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  • Can blockchain unblock climate finance?
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Funders' perceptions that there is too much risk in investing at the local level prevents climate finance from making a real difference. Sam Greene discusses whether new technologies can benefit local communities while delivering the confidence donors and investors need to put their money where it matters.
  • Deep-diving Antarctic seals take climate change's measure
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    A squad of seals living off the coast of West Antarctica has provided scientists with data that could help to improve estimates of future sea-level rise.
  • Jordanie: Aqaba, où l'équilibre entre tourisme et respect de la biodiversité
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    La biodiversité est de plus en plus mise à l'épreuve par le réchauffement climatique et la déforestation.
  • Le Québec accueillera des espèces en migration
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Le Québec deviendra d'ici moins d'un siècle le dernier refuge de milliers d'espèces d'animaux et de plantes victimes de la destruction de leur habitat naturel plus au sud du continent, à cause des changements climatiques.
  • Scientists race to name unknown species before biodiversity disappears
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Biodiversity is under threat from development and climate change. Yet much of the planet's biodiversity isn't even known to science yet. Conservationists still struggle to find out what's really out there.
  • David Suzuki: Climate change drives disease-spreading arthropods into new territory
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    According to an African proverb (and the Dalai Lama): "If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito." The saying implies that even when we feel insignificant and powerless, we can create a buzz. But mosquitoes and other tiny critters can, literally, have a huge impact.
  • When Two Becomes One: Blending Public and Private Climate Finance
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2018 (IPS) - With the landmark Paris Agreement now almost two years old, funding for climate-related activities continues to be a challenge. However, efforts have been underway to bring two seemingly very different sectors together to address climate change.
  • Earth's climate to increase by four degrees by 2084
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    A collaborative research team from China has published a new analysis that shows the Earth's climate would increase by 4 °C, compared to pre-industrial levels, before the end of 21st century.
  • New programme launches to understand biodiversity in Latin America
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    A new collaboration between researchers in the United Kingdom and Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru has been announced, during a visit by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Peru this week. Peru's biodiversity and the natural benefits derived from its environment are under threat from illicit human activity and illegal trade, particularly in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Frog ponds leap into Australian schools
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    Frog ponds are set to become the new vegetable patch in Australian schools as students hop on board the latest craze. Ponds will be built and developed across the country as part of a new partnership involving the Australian Museum, launched at a school in Sydney's inner west on Tuesday.
  • Looking to a sustainable future: Bancroft's School sets sights on Green Flag Award in eco drive
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    The independent school in Woodford Green is transforming itself into an Eco-School, with massive improvements coming in plant-life, recycling, biodiversity and more
  • Biodiversity: The 'lost kingdom' of amazing fungi
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Only a fraction of the world's species of fungi have an official name. Two scientists have been identifying organisms in the tropical forests of Ecuador which have never before been logged.
  • 'Living fossil' giant salamander heading for extinction
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with possibly only a handful left in the wild. Field surveys carried out over four years suggest the Chinese giant salamander has all but disappeared from its natural habitat.
  • Long-term study reveals one invasive insect can change a forest bird community
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    astern hemlock forests have been declining due to a non-native insect pest, Eastern hemlock forests have been declining due to a non-native insect pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid.
  • Humans account for little next to plants, worms, bugs
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don't amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses. But we really know how to throw what little weight we have around, according to a first-of-its-kind global census of the footprint of life on the planet.
  • Mame Thierno Dieng: "La déforestation est à la base de la disparition de certaines espèces en Afrique ".
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    L'Afrique est l'un des premiers continents en termes de biodiversité. Une richesse toutefois menacée, comme le montrent plusieurs rapports officiels.
  • La biodiversité booste enfin le développement économique
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    La France n'est pas parvenue à enrayer le déclin des espèces, qui atteint des proportions alarmantes. Cet enjeu constitue pourtant une opportunité de création d'emplois. Avec l'intégration des données naturelles dans le PLU intercommunal, les communautés de communes sont un maillon clé. Les régions, elles, sont les têtes de pont. Des financements sont à décrocher au niveau européen, de l'Etat, des agences de l'eau, des entreprises, mais également du côté de la Caisse des dépôts.
  • Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned. Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day.
  • Top 10 new species of 2018 include volcanic bacterium and a hitchhiking beetle
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    From a tree to an orangutan to bacterium, the annual top 10 new species list has the newest stars of Earth's biodiversity. The list is compiled by the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry and its International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE), which first began their list in 2008.
  • Kenya to reform laws to enhance biodiversity conservation
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Kenya plans to reform its laws in order to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization of national resources, a government official said on Tuesday.
  • 5 Conservation Milestones to Celebrate on This International Day for Biological Diversity
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Scientists are increasingly realizing the importance of biodiversity for sustaining life on earth. The most comprehensive biodiversity study in a decade, published in March by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), warned that the ongoing loss of species and habitats was as great a threat to our and our planet's wellbeing as climate change.
  • Zimbabwe: International Day for Biological Diversity
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    May 22 marked 25 years of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The convention has a near universal membership of 195 countries. It entered into force on December 29, 1993. Zimbabwe ratified the convention on 11 November 1994 and became a party to the convention on February 9, 1995.
  • Biodiversité : ces animaux qui vivent à Paris dont vous ne soupçonniez pas l'existence
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    À l'occasion de la journée internationale de la biodiversité, le Figaro vous fait découvrir des animaux résidents à Paris dans le plus grand des secrets.
  • Intl. Day for Biological Diversity: Celebrating 25 years of action for biodiversity
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Biodiversity in Iran: According to Iran's Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity published on its website, Iran is located in West Asia and borders the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. The mountains enclose several broad basins, or plateaus, on which major agricultural and urban settlements are located. With an area of 1,648,000 square kilometers, Iran ranks eighteenth in size among the countries of the world.
  • Editorial: Biological diversity
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    May 22, was the 25th International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The day was designated as such by the United Nations to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
  • Darwin Initiative offers £10m for global biodiversity and conservation projects
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    The UK government's Darwin Initiative grant scheme has selected 52 global biodiversity and conservation projects to receive £10.6m (~?12m). The announcement coincides with the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), and delivers on commitments established in the UK government's 25 year environment plan. The Darwin Initiative has supported global biodiversity and conservation projects since 1992, having provided a total of £140m to 1,068 projects from 159 countries in that time.
  • App to record data of animals rescued by dept
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Mumbai and Thane will now have a mobile application containing data on animals rescued by the forest department and wildlife wardens. The Thane forest department has initiated an app to connect and bring together all wildlife-rescuing individuals and organisations so as to collect, manage and organise rescue and rehabilitation data as part of the records. The app will be inaugurated on Tuesday, May 22, on the occasion of International Day for Biodiversity.
  • International Day for Biological Diversity 2018: Let's pledge - Before we leave, we leave the earth more green
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    To increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22. The CBD has chosen "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity" the theme for 2018 International Biological Diversity.
  • Biological Diversity Day: Obaseki implores environment activists, community leaders, local govts to deepen awareness
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has implored environment activists, community leaders and local councils to deepen the crusade to preserve the pristine features in Nigeria's forest belt, noting that more stakeholders are needed in the crusade for the protection of the country's unique flora and fauna.
  • EN IMAGES. Iguane bleu, panda géant, tortue verte. Ces espèces protégées qui ont pu être préservées
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    En cette journée internationale de la biodiversité, l'UICN se veut porteur d'espoir et démontre que même si «?la sixième extinction est en marche?», «?il y a encore un espoir pour l'avenir de notre planète?». Par exemple, le panda géant a vu sa population passer de 1?216 en 1988 à 1?864 en 2014.
  • Wildly optimistic: Report predicts a healthy future for biodiversity
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    The International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May provides an opportunity to reflect on biodiversity challenges and opportunities ahead of a major UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt in November 2018.
  • Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a "rich variety of life on earth" said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday.
  • Forest cover in Bengal up, says Mamata on Biodiversity Day
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    The total forest and social forestry cover in West Bengal has been raised to 12,358 hectares and 934 hectares respectively till 2016-17 under a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted project, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.
