bald ibis near Palmyra

A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say.

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#104012
2015-05-25

North American ragweed to bring autumn allergy misery to Europe

European allergy sufferers resigned to the perennial springtime blitz on their noses may need to keep their tissues handy later in the year too. An invasive plant from North America that releases copious amounts of allergenic pollen in the autumn looks set to massively expand its range in Europe.

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#104013
2015-05-25

Serengeti Park disappearing

A huge wildebeest herd migrates across the open, parched plains. Dust swirls up from the many hooves pounding the ground, and forms a haze over the landscape

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#104014
2015-05-25

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

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#104015
2015-05-25

South Africa: Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson Launches Sustainable Development Projects

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson has today 22 May 2015 launched the Environment Sector Local Government Strategy as part of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) celebration in uMgungundlovu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal.

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#104016
2015-05-25

Biodiversity important for human well being: Javadekar

Union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, on Friday emphasised the need to conserve biodiversity for the well being of present and coming generations. “We have borrowed this earth from our children, and not inherited it from our ancestors,” Javadekar said in h ...

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#104017
2015-05-25

World Biological Diversity Day celebrated at SKICC

Srinagar, May 22 (Scoop News)-To mark the World Biological Diversity Day-2015, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) in association with State Biodiversity Board (SBB), organized an impressive programme with a theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” at SKICC, here today.

News Headlines
#104018
2015-05-25

World leaders missed chance to tackle climate change, says economist

Nicholas Stern tells the Hay festival the global economic crisis was a perfect opportunity to make progress on climate change – and we missed it

News Headlines
#104019
2015-05-25

Fiji to benefit from Japan's climate change aid package

Fiji may be set to receive a significant share of a climate change aid package from Japan after the PALM 7 Pacific leaders meeting in Tokyo.

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#103932
2015-05-22

Cape Town celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity

Friday, 22 May, is International Day for Biological Diversity – a time for the City of Cape Town to reflect on its globally important and unique biodiversity, and acknowledge its partners and residents who work tirelessly with the City to ensure that this irreplaceable asset is managed and utili ...

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#103933
2015-05-22

On International Day, Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development, eradicating poverty

22 May 2015 – Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss parti ...

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#103934
2015-05-22

'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' Environment Minister's Message on International Day for Biological Diversity

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, has emphasised the need to work together to conserve biodiversity to ensure the future for the present generation and the coming generations.

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#103935
2015-05-22

Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life

Climate change scientists have known for years that rising temperatures affect sea creatures, from the biggest fish to the microscopic plankton at the base of the ocean food chain.

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#103936
2015-05-22

Portal presenting Croatia's biodiversity launched

Minister of Environment and Nature Protection Mihael Zmajlovic on Thursday presented the Bioportal, a web portal presenting information about biological diversity and nature protection in Croatia ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity and Nature Protection Day in Croatia, observed o ...

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#103937
2015-05-22

Africa: Using Trade to Support Sustainable Use of Wildlife

A study by the International Trade Centre (ITC) published today on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity Day highlights the role that trade can play in the conservation of flora and fauna whilst supporting local livelihoods.

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#103938
2015-05-22

Octopus can use its skin to see

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers recently found the same proteins used in human eyes are also present in the skin of the two spot octopus, a species found off the coast of California. The proteins help the octopus sense light, without the help of the eyes or the brain.

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#103939
2015-05-22

Antarctic Peninsula in 'dramatic' ice loss

Satellites have seen a sudden dramatic change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a Bristol University-led study.

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#103940
2015-05-22

Rapid action necessary to protect Malaysia's sea cows and their habitat

Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team.

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#103941
2015-05-22

Tara Oceans expedition yields treasure trove of plankton data

A multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the Tara Oceans consortium.

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#103942
2015-05-22

Consumer choice: Shade-grown coffee and cocoa good for the birds, farmers, ecosystems

The next time you order that "wake up" cup of Joe or reach for a sweet treat, you may want to consider whether those coffee or cocoa beans were grown in the shade or open sun.

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#103943
2015-05-22

Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 22 2015 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the ...

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