Global Conservation News Mar. 23

Source: ‘The forest is everything’: indigenous tribes in India battle to save their home from Adani – in pictures


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Coronavirus Holds Key Lessons on How to Fight Climate Change

When the COVID-19 pandemic is past, societies may adopt some important measures that would lower emissions, from more teleconferencing to shortening global supply chains…

Great Barrier Reef watchers anxiously await evidence of coral bleaching from aerial surveys

Planes will this week cover areas in the southern half of the reef that escaped earlier bleaching but may have undergone high levels of heat stress…

Packing the Tundra with Animals Could Slow Arctic Melt

Herds of reindeer or other species could help pack down snows to protect permafrost…

Destroyed Habitat Creates the Perfect Conditions for Coronavirus to Emerge

COVID-19 may be just the beginning of mass pandemics…

Win for conservation as African black rhino numbers rise

Slow recovery due to relocating groups and stronger protection through law enforcement…

‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?

As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics…

With Temperatures Rising, Can Animals Survive the Heat Stress?

A growing number of studies show that warming temperatures are increasing mortality in creatures ranging from birds in the Mojave Desert, to…

Species Loss Is a Loss for Landscapes

Thousands of species imperiled, critical update finds.

Why don’t we treat climate change like an infectious disease?

Schools are closed. Entire regions are on lockdown. President Trump has declared a national emergency and is weighing stimulus measures to help companies weather the storm.

Coronavirus hits a critical year for nature and the climate

Covid-19 could derail new global agreements on biodiversity, oceans and COP26 climate talks…

Rome 2020 : Convention Sur la Diversité Biologique

Presque 50 ans après la déclaration de Stockholm sur l’Environnement en 1972, la prise de conscience collective, sur le danger que court notre planète, est bien réelle. 

UN flagship study shows accelerating climate change on land, others

A wide-ranging UN climate report, released last week, shows that climate change is having a major effect on all aspects of the environment…

The hidden risks nature loss poses for businesses

Ecosystems have declined in size and condition by 47 percent globally compared to estimated baselines, and species populations have faced stark declines…

Our Vanishing World: Oceans

As the human onslaught against life on Earth accelerates, no part of the biosphere is left pristine. 

Women’s rights, traditional knowledge and biodiversity

Women’s organising in Kyrgyzstan serves as an example of the inseparable linkages between gender, environmental and economic justice. 

The threats facing our planet are interconnected

In addition to costing human lives, this year’s unprecedentedly severe wildfire season in Australia destroyed…

Coronavirus hits a critical year for nature and climate

New global agreements on biodiversity, oceans and COP26 climate talks could be delayed by Covid-19…

Madagascar off pace to meet Aichi targets, which is bad news for the world

The megadiverse island nation of Madagascar isn’t doing enough to meet the Aichi targets, which means the unique biodiversity of the world’s oldest island remains as imperiled as ever.

Birth of wild tapir offers hope for Brazil’s endangered ecosystem

Hopes for a recovery of Brazil’s most endangered ecosystem have been given a boost by the first birth of a wild tapir in Rio de Janeiro’s Atlantic Forest for more than a century.

Wildlife conservation needs to change – and the game of Jenga can help us see why

Despite considerable effort, and some wonderful success stories, it is widely acknowledged that global conservation targets to reverse declines in biodiversity and halt species extinctions by 2020 will not be met.

Natural solutions to the climate crisis? One-quarter is all down to Earth

Joint research conducted by the Nature Conservancy and the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, calculated the carbon-storing power of…

COVID-19 emerged due to forest destruction: indigenous leaders

Protecting indigenous and forest rights could also help to find treatments for such diseases, they said…

Mexico’s deadly toll of environment and land defenders catalogued in report

At least 83 murdered in 2012-2019, with a third of attacks targeting opponents of energy mega-projects…

‘The forest is everything’: indigenous tribes in India battle to save their home from Adani – in pictures

Australian photographer Brian Cassey visits Hasdeo Arand, one of the largest contiguous stretches of dense forest in central India. The area is rich in biodiversity, containing many threatened species including…

New research centre on nature-based solutions for climate change to open in NUS by end-2020 – straits times

A new research centre focusing on how nature can be harnessed to help tackle climate change will be set up by the end of 2020 at the National University of Singapore (NUS)…

ASEAN training on biodiversity information sharing tool goes online

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will conduct a three-day online training on the use of the Bioland tool…

The plan to turn half the world into a reserve for nature

Scientists and conservationists are proposing that up to half of Earth’s land and oceans be protected for nature. Is it a necessary step or a pipe dream?

Birds are the ‘canaries in the climate-change coal mine’

A bird study led by the Australian National University (ANU) provides new understanding of the ways birds and mammals respond to a rapidly warming world.

UNESCO grants emergency funds to assist Argentinean Biosphere Reserve threatened by poaching

Over the last year, Yabotí, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1995 and one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, has witnessed a dramatic surge in illegal wildlife poaching.


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

CBD News: Due to the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has moved to hold many meetings virtually and has postponed others.

  • Arrangements for meetings of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

CBD Notification SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JSH/VA/JM/AER/88592 (2020-031):

  • Postponement of the Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum and selected participants .
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