  • Ten things you never knew about... Biology
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    MAY 22 is the United Nations World Biodiversity Day, marking the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the Rio Earth Summit on May 22, 1992.
  • WATCH: Celebrating 25 years of action for biodiversity
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    THE City of Tshwane today joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Biological Diversity at the Fountains Valley alongside eager pupils from Saulridge Secondary School.
  • Scotland on track with biodiversity targets
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Scottish land managers are among the sectors which have been praised for making progress in meeting international nature targets. In a statement to mark today's International Biodiversity Day, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said Scotland was leading the way with work to protect and increase biodiversity.
  • Angola Conscious About Value of Biodiversity to Economy
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    Luanda - The Angolan government is conscious about the high value of biodiversity to the country's economy, said last Tuesday in Luanda the Environment minister, Paula Coelho.
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources, opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entered into force in December 1993.
  • Qatar attaches great importance to preserve biological diversity
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    DOHA: Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment yesterday marked the International Day for Biological Diversity which falls on May 22 under the slogan 'Protecting Life on Earth.
  • Opinion | On the International Day for Biological Diversity, Consider the Beauty of the Potato
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    The potato is a gift from Peru to the world, and we will always be its stewards. I first started to learn this when I was an economics student, working on a project to restore old Inca terraces in the highlands of Lima. Just above the city, these are the same terraces where - centuries ago - Inca farmers carefully bred thousands of traditional Andean potato types, which still represent the largest share of this crop's global diversity. The work of Andean potato farmers continues to this day.
  • MECA MARKS WORLD DAYS ON BIRDS, BIODIVERSITY AND TURTLES
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    MUSCAT - The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) marked three environmental events recently. These events included the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), which falls on May 9, International Day for Biodiversity, which falls on May 22 and the World Turtle Day, which falls on May 23.
  • UAE celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity 2018
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    DUBAI, 22nd May, 2018 (WAM) -- The UAE has joined the world in celebrating World Biodiversity Day, which is observed annually on 22nd May. This year's celebration is being held under the theme "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity," to mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into the force of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ratified by the UAE in 1992 and acceded in 2000.
  • 25 years of conserving biodiversity in Himalayan region
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    This year marks a quarter century of the ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - an agreement among 196 countries to conserve the earth's biological diversity while ensuring it is used sustainably and that the benefits from using genetic resources are shared fairly.
  • Pakistan Council Of Research In Water Resources (PCRWR) Observes International Biodiversity Day
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR)) here on Wednesday observed International Biodiversity Day (IBD) to celebrate '25 years of Action for Biodiversity'
  • Côte d'Ivoire : 40% de l'économie mondiale repose sur la biodiversité
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    A l'occasion de la journée internationale de la biodiversité ce mardi 22 mai 2018, le gouvernement ivoirien a sensibilisé les populations sur l'importance de vivre dans un environnement bio. Selon les chiffres publiés
  • 25e anniversaire de la Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité biologique
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    La ministre des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, et la ministre du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, Isabelle Melançon, sont fières de participer à la célébration du 25e anniversaire de la Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité biologique et d'y prendre la parole, en cette Journée internationale de la diversité biologique.
  • Plan pour la biodiversité de Nicolas Hulot : qu'attendre pour les entreprises ?
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    La préparation d'un grand Plan biodiversité national a été annoncée à quelques jours de la journée mondiale de la biodiversité (22 mai) par le ministre d'État, ministre de la Transition écologique et solidaire Nicolas Hulot. À l'image de la lutte contre le changement climatique, la préservation de la biodiversité ne sera pas sans une mobilisation large et réelle des entreprises
  • Conservation de la biodiversité : des compagnies minières signent un protocole d'accord.
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    En marge de la célébration des 25 ans de la Biodiversité dans le monde, six entreprises minières évoluant dans la zone spéciale de Boké ont paraphé un protocole d'entente pour la création du Réseau Environnement Bauxite (REB) ce Mardi 22 Mai 2018.
  • China to strengthen biodiversity conservation supervision
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    BEIJING, May 22 - China will strengthen biodiversity conservation supervision and biodiversity research to protect important natural ecosystems and wildlife, the environmental protection watchdog said on Tuesday.
