Global Conservation News Feb. 3


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UN relocates biodiversity talks to Italy from China after coronavirus emergency

Rome will host next month’s biodiversity meeting, when negotiators are due to review a draft proposal for a global framework to protect the world’s plants and wildlife. 

Trump Administration Moves to Relax Rules Against Killing Birds

A proposed regulation would codify a legal opinion in 2017 that declared the accidental killing of birds during the course of business as no longer subject to punishment.

Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’

Florida’s freshwater wonder is threatened like never before with a rising sea level as restoration efforts lag.

OPINION: Wetlands need protecting

We can build on these successes by supporting efforts of conservation organizations and leveraging funding from the Government of Canada’s …

“Wetlands and Biodiversity” is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2020 – UN Environment

The 2020 theme for World Wetlands Day is an opportunity to highlight wetland biodiversity, its status, why it matters and to promote actions to reverse its loss.

Germany Aims to Phase Out Coal-Fired Power by 2038

The German government has introduced a plan to phase out coal-fired power entirely by 2038 — a target that could cut the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by a quarter, Reuters reported. The agreement includes a $44 billion fund to compensate workers, companies, and regional governments impacted by…

Native or invasive species? The distinction blurs as the world warms

With thousands of species on the move as the climate changes, a growing number of scientists say that the dichotomy between native and alien species has become an outdated concept and that efforts must be made to help migrating species adapt to their new habitats.

Old Growth Forests Are Vital to Indigenous Cultures. We Need to Protect What’s Left

The B.C. government is reviewing its policies to manage the province’s old growth forests and seeking public input.This should be the opportunity for the government to start righting the mistakes of the past.

Ten years to save the #Ocean

Today (28 January), 102 environmental organizations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF are launching the ‘Blue Manifesto’. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded…

Earth’s Most Biodiverse Regions Are Collapsing

The tropics are the most biodiverse part of the world. Some tropical rainforests are home to more species than entire continents, and tropical coral reefs are believed to have the highest biodiversity of any marine ecosystem on the planet.

Endangered cheetahs can return to Indian forests – court

India’s top court has said cheetahs can be reintroduced in the country, 70 years after they were wiped out. Responding to a plea by the government, the Supreme Court said African cheetahs could be introduced to the wild in a “carefully chosen location”.

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

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 deforestation, making…

The Pacific Ocean’s Acidification Is So Severe, Dungeness Crabs’ Shells Are Dissolving

With the Pacific turning acidic in nature, Dungeness crabs residing in the coastal areas of the ocean are reportedly first to be affected by the ocean’s acidification. 

Biodiversity in grave danger: what can be done in 2020?

Taking action to stem biodiversity loss was the focus of several events, reports and activities in January-important reminders that 2020, the “Super Year” for nature, is a real opportunity to stop and indeed reverse ecological devastation.

The story of a restored forest that restored lives

Villagers in Purulia in West Bengal were suffering from a groundwater crisis coupled with hot and humid weather conditions till two decades ago. They eventually found a solution to their woes and have grown a lush green forest on a barren mountain which has reduced their problems and made the place biodiversity-rich.

Tackling environmental problems requires integrated approach

Last November, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment took place in Durban, South Africa. It brought together African governments, policymakers, development partners and civil society organisations to deliberate on pressing environmental challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change…

We have only a decade to save Earth’s biodiversity: that’s why all of us should care

Scientists warn that Earth’s sixth mass extinction may be underway, and man may only have 10 years to take drastic steps and protect planet’s vital plant and animal life.

What will it cost to save Earth’s oceans?

A new study by two former diplomats with the CONOW Competence Centre for International Relations published in the journal Marine Policy estimates that to hit the targets needed to achieve this SDG the world must spend US$175 billion per year.

2020 marks a turning point for nature’s role in climate solutions

Global biodiversity talks in China this year will highlight nature-based solutions that could meet one-third of Paris Agreement climate goal by 2030.

Trust our expertise or face catastrophe, Amazon peoples warn on environment

Ecosystems will continue to collapse around the world unless humanity listens to the expertise of indigenous communities on how to live alongside nature, a prominent Amazon leader has warned.

Antarctica melting: Climate change and the ‘doomsday glacier’

Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, described as the “most important” glacier in the world, is now melting faster than previously thought. Researchers trying to understand what’s happening have drilled down through seven-hundred metres of ice, to allow a robot submarine to gather information.

The untapped power of local protected areas, in South America

Home grown success: local-level protected and conserved areas are proven to be as effective in biodiversity conservation as many national-level formal protected area designations.

Cold Winter Deserts of Central Asia among potential World Heritage sites, new IUCN report finds

Cold Winter Deserts in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are among six globally significant biodiversity sites in Central Asia that could potentially qualify for World Heritage status, according to a new report launched today by IUCN, the official advisor on natural World Heritage.

How caring for wetlands can help curb mass extinction

To redress this anomaly, the parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity will this year adoptan ambitious global roadmap to avoid mass …

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

CBD Notification SCBD/OES/EM/DC/JMF/88471 (2020-014):

  • Change in venue: Second meeting of the Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, 24-29 February 2020 – Rome, Italy

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