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#115019
2017-10-31

A proposal in New Zealand could trigger the era of ‘climate change refugees’

New Zealand could become the world’s first country to essentially recognize climate change as an official reason to seek asylum, a government minister indicated in an interview on Tuesday. If implemented, up to 100 refugees per year could be admitted to the island nation on a newly created visa ...

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#115021
2017-10-31

The plastics problem: are natural alternatives doing more harm than good?

They sound more at home on a beach than in a laboratory – but shrimp shells and algae are just two of the natural materials scientists are working with to develop more sustainable types of plastic.

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#115005
2017-10-30

Corals eat plastic because we’ve made it tasty, study suggests

Ocean plastic is an indiscriminate hazard. It harms fish and kills seabirds, which wash up with bellies full of trash. Turtles swallow it because, the thinking goes, they mistake the floating waste for jellyfish. Less well known are the ways plastic damages the ocean's smaller inhabitants, plank ...

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#115010
2017-10-30

Asia: From 'Tiger Economies' to 'Tiger Food Systems'

With just 13 years to achieve the planet’s most ambitious development goals in history, there is no engine better suited to drive this global transformation than the Asia-Pacific.A region with a heavy influence on global policy, it is home to leading centers for innovation, finance, and health, ...

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#115011
2017-10-30

Government leaders, entrepreneurs set to gather in Bahrain for UN forum on sustainable development

More than one thousand business leaders, government officials and academics will converge at a United Nations forum Tuesday in Bahrain to strengthen global partnerships, entrepreneurship and investment for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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#115012
2017-10-30

Local marine scientists discover new life

Eighty-three deep-sea species, with several new to science, have been discovered offshore in two new deep-sea cold-seep habitats east of Trinidad and south of Tobago by two local marine biologists. The marine biologists are Drs Diva Amon and Judith Gobin.

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#114990
2017-10-27

Our Ancient Ocean Temperature Records May Be Wrong

Scientists may have miscalculated ancient ocean temperature records. If confirmed, the discovery throws decades of climate research into question and could mean we are living through a period of climate change unparalleled for at least 100 million years.

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#114992
2017-10-27

Shocking Caribbean photos reveal a “sea of plastic and Styrofoam”

We hear about the issue of ocean plastic a lot, but these new photographs demonstrate just how pervasive the pollution is. Roatán-based photographer Caroline Power shared pictures on Facebook taken near the Caribbean island belonging to Honduras, revealing what she calls a “sea of plastic and St ...

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#114993
2017-10-27

Meteorologists and oceanographers join forces on sustainable development agenda

Progress and challenges in improving maritime safety and services, strengthening environmental protection and expanding ocean observing systems are on the agenda of an intergovernmental commission of meteorologists and oceanographers. The meeting also aims to agree a roadmap for future priorities.

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#114994
2017-10-27

Great Barrier Reef could die from eating PLASTIC as coral found to LOVE the taste

Coral reefs regularly eat micro-plastics that have built up in the oceans as the material is delicious to them, researchers at Duke University have found. Marine animals often mistakenly eat plastic debris as they believe it is prey.

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#114997
2017-10-27

Biomimicry vs. biophilia: A primer

You know you’ve crossed a special threshold in sustainable design when one of your biggest pet peeves is people confusing biophilia and biomimicry. I’m going to put my greeny geekiness on full display by dedicating a whole blog post to straightening out this common confusion.

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#114972
2017-10-26

Ocean acidification research makes a strong case for limiting climate change

Experiments and analyses carried out by more than 250 scientists from 20 German institutions clearly indicate that ocean acidification and warming, along with other environmental stressors, impair life in the ocean. A brochure summarises major outcomes of the project for policymakers and the pub ...

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#114975
2017-10-26

Network of Divers Who Made Possible a Groundbreaking Coral Reef Study

Data collected from across the ocean by 250 diver citizen-scientists has given scientists new insights – and a new way of conducting ocean research – into how climate change is affecting marine life as temperatures rise.

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#114977
2017-10-26

Immerse Yourself in the “Ticos” Ocean

Renowned pianist and composer Manuel Obregón, artist Carlos Hiller, underwater photographer Simón Bolívar, the technical implementation of LUZ ART and the magic of the Children’s Museum unite to give the public an unrivaled trip through the seabed Costa Rica.

