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2010-04-30 10:30:00

Despite a 2002 pledge by world leaders to help curb the global rate of biodiversity loss within an eight year period, declines in biodiversity have grown at an "alarming" rate, according to a new study published online in the journal Science on Friday. "In 2002, world leaders committed through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010," the researcher write in their report. "We compiled 31 indicators to report on...

2010-04-29 14:43:00

OAKLAND, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- World leaders have failed to deliver on commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen alarming biodiversity declines. These findings are the result of a new paper published in the leading journal Science and represent the first assessment of how the targets made through the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have not been met. Compiling over 30...

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2009-10-20 09:19:33

Researchers are building the environmental equivalent of the ASX200 as a means of monitoring the health of Australian marine ecosystems. The state of an ecosystem can be understood by measuring the right ecological characteristics, just as the ASX200 index shows the state of the Australian stock market by following 200 selected stocks. CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship scientist Dr Keith Hayes, one of the leaders of the project, says the difficult part is selecting which characteristics to...

2008-09-25 03:00:18

By Huang, Yun-feng Cui, Sheng-hui; Ouyang, Zhi-yun Key words: Marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management, ecological indicators, urbanisation SUMMARY In the process of rapid urbanisation in China, environmental problems have increased, from sewage discharge to climate change. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are widely advocated as a means to comprehensively manage human activities and resources in ocean and coastal areas. However, MPAs only safeguard populations or assemblages...

2008-06-24 03:01:34

By Anonymous ONLINE RESOURCE EPA recently launched the Environmental Indicators Gateway website to provide enhanced public access to environmental and health information generated by EPA. According to the agency information is presented in the context of "environmental indicators"-numerical values that provide insight into the status and trends of environmental and public health conditions over time. "The gateway establishes a single catalog of EPA's indicator work that allows browsing and...

2008-01-20 03:00:22

By Liu, Wenna Wu, Wenliang; Wang, Xiubin; Wang, Mingxin; Bao, Yonghong Keywords: Sustainability assessment, high-yield, agroecosystem, regional-scale SUMMARY Sustainable agricultural development is a perennial issue for agricultural researchers, government managers, and policy makers worldwide, but especially in developing countries. In China, farms in Shandong Province epitomize modern agriculture and play a vital role in providing food for the burgeoning population. However, Chinese...

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2007-01-09 16:21:18

The world's biodiversity is vanishing at an unprecedented rate "“ around 100 species every day "“ due to factors such as land use change and pollution. Addressing this threat, world governments agreed through the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to reduce significantly the current rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. To support this initiative, ESA has kicked off its new DIVERSITY project. Biodiversity, the variety of life including ecosystems, species, populations and genes,...