Global Conservation News Oct. 29

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.

Trump Administration Approves a Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic 

The U.S. Interior Department has approved a plan by Hilcorp Energy, one of the nation’s largest privately-held oil and gas companies, to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea. If developed, the project, located six miles off the Alaskan coast, would be the first fossil fuel production facility in federal…

Wetlands, our life support systems, need more than drip-by-drip assistance, warns new report

With wetlands continuing to disappear at an alarming rate, a new WWF report calls for countries to urgently expand efforts to protect and restore one of the world’s most valuable ecosystems, which underpin a sustainable future for people and nature.

Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament 

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks.

Indigenous Biodiversity report release

A new report recommending improvements to biodiversity management will build on communities’ good work to protect our biodiversity, says Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Biodiversité: «Le modèle de développement durable a montré sa faillite ces quinze dernière années»

Alors que les études alarmantes sur le déclin rapide de certaines espèces exotiques et communes se multiplient, Vincent Devictor, chercheur à l’Institut des sciences de l’évolution à Montpellier, explique comment ce sont les politiques, et non la recherche scientifique, qui sont défaillants pour prévenir…

As Global Temperatures Rise, Terrestrial Plant Numbers Will Fall

Scientists have discovered that global changes such as rising temperatures and higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are causing a drop in the availability of a vital nutrient for terrestrial plants.

EU Adopts Negotiating Position for 2018 Biodiversity Conference

EU Adopts Negotiating Position for 2018 Biodiversity Conference … to strengthen implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and …

Headline: Awareness of Aichi Biodiversity Targets found to be lacking compared to climate change

The global community has less than two years to reach the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set for 2020, yet public awareness of biodiversity issues is still relatively low.

SCBD/OES/CPP/DC/VA/87723 (SCBD/OES/CPP/DC/VA/87723): Fourth Science for Biodiversity Forum: “Towards living in harmony with nature by 2050” 23-24 November 2018 – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Climate change, biodiversity experts work to keep Asean region ‘cool’

Sweltering hot days. Increased number of typhoons. Unprecedented instances of storm surges. These have become the norm nowadays, and people are quick to blame these on one thing: climate change.

South Africa: Cabinet Approves Marine Protected Areas

Acting Environmental Affairs Minister Derek Hanekom says a network of 20 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will considerably advance South Africa’s efforts to protect its ocean heritage for future generations.

More in depth data is required to reveal the true global footprint of fishing

There has been a lot of debate recently on the extent of the global fishing footprint. A recent paper claimed that fishing affects 55% of the world’s oceans. Given that many people in the developing world rely on fish as their main source of protein, and the increasing preference for luxury fish products…

A global ban on fishing on the high seas? The time is now 

In recent decades, few scientists have sounded the alarm about the runaway fishing of the world’s oceans as loudly as marine biologist Daniel Pauly. Now Pauly, a professor at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator at the fisheries research group, the Sea Around Us, has become one…

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