  • Preserving biodiversity is our duty: Dangre
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    NAGPUR: Preserving biodiversity is the duty of every citizen as plants and trees have significant features which hold medicinal value, said justice Bharati Dangre of the Bombay high court on Tuesday.
  • Sunshine and blue skies for biodiversity walk in Jenkinstown
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    Sunshine and blue skies provided the perfect backdrop for an evening walk to mark Biodiversity Week. The event, which took place last Thursday evening, was organised and hosted by Mary Brennan, Secretary of the Kilkenny Association of Taisce Ireland.
  • Biodiversity campaign seeds new life
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    It is important to protect our natural capital and safeguard it against threats such as climate change and pollution. This is according to acting mayor Randall Williams who was speaking at the Groenkloof Nature Reserve at a biodiversity festival to commemorate International Biodiversity Day on Tuesday.
  • Arts programme celebrates 25 years of action for biodiversity
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    Attended by 300 guests from Vietnamese and foreign agencies, organisations, and experts operating in biodiversity conservation, the programme featured a variety of performances, reportages and talks which highlight Vietnam's efforts in this work over the past 25 years.
  • Ujjain: Experts shed light on significance of bio-diversity during day-long workshop
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    A one-day workshop on conservation and promotion of local forest species was jointly organised by the MP Biodiversity Board at the Simhastha Fair office to mark the occasion of International Biodiversity Day, on Tuesday. During the programme, chief forest conservator (research and extension), Khandwa circle, Anil Nagar gave a power point presentation on biodiversity, human welfare and rare species found in the Malwa and Nimarh regions.
  • Malaysia makes good showing at biodiversity challenge
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    Biodiversity loss is one of the most urgent environmental issues around the globe today. Nations and communities worldwide face the challenge of keeping accurate and consistently up-to-date records of wildlife.
  • A seachange needed in fisheries to give dolphins, whales and porpoises a chance
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    Dolphins, whales and porpoises (cetaceans) are fascinating animals that continue to capture the imagination of humans as evidenced by the increasing number of whale watchers taking to the seas in search of a glimpse of these majestic creatures.
  • Marine Protected Areas Are Important, But.
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    The glare of the sun over the Pacific Ocean warms my cheeks as I listen to the sound of a majestic gray whale as it surfaces nearby. A peaceful scene, one could say. But the scene is ruined by a nearby fishing boat chugging along headed straight for us.
  • A hidden world of communication, chemical warfare, beneath the soil
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    The soil supporting a field of crops teems with life. Untold numbers of bacteria and fungi strive for space and food. Most are harmless. Many are vital to creating healthy soil. But farmers worry about a handful of species that cause devastating crop diseases, and they often turn to chemical pesticides to keep those pathogens in check.
  • Bonobo females found to protect and support a female giving birth
    [released on: 22/05/2018]
    A team of researchers from the University of Pisa and CNRS/Université Claude Bernard Lyon has observed captive female bonobos helping one of their own give birth. In their paper published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, Elisa Demuru, Pier Francesco Ferrari and Elisabetta Palagi describe what they witnessed, referring to it as a type of midwifery.
  • Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    The secrets of how malaria became a human-killer have been revealed by a genetic study. The work, led by researchers from Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, compared seven types of malaria - tracing the parasite's family tree.
  • Revealing the mysteries of early development
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    Zebrafish embryos are transparent and develop outside the mother's body, enabling scientists to get a detailed view of early development. A research team led by Lila Solnica-Krezel, the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is revealing new clues to how birth defects develop in the tiniest embryos. Solnica-Krezel explained her lab's recent work, published in the journal Developmental Cell.
  • Study bolsters bats' reputation as mosquito devourers
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    It's a common assumption: Bats are important because they feast upon those pervasive warm-weather pests known as mosquitoes. You want to see bats flying above, cleaning up the night sky and ridding you of itchy bites and pesky ear-buzzing.
  • Genetic diversity helps protect against disease
    [released on: 23/05/2018]
    So much for survival of the fittest - diversity is the key: a team of researchers from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) has succeeded in demonstrating experimentally that genetic diversity makes populations more resistant to disease.