Global Conservation News February 17th

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Looking ahead: After lost year, urgency rises for climate, nature policy

IUCN

This compilation of quotes and extracts aims to capture a critical moment – an unprecedented call for a global transformation of human society and economies to one which recognises that to live sustainably on this finite earth we must treat the natural world as the fabric which sustains all life…

How the Davos Agenda 2021 outlined a path for global cooperation

World Economic Forum 

The world is at a critical junction where humility, collaboration and institutional reform can ensure true, sustainable global cooperation. Leaders can begin to find the common ground needed to build meaningful global cooperation by taking the following steps…

Women and girls: Let’s transform the ocean by including everyone

Mongabay

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, co-founders of the international, Brazil-born Women’s League for the Ocean (Liga) say the healthy future of our planet’s oceans requires the indispensable presence of women in positions of leadership…

Birds use massive magnetic maps to migrate—and some could cover the whole world

The Conversation 

Every year, billions of songbirds migrate thousands of miles between Europe and Africa—and then repeat that same journey again, year after year. Now, our new study of Eurasian reed warblers has found that this remarkable ability involves a “magnetic map” that works like our system of coordinates…

500+ experts call on world’s nations to not burn forests to make energy

Mongabay

Last week, more than 500 top scientists and economists issued a letter to leaders in the US, EU, Japan, South Korea, and the UK, urging them to stop harvesting and burning forests as a means of making energy in converted coal burning power plants…

Nearly one-third of all oak species threatened with extinction, report says

Mongabay

Nearly one-third of all oak species (31%) are considered threatened with extinction, according to a new report. Of all 430 species of oaks, the highest number of species under threat are found in China, Mexico, Vietnam, and the United States, respectively…

Rescue of rare white tarsier raises fears of habitat loss, illegal pet trade

Mongabay

Conservation authorities recently rescued an unusual baby tarsier, one of the smallest known primates, from a fruit garden in Indonesia’s northern Sulawesi island. The discovery has prompted mounting calls from conservationists to protect the animal from wildlife traders and its natural habitat…

Rare Nasa photos reveal Amazon ‘gold rivers’

BBC News

Stunning rare photographs published by Nasa have revealed the extent of gold mining – much of it thought to be illegal – in Peru’s Amazon rainforest. The satellite images reveal miles of unregistered gold mining in Peru’s Amazon rainforest, Nasa says…

As the Amazon unravels into savanna, its wildlife will also suffer

Mongabay

The transformation of the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests into savanna-like environments will change the makeup of both the flora and the fauna of these biomes. Species like primates, which depend on a dense canopy of trees to survive, could lose up to 50% of their range by the end of the 21st century…

Digging in: a million trees planted as villages and schools join climate battle

The Guardian

Community forest projects have seen a surge in volunteers keen to reduce CO2 emissions by creating new woodlands. The UK may be in the grip of a winter lockdown but in one village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales the local climate-change group has been busy. Plans are afoot to plant hundreds of trees…

How wetlands benefit the environment and why we should protect them

World Economic Forum

Wetlands are among the world’s biggest stores of carbon, provide abundant freshwater and are home to a variety of wildlife. Recognition of the value of wetlands dates back to the 1971 Ramsar Convention – and 171 countries have since signed up to protect more than 2,400 sites…

Why ocean pollution is a clear danger to human health

World Economic Forum

According to a recent study, ocean pollution is a growing problem which has a negative impact on human health. Humans can ingest toxic and dangerous chemicals by eating seafood which was exposed to this pollution. Ocean pollutants also damage the environment and spread harmful microorganisms…

Nearly 200 Florida manatees filmed basking in shallow waters with dolphins

The Guardian

Almost 200 threatened Florida manatees have been filmed together basking in shallow waters off the state’s west coast, the remarkable drone footage also showing a pod of playful dolphins swimming through the group…

National Biodiversity Plan has failed to halt loss of nature

Green News

As a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ireland is required to publish a National Biodiversity Action Plan which is updated every five years. The current National Biodiversity Plan has failed to stem the loss of nature in Ireland, a new report has warned…

Cat corridors between protected areas is key to survival of Cerrado’s jaguars

Mongabay

A survey in Emas National Park in the Cerrado biome concludes that the protected area isn’t large enough to sustain a viable jaguar population, and that jaguars moving in and out could be exposed to substantial extinction risk in the future…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

UN Biodiversity Convention’s science body holds online informal session to exchange views on key biodiversity issues

With the participation of 2000 pre-registered participants, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) subsidiary body on science will hold an informal session on 17- 19, 24-26 February to prepare for the formal meeting of the SBSTTA-24 scheduled for later this year…

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