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UN biodiversity meet wraps up, report due Monday

Paris - Diplomats and scientists from 132 nations wrapped up six days of negotiations in Paris Saturday over the wording of a landmark report on the dire state of Nature and its impact on humanity, a UN official told AFP.

Egypt's rebounding tourism threatens Red Sea corals

Hurgada - In serene turquoise waters off Egypt's Red Sea coast, scuba divers ease among delicate pink jellyfish and admire coral -- yet a rebounding tourism sector threatens the fragile marine ecosystem.

Essential Science: New reef atlas gives baseline for coral health

The health of corals is important for ensuring the biodiversity of the oceans. The health of corals provides a key performance indicator of the health of the planet, especially in relation to climate change. A new digital map illustrates this importance.

UN biodiversity conference to lay groundwork for Nature rescue plan

Paris - Diplomats from 130 nations gathered in Paris on Monday to validate a grim UN assessment of the state of Nature and lay the groundwork for a rescue plan for life on Earth.

One million species risk extinction due to humans: draft UN report

Paris - Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.

On climate change, a shift towards civil disobedience

Paris - Playing the role of a riot cop dispersing a peaceful but illegal sit-in on the steps of France's National Assembly, Axel struggled to dislodge a woman whose arms and legs were enmeshed in a Gordian knot of activists.

FAO warns food supply threatened by declining biodiversity

Rome - The UN food agency on Friday warned about the threat to the future of the world's food production from a lack of biodiversity in the environment.

Acoustic monitoring of tropical forests to assess biodiversity

An acoustic device has been developed to enable researchers to study variations within tropical forests. The aim is to gather data to gain new insights into biodiversity.

WWF report: Dramatic decline in world's wildlife seen since 1970

"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group reports in its bi-yearly "Living Planet Report."

New environmental warning for the tropics: biodiversity collapse

A new study into the impact of climate change upon the animal world sends out a warning. This is that time is running out in the tropics, with scientists warning of a global biodiversity collapse.

Lake Victoria biodiversity being 'decimated': conservationists

Geneva - Three quarters of freshwater species endemic to East Africa's Lake Victoria basin face the threat of extinction, conservationists said Monday, warning the biodiversity there was being "decimated".

Climate change makes mountain tops bloom, for now

Paris - Europe's mountain summits are flush with new plant species, a greening that has increased in lock-step with the acceleration of global warming since the mid-20th century, researchers said Wednesday.

Five ways to halt 'critical' land decay

Medell - Scientists warned Monday that land degradation imperils the health and well-being of billions of people, threatening food and water supplies while fuelling conflict, mass migration and disease spread.

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Medell - Land degradation will unleash a mass migration of at least 50 million people by 2050 -- as many as 700 million unless humans stop depleting the life-giving resource, more than 100 scientists warned Monday.

Scientists to publish first-ever land health report

Medell - Scientists will publish the first-ever analysis Monday of the global state of land and its ability to sustain a fast-growing human population that relies on it for 95 percent of all food.

After warnings of species plight: solutions in sight

Medell - Chicken or beef? Think carefully: your choice can help determine the future of the planet.

The sorry state of Earth's species, in numbers

Medell - The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued a dire diagnosis Friday of Earth's plant and animal species.

Species in decline worldwide, humans at risk

Medell - Human activity has driven animals and plants into decline in every region of the world, putting our own well-being at risk by over-harvesting and polluting, a comprehensive species survey warned Friday.

Scientists to release mammoth survey of Nature's vital signs

Medell - Scientists will deliver a comprehensive assessment Friday of the state of biodiversity -- the animals and plants that humankind depends on to survive but has driven into a mass species extinction.

Biodiversity 101: Are Earth's wild megafauna doomed?

Paris - Pop quiz: How many species of big, land-dwelling animals are there in the world?Count all the different kinds of big cats, bears, wolves, wild dogs and other carnivores weighing at least 15 kilos.

Global biodiversity 'crisis' to be assessed at major summit

Paris - Earth is enduring a mass species extinction, scientists say -- the first since the demise of the dinosaurs and only the sixth in half-a-billion years.The reason?

Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas: report

Paris - Global warming could place 25 to 50 percent of species in the Amazon, Madagascar and other biodiverse areas at risk of localised extinction within decades, a report said Wednesday.

Invasive beetle pushing US ash trees to extinction: conservationists

Geneva - An invasive beetle has driven North America's most widespread ash tree towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, also warning of dramatic declines among several African antelope species.

'Klingon Newt' one of 163 new species found in Southeast Asia

A snake with iridescent scales, a mouse-eared flower, and a newt resembling a Klingon are just a few of the 163 unusual species of flora and fauna discovered in Southeast Asia in 2015, and they are a reminder of our planet's unusual biodiversity.

Syrian seed bank moved away from the war zone

With the horrific war continuing in Syria, biologists have taken steps to protect the Syrian seed bank to ensure that precious strains are protected and conserved for future research.

Over 10 percent of Earth's wilderness lost in under 20 years

A study from a university in Canada has found that during the past two decades the Earth has lost, thanks to humans, 20 percent of its wilderness. It's being called an alarming rate of loss and it continues unabated.

New study assesses our ability to deal with invasive species

An international team of researchers has come up with a global assessment on how invasive alien species could spread in the 21st century due to increasing globalization and a changing climate.

Invasive toads ‘taking over’ Madagascar

Madagascar’s wildlife and impressive biodiversity is under threat from Asian toads. The toads arrived in the early 2000s and they are taking over the island.

Animal diversity urgently needed for the future

London - According to a new United Nations report, animal biodiversity is needed to improve production and food security on a warmer, more crowded planet.

Climate change could slash polar bear numbers 30% by 2050

Ginebra - Polar bears look set to see their numbers dwindle by nearly third by mid-century, a top conservation body said Thursday, warning climate change poses the greatest threat to the king of the Arctic.
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This image is part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment reports on Biodiversity and human well-being. It illustrates the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services, human well-being, and poverty. Moreover it shows areas where conservation strategies, planning, and intervention can alter the drivers of change from local, regional, to global scales.
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UNBC researchers have not only studied the biodiversity of the new park, but the economic and community impact that it brings to the region.
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A lake next to an old mill in Denmark
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The nature of Antarctica is in its diversity
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Map showing the traditional (inset) distribution of Anniella pulchra and a detail (main) showing the hypothesized distribution of the newly described species of legless lizards in California.
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Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica. Photo taken: 01/19/2010
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Grizedale Forest National Park, North west England.
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Trees for Life s Alan Watson Featherstone with a giant Scots pine uprooted during severe storms that...
Trees for Life's Alan Watson Featherstone with a giant Scots pine uprooted during severe storms that struck Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness, Scotland, Dec. 2013
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Peak District National Park  England.
Peak District National Park, England.
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