Posts tagged biodiversity
Ascension Island Soon to Be the Atlantic Ocean’s Largest Marine Protected Area

National Geographic

August 26, 2019
On August 24 the council of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, announced its support for the designation of a giant marine reserve around Ascension Island. At 440,000 square kilometers, the new reserve will be by far the largest in the Atlantic Ocean (roughly the size of the state of California). Once established, the marine protected area (MPA) will bring the highest level of protection to this region’s exceptional biodiversity by prohibiting commercial fishing and extractive industries.

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The Lawless High Seas May Soon Gain Protections Under a Groundbreaking Ocean Treaty

Gizmodo

August 20, 2019
Academics and activists have come together to propose a Global Ocean Treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The treaty is calling for world leaders to raise that to 30 percent by 2030, a number many scientists and groups have agreed on is necessary to keep biodiversity and fish populations healthy. The high seas—which make up 63 percent of the world’s oceans area but aren’t owned or managed by any single country—are particularly in need of protection.

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One Million Species Will Disappear — If We Let Them

Bloomberg

May 12, 2019
When the findings of a landmark UN report on biodiversity came out last week, the headlines ran the gamut from depressing to apocalyptic. One million species face extinction, readers were told. Almost a third of the world’s reef-forming coral species, more than a third of its marine mammals, and 40 percent of its amphibian species could die out. And that’s just the number of species. 

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Life as We Know It

The New York Times

May 11, 2019
Our planet has suffered five mass extinctions, the last of which occurred about 66 million years ago […] A few years ago, in a book called “The Sixth Extinction,” the writer Elizabeth Kolbert warned of a devastating sequel, with plant and animal species on land and sea already disappearing at a ferocious clip, their habitats destroyed or diminished by human activities.

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The Guardian view on extinction: time to rebel

The Guardian

May 7, 2019
We humans pride ourselves on our ability to look beyond immediate concerns and think on a grander scale. […] Yet we are often poor at focusing on and understanding the things which really matter. A new mass extinction is under way, and this time we are mostly responsible. The new UN Global Assessment Report warns that a million plant and animal species are at risk of being wiped out.

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Global Assessment Of The State Of Nature Shows Urgent Action Needed To Protect Both People And Planet

Campaign for Nature

May 6, 2019
A new global assessment from the UN-mandated Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was issued today by 150 of the world's leading scientists, painting a grim picture of the state of the planet's lands, ocean, and wildlife. It finds that the loss of nature and the resulting wildlife extinction crisis is worse than previously understood and underscores the urgent need for world leaders to commit to an ambitious global deal to protect nature and, therefore, life on Earth.

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Eden no more

Science Advances

May 6, 2019
Tom Lovejoy: Together, we now sit at the fail-safe point and must decide what to do; collectively, all sectors must embrace the challenges raised by the assessment, rise to action, and do what we must do to ensure a viable future for our living planet and for humans and the extraordinary variety of life with which it and we are blessed.

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A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets

Science Advances

April 19, 2019
The Global Deal for Nature (GDN) is a time-bound, science-driven plan to save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth. Pairing the GDN and the Paris Climate Agreement would avoid catastrophic climate change, conserve species, and secure essential ecosystem services. 

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'Environmental goals must be community driven', is the message from CBD’s recent workshop.

East African Herald

April 9, 2019
If we can collectively follow the example set by nations’ such as Botswana and Namibia, and ensure that 30% of land and sea globally is protected by empowered communities, both bio-diversity and local economies can thrive. This is a challenge we must work together to rise to, before it is too late.

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Africa's global deal for nature

The Ecologist

April 8, 2019
African leaders have a crucial role to play in the run-up to the 2020 CBD meeting. They can demonstrate the political will needed to achieve the Campaign for Nature’s ambitious global deal to protect 30 percent of the earth’s land and oceans by 2030, then scaling up to 50 percent by 2050.

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Race to Protect 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

Environmental News Service

February 6, 2019
The New Deal for Nature and People, to be signed at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Beijing in 2020 as a UN-wide framework for nature, represents “our last hope to ensure the long-term sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems on which human life depends,” the 13 groups said in their joint statement.

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Space for Nature

Science

September 14, 2018
Given the evidence to date and the implications of an underestimate, we encourage governments to set minimum targets of 30% of the oceans and land protected by 2030, with a focus on areas of high biodiversity and/or productivity, and to aim to secure 50% by 2050. This will be extremely challenging, but it is possible, and anything less will likely result in a major extinction crisis and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of future generations.

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