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  • Farmers urged to go online to have their say on biodiversity certification
    [released on: 25/03/2020]
    Online consultations have begun this week for the National Farmers Federation's Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial.
  • Countering arable land degradation: The waste that woke the soil
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Soil is a natural resource that we often overlook and abuse just because of its supposed abundance. Some call it "dirt" and many times we attribute to stains and things we should rid ourselves of in the name of cleanliness.
  • To Meet Paris Agreement Targets, India Should Pay More Attention to Soil
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    The nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement typically include afforestation and reduced deforestation as additional carbon sinks. The first Biennial Transparency Reports for NDCs submitted in 2015 are due in 2022 for developed countries to 2024 for developing countries. But debates continue about the feasibility of both temperature-based and carbon-based climate change targets.
  • Calls grow to delay all spring lobster fishing in eastern Canada
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Maritime lobster processors are calling for a minimum two-week delay in the opening of the spring fishery in all lobster fishing areas in eastern Canada. It's the latest reaction to collapsed demand after measures to curb the spread of coronavirus shut down markets like restaurants and cruise ships around the world.
  • Fish ponds and water harvesting: climate-smart farming comes to Kenya
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    It might not be clear why a fish pond project should take root in a region surrounding the great Lake Victoria. After all, as the second largest freshwater lake in the world, it should be able to support the fish and the people that depend on its resources.
  • This new kind of plastic is made to degrade in seawater
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    At five sites in the world's oceans, plastic waste accumulates in large swirling gyres, the largest of which is three times the size of France. Millions of tons of plastic enters the oceans every year, damaging marine ecosystems, harming ocean animals and entering the human food chain.
  • The shutdown is clearing New York's air-but don't get too excited, geochemist says
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Vehicle travel, factories, and other air pollution sources are shutting down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and satellites operated by NASA and the European Space Agency can see the difference.
  • Pollution levels in UK cities drop as coronavirus impacts on daily life, new data reveals
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Air pollution levels in some cities in the UK have dropped to levels lower than the average of the previous five years as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts travel and work, new research shows.
  • Microplastics found in 4 of 5 bivalve species investigated in Nordic waters
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    An extensive Nordic research project has looked at microplastics in marine bivalves from 100 sites spread throughout much of the Nordic waters. The study showed that microplastics were found in four of the five bivalve species investigated, and that there was a huge variation in the occurrence and type of microplastics.
  • As the ocean warms, marine species relocate toward the poles
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have warmed by an average of one degree Celsius (1°C). Now researchers report in Current Biology on March 26th that those rising temperatures have led to widespread changes in the population sizes of marine species. The researchers found a general pattern of species having increasing numbers on their poleward sides and losses toward the equator.
  • The Future of Climate Change and Peace
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    As fires rage in Australia and in the Amazon, hurricanes ravage the Caribbean year after year, and glacial melt threatens entire communities in the high mountains of Asia and Europe, peace and climate activists might be forgiven for experiencing a growing sense of dread.
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    As respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs.
  • Wildflowers migrate north as climate changes
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Wildflowers are moving northwards as temperatures rise, prompting calls to manage landscapes to make space for plants in the face of climate change. Results from the first five years of the government-funded National Plant Monitoring Scheme, using data from 15,000 surveys by volunteer citizen scientists, already shows the impact of a warming world on the UK's plants.
  • Promote international co-operation in health': UK and China hint at opportunity for COP Summits
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Boris Johnson and Xi Jinping agree to continued co-operation in face of coronavirus crisis and hint at plans for climate and biodiversity summits.
  • Greenpeace suggests new names for Asbestos to celebrate biodiversity
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    As the town of Asbestos winds down its renaming process, an environmental group is hoping the town will consider putting the names of six endangered species on the short list for its new name.
  • Freshwater Species Are Disappearing Fast - This Year Is Critical for Saving Them
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    We've all seen photos of clear-cut forests with swathes of razed trees or deep scars in the ground from an open-pit mine. The damage to the species that live in these habitats isn't hard to imagine.
  • 'Robust economy, financial system critical to reversing nature's depletion'
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    To achieve the global nature conservation and biodiversity across African countries, Africa Executive Director for Wide World Fund for Nature (WWF), Alice Ruhweza has said the transformation of the world's economic and financial systems remains critical to reversing nature's depletion and achieving SDGs.
  • New framework will help decide which trees are best in the fight against air pollution
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    A study from the University of Surrey has provided a comprehensive guide on which tree species are best for combatting air pollution that originates from our roads-along with suggestions for how to plant these green barriers to get the best results.
  • Tracking Fish Art Prints To Monitor Biodiversity
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    In the summer of 2018, Yusuke Miyazaki and Atsunobu Murase contacted hundreds of bait and tackle shops in Japan to ask them about their art collection.
  • Uncertainty looms over climate change and biodiversity talks in 2020
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    On March 23, the United Nations Climate change secretariat announced that due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) it is going digital and embracing telecommuting and teleconferencing options in order to carry on with its work. The 17th meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC 17), for instance, is now taking place virtually between March 24-27 as originally scheduled.
  • COVID-19 updates from the United Nations Environment Programme
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    The transmission of diseases, like the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, between animals and humans (zoonoses) threatens economic development, animal and human well-being, and ecosystem integrity. The United Nations Environment Programme supports global efforts to protect biodiversity, to put an end to the illegal trade in wildlife, to safeguard the handling of chemicals and waste and to promote economic recovery plans that take nature and the climate emergency into account.
  • Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching in 5 years
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) on Thursday confirmed "widespread coral bleaching" is occurring on the reef. Aerial surveys showed that "some southern areas of the Reef that had little or no bleaching in 2016 and 2017 have now experienced moderate or severe bleaching," the authority said.
  • Seychelles protects 30 percent of territorial waters, meeting target 10 years ahead of schedule
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    Seychelles has legally designated 30 percent of its territorial waters as marine protected areas 10 years ahead of international targets, President Danny Faure said at the signing of legal document on Thursday.
  • Renewable energy developments threaten major biodiverse areas: researchers
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    More than 2,000 renewable energy facilities are built in major environmental areas and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species worldwide, according to a latest Australian research.
  • Experts in evolution explain why social distancing feels so unnatural
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    For many people, the most distressing part of the coronavirus pandemic is the idea of social isolation. If we get ill, we quarantine ourselves for the protection of others. But even among the healthy, loneliness may be setting in as we engage with pre-emptive social distancing.
  • COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years
    [released on: 26/03/2020]
    COVID-19 and other health endemics are directly connected to climate change and deforestation, according to Indigenous leaders from around the world who gathered on March 13, in New York City, for a panel on Indigenous rights, deforestation and related health endemics.