Global Conservation News Feb. 12

Source: Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’


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Alarm over collapse of chinstrap penguin numbers

Colonies of chinstrap penguins have fallen by more than half across islands in Antarctica, prompting scientific concern that “something is broken” in the world’s wildest ecosystem.

How Native Tribes Are Taking the Lead on Planning for Climate Change

With their deep ties to the land and reliance on fishing, hunting, and gathering, indigenous tribes are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Now, native communities across North America are stepping up to adopt climate action plans to protect their way of life.

Three Endangered Indian Species to be Added to Protected Migratory Species List

India is all set to host the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP13) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Gandhinagar from February 15 to 22. The theme of the conference is, “migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them…

Peru’s Peatlands Could Greatly Accelerate Global Warming

Last October demographer Luis Andueza clambered into a battered, motorized dugout canoe in Nueva Unión, a village on Peru’s Chambira River. The boatman yanked a starter cord, and the rusty outboard sputtered to life. “Watch out for snakes,” called a villager in Spanish from a dock. “Are there many?”…

Bolivia: contribution of indigenous people to fighting climate change is hanging by a thread

Earth’s forests oxygenate the atmosphere and store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon dioxide. But research suggests that the health of these vast ecosystems in large part depends on the work of indigenous people.

Trump Opens National Monument Land to Energy Exploration

The Trump administration finalized plans to open land once in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to mining and oil and gas exploration.

Inside the Wet’suwet’en Anti-Pipeline Camp That Police Are Blockading

Indigenous land defenders are keeping a close eye on cops as the standoff enters its fourth week.

Fireflies under threat from habitat loss, pesticides and light pollution

There are over 2,000 species of the beloved insects but experts say: ‘If people want fireflies in the future we need to look at this’… 

Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals is under way – UN Environment

We have 10 years to transform our world. Business as usual cannot and will not be business for tomorrow if we want to achieve the Goals.

As Sea Ice Declines, Polar Bears Are Spending An Extra Month on Land, Study Finds

Rapidly declining sea ice in the Arctic is causing polar bears to spend an additional 30 days on land, fast for longer periods of time, and produce smaller litters… 

Trade policy and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Trade policy can play an important role in fostering the protection of biodiversity, including via regional trade agreements or voluntary partnership agreements.

No “Ocean Super-Year” without Marine Regions

The current ecological crisis demands a radical shift in the way we treat the marine environment, its precious wildlife, and its invaluable natural resources.

PM launches UN Climate Summit in UK

The Prime Minister will today, Tuesday 4 February, launch the next UN climate conference COP26, joined by Sir David Attenborough and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at an event in central London.

UN-Water to Develop Acceleration Framework for SDG 6

The 32nd UN-Water Meeting reviewed a draft UN-Water 2030 Strategy and forwarded input to the negotiation process under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to develop a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

For the First Time the Indigenous People of the Americas Meet in Mexico

Indigenous Terra Madre Pueblos de Americas will take place from February 21 to 24, 2020, in the Nahua indigenous community of Tlaola (Puebla – Mexico).

In the fight against climate change, cities need not be hotbeds of environmental degradation

We are in the age of urbanisation. For the first time in human history, over half the world’s population now lives in cities; within a generation, urban areas will be the… 

Seychelles and Maldives announce a major joint marine research expedition to explore and conserve the Indian Ocean

First Descent: Midnight Zone’ is a 35-day mission to support the sustainable governance of the Seychelles and Maldivian ocean including the protection of 629,000 km2.  A team of 50 international scientists, technicians, media and crew will be carrying out research to… 

Climate Change Is Moving Russia’s Taiga North, Scientists Warn

The Taiga forests of Siberia have expanded north toward the Arctic as a result of warming temperatures over the past four decades, a team of Russian and Finnish scientists has said.

New insights into how global change is impacting freshwater environments

A new global study sheds light on how interactions between specific characteristics of catchments, such as carbon and pollution, affect aquatic plant diversity and function in freshwater environments.

How to Plant a Trillion Trees and Get Real Climate Results

Natural climate solutions are finally getting the attention they deserve, and everyone, it seems, is scrambling to… 

Places Untouched By Past Climate Changes Are Most Vulnerable To Global Warming

When the world’s average temperature changes, some places shift a lot more than others. Those that have been most stable in recent times tend to be those teeming with… 

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’ 

The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on… 

Brazil environment agents battle stronger deforestation at start of 2020

Aggressive deforestation is starting earlier this year in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, environmental enforcement agents say, with government data on Friday showing destruction doubling in January compared with a year ago.

Antarctica logs hottest temperature on record with a reading of 18.3C

A new record set so soon after the previous record of 17.5C in March 2015 is a sign warming in Antarctica is happening much faster than global average.

Shifting the needle on biodiversity conservation in India

In some ways India could be considered a test case for the rest of the world, as it works out how to feed its population of 1.3 billion people in a sustainable way. The challenge is to…

A New National Park Emerges in Afghanistan

An intact wilderness area covered by high-altitude grasslands, this remarkable natural area boasts scattered ancestral trees and spectacular deep gorges transecting…

Dorsal de Nasca: Peru pledges to create a huge new marine reserve

In October, Peru’s environment minister pledged to make a proposed 50,000-square-kilometer (19,300-square-mile) marine protected area a reality by…

Harvard Faculty Votes for Divestment Resolution

In Landslide Vote, Professors Call on University to Divest its $40 Billion Endowment.

Humanity’s greatest risk: Cascading impacts of climate, biodiversity, food, water crises: scientists

Four of them — climate change, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, and … be discussed through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2020.


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD/IMS/JMF/88658 (SCBD/IMS/JMF/88658):

  • Time Slots for Regional Briefings on the Zero-Draft

SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JSH/AER/88592 (SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JSH/AER/88592):

  • Call for nominations for the Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum, 7 to 9 April 2020 – Berlin, German
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