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Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

An new online resource has been launched today (22 January) by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with an aim of helping to ensure “better environmental decision-making by valuing our ‘natural capital’”. The evidence and guidance is intended to help policy makers, bus ...

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Nature & You: Is this woodpecker extinct ... or not?

I am a birdwatcher. Thus, it came as a breath-robbing gut punch when I received the news in late September that the U.S. government had officially declared the ivory-billed woodpecker as being extinct.

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Nature charities urge Chancellor to ramp up biodiversity spending in Budget

New modelling from leading green campaign groups suggests a minimum investment of £1.2bn a year is needed to achieve the UK's nature protection goals, as concerns grow that Environment Bill could be watered down

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Nature groups support mitigation measures for Keppel Club site but concerned over biodiversity

Nature groups have lauded proposed measures to minimise the environmental impact of developing the Keppel Club site, although they remain concerned about the protection of biodiversity in the area.

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Nature is the missed opportunity of the EU’s recovery plans

“The opportunity of the century” is how President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has described the EU Recovery Plans this week – in terms of rebuilding our economies in a way that protects the environment and the climate, and creates sustainable jobs.

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Nature restoration stories prove planned EU law is huge opportunity

Restoring nature on land and sea would have huge benefits for people's health and well-being and help tackle the biodiversity and climate crises.

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Nature-based solutions spending needs to rise four-fold. Here’s how the G20 can lead by example

Nature-based solutions (NbS) refers to the protection and management of natural and modified ecosystems such as forests, agricultural land, peatlands, mangroves and oceans, while addressing societal and economic challenges effectively.

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Nature-based solutions: How can they work for climate, biodiversity and people?

Experts gathered in Oxford this month to discuss how “nature-based solutions” can be used to tackle the twin threats of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Net Zero debate: Where are Indian states on the decarbonisation pathway

Announcing a timeline for net-zero emissions has been the buzzword in the global climate change debate and India has been under intense pressure to announce it as well. Indian has not followed suit but Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently reiterated the country’s commitment to installing 450 Gi ...

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Net zero is not enough – we need to build a nature-positive future

Nearly two years after the first reported case of Covid-19, the world is still facing the repercussions. At the same time, the extent of our planetary emergency – of climate crisis, biodiversity loss and inequality – has become evident.

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New Approaches Towards Improving Forest Resistance To Invasive Alien Species

Invasive alien pests and pathogens are a challenge posed in front of forest managers in Europe and around the world. Invasions have a profound impact on forest ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people.

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New Aussie law aims to help save Great Barrier Reef

Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status.

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New Zealand unveils plan to tackle climate crisis by adapting cities to survive rising seas

The New Zealand government has released new plans to try to prepare the country for the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis: sea level rise, floods, massive storms and wildfires.

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New bill seeks to restore biodiversity in UK

Proposed legislation, the Climate and Ecology Bill, which would put in place climate and biodiversity targets, is going to be introduced in the House of Lords tomorrow.

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New biodiversity algorithm ‘will blight range of natural habitats in England’

The government’s new metric for biodiversity will have to be urgently improved if it is going to be fit for purpose, academics and conservationists have warned.

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New forest certification standards offer nature-based solutions to the climate crisis

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) updated forest certification standards provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Sustainable forest management and the procurement of wood products from sustainably managed sources are critical tools that help av ...

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New framework to enhance national climate action and achieve global goals

With the COP Climate conference in Glasgow only a few months away, the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the importance of taking action at the national level to reach global climate goals is returning to the spotlight.

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New global sustainability disclosures board draws heavyweight backing

Former European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet will head an advisory group on setting up a global board for sustainability-related company disclosures, the IFRS Foundation said on Monday.

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New guideline for pioneering conservation lawsuits to protect wildlife

A pioneering initiative demonstrates how environmental law could help protect threatened species—including from illegal wildlife trade.

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New plan launched to safeguard wildlife in Leicester

The new Leicester Biodiversity Action Plan 2021-31 sets out how the Council will focus conservation work on wildlife habitats and species that are most in need to help protect local biodiversity.

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New treaty bans commercial fishing in the Arctic for 16 years

The European Union and nine other countries, including the US and Russia, approved an international agreement on Thursday (14 February) that will prohibit commercial vessels from fishing in the Arctic in order to preserve the region’s fragile ecosystem.

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New wildlife protection strategy to tackle climate change, natural disasters

Environmental protection is set for a shake-up as the federal government launches a new threatened species strategy in a fresh approach to boosting populations and stopping threatened species disappearing from the planet in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires.

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Nigeria To Establish 10 National Parks To Tackle Biodiversity Loss, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that 10 new national parks will be established as part of moves to tackle biodiversity loss. The Nigerian leader said this on Wednesday in a video message to the hybrid High-Level event tagged “Transformative Actions for Nature and People” on the margins ...

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Nigeria: Govt to Increase Allocation for Biodiversity Preservation

Lagos — Minister of State for Environment Barr Sharon Ikeazor has assured that the federal government will increase budgetary provision for the preservation of the nation's biodiversity.

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Nigeria: Lagos and Wild Animals As Pets

The proposed law by the Lagos State House of Assembly to prohibit ownership of wild animals as pets is commendable. It is in line with THISDAY editorial of 19th November 2019 which called for a prohibition of the domestication of wild animals, shortly after an adult lion was sighted at the home ...

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No Deal in Sight for a Green EU Farming Policy

From June 26 to 28, talks over the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) crumbled as Member States rejected the EU Parliament’s weak environmental plan as too green & those on labour rights as too strong, while the EU Commission pretended the new CAP was still in line with the EU Green ...

