Global Conservation News July 13

Source: Wild bison to return to UK for first time in 6,000 years


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Worrisome Signs Emerge for 1.5-Degree-C Climate Target

There is a 24 percent chance that global average temperature could surpass that mark in the next five years…

Forests Getting Younger and Shorter

Old, big trees are dying faster than in the past, leaving younger, less biodiverse forests that store less carbon worldwide. 

Wild bison to return to UK for first time in 6,000 years

Wild bison are to return to the UK for the first time in 6,000 years, with the release of a small herd in Kent planned for spring 2022.The £1m project to reintroduce the animals will help secure the future of an endangered…

Victory for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears as court rules they cannot be hunted

Fish and Wildlife Service had sought to strip safeguards, which would have allowed a limited number to obtain hunting licenses…

Protecting 30% of planet could bolster economy, study says

Scientists claim widespread conservation can bring rewards if right policies are followed…

She’s an Authority on Earth’s Past. Now, Her Focus Is the Planet’s Future.

The climate scientist Maureen Raymo is leading the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia. She has big plans for science, and diversity, too.

Lockdowns Spared Millions of Animals From Becoming Roadkill, Researchers Say

The number of wild animals killed by vehicle traffic was down as much as 45 percent in Maine and 21 percent in California, according to a U.C. Davis report.

Guest Article: A Place for Nature at the High-Level Political Forum

A recent study showed that only 20% of the countries analysed mention biodiversity as a national priority for sustainable development in their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of their progress towards the SDGs.

Scientists put forward plan to create universal species list

Single classification system could end centuries of disagreement and improve global efforts to tackle biodiversity loss…

Deforestation in Brazil Continues to Surge, Up 10.7 Percent in June

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rain-forest rose 10.7 percent last month compared to June 2019, the 14th consecutive month of worsening tree loss, according to new data from the country’s national space research agency, INPE. In the first half of 2020, deforestation was up 25 percent, for a total 1,184…

Will Climate Change Upend Projections of Future Forest Growth?

While the world’s forests can play an important role in absorbing carbon dioxide and slowing climate change, new research indicates that elevated CO2 concentrations do not necessarily boost forests and that higher temperatures could cause changes in trees that reduce their ability grow.

Six in 10 Fish Species Could Face Reproductive Failure As Temperatures Rise, Study Finds

An estimated 60 percent of fish species will struggle to reproduce in their current spawning habitats by 2100 under worst-case climate scenarios, according to a new study of nearly 700 salt and freshwater species published in the journal Science. The research argues that previous studies, which focused…

Canada joins international group of 22 countries to protect world’s oceans

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Bernadette Jordan announced Canada’s participation in the Global Ocean Alliance, founded by the United Kingdom in 2019, at a marine protection webinar on Thursday.

Is nature conservation, a drain or a net contributor to global economy? Experts weigh in

The ASEAN Member States, all of which are parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, have shown considerable commitment to achieving the…

Scientists propose global species extinction target to preserve biodiversity

New research has proposed a long-term target to reduce species extinction rates, with an objective of a more natural rate of fewer than 20 extinctions per year…

Updated Species Extinction List Signals ‘Urgent Action Needed to Save Life on Earth’

More than one in four of the 120,372 plant and animal species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature are at risk of extinction.

Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance: Advocates for protecting 30 per cent of the world’s ocean by …

We will work with other countries toward the adoption of new ambitious global biodiversity targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity at the…

Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet’s Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs at Least 5-to-1

First-of-its-kind report shows the global economy is better off with more nature protected….

Global guidelines for connectivity conservation released

Guidelines for protecting the interconnections of nature to enhance protected areas, conserve biodiversity, and increase resilience to climate change…

North Atlantic right whales nearing extinction, international nature body says

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is moving the whales from “endangered” to “critically endangered” on its red list of global species facing threats to their survival.

Hunters in High Arctic communities to receive funds for marine stewardship

The HTO in Arctic Bay and four other nearby communities will start to receive $100,000 a year for monitoring and other related activities.

Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies

An alliance of nine local communities, the Conservation Association of the Mbe Mountains, has been working with the Wildlife Conservation Society …

Some sad news from the IUCN Red List of…

Some sad news from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The first marine fish alive in modern times, the smooth handfish, has officially been…

A Rescue Plan for the Planet? Watch Our Debate Here.

A virtual event with eight speakers and one question: Has Covid-19 created a blueprint for combating climate change?

Reset Sustainable Development Goals for a pandemic world

As COVID-19 batters the world and its economy, it’s time to rethink sustainable pathways for our planet. Rosy hopes that globalization and economic growth would bankroll waves of green investment and development are no longer realistic. It’s unlikely there will be enough money or attention to banish…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Invitation to the Side Event on “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development – Update on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with a focus on how biodiversity contributes to Planetary and Human Health

Join us on Tuesday, 14 July 2020, from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm EST to participate in the side event: “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development – Update on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with a focus on how biodiversity contributes to Planetary and Human Health”, to be held on the margins of the 2020 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Needs Assessment Survey in the context of the Global Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) Capacity-Building Project

The United Nations Environment Programme is currently implementing a project funded by the Global Environment Facility on “Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH”, commonly known as the BCH III project. 

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