Global Conservation News Apr. 2

The latest news related to nature conservation from around the world. If there is an important news article we missed, please get in contact with us.

IUCN 70 years – annual report 2018

Canada to host international summit to accelerate nature protection

Montreal is the ideal place to hold an international summit on biodiversity, as it has since 1996 been the seat of the Secretariat of the Convention on …

Time for business to learn about the birds and the bees

For many of us, biodiversity brings to mind the big iconic species – the polar bears, … In 2020 governments around the world will come together in China to renegotiate the Convention on Biological Diversity – the global framework …

Why biodiversity and business should go hand-in-hand

For instance, the UK is committed to the ‘Aichi targets’ under the Convention for Biodiversity since 2010 and the Lawton Report highlighted declining …

Kenya: Maasai herders work to keep themselves and wildlife roaming free –

Government-run parks cover too little of Kenya’s territory to sustain the country’s wide-ranging wildlife populations, nearly two-thirds of which depend on open …

Ministers Urged To Declare National Climate Emergency In UK

The so-called Aichi biodiversity targets were set in 2010 by the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The joint nature conservation …

Mass amphibian extinctions globally caused by fungal disease

An international study has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species, including 90 extinctions, over the past 50 years.

Mount Kilimanjaro: Ecosystems in global change

Land use in tropical mountain regions leads to considerable changes of biodiversity and ecological functions. The intensity of such changes is greatly affected by the climate.

Galápagos islands have nearly 10 times more alien marine species than once thought

Over 50 non-native species have found their way to the Galápagos Islands, almost 10 times more than scientists previously thought, reports a new study.

Studying reintroduction of bull trout with simulations

A multi-institutional team of researchers has assessed how environmental, demographic, and genetic factors play a role in the reintroduction of bull trout in Washington State.

What ‘Big Data’ reveals about the diversity of species

Big data and large-scale analyses are critical for biodiversity research to find out how animal and plant species are distributed worldwide and how ecosystems function.

Global political climate of ‘fear’ threatens ecologists’ work

Global political climate of ‘fear’ threatens ecologists’ work Global political climate of ‘fear’ threatens ecologists’ work , Published online: 01 April 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01055-3Government policies are increasingly bringing ecologists into conflict with officials.

Headline: Restore natural forests to meet global climate goals

International plans to restore forests to combat global warming are flawed and will fall far short of meeting 1.5C climate targets, according to new research by UCL and University of Edinburgh scientists.

Headline: The safe zone – David Marinelli

The 2018 WWF Living Planet Report on the State of the Earth explains how in recent decades we have developed a clearer scientific picture of the complex links between climate and animal and plant life, between land and water habitats and importantly how this sustains human life. Observation and geological…

Headline: Macron and Xi urge ‘global push’ to halt biodiversity loss

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Tuesday issued an unprecedented call for a “global push” to halt biodiversity loss, which threatens species and habitats across the planet. In a joint statement following trade talks between EU leaders and the Chinese president in…

Headline: Warning: a sixth mass species extinction is on the cards

When an entrepreneur designs, makes and markets handbags made of donkey skin, and they become hugely popular, that’s good for business and employment, right? But if the donkey leather is sourced from developing countries with weak environmental laws, what is the socio-economic and environmental impact?

Headline: Biodiversity loss in the oceans can be reversed through habitat restoration

Activities such as laying gas pipelines, trawling for fish, drilling for oil, and even burying internet cables in the deep sea, are destroying marine ecosystems. But studies have shown that reintroducing seaweed and corals to these habitats could ward off the worst effects – and recover marine life.

Marine Heatwaves Threaten Dolphin Survival, Reproduction

New research points to the long-lasting impacts of marine heatwaves — periods of extreme sea surface temperatures — on dolphin populations, reducing survival and reproduction rates. Scientists say the study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests marine mammals may be more affected by climate…

China Spearheads Talks On Biodiversity Loss, Ecosystem Protection

Member countries of the Convention on Biodiversity approved a 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity in 2010. The convention during that year …

Fueled by climate change, extreme weather disasters hit 62 million people in 2018, U.N. says

Extreme weather events, supercharged by climate change, affected some 62 million people around the world in 2018, the United Nations’ weather agency said Thursday.

Dust and blood: Climate-induced conflict fuels migration, study finds

On Dec. 17, 2010, a 26-year-old Tunisian fruit vendor named Tarek el-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest the confiscation of his produce. This act kicked off protests in Tunisia that eventually swept the Arab world, toppling leaders and giving rise to conflicts that persist today.

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