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No silver-bullet solutions for saving used planet

With much of the planet already "used-up", the world has hard choices to make over how to use land in the most sustainable and effective way.

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Nobody can Manufacture Food Products Derived from GMOs: FSSAI

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released draft regulations stating that no one can manufacture or sell any food products or food ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without prior approval in a move that is expected to bring regulatory clari ...

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Norway pledges to go green; becomes the first country to ban deforestation

There is one more reason to visit Norway now if you were searching for one. While the Scandinavian nation has always been nature-rich and a stickler to conservation, it is all set to turn greener. Yes, as per a newly-announced move, Norway is now the first country in the world to ban deforestati ...

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Norway reveals plans for river trap system to protect wild salmon

Norway is to introduce new traps to protect wild salmon after experts warned they could become endangered as a result of contact with their farmed counterparts.

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Norway’s wolves ‘saved for this year’ as animal rights groups fight cull

Norway has halted a major hunt of wolves after campaigners secured a court injunction. Twenty-five animals, within four packs, are in the “wolf zone”, an area of nature set aside to protect the predators, and these have been given a stay of execution by the courts after campaigners argued wolves ...

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Not a single G20 country is in line with the Paris Agreement on climate, analysis shows

None of the world's major economies -- including the entire G20 -- have a climate plan that meets their obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to an analysis published Wednesday, despite scientists' warning that deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed now.

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Nova Scotia to become first province to regulate biodiversity

Bill aims to close gaps between Endangered Species Act, Wildlife Act and other legislationThe provincial government is taking the first steps to better protect biodiversity in Nova Scotia. Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin tabled the Biodiversity Act on Thursday. The move is something requ ...

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ONE OCEAN SUMMIT – An Opportunity For Blue Transformation

The ocean covers more than 70 percent of our planet. There is no question it is critical for our health and well-being. It provides half the earth’s oxygen supply and every organism in existence depends on it to survive.

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OPINION: Climate crunch time - can Biden summit unlock political will for action?

The Leaders Summit on Climate, a meeting being hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden starting on Thursday, must bring political weight to both a crunch year for climate action and the “decade of delivery” for climate, nature and development.

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OPINION: To conserve nature, protect human rights

John Knox, a professor at Wake Forest University, was the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment from 2012 to 2018. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who is a member of the Kankana-ey-Igorot people in the Philippines, was the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples from ...

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Ocean governance: EU joins the International Coral Reef Initiative to protect marine ecosystems

Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, is representing the EU in the General Assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) which confirmed EU's membership in this global partnership for the conservation of the world's coral reefs. In the context of th ...

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Ofwat urged to do more to make water firms protect environment

Ofwat must do more to make the water industry in England and Wales protect the environment, the government has said. Setting out the priorities for the regulator for the next five years the environment minister Rebecca Pow said water companies should significantly reduce the frequency and volume ...

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Old tamarind and neem trees in north Karnataka get biodiversity heritage tag

In an effort to save century-old trees along the Byadagi-Motebennurroad,the Biodiversity Management Committee Byadagi declared the 1.4m stretch a Conservation Habitat of Tamarind & Neem trees Biodiversity Heritage Site.

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One Ocean Summit: States pledge €4 billion to fight plastic pollution at sea

A total of €4 billion will be allocated to combat plastic pollution, according to the so-called “Brest Commitments” adopted at the end of the One Ocean Summit Friday (11 February), where they also agreed to create a global coalition preserve high seas biodiversity. EURACTIV France reports.

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One Ocean Summit: new steps strengthen EU leadership in protecting the Ocean

The Commission is presenting today ambitious initiatives to promote a cleaner, healthier and safer ocean, as part of the EU’s contribution to the One Ocean Summit hosted by France in Brest and a demonstration of EU’s leading role in bringing a comprehensive response to oceans challenges.

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One humanity on one planet: How the G7 can safeguard a resilient future

There is no vaccine against hunger, poverty, climate change or biodiversity loss. But there is a cure and it must be rolled out from the top down: it is called building resilience.

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One surprising winner in Biden’s infrastructure bill: Biodiversity

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure package signed by President Joe Biden on Monday will not go down in history as a milestone in America’s effort to control the climate crisis.

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Opinion | Can Climate Change Teach Middle East Leaders How to Be Friends?

As the latest wildfires amply demonstrate, the effects of climate change are now upon us. But the region is wholly unprepared to deal with them.

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Opinion: Wildlife, forest and fisheries crimes

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), each year countless species is driven closer to extinction, while criminals make billions from the sale of protected wildlife and forest products. These crimes have a devastating impact on biodiversity; they undermine national, r ...

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Our Ocean Conference Closes with USD 16.35 Billion in Pledges

The seventh Our Ocean Conference generated 410 commitments worth USD 16.35 billion across the issue areas of climate change, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economies, marine protected areas, maritime security, and marine pollution.

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Our environmental laws should be judged by one outcome

On Monday, Environment Minister Sussan Ley launched the long-awaited statutory review of Australia's beleaguered national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Ms Ley has set streamlining regulation as the key test of success for the review.

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PM ready for ‘environment’ dialogue with opposition parties

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam on Sunday said Prime Minister Imran Khan amid his world-acclaimed green vision of ecological conservation for coming generations, wanted to sign “Charter of Environment” with all political parties.

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PNG group wants re-think on forest law and management

Papua New Guinea's Centre for Environment Law and Community Rights, or CELCOR, wants police working for logging companies to be sacked from the force.

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Pacific bluefin tuna no longer listed as ‘vulnerable’

Pacific bluefin tuna are on the path to resource recovery and its classification moved to “near threatened” from “vulnerable,” according to the latest update of the Red List of Threatened Species, released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a group of governmental and ...

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