Global Conservation News Jan. 21


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More than half of global GDP is exposed to environmental risks, WEF report finds

More than half of global GDP is exposed to environmental risks, WEF report … “We need to reset the relationship between humans and nature,” said …

Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief

Ahead of the World Economic Forum, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema urges governments to take definitive action on climate, deforestation and pollution…

UN Biodiversity Chief: Humans Risk Living in an ‘Empty World’ With ‘Catastrophic’ Consequences

Talk is cheap, says the acting executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, who begged governments around the …

UN Proposes Protecting 30% of Earth to Slow Extinctions and Climate Change

We need half of the planet in a natural state. … are never going to make a nature-based solution approach work for staying below 1.5″ degrees Celsius …

A transformative deal for nature

… 196 parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) … But biodiversity advocates must learn an important lesson from climate …

It’s time to tackle biodiversity loss, but post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Draft is too shy in …

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently published its Zero Draft of a plan – the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – in …

We have 10 years to protect Earth’s biodiversity as mass termination brought about by people grabs hold, UN cautions

Just about 33% of the Earth should be secured by 2030 and contamination slice considerably to spare our residual untamed life, as we enter the planet’s 6th period of mass elimination, as indicated by a United Nations office.

The Government of Canada and Wanuskewin Collaborate to Bring Back the Bison

As a recognized leader in conservation, Parks Canada has made lasting contributions to wildlife conservation for over a century including the recovery …

Climate change: Oceans hotter than ever before, new study reveals

Ocean waters hit their highest temperature ever last year, and the rate at which they are warming is speeding up, a new study has revealed. Researchers called the new data “further proof of global warming.”

Australia’s bushfires could drive more than 700 animal species to extinction

The scale and speed of the current bushfire crisis has caught many people off-guard, including biodiversity scientists. People are scrambling to estimate the long-term effects. It is certain that many animal species will be pushed to the brink of extinction, but how many?

Safeguarding biodiversity is not just an environmentalist issue

In less than one year, delegates from around the world will gather in Kunming, China, to complete a new global agreement for protecting and conserving the world’s natural systems. To succeed, they must bring together not just environmentalists, but also officials with the clout to effect change across…

Bushfires: can ecosystems recover from such dramatic losses of biodiversity?

The sheer scale and intensity of the Australian bushfire crisis have led to apocalyptic scenes making the front pages of newspapers the world over. An estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km) of land have burned since 1 July 2019.

Australia firefighters save world’s only rare dinosaur trees

Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday.

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

Indigenous lands hold 36% or more of remaining intact forest landscapes

More than one-third of the world’s remaining pristine forests, known as intact forest landscapes, exist within land that’s either managed or owned by indigenous peoples, a new study has found.

Giant Ocean Heatwave Called ‘The Blob’ Has Caused The Biggest Seabird Die-Off on Record

Scientists have reported on another devastating biological disaster, caused by a patch of abnormally warm water in the Pacific Ocean known as ‘the Blob’.

World leaders finally accept the economic risk of climate change, but business chiefs are a holdout

Ask a broad swathe of leaders in the public, private, and academic sectors what the most likely risks to the global economy are, and the top five will be variations on environmental destruction.

TESSA: A practical tool to measure the impact of protecting biodiversity

It was endorsed by the Convention of Biological Diversity adopted in 2000 to illustrate—albeit often in abstract terms—the value of nature and the …

2020’s Buzzword is Nature

Going into 2020, data show that we won’t achieve the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Aichi Targets by their deadline in December.

Draft Global Biodiversity Framework Published

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released the zero draft of the global biodiversity framework. The framework “builds on …

Rate of extinction hundreds of times higher than average: UN report

The draft plan, released Monday by the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, outlines a path for combating the biodiversity crisis that many …

Biodiversity loss: what is causing it and why it is a concern?

The conference brings together parties to the 1993 UN Biodiversity Convention to decide on its post-2020 strategy. Parliament wants the EU to take …

SDG14: Navigating an ocean of risks and opportunities

Oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, but their size and remoteness can make them seem a world apart.

Newly created embryo nourishes hope for the survival of the northern white rhino

In August 2019 a team of scientists and conservationists broke new ground in saving the northern white rhinoceros from extinction.

‘Brink of extinction’: Steep drop in platypus numbers as drought bites – The Age

The platypus, once viewed as so bizarre as to be mythical, could end up merely a legend as habitat destruction and climate threats push the mammal towards the “brink of extinction”.

It’s Fish vs. Dams, and the Dams Are Winning

Thousands of dams across New York, many abandoned, are blocking fish migrations. A movement to remove them is growing.

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

2019 was the second-hottest year on record, capping what scientists say is the warmest decade on record, according to a new analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The five warmest years on record have all occurred since 2015, and nine of the 10 warmest have occurred…

CBD notifications

CBD Notification SCBD/IMS/JMF/JBM/88603 (2020-004):

Documentation for the Second Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/LJ/88547 (SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/LJ/88547):

Subregional Exchange for the Caribbean on the Restoration of Forests and Other Ecosystems, Castries, Saint Lucia – 9 to 13 March 2020

SCBD/IMS/JMF/JBF/NP/CR/WS/IH/88601 (SCBD/IMS/JMF/JBF/NP/CR/WS/IH/88601):

Call for Applications: 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki

Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

At the fifty-seventh meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility, Wednesday, 18 December 2019, Washington D.C., United States of America

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