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Economic growth has 'devastating cost to nature', review finds

Paris - Humanity's unbridled growth in recent decades has come at a "devastating cost to nature" according a wide-ranging international review on the vital economic role played by our living planet.

Half-measures won't save nature, scientists warn

Paris - Bending the curve of nature's rapid decline will require attacking the problem aggressively along several fronts at once, leading scientists warned Thursday.

After Xi's climate surprise, no biodiversity announcement

Washington - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged global cooperation to protect the Earth's biodiversity but stopped short of making a major environmental commitment at a UN summit notable for the absence of his US counterpart Donald Trump.

World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years: index

Paris - Global animal, bird and fish populations have plummeted more than two-thirds in less than 50 years due to rampant over-consumption, experts said Thursday in a stark warning to save nature in order to save ourselves.

Diversity-decomposition relationships in forests worldwide

Two new studies, exploring how biodiversity impacts plant decay in forests worldwide, could help predict the potential effect of species loss on ecosystems. The studies set out a policy direction for governments.

Tara Oceans mission reveals variations in plankton biodiversity

The Tara Oceans expedition shows the extent to which plankton in the oceans are affected by climate change. The findings not only help with climate change modelling, they inform about the fragility of the marine food chain.

Surprise! Scientists find two new 'high-voltage' electric eels

South American rivers are home to at least three different species of electric eels, including one newly identified species capable of generating a greater electrical discharge than any other known animal.

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.
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Peak District National Park, England.
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Grizedale Forest National Park, North west England.
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A lake next to an old mill in Denmark
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