Global Conservation News Apr. 20

Source: ‘We’re watching them die’: can right whales pull back from the brink?


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Wildlife Collapse From Climate Change Is Predicted to Hit Suddenly and Sooner

Scientists found a “cliff edge” instead of the slippery slope they expected.

Countries Must Act on Climate or Risk Up to $792 Trillion in Economic Damage

The global economy could lose between $150 trillion to $792 trillion by 2100 if nations fail to meet their current targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions…

How the Laws That Earth Day Inspired Have Benefited Us All

Fifty years after the first Earth Day helped create the nation’s most important environmental laws, the Trump administration is pushing for a sweeping rollback of regulations. But the rules the administration loves to criticize have made life better and healthier for millions of Americans.

We Must Prevent Future Viruses By Ending Wildlife Trade

The bottom line is that the wildlife trade is a threat to our public health that only stands to become greater, meaning that we could have greatly reduced the risk of all of this—maybe even prevented it altogether—by stopping wildlife trade.

Nature can still become central to the world’s thinking in 2020

As resilience takes more prominence post-coronavirus, restoring nature will be of utmost importance, argues CISL’s Dr Gemma Cranston…

Covid-19 could lead to better protection of biodiversity and wild animals

A positive outcome of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic could be a better understanding of protecting biodiversity and a global ban on the trade in wild animals for food. 

Livelihoods at risk as entire ecosystems could be under threat

A warming global climate could cause sudden and potentially catastrophic losses of biodiversity in regions across the planet throughout the 21st century, warns a new study, which suggests that the first waves could already be under way.

We need to fundamentally transform our relationship with the natural world to reduce the risk of disease

Stop The Wildlife Trade: Stricter controls on global wildlife trade and live animal markets will help keep societies healthy…

‘We’re watching them die’: can right whales pull back from the brink?

Dedicated conservationists are striving to save the North Atlantic right whale – believed to be down to 400 individuals as ships and fishing gear take their toll…

Scientists trial cloud brightening equipment to shade and cool Great Barrier Reef

Experiment uses a modified turbine to spray trillions of nano-sized salt crystals into the air from a barge… 

Virtual 2020 Earth Day Conference planned in response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s environmental institute will be hosting a virtual Earth Day conference on Monday, April 20. 

Forest loss could make diseases like COVID-19 more likely, according to study

A new study, by the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University has suggested that deforestation could lead to a rise in the occurrence of diseases like COVID-19.

Nature’s comeback? No, the coronavirus pandemic threatens the world’s wildlife

There have not been many bright spots in the coronavirus pandemic, but one has been the apparent return of nature as the frantic pace of modern life has slowed.


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD/OES/EM/DC/IS/88838 (SCBD/OES/EM/DC/IS/88838): Summit on Biodiversity

  • The Summit on Biodiversity will be convened under the theme “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” and will consist of an opening segment, a plenary segment for general discussion, two Leaders’ Dialogues and a closing segment.
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