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2010-12-21 06:08:15

The General Assembly of the United Nations agreed to create a panel of international experts on biodiversity on Monday in an approved resolution. The resolution is important for the implementation of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an ambassador to the UN told AFP. The panel will be a key component of the UN's charge for reform of global biodiversity management. The measure got support from delegates from the United States, the European Union,...

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2010-10-27 10:15:00

Conservation actions aid vertebrates, but not nearly enough Dr. Jack Musick, emeritus professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has overseen a global study suggesting that 33 percent of shark, skate, and ray species are threatened with extinction. The work is part of a major new study of vertebrates by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's oldest and largest environmental network. The IUCN study shows that conservation actions have benefitted a...

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2010-08-20 07:50:00

Changes in climate may be a partial cause to the record rainfall that is wreaking havoc in Asia, but environmental experts say the destruction of ecosystems is more directly at fault for the severity of killer floods.The devastating floods are becoming worse because of several factors, including deforestation, conversion of wetlands into farmlands and urban centers and the clogging of natural drainage systems, experts warn."You can't just blame nature... humans have encroached on the natural...

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2010-05-06 11:20:00

A top conservation group said Thursday that our planet urgently needs a "bailout plant" to protect its biodiversity. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned that failure to stem the loss of animal and plant species will have dire consequences on human well-being. "The gap between the pressure on our natural resources and governments' response to the deterioration is widening," said Bill Jackson, the group's deputy director, calling for a 10-year strategy to reverse...

2010-04-08 16:21:28

For the first time scientists have put a figure on how much it would cost to learn about the conservation status of millions of species, some of which have yet to be identified. The price tag is US$60 million, according to a team of scientists, including those from IUCN and Conservation International, who presented their case in this week's Science magazine in an article called "The Barometer of Life." "Our knowledge about species and extinction rates remains very poor, and this has negative...

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2010-03-02 10:15:00

The next 10 to 20 years could be extremely significant for restoring wild populations of American bison to their original roaming grounds. But for this to happen, more land must be made available for herds to roam free, government policies must be updated and the public must change its attitude towards bison. A new publication by IUCN, American Bison: Status Survey and Conservation Guidelines 2010, reports on the current status of American bison, in the wild and in conservation herds, and...

2009-12-02 08:44:00

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, December 2 /PRNewswire/ -- - "Bolstering Biodiversity in Africa: Everyone's Problem and Heritage" Coinciding with the International Year of Biodiversity, 2-3 June 2010 the Gabonese Republic is hosting an international conference in Libreville (Gabon) on the issue of safeguarding biological resources in Africa. The conference will be attended by government and state leaders, ministers, scientific experts, private companies, representatives of international...

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2009-11-03 13:25:00

The updated global "Red List" of endangered species on Tuesday showed that more than 1,000 freshwater fish species are threatened with extinction, reflecting the strain on global water resources, AFP reported. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) covers more than 47,000 of the world's species and is the most respected inventory of biodiversity. Among the 3,120 freshwater fish observed, scientists found that 1,147, or a third, are now threatened with extinction....

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2009-07-02 10:50:21

The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported on Thursday that pledges to roll back the threat to biodiversity by 2010 are beginning to seem out of reach, AFP reported. Jean-Christophe Vie of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) told AFP the goal set by UN parties under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to reduce biodiversity loss by 2010 would clearly not be met. The Swiss-based IUCN issued a report on Thursday saying Earth was hurtling towards a...

2009-06-30 11:46:57

The World Heritage Committee has added the Belize barrier reef system and Los Katios National Park to its list of world heritage sites that are in danger. Composed of seven protected areas, many small mangrove islands and coastal lagoons, the Belize Barrier Reef System is home to a number of threatened species, including marine turtles and the American crocodile, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said. The IUCN and the World Heritage Committee, part of the United Nations...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.