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#114978
2017-10-26

Climate change may be worse than believed: study

The current period of climate change may be unparallelled over the last 100 million years, warn scientists who discovered a flaw in the way past ocean temperatures have been estimated up to now.

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#114959
2017-10-25

Nature-based Solutions have a place in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in Pacific Island countries

Permanent Secretary for Environment, Mr. Joshua Wycliffe encouraged Pacific countries to embrace Ecosystem or Nature-based Solutions to climate change at a Pacific Regional Dialogue on linking action on climate change, biodiversity management and sustainable development at the Holiday Inn in Suv ...

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#114960
2017-10-25

This video of a starfish strolling on sand is undoubtedly fascinating

The Earth is a vast place, with several creatures and elements you might not have even heard of. 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water while a specific portion of that amount – 71 per cent to be precise, is trapped under oceans. We have reached Mars, yet, there are several cre ...

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#114961
2017-10-25

From ‘ghost nets’ to sustainable luxury: the interface of business and the environment

It was while investigating chemical properties as an applied science student in Sydney that Clinton Squires first crystallised how nature and business must work effectively together for our collective futures.

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#114971
2017-10-25

Understanding our planet’s oceans

Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water. More than three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion a ...

News Headlines
#114939
2017-10-24

UK is 30-40 years away from 'eradication of soil fertility', warns Gove

The UK is 30 to 40 years away from “the fundamental eradication of soil fertility” in parts of the country, the environment secretary Michael Gove has warned. “We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth,” Gove told the parliamentary launch of the Sustainable Soils Alliance ...

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#114946
2017-10-24

World marks UN 72nd anniversary

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. The UN promotes and protects human rights, delivers humanitarian aid, promotes sustainable development and upholds international law.

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#114952
2017-10-24

David Attenborough urges global action to reduce plastic in oceans

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has called for global action to reduce the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans, after seeing the damage first hand while filming a new documentary series. The 91-year-old broadcaster made the comments at the launch of a new TV series Blue Planet II in London ...

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#114953
2017-10-24

Formation of magma oceans on exoplanet

Induction heating can completely change the energy budget of an exoplanet and even melt its interior. In a study published by Nature Astronomy an international team led by the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences with participation of the University of Vienna explains how ...

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#114925
2017-10-23

Asean conservation officers undergo taxonomy training

If awareness and knowledge are the backbone of informed and efficient action, then taxonomy is the pillar of successful biodiversity conservation.

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#114931
2017-10-23

More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say. The eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed.

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#114910
2017-10-20

Monstrilloida: Monster discovered in Arctic Ocean

A new species of monstrilloid copepod, Monstrillopsis planifrons sp. n., is described from an adult female that was collected beneath snow-covered sea ice during the 2014 Ice Covered Ecosystem – CAMbridge bay Process Study (ICE-CAMPS) in Dease Strait of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

News Headlines
#114916
2017-10-20

Citizen scientist scuba divers shed light on the impact of warming oceans on marine lif

Rising ocean temperatures may result in worldwide change for shallow reef ecosystems, according to research published yesterday in Science Advances.

Notification
#2683
2017-10-20
Action by
2017-10-30

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Central and Eastern Europe and the Central Asian Republics, 5-7 December 2017 – Minsk, Belarus

Reference: SCBD/IMS/ET/LZ/86820 (2017-108)
To: CBD Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and CHM Focal Points for Central and Eastern Europe and the Central Asian Republics

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#114895
2017-10-19

Zoos and aquariums pledge to highlight 'devastating effects' of unsustainable palm oil

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote the importance of more sustainable approaches to palm oil production.

News Headlines
#114896
2017-10-19

The Liasion Group of Biodiversty-related Convention (BLG) gathered to discuss ways to join forces

During 28-29 September 2017, the Heads of eight bio-diversity-related Conventions known as the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) met at FAO Headquarters to discuss ways to join forces in support of global biodiversity and sustainable development agendas.

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#114897
2017-10-19

Uncovering the mysteries of the Indian Ocean aboard the SA Agulhas II

Cape Town - The bright red metal behemoth heaves slowly, but steadily, through the water. Around her, whales periodically pop up for a breath of air before disappearing into the warm waves off South Africa's east coast. The vessel is a stranger here. Built to weather freezing temperatures, she u ...

