Global Conservation News Feb. 12

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SCBD/IMS/JMF/ET/CP/FK/87875 (SCBD/IMS/JMF/ET/CP/FK/87875): Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Africa, 2-5 April 2019 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Rating riverside corridors — the ‘escape routes’ for animals under climate change

While riverside habitats are known to be important for species migrating under climate change, this is the first study to rank riparian areas as targets for restoration and conservation efforts… An open-access study led by the University of Washington pinpoints which riverside routes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana will be the most important for animals trying to navigate a changing climate.

Think big, at least when it comes to global conservation

Canada and Russia have the most to lose or gain, say researchers. According to a group of international researchers, the potential for large countries to contribute to environmental protection is being overlooked. The researchers recently examined the leverage an individual country has when it comes to protecting ecosystem values. And they say it isn’t–nor should….

Headline: 2019 can be the year we begin to save the world’s forests. Here’s how

The equivalent of 40 football fields-worth of tropical forests were lost every minute in 2017. Despite all the progress made by companies committed to reducing deforestation in their supply chains, commercial agricultural production of products such as palm oil, soy and beef remains the biggest cause…

Cities should consider nature-based solutions to climate change

It’s 2050 You walk out of the house. The day is shiny but not too hot. You know that the mirrors in orbit around the planet that reflect back sunlight keep the climate just perfect. On the way to work, from the window of your self-driving floating solar module, you gaze over a plant installed a few years…

A ‘mass invasion’ of polar bears is terrorizing an island town. Climate change is to blame.

Fences have risen around kindergartens. Special vehicles transport military personnel to their work sites. Residents of the island settlement are afraid to leave their homes.

Headline: Why are insects in decline, and can we do anything about it?

Many scientists think the current worldwide annihilation of wildlife is the beginning of a huge loss of species on Earth. It has happened five times in the last 4bn years, as a result of meteorite impacts, long ice ages and huge volcanic eruptions. But this one is the result not of natural causes, but…

Headline: Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

Headline: The Green New Deal offers radical environmental and economic change

The revival of the Green New Deal framework (first developed in a report published in 2008) and popularized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Justice Democrats in the US, is a huge advance for green campaigners, and hopefully, for our threatened species. That is because it has a single radical ask: an…

What’s in a name? The role of defining ‘wilderness’ in conservation

What’s more, existing “frameworks,” such as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at the 2010 meeting for the international Convention on Biodiversity ..

Biodiversity protection needs a ‘Paris Agreement moment’

he asked, adding that we need a “Paris [Agreement] moment” for biodiversity at an upcoming meeting on the Convention on Biological Diversity in …

African Protected Areas Congress: A Watershed Event For Africa’s Parks And Wildlife

The CBD is an international treaty with three main goals: conservation of biodiversity; sustainable use of biodiversity; and fair and equitable sharing of ..

Underwater forests threatened by future climate change, new study finds

Climate change could lead to declines of underwater kelp forests through impacts on their microbiome. New research has found predicted ocean warming and acidification can change microbes on the kelp surface, leading to disease and potentially putting fisheries at risk.

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