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UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
24 July 2014 - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.
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Africa 'missing out on biotech green revolution'

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report.
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Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event.
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Community control of forests could help combat climate change

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
Deforestation rates significantly lower in areas formally managed by local communities, data shows
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Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
Despite decades of attention and advocacy, tropical forests are still falling at rapid rates worldwide. Now, mongabay.com's new special series, Innovation in Tropical Forest Conservation aims to highlight solutions to the crisis through short interviews with some of the world's leading conservation scientists, practitioners, and thinkers about new and emerging approaches to conservation.
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Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
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It's not just extinction: meet defaunation

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
Get ready to learn a new word: defaunation. Fauna is the total collection of animals-both in terms of species diversity and abundance-in a given area.
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Desperate measures: researchers say radical approaches needed to beat extinctions

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
It suggests the time may have come to start widely applying intensive, controversial methods currently used only as "last resort" strategies to save the word's most imperiled species.
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Leaked World Bank lending policies 'environmentally disastrous'

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
New 'light touch' rules on bank's $50bn annual lending have been gutted to remove protections, watchdogs claim
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Concerns over carbon emissions from burning wood

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
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Changing oceans affecting calcification of marine organisms

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
The ocean is home to many creatures, and all of them take their sustenance from this environment. One group of organisms use the ocean's calcium to create their shells and exoskeletons. These are the calcifiers, the mollusks, corals and starfish.
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Good news for Spanish seabirds

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
The Spanish government has announced the establishment of 39 new marine protection areas which closely mirror the Marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas identified by BirdLife International's Spanish partner SEO/BirdLife after a decade of scientific research tracking seabirds and understanding their behaviour at sea.
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Seychelles island of D'Arros becomes an official nature reserve -

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
A tiny emerald in a sea of sapphire blue, the island group of D'Arros, situated in the outer islands of the Seychelles archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, has been announced as an officially protected nature reserve under the Nature Parks and Conservancy Act. - See more at:
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True stewards: new report says local communities key to saving forests, curbing global warming

CBD News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 02:00
For the report, issued jointly by World Resources Institute (WRI) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), its authors surveyed almost all relevant literature published within the last 10 years, and supplemented it with their own deforestation and emissions analyses.
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Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

CBD News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 02:00
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.
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Barack Obama and Xi Jinping to attend major Ban Ki-moon climate summit

CBD News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 02:00
US and Chinese heads of state on 'very long list' of leaders confirmed for New York meeting to build momentum for global emissions deal, RTCC reports
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Ghana: Mahama Promises Sustainable Funding for Climate Change

CBD News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 02:00
PRESIDENT JOHN Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that government is exploring ways of carrying out sustainable surveillance on the emergence of climate change and environmental degradation
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Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands

CBD News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 02:00
Twenty African nations have banded together to build a monumental Great Green Wall of Africa - a forest of drought-resistant trees stretching across the edge of the Sahara Desert.
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Targeted enforcement saved a Massachusetts-worth of Amazon rainforest in 3 years

CBD News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 02:00
Targeted law enforcement efforts via Brazil's green municipalities programs were responsible for reducing deforestation by 10,653 square kilometers - an area the size of Massachusetts - between 2009 and 2011, argues a paper published in the journal Land Use Policy.
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Gender equality for the environment: An unfinished agenda

CBD News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 02:00
Women work closely with natural resources - and need to be closely involved in managing them, says Lakshmi Puri.
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