Global Conservation News March 3

Source: Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study


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50+ Activists, Celebs, and Nonprofits Urge UK to Set Legally-Binding Targets for Nature

Global Citizen

More than 50 wildlife activists, celebrities, and nonprofits have come together for an urgent call to action: arguing that if the UK truly cares about protecting nature, it must put its legislation where its mouth is, and set immediate targets for nature recovery, enshrined in law…

We’re killing those tropical trees we’re counting on to absorb carbon dioxide

Mongabay

A pair of recent studies show that rising temperatures are shortening the lives of trees in tropical forests and reducing their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This phenomenon is already being observed in parts of the Amazon, where the temperature has already crossed a critical threshold…

Saving Africa’s biodiversity is a challenging but urgent necessity, says Rodger Schlickeisen

Mongabay

Rodger Schlickeisen made a name for himself in conservation circles from the early 1990s thanks to his leadership at Defenders of Wildlife, which grew rapidly in membership and influence during his 20 years at the helm. The group became known as a staunch advocate for wildlife via its defense of…

To fight climate change, save the whales, some scientists say

Mongabay 

The conservation of whales plays a key role in the race to stop this planetary crisis, some scientists say. “Contrary to most terrestrial organisms, which release their carbon into the atmosphere after death, carcasses of large marine fish sink and sequester carbon in the deep ocean”…

Documenting emperor penguins in Antarctica

BBC News

German photographer and film-maker Stefan Christmann spent two winters alongside a 10,000-strong colony of emperor penguins in Atka Bay, Antarctica. He has also produced imagery for publications including National Geographic, with his work winning the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award in 2019…

‘A cause for worry’: Mexico’s monarch butterflies drop by 26% in year

The Guardian

Butterflies had bad year after four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging and extreme climate conditions. The number of monarch butterflies that reached their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging…

Black-browed babbler found in Borneo 180 years after last sighting

The Guardian

In the 1840s, a mystery bird was caught on an expedition to the East Indies. Charles Lucien Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon, described it to science and named it the black-browed babbler. The species was never seen in the wild again. But now the black-browed babbler has been rediscovered…

Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study

The Guardian

Other predators such as narwhals are suffering similarly as unique adaptations become less suited. Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists. Once perfectly evolved for polar life, apex predators are struggling…

‘Giant luminous shark’: researchers discover three deep-sea sharks glow in the dark

The Guardian

Scientists studying sharks off New Zealand have discovered that three deep-sea species glow in the dark – including one that is now the largest-known luminous vertebrate. Bioluminescence – the production of visible light through a chemical reaction by living organisms – is a widespread phenomenon among marine life…

Wind power company vows to help save critically endangered California condor

The Guardian

An energy company in California is teaming up with federal wildlife officials and the Oregon Zoo in an innovative project to ease the plight of the mighty, soaring condor, a critically endangered species of vulture threatened by giant wind turbines in the Tehachapi mountains north-east of Los Angeles…

How the Loss of Soil Is Sacrificing America’s Natural Heritage

Yale Environment 360

A new study points to a stunning loss of topsoil in the Corn Belt — the result of farming practices that have depleted this once-fertile ground. Beyond diminished agricultural productivity and more carbon in the atmosphere, it is a catastrophic loss of an irreplaceable resource…

World wildlife day: Cameroon’s rich biodiversity face innumerable threats

Down To Earth

Cameroon ranks fifth for fauna diversity and fourth for flora in Africa. But mushrooming bushmeat and international wildlife trade has pushed many species to the brink of extinction…

Indigenous groups welcome Biden-Trudeau nature conservation roadmap

Radio Canada International 

Indigenous groups in Canada are welcoming plans by Ottawa and Washington to partner with Indigenous Nations across Canada and the United States to meet their climate change goals and protect nature. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed during their virtual meeting earlier this week to “be partners in protecting nature, including by supporting Indigenous-led conservation efforts”…

Songhees First Nation receives funding for ‘marine trail’

CTV News

 A local First Nations community has received funding to embark on a new adventure to promote cultural and tourism opportunities in and around the Victoria area. The Songhess First Nations received over $600,000 to develop the Songhees Marine Trail, which will highlight a network of 12 significant cultural and recreational sites along the shorelines of Lekwungen Territory…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Second Stakeholder Open Webinar on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

I am pleased to invite you to participate in the second Stakeholder Open Webinar on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, 23 March on the topic of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Transition: Linkages to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework…

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