Reference: SCBD/OES/CPP/DC/KNM/87069 (2018-001)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities, relevant organizations
Pteropods may look otherworldly, but they are a real and threatened species of minuscule marine snail whose appearance in Homer author Nancy Lord’s new novel “pH” makes the book not science fiction, but an example of science in fiction.
Samuel McDowell, the late herpetologist and professor at Rutgers-Newark, spent a good part of his life studying ground snakes in New Guinea. Forty years later, Sara Ruane – who joined the Department of Biological Sciences faculty last semester – was able to find evidence that the snakes McDowell ...
Nearly 1,000 members of the development, environment, and finance communities gathered in Germany this week for what is being hailed as a “new phase” of the Global Landscapes Forum as it breaks away from the United Nations climate conference.
The number of endemic caecilians in the country has increased from six to seven as researchers confirmed a new species in the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.
Scientists have discovered 115 new stranger species in the Greater Mekong region, one of Asia's biodiversity hotspots, in which 65 species have been found in Vietnam, while 33 others have been discovered in Thailand, Myanmar five, Laos 15 and Cambodia has seven species.
The world’s coral reefs are in increasingly dire shape as pollution, coastal development, overfishing, and — perhaps most ominously — bleaching from rising ocean temperatures exact a mounting toll. But relatively intact and healthy coral reefs still exist, and among the best of them is the Garde ...
A brightly coloured crocodile lizard, a thriving mole population and a mountain-dwelling bat are among an astonishing 115 new species of flora and fauna discovered in Asia in 2016.
The amount of carbon in our planet's oceans has varied slowly over the ages. But 31 times in the past 542 million years the carbon level has deviated either much more than normal or much faster than usual (dots in main graph).
Individual consumers can make conscious choices that are climate friendly and that will help with achieving the Paris Climate goals. But a secondary benefit of adopting a greener lifestyle—extra money from efficiency savings—has to be handled wisely to avoid undermining the carbon savings gained ...
Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) who will step down from office this month, highlighted the key role of tourism in helping with sustainable development.
The Rutzolijirisaxik Voluntary Guidelines for the Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge Relevant for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity
Sustainable wildlife management: guidance for a sustainable wild meat sector
11 December 2017 – The science body under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meets this week to discuss a wide array of biodiversity-related issues critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and tackling climate change.
Yams are tuber crops and an essential staple food in West Africa. But the traditional cropping systems are unproductive and degrade soil. The YAMSYS project seeks to change this in cooperation with local actors working along the yam value chain.
Kenya has joined 40 other countries across the world in the fight against ocean and sea pollution as part of interventions to roll back the consequences of an increasingly polluted planet.
To meet the development and climate-change challenges of the future, the Mexican government is introducing important changes to institutions and policies. One main task is the coherent implementation of the sustainable-development and climate agendas.
A new study led by Oregon State University (OSU) graduate student Sarah Seabrook that uses scientific data and samples from Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) focuses on the extent, variability, and complexity of species—from microbes to tubeworms—found at deep-sea cold seep habitats along the Cascadia ...
The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.
This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a top-to-bottom rainforest survey unprecedented in its comprehensive approach.
The world's oceans are currently facing the greatest threat in history, Sir David Attenborough has warned. In the final episode of Blue Planet II, Sir David issues a warning to viewers over the state of our oceans which are being hugely damaged by climate change, plastic pollution and over fishing.
People will need to be persuaded to eat new types of seafood if we are to extract more food from the oceans and feed growing human populations, according to fishing industry experts.
Soils are the foundation of our food system, and the basis for many of the ecological processes on which we depend. The conservation and sustainable management of soils is essential to our goals of eliminating food insecurity and tackling climate change, while at the same time maintaining the re ...
More than 30 countries are ranked across the three pillars of sustainable agriculture, nutritional challenges, and food loss and waste, in a league table created by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition.
Across western Africa, people in rural communities are taking the future into their own hands with local initiatives to fight climate change and pollution, and improve public health and education.
The new millipede that Paul Marek discovered is as pretty as it is dangerous. The thumb-sized millipede that crawls around the forest floor of Southwest Virginia's Cumberland Mountains has more color combinations than any other millipede discovered.
Gutted fish spill plastic bottle tops from their stomachs. Turtles pounce on plastic film floating in the water, mistaking it for jellyfish. Seabirds spend days scouring oceans for food for their young – and bring back plastic instead. A UN environmental summit in Nairobi has brought to the surf ...
Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. The UN resolution, which is set to be sealed tomorrow, has no timetable and is not legally binding.
Mountain glaciers sustain complex ecosystems and provide water and hydroelectricity for billions of people worldwide.But they are shrinking at unprecedented rates, and scientists still know surprisingly little about the combined effects that this could ultimately have across entire ecosystems an ...
Sir David Attenborough has called for action on plastic waste clogging up the world's oceans after a baby albatross was killed by a toothpick in his latest documentary series.
Using underwater robots in the waters surrounding Antarctica, scientists at Caltech have shown that the intersection of strong currents with the slope of landmasses rising from the ocean floor makes a significant contribution to the mixing of different waters in the Southern Ocean. A study on th ...
Climate change is a scientific fact, and its effects are already being distinctly felt around the world, threatening human health, the places we inhabit, and the sustainability of our socioeconomic systems.
A recent report shows rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere are about to make the world’s oceans uninhabitable for many sea creatures, threatening entire ocean ecosystems. What can be done?
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) today told the National Green Tribunal that development of Phase-I of the biodiversity park on the floodplains of river Yamuna will be completed by April next year.
The largest marine reserve in the world has come into effect in Antarctica, marking a "watershed" moment in conservation of the high seas. The newly protected area in the Ross Sea covers 1.55 million square kilometres (600,000 square miles) of what is among the last remaining stretches of ocean ...
‘The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,’ says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II.
Canada has protected a record stretch of ocean. These 800 beluga whales approve. After almost a decade of planning, Canada has officially established its largest marine conservation area to date. The vast stretch of pristine ocean has been called the "Serengeti of the Arctic", and it's home to 2 ...
A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.
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.
The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programme ...
News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when the private sector is incr ...
Before dawn cars loaded with enthusiastic nature lovers made their way to the furthest south-west point of Trinidad to join in the sixth TT Bioblitz in the beautiful Icacos peninsula. Their initial destination was the Icacos Government Primary School, the base camp for the weekend.
What do the Emmy Awards, Ferrari Trento sparkling wine, biodiversity, bees, and sustainability have in common? Everything. This year, you couldn’t have one without the other.
Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.
Most of the plastic in our oceans doesn't get dumped there directly, rivers carry it to the sea. As it turns out, a very small number of them do most of the damage.
WITH THE DEVASTATING extreme weather events in the southern United States, the Caribbean and elsewhere this year, it is ever more vital that, while providing humanitarian support and restoring communities, we do not lose sight of innovative solutions to cutting carbon dioxide that can help reduc ...
“The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programm ...
In June, actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier appeared at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City to promote his Lonely Whale Foundation’s campaign against plastic straws, a billion of which are used each day worldwide with an untold number ending up in the sea.
Miles below the surface of the Mariana Trench, marine life looks totally different from what most people are used to. Instead of big or menacing, the creatures that roam the deepest parts of the ocean are quite small, translucent, and scaleless. At such depths, few organisms are able to survive, ...