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#114898
2017-10-19

First cosmetic ingredients supplier to fulfil Nagoya Protocol on sustainability

Provital Group, a cosmetics ingredients player, has become the ‘first in the industry’ to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol for a specific R&D project.

Notification
#2685
2017-10-19
Action by
2017-11-30

Call for Proposals on the Global Taxonomy Initiative Training Courses to be hosted in Developing Countries in 2018

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/JSH/FS/86843 (2017-110)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, GTI Focal Points and GTI Coordination Mechanism

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#114865
2017-10-17

Acidifying oceans a bad trip for marine ecosystems

A more acidic ocean under climate change threatens to reconfigure entire ecosystems by advantaging some fish species to the detriment of others, a new study has found. The research is one of only a few that go beyond the lab to study how species interactions are changing in nature under more ext ...

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#114867
2017-10-17

Rabobank and UN Environment announce new billion dollar partnership to kickstart climate smart agriculture

Rabobank and UN Environment announced today the creation of a new 1 billion dollar facility to finance sustainable agriculture using a combination of public and private funding. Together they also invite other interested financial institutions to sign up and work actively with global food compan ...

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#114875
2017-10-17

'Hiding in plain sight'—Discovery raises questions over scale of overlooked biodiversity

Scientists have used cutting-edge DNA technology and museum samples collected over the past two centuries to reveal a new species of diving beetle living in streams around the Mediterranean.

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#114877
2017-10-17

World Food Day: Migration crisis requires investments in food security

Although the factors driving migration are diverse, we should not ignore food insecurity. On World Food Day we argue that one solution to the migration crisis is a sustained effort to strengthen the resilience of agriculture against a back-drop of rising temperatures and increasing water scarcity.

Meeting
#5676

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017

17 October 2017, New York, United States of America

News Headlines
#114849
2017-10-16

Ocean atmosphere rife with microbes

Microbes are dispersed widely over the oceans with islands acting as stepping-stones to help transport of land-based organisms.Microbes in the atmosphere and the role of the oceans in their movement have been largely overlooked by researchers.

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#114850
2017-10-16

Ocean Critters Contribute to Global Warming with High Amounts of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study discovered a new element which contributes to climate change, and to the release of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The culprits are ocean critters, such as worms and clams, which release a high amount of gases as methane and different types of nitrous oxides.

CBD
Meeting
#5732

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Asia and the Pacific

16 - 19 October 2017, Incheon, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#114800
2017-10-10

Microsoft Call on Researchers to Use AI to Save Earth’s Oceans

The company is awarding cloud computing and artificial intelligence resources to environmental researchers confronting the challenges faced by the world’s oceans.

News Headlines
#114802
2017-10-10

New €45 million initiative seeks to curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve biodiversity and improve food security

A €45 million multi-partner programme launched today at FAO seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security.

News Headlines
#114805
2017-10-10

Threatening Climate Patterns Must be Addressed to Limit Disaster Risks, Deliver on 2030 Agenda, Delegates Say, as Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development

Most large-scale disasters were climate-related, with devastating floods, droughts and storms doubling over the last four decades, a United Nations official told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it took up sustainable development today.

News Headlines
#114807
2017-10-10

Researchers say ocean winds could power all of human civilization

If you have ever been to a beach anywhere, you know that the wind blows constantly onto the land from the water. Researchers published a report this week that claims there is so much wind energy potential over the oceans that it could be used to generate “civilization scale power.” The catch is ...

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#114813
2017-10-10

New deep-sea sponge could play a starring role in monitoring ocean health

Sponges encrusting deep-sea, metal-filled rocks were identified as a new species, in part due to their dense mass of star-shaped parts called spicules, seen in closeup here.

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#114776
2017-10-06

Oceans protected with new safe havens

The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has plans to create a huge marine sanctuary to combat overfishing. It's one of several marine protected areas announced over past weeks.

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#114777
2017-10-06

FAO urges more countries to join treaty against illegal fishing

All countries should join the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) to make sure the landmark treaty aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing succeeds in its aims of ridding the world of a multibillion-dollar scourge that damages human nutrition and environmental sustainability, FAO Director-Gen ...

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