Global Conservation News September 29

Source: Report: Global warming is causing ‘unprecedented changes’ to oceans


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New protections for high value conservation areas

Mirage News

The NSW Government has today announced the opening of nominations to identify and protect Areas of Outstanding Biodiversity Value (AOBVs) on both private and public lands across New South Wales…

How to address Asia Pacific’s rising biodiversity crisis

World Economic Forum

Asia Pacific is at the heart of the global biodiversity crisis, with 63% of the region’s GDP at risk from nature loss. Tackling the threat of biodiversity and nature loss will require a fundamental transformation of key socioeconomic systems in the region. A new report by Temasek, in collaboration…

Expo 2020 Dubai: ‘Climate and Biodiversity Week’ to spur the world into action to protect our planet

Gulf News

Recognising that the world is at a crucial moment when the global community must take decisive and collective steps to protect the planet, Expo 2020 will provide a powerful platform for people’s voices to be heard in policy circles. Events and discussions during Climate and Biodiversity Week will focus…

These 8 business leaders are championing a nature-positive economy – Here’s why

World Economic Forum

We know, now more than ever, that our fate as a species is deeply connected with the fate of our natural environment. Nature loss has tangible business and economic impacts. Over half the world’s total GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services and is therefore at risk. We now also…

Report: Global warming is causing ‘unprecedented changes’ to oceans

UPI

Human-induced global warming is “causing unprecedented changes” to the oceans including warming waters, decreasing ice levels and rising seas, according to a recently published report by more than 150 scientists. Published Wednesday, the annual Ocean State Report 5…

Manta rays inspire new device to filter microplastics

BBC News 

Wastewater treatment plants release microplastics into the environment, where they accumulate and pose a threat to wildlife. But by studying the way a manta ray feeds on plankton, scientists in the US have designed a filtration system that captures the tiny fragments without getting clogged…

Build around the forest, not through it, study says of Sumatra trucking road

Mongabay

Researchers have identified alternative routes for a planned mining road that will cut through the Harapan forest, the largest surviving tract of lowland tropical rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The alternative routes will avoid thousands of hectares of forest loss…

Mapping threats to land mammals, amphibians and birds, study

Mongabay

A recent study uses data from the IUCN Red List of endangered species to map where threats to terrestrial mammals, birds, and amphibians occur at a global scale. The six major threats to biodiversity addressed in the study are agriculture, climate change, hunting and trapping, invasive species, logging, and pollution…

Mali’s elephants show how people and nature can share space in a complex world

World Economic Forum 

Making space for wildlife while growing the economy can be challenging. The Mali Elephant project is an example of how conservation can be effectively approached. It brought local communities and led to the creation of sustainable solutions for humans and elephants to live alongside one another…

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2021 is ‘12th lowest’ on record

World Economic Forum 

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) has said that Arctic sea ice has reached its annual minimum for 2021, which is the 12th lowest on record. Dr Zack Labe, a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University, has said that this unexceptional minimum does not mark a long-term recovery…

Rewilding: conservationists want to let elephants loose in Europe – here’s what could happen

The Conversation

Imagine driving through a lush, green landscape in France or Germany and spotting a herd of elephants roaming freely. As absurd as that might seem, it was only 10,000 years ago that creatures the size of elephants populated continents like Europe. That’s a blip in evolutionary